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Safe Choices

I remember saying these words to my children, then young, as they headed out the door: “Make safe choices!” They always laughed. Hmm, should that have worried me? Now I feel the urge to say the same to you. “Make safe choices!” I want you to stay home, stay safe, and when you do venture…

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Changes This Weekend

Dear Friends, I am thinking of you in this strange and worrisome time.  Within the last twenty-four hours, we have learned new information regarding the spread of COVID-19 within our country, and particularly within our diocese.  Earlier today, both the governor and the mayor urged community leaders to limit large gatherings of people when possible, and on a…

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A Change of Heart

With the start of Lent, we stop using one word, “Alleluia” (we’ll tuck that one away until Easter), and start using another word, perhaps more than we should: “repent.”  This word can conjure up many emotions, such as shame or guilt, or it may bring to mind images of a penitent soul kneeling, desperately begging…

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A Multitude of Ministry

Every week, St. James’ School holds chapel service here in the church. Canon Aidan Koh leads worship, and Jim Casey conducts the St. James’ Children’s Choir. Sixth graders in sharp, navy blazers set the elegant tone. Parents join their children in the pews. Sometimes I preach, and always offer a blessing at the end. And,…

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Much to Celebrate

Dear Friends, There are two very special events coming up in our church life this month. The first is a joint Epiphany service with the congregation of St. John’s Cathedral, with its Dean, the Very Rev. Mark Kowalewski as the preacher, this Wednesday, January 8th at 7pm. We will have Holy Eucharist and members of…

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Christmas Pageant

Our church school students, led by amazing teacher Brynna Casanova Galloway, are hard at work on this year’s Christmas pageant. It seems we have budding playwrights in our midst, because the students have taken two scripts and combined them into something new and even better! Also they have carefully chosen hymns that fit the story.…

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The Fruit of Gratitude

One day I heard this passage and it nagged at me. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Yes, I want to go to there! Who wouldn’t want to feel awesome? I just did not see the path forward. I had always thought emotions were…

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Episcopal Church 101

We want to tell you about a wonderful opportunity here at St. James’ in-the-City.  We are blessed to have as a church member the Rt. Rev. Frank Brookhart, noted author and recently retired Bishop of Montana. He and his wife, Dr. Sue Brookhart, have just returned from a trip to the Holy Land.  Beginning THIS…

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What is Your Ministry?

By the Rev. Melissa McCarthy, Canon to the Ordinary Have you ever sat down and read the Book of Common Prayer (BCP)? When I was a new Episcopalian, I spent some good time with my BCP, and with the help of my priest, I learned some of the tips and tricks for understanding it in…

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Animal Blessing and Family Fair

The Feast of St. Francis and Blessing of the Animals Join us for this always-fun Sunday morning with our pets in tow to celebrate the wonder of creation on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and to have our beloved pets blessed by one of our clergy in a special service open to all.…

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