An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 4/3/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I am near bursting with such joy, even in this pandemic, which refuses to let go of its hold on us, as I report to you the joy and privilege that were all mine, to be invited to break the fast of 14 months of distant worship. Our …

Good Friday, 4/2/2021

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, we pray you to set your passion, cross, and death between your judgment and our souls, now and in the hour of our death. Give mercy and grace to the living; pardon and rest to the dead; to your holy Church peace and concord; and to us …

Maundy Thursday, 4/1/2021

The General Thanksgiving, The Book of Common Prayer Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for …

Palm Sunday, 3/28/2021

Due to a small glitch, we are unable to post Rev. Clarence’s homily for Palm Sunday today. We hope to post it later. In the meantime, please enjoy last year’s Palm Sunday sermon, below. The readings for today are, however, as follows: Psalm 31:9–16; Isaiah 50:4–9a; Philippians 2:5–11; Mark 14:1–15:47 And, if you so choose, …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 3/27/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James,  I send you warm greetings as we enter this most solemn period of our faith tradition.  As I mention in my homily (long, because it replaces the long recitation of the Gospel normally heard at Mass on Palm Sunday and Holy Friday), a second year of not observing …

Sermon, 3/21/21: God Wants Us to Succeed

5 Lent Psalm 51:1–13; Jeremiah 31:31–34; Hebrews 5:5–10; John 12:20–33 Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  John 12:24 In the most recent issue of the periodical “The Atlantic,” (April 2021, p. 10), Shadi Hamid replaces the …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 3/20/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, What you next read comes as reminders as we enter into the most solemn period of our liturgical year. A message from our bishops, sent two weeks ago to clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese. “As we look towards Holy Week and Easter, we know that traversing …

An Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 3/13/21

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, Lacking a tangible pulpit, I had to forego my annual reminder: Spring Forward.  This has been only many of the items that have given us tradition and stability in the past, but not so in 2020.  A bit of humor has been injected into our national and worldwide …