Sermon, 1/15/23: The Staying Power or Consequences of Miracles

2 Epiphany Psalm 49:1–12; Isaiah 49:1–7; I Corinthians 1:1–9; John 1:29–42 [Andrew] first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ … John 1:41 On Friday, 6 January 2023, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany.  By today’s standards of almost instantaneous 24-hour news cycle, that is old news.  Indeed, …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 1/16/23

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, I use this occasion to bring to your attention two “business” matters.  The first, announced at Eucharist, is that the next vestry meeting of the parish is scheduled for Sunday, 22 January, in St. Francis Hall, immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist.  Concerns or recommendations may be given …

Sermon, 1/8/23. Job available: All May Apply

1 Epiphany Psalm 29; Isaiah 42:1–9; Acts 10:34–43; Matthew 3:13–17 It is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.  Mtt. 3:15 Not that I, this week, was consciously thinking about beginning a new career; however, two events presented themselves to me and caused me to think long and hard regarding a basic …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 1/9/23

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, The Observance of the Baptism of Jesus, as presented in today’s lectionary, portrays actually the state of affairs in our communal life at St. James. The preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth brings each year a hectic pace that demands much output of energy. The Baptism confronts …