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Scout Sunday

Boy Scouts Troop 10 is the oldest continuously-sponsored troop in the United States, sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church. Matt Rauchberg is the current Scoutmaster of the Troop. Troop 10 shares meeting space in the basement of the Parish Office building with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and this Sunday we welcome the Scouts and…

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Leaving Behind a Love Letter

One of the hardest memories I have of my father’s passing is that my family was forced to drive around the day of his death trying to find a mortuary and cemetery. The hospital where he died needed to move him after a certain amount of hours and needed to know where to send his…

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A Moveable Feast

Holy Name, Epiphany, First Sunday after Christmas,  Baptism of our Lord, Holy Innocents … If you were to look at a liturgical calendar you would see all of the above happening within a ten-day period. Dilemma! What do do on December 31st? Epiphany, is one of the great feasts of the Church year and it…

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Gaudete Sunday

You will notice that this Sunday we light the rose colored candle in the Advent wreath. Sometimes called Rose Sunday, rose colored vestments may also be worn. The special name for the third Sunday in Advent is Gaudete Sunday, the Latin word meaning “rejoice” after Philippians 4:4, often used as an Introit for this day.…

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Be Awake!

In 1934 Christian theologians in Germany like Karl Barth, Martin Niemöller and Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke out against the Nazi take-over of churches under the Hitler regime. They created a document called the Barmen Declaration which confessed that the Church was not to be an arm of the state and that the basic tenants of Christianity…

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Feast of Christ the King

This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, (alternatively called the Feast of the Reign of Christ). It is a relatively new addition to the liturgical calendar having been inaugurated in 1925 by Pope Pius XI and within a few decades spreading to Protestant denominations as well, including the Episcopal Church, the Lutheran Church…

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Feasts & Fasts

Isaiah 58:6 Is not this the fast that I choose: …   Isaiah 58:7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; …and not to hide yourself from your own kin?   It’s the feasting season, Thanksgiving, Christmas. But, nearly every day in the church…

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Ingathering Sunday

Welcome to Ingathering Sunday and Celebration Luncheon! You are invited to participate! As we began our Stewardship Campaign with a spirited offertory procession up to the “crown” at the head of the aisle on African Fellowship Sunday, today we’ll close our campaign with that same lively procession of thanksgiving and generosity. But we ask that…

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Introducing the Chair of Your Rector Search Committee

I’m Ingrid-Finley Scott, and have agreed to serve as the chair and vestry liaison of our rector search committee. I’ve been a member of the St. James congregation for seventeen years, my late husband and I having been introduced to it by my parents, who told me I would love the place and its people.…

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“And a little child shall lead them…”

For about a year we at St. James’ have been praying for a little girl named Cassidy McCarthy, the niece of parishioners Ed McCarthy and José Zambrana. When she was four she was diagnosed with cancer. This brave little girl underwent rigorous and debilitating chemotherapy for an extended period of time this past year. She…

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