Sermon, 1/1/23: Traditions Matter!

Feast of the Holy Name Psalm 8; Numbers 6:22–27; Galatians 4:4–7; Luke 2:15–21 “After eight days had passed, it was time … and he was called Jesus.”  Luke 2:21 In a world anxious to get somewhere fast—I suppose in order to see what is at the end of the road?—the observance this year of Christmas …

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

Dear Members and Friends of St. James, As the first day of the year 2023 bends towards its close, I am pleased, indeed, overjoyed, that I am able to share via this medium the sense of wonder and awe which the beauty of our sanctuary evoked in me, as I opened our doors on this …

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 …