Sermon, 12/19/21: And Just How Meek and Mild Is Mary?

4 Advent Psalm 80:1–7; Micah 5:2–52; Hebrews 10:5–10; Luke 1:39–55 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country. Luke 1:39 In the preceding three Sundays in Advent, as we prepare to remember in celebration the birth of Jesus of Nazareth who, so we proclaim, is …

Open Letter from Rev. Clarence, 12/19/21

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. James, The Fourth Sunday of Advent, as always, heightens our anticipation of our annual celebration in remembrance of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Messiah.  I pray that my reflections, attached to this e-note, even as we prepare to celebrate, will direct your attention to the significant role …

Sermon, 12/12/21: Hollywood outdoes Luke the Physician

3 Advent Canticle 9: Isaiah 12:2–6; Zephaniah 3:14–20; Philippians 4:4–7; Luke 3:7–18 As the people were filled with expectation… (Luke 3:15) Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! (Zephaniah 3:14f.) Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your gentleness be …

Christmas Invitation, 2021

Dear Members and Friends, This greeting is both an invitation and a reminder. The mercantile world has already weeks ago reminded us of the approaching celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Messiah. Indeed, it is actually wonderful to receive free publicity regarding the birth of Christ, even if this spigot of publicity …