Sermon, 1/16/22: Means of Communication

2 Epiphany Psalm 36:5 – 10 Isaiah 62:1 – 5 I Corinthians 12:1 – 11 John 2:1 – 11 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”  John 2:5 This pandemic which seems not to want to release anytime soon its hold on our lives, has brought many changes into our lives, …

Letter 1/16/22

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, The world’s problem has been solved.  Without naming the classical music station to which I am always tuned, I, along with countless other listeners, learned from a program announcer that January is the most difficult month in our calendar year!  On the one hand, I breathed a sigh …

Sermon, 1/9/2021: Tempus fugit!

Epiphany Psalm 29 Isaiah 43:1 – 7 Acts 8:14 – 17 Luke 3:15 – 17, 21 – 22 Where does one fit in? A voice from heaven said, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved, with you I am well pleased. Luke 3.22 ‘Tempus fugit,’ said the ancient Virgil (Georgics. Bk. 3, line 284) The Englishman …

Letter, 1/9/22

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, During a conversation recently with an old friend—this friend, like me, qualifies under both definitions and usages of “old—a conversation dominated by a discussion of C19, I suggested that we should be of great cheer, as the length of daylight hours is increasing notably. She responded that she …

Sermon, 1/2/2022: The Power of one Word

2 Christmas Psalm 84 Jeremiah 31:7 – 14 Ephesians 1:3 – 6 Matthew 2:1 – 12 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young. Ps. 84:2 I begin my reflections today with reference to the gospel of John which is always appointed to be …

Letter from Rev. Clarence, 1/2/2022

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, Per usual, you may find attached my meditation for the Second Sunday after Christmas. Eucharist was celebrated on Sunday, 26 December, as liturgical protocol required, Sunday being always a feast day, and a homily was offered, however, informally. And as we do not transmit our worship via Zoom …

Sermon, 12/25/21: THE MOVE

Christmas 2021 Psalm 97; Isaiah 62:6–12; Titus 3:4–7; Luke 2: 1–20 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David, and he went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/24/21

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, I post already now, quite early, my reflections on this holy night. I do so prior to the Mass of Christmas, because so many of you have informed me that, due to the emergence of the new strain of coronavirus and the increase of cases of infections in …

Sermon, 12/19/21: And Just How Meek and Mild Is Mary?

4 Advent Psalm 80:1–7; Micah 5:2–52; Hebrews 10:5–10; Luke 1:39–55 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country. Luke 1:39 In the preceding three Sundays in Advent, as we prepare to remember in celebration the birth of Jesus of Nazareth who, so we proclaim, is …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/19/21

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, The Fourth Sunday of Advent, as always, heightens our anticipation of our annual celebration in remembrance of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Messiah.  I pray that my reflections, attached to this e-note, even as we prepare to celebrate, will direct your attention to the significant role …