Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 10/3/21

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Dear Members and Friends of St. James,

At St. James we continue to regroup following the long absence due to the pandemic, against which we observe all diocesan guidelines while assembled.  Infrastructure equipment no longer blocks access to the facilities.  And community group meetings maintain their regular schedules.  The announcement of the week, and for the next several weeks, is on the 5th Sunday of October, 31 October, we shall observe All Saints Day (1 November) and All Souls (2 November, all the Faithful Departed).  It is our tradition and practice during our Eucharistic Celebration to read aloud the names of those who have gone before.  Names to be held in remembrance should be submitted by Monday, 25 October, if they are to be printed in the service leaflet.  This is also an appropriate time to contribute to the Flower Fund, out of which flowers for the altar are purchased.

The Collect for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost unites us in prayer:
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

May the peace of God, that passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be with you, and remain with you and those whom  you love, this day and forever more.  Amen.

Your fellow traveler in The Way