Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/15/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Just as a reminder, in posting to you a weekly update of events in our parish, it is my intent to keep everyone informed of pertinent information, and particularly those among us who are hindered, by whatever reason, from attending weekly in-person Eucharistic liturgies. Today, prior to my …

Sermon, 5/8/22: But Which Voice?

4 Easter Psalm 23; Acts 9:36 – 43; Revelation 7:9 – 17; John 10:22 – 30 My sheep hear my voice.  I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 Nothing is wrong with this image, so long as we do not delude ourselves that onto that pastoral glade the sun always shines, without interruption, …

Letter from Rev. Clarence, 5/8/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, After a two-week respite from email and non-essential Zoom meetings, I “take up the pen” again, in order to communicate information regarding our parish. As many of you admonished me towards self-preservation, I report that those hours were spent with members of my family, as we reconnected with …

Letter from Rev. Clarence, 4/17/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I share with you my delight in seeing again, after a hiatus of two long years, so many familiar faces at Eucharist, and to hear sung with such enthusiasm, although still behind masks for health safety’s sake, the familiar hymns of Easter. I pray that the light which …

Ronald “Ronnie” Carson, 1961-2022

Letter from Rev. Clarence, 4/12/22 Dear Members of St. James, I write to inform you that the funeral for deceased parishioner, Ronald “Ronnie” Carson, will be held on Monday, 18 April 2022, 1:30 p.m. at Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway, (Powder House Square), Somerville 02144. Born in Montreal, Canada, to Jack and Shirley Carson who …

Sermon, 4/3/22: 300 Denarii! What is the going price for love?

5 Lent Psalm 126; Isaiah 43:16 – 21; Philippians 3:4b – 14; John 12:1 – 8 “Could not this perfume have been sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” John 12.5 Over various centuries, the measure for mercantile exchange, locally, nationally and internationally, has changed. I recall the Gold Standard, …

Letter to Parishioners, 4/3/22

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, On Friday I posted to you information regarding the sudden death of Ronald “Ronnie” Carson. … I bid you pray for the repose of Ronnie’s soul, but also for continued support for his brother. _HOLY WEEK AND EASTER_SUNDAY, 10 APRIL 10:00 a.m. Distribution of Palms and Celebration of …

Passing of Ronald Carlson, 4/1/22

Dear Members of St. James, It is with a sad heart that I am obliged to report to you the sudden passing of long-time member Ronald “Ronnie” Carlson.  His return to eternity took place this early morning, Friday, 1 April, at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the 61st year of his time.  His brother …

Sermon, 3/27/22: In Retrospect!

4 Lent Psalm 32; Joshua 5:9 – 12; II Corinthians 5:16 – 21; Luke 15:1 – 3, 11b – 32 But then he came to his senses. Luke 15:17 One nagging question which we pose often quietly to ourselves, in the privacy of our own minds is: “What if?” That question, on its surface simple …