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Sermon for Christmas 2020: Hope trumps Wish

  Ps. 96; Isaiah 9:2 – 7; Titus 2:11 – 14; Luke 2:1 – 14 Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  Romans 8:24f.   It may seem peculiar to you …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/19/20

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, You receive via this medium, in addition to my weekly reflections on the state of the parish, two attached items [see separate posts].  The first, my Advent-Christmas 2020 Newsletter, many of you should have by now received via USPS.  I insert it here, because I became aware that …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/12/2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, This week as I sat in our sanctuary, physically challenged by the low temperature (we heat only at a level to prevent frozen pipes) many thoughts, of which I mention just three, raced through my mind.  First, mine was not a Johannine “Revelation,” but rather the realization that …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/5/2020

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, My pastoral note to you this week does not bring details of events or condition of our parish campus.  Rather, I chose to the North, in order to reassure you, not only of my concern for you all during these trying days, but to remind you of a …

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Sermon for 11/29, Caution: A Peace Alert!

1 Advent, 29 November 2020 B Ps. 80: 1 – 7, 16 – 18; Isaiah 64:1 – 9; I Corinthians 1:3 – 9; Mark 13:24 – 37 Restore us, O God of hosts, show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. —Psalm 80:9   In years and decades past, preachers lamented the …

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An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 11/28/2020

Dear Members and Friends of St. James,   The parish update which accompanies my homily [see tomorrow’s post] for this First Sunday in Advent 2020 leans, fortunately or not, towards the personal. The “or not” or non-personal is to alert you that, while I continue to commiserate with you all over our absence from our …