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FRIDAYS OF LENT: Stations of the Cross, 6pm in the church, followed by meatless meal.
Sunday 9am spoken service (Low Mass)
Sunday 11am Sung High Mass
Bible Study is every Wednesday Night, from 6-7pm,
in the Parish Hall
St. James is very happy to once again have two Sunday Services.
The Sunday 9am is a shorter and more simple, spoken service. The Sunday 11am service is our more traditional high church liturgy, with singing and organ music, and all the “smells and bells.”
Coffee, snacks, and fellowship between the services!!!
We are an open and welcoming community, called to be saints (Rom 1:7), dedicated to making Jesus Christ known and loved, in the joy and power of the Holy Spirit, to the praise and glory of God the Father. We value in-depth and transformative engagement with the Sacred Scriptures through dynamic study and preaching of the Word of God. We worship with great reverence, in the beauty of holiness (Ps 96:9), with traditional liturgy and aesthetics that values the sacred and the transcendent. The Episcopal Church, of which we are a parish, is sometimes called “the thinking person’s Church” because of how much we value faith-informed reason and learning. Yet we value not just head-learning but rather how it reaches down into our hearts to make us better disciples of the Lord Jesus so we can more effectively be witnesses of his resurrection (Acts 1:8, 2:32). In short, we are “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth!” (Rom 1:16). And we invite you to “come and see” (John 1:38-39), come and be part of the Way (cf. John 14:6, Acts 9:2, 24:14), The Jesus Movement!, especially in such a non-judgmental, non-exclusionary, and loving community as St. James Clovis.
Celebrating in 2023 our 115th year of ministry in this wonderful local community.
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Quinquagesima Sunday! Last Sunday of Epiphany, and Last Sunday Before Lent Starts!
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful snow. Stay safe and enjoy the Super Bowl too! I always pray for safety at big events such as that, so please join in that prayer that everyone is safe today.
Today is the last Sunday before Lent starts. Lent starts with Ash Wednesday, which is this Wednesday, Feb 14. We are having at St James “Ashes to Go” during the lunch hour, from 12noon to 1pm, and then our Eucharistic Service to kick Lent off right at 6pm in the church.
Just before Lent starts, though, today we hear of the Transfiguration of the Lord Jesus. The Gospel is Mark 9:2-9. Dust off your bibles at home and go give that a read! It’s still the Lord’s Day, after all, even if services at the church are cancelled for weather. It’s the Lord’s Day wherever you are! Make your home the church today!
The reason we have Transfiguration today is that—like Jesus did for Peter, James, and John—the Church gives us a little foretaste of the Resurrection we will celebrate at Easter. We have a long, and perhaps difficult, Lenten Journey ahead until Easter. But the Transfiguration gives us a little foretaste of the joy and glory where we are headed. This way we can keep our eye on the ball (sorry for the horrible Super Bowl pun). Or to put it better, let us “focus on and look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
As we get ready for Lent, that beautiful season of spiritual love and longing for full Easter joy, this is a good time to think about how we want to observe this time. The Church recommends doing something extra for Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving, all three.
Prayer. Think about what you can do taking up something extra for prayer during this time, starting Ash Wednesday. I have recommended trying to pray something of the Divine Office (Morning Prayer, or Evening Prayer, or Compline) found at the beginning of the Book of Common Prayer. Maybe really try to read a chapter of Scripture every day and do something of Lectio Divina with your families or loved ones. Or it’s up to you! Take on something that you can really try to do the whole forty days of Lent.
Fasting. Give something up. Fasting really is about “not eating” and it is good to either cut back in the amount or types of food we consume in this time. Fasting means feeling hungry sometimes and it should be challenging. Of course, all health considerations should be taken account of and people should not do anything that could injure their health. But nor should we easily excuse ourselves either. What can you do and what do you feel called to try to give up? In addition to foodstuffs, obviously giving up things like “screen time” is a great idea, so that we can have more time for prayer and almsgiving!
Almsgiving. Doing good for and to others is the key of the season. If our increased prayer and fasting do not lead to doing good for someone that needs it, the whole thing is off and misplaced. “By their fruits you will know them” the Lord says (Matthew 7:16). Who do you know that can use a little help or a little love or a little extra attention in this time? Almsgiving is the most important of all Lenten practices and is the whole measure of our spiritual lives and union with Christ.
Enjoy this beautiful day! Say with St. Peter to Jesus: “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! (Mark 9:5). Think and pray about what you want to try, with God’s help and grace, to observe this Lent in terms of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
God bless you all and see you Ash Wednesday!
My love to all of you in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 16:22),
St. James’ Episcopal Church believes:
in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth;
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.