Sermon, 9/4/22: A Christian Honor Code

13 Pentecost Psalm 139:1–5, 12–17; Jeremiah 18:1–11; Philemon 1–21; Luke 14:25–33 … in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Philemon 14b It has become commonplace, when one travels on the Boston transit system, whether via subway, bus, or trolley, to hear the following announcements: Please remain seated or hold …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 9/5/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, As requested, I attach for your reading the homily which I presented yesterday, 4 September, the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, during our in-person liturgy.  Even as several in our midst continue to recover from milder cases of Covid and are refraining from attending Eucharist, I am please to share …

Open letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/30/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, The tardiness of this posting of my homily from Sunday, 28 August, the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, was caused neither by desertion of duty nor by illness. I rush to thank a couple of you, without attribution, who called to inquire of my health, inasmuch as several in …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/21/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I am pleased to report that there are no major items to report which have not been presented recently.  However, in-coming messages have reminded me that, despite the often severe temperatures and lack of summer precipitation, fall is ahead.  Reminders of our annual Diocesan Convention and standard Clericus …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 8/7/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, In addition to the attached homily which I shared today with those who braved the unrelenting heatwave to attend in presence Holy Eucharist, I send this week only a brief notice of happenings on the corner of Broadway and Clarendon Ave., in Teele Square. Thanks to diocesan support, …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 7/31/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Traditionally, summer is a time of reduced activities in parishes.  While that is true also of St. James, it is nevertheless rewarding to report that despite sweltering temperatures, our doors remain open and new faces are joining us in the celebration of the Eucharist.  We continue to observe …