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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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Charity and Stewardship

Charity and stewardship are not the same. We undertake our charitable giving on our own initiative and according to our own choice. Stewardship is an obligation—a responsibility entrusted to us by virtue of our baptism for the care of the household of God. As in any family, it is understood that we contribute to the…

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Nourishing a Community of Hope Through Prayer, Action and Giving!

Prayer undergirds everything we do. St. Paul has told us that the Holy Spirit prays in us without ceasing with “sighs too deep for words.” How much more fruitful it is for that Spirit when we open our hearts wide to the love of God in prayer and contemplation. Through prayer we are called to…

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For All Creatures

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, St. James’ In the City will donate 100% of its loose plate offering between two nonprofit agencies that support animals in need. Founded by Martine Colette in 1965 and incorporated in 1976, the internationally recognized Wildlife Waystation shelters disabled wild and exotic animals on 160 acres in the…

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Nourishing a Community of Hope

 When I was growing up, at a certain point children were expected to take on the responsibility of doing what most people then called “chores” appropriate to their age. My mother hated that word. She said doing something in support of family life should not be called a “chore”. Rather it should be an act…

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