Sermon, 12/25/22: Essential Documentation of (Human) Existence

Christmas Psalm 96; Isaiah 9:2–7; Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–14 (15–20) In those days a degree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  Luke 2:1 We have gathered this evening in this holy place because along our life’s pathway someone taught us to value tradition, and without voicing how or why, …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/26/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, It is my hope that, even as you prepared for and basked with others in the joy of the annual celebration of the birth of Jesus, you have been able to steal for yourself some “alone time,” during which you might reflect on the intervention of the Divine …

Sermon, 12/4/22: And What Is that Wisdom?

2 Advent Psalm 72:1-7, 18–19; Isaiah 11:1–10; Romans 15:4–13; Matthew 3:1-12 On him the spirit of the Lord will rest; a spirit of wisdom and understanding …. and in the fear of the Lord will be his delight.’      Isaiah 11:2-3 On this Second Sunday of Advent 2022, as we continue our journey to be at …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/4/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, It is my duty, but also my great honor and pleasure, to remind you of the visitation on Sunday next, the 3rd Sunday in Advent, of our Bishop – diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Alan Gates.  Bishop Gates will be our celebrant and preacher at our 10 a.m. Eucharist.  During …

Sermon, 11/27/2022: Last Year in Review

1 Advent Psalm 122; Isaiah 2:1–3; Romans 13:11–14; Matthew 24:36–44 You know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. Romans 13:11 One week ago to the day, we celebrated in this holy place the Feast of Christ the King.  Liturgically, we acknowledged that the Christ, whose …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 11/28/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I am obliged by Canon Law and pleased as a priest serving in this jurisdiction to announce again the visitation to St. James on Sunday, 11 December, the third Sunday in Advent, of our Bishop – diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates.  This visit will be the …

Sermon, 11/20/22: Christ the King

Canticle 4; Jeremiah 23:1–6; Colossians 1:11–20; Luke 23:33–43 And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left… And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying. ‘He saved others’ let him save …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 11/20/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, This week I call to your attention several items of importance.  The first is to remind you that our vestry meet on Sunday next, following Eucharist.  You are invited to see your parish as it deals with the everyday matters pertaining to the upkeep of our campus and …

Pastoral Visit. Save the Date!

Dear People of St. James! I inform you with much enthusiasm that our Bishop – diocesan, the Right Reverend Alan M. Gates, shall make a pastoral visit on Sunday, 11 December.  This will be the first episcopal visit since 2019, just prior to the beginning of the pandemic.  As you have heard often from me, …