Adult Formation at Saint James’
Adult formation is learning about the faith and being formed by the triune God through
- study of religious sources [Bible, Prayer Book, books, etc.]
- contemplative prayer [lectio divina, contemplation, centering prayer, examen, etc.]
- meaningful conversation [honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, helpful, respectful, etc.]
- and participation in the life of a faith community. [learning groups, Saint James’, The Episcopal Church]
Continue reading “Updated Syllabus for The Path: A Journey through the Bible”
Thank you for your prayers and all the ways you supported our mission team while down in Hollywood, South Carolina. Thank you also to all of the adult volunteers (and their families) who volunteered their time and talents, and to our youth who represented Saint James’ so wonderfully. The trip was a transformative experience.
Read blog posts from each day of the missions trip
Please take the time to watch the youth (and our Director of Family Ministries) reflect on their experience, and if you watch the whole service you will even hear them sing and play the ukulele!
Continue reading “2017 SC Youth Missions Trip Recap”
Hopefully one last parish meeting before we break ground on the expansion building project!
As we file all of the necessary paperwork for us to break ground in early September we need a more specific resolution regarding our financing and collateralizing of our endowment and rectory as conditions of our loan.
Come to church on Sunday July 23rd and cast your vote! We will open the meeting right after the 8am service and will keep the meeting open until after the 10:15 service and ballots can be cast at any time during that window. Please make sure to make it to church that Sunday as this is an important requirement.
by Laura Updyke, Interim Director of Family Ministries
Calling all acolytes! There will be an acolyte training session on August 27th immediately following the 10:15 service. It will last about an hour. Current acolytes wishing to take on a new role or those wishing to become an acolyte should plan to attend. Here are the roles your children can play in the service:
- 3rd grade and up – Torch
- 5th grade and up – Crucifer
- 7th grade and up – Server
- 9th grade and up – Chalicer
We do not have an age limit for Epistler, because we believe that is self-selecting. Whenever your child feels comfortable reading out loud, they are welcome to take it on.
If you have any questions, please contact Laura Updyke at email@example.com.
Continue reading “Update on Family Ministries: 2017 Summer Newsletter”
A Brief History of the Pipe Organ and Church, by Jesse Ratcliff
The most attention-grabbing object in the church, aside from stained glass windows is the pipe organ. With its commanding appearance and rapturous tone, it’s difficult to ignore. In worship, its primary job is to lead hymns and accompany the choir. The prelude, on the other hand, though not integral to the service, is sometimes the most overlooked role of the organ.
The history of the prelude is extensive, but has always held an important role in regards to worship. In the Baroque era, (1600-1750) Bach utilized the prelude as a means of conveying a chorale/hymn melody to the congregation. He utilized numerous compositional tools to enhance the chorale text.
Continue reading “Message from the Choirmaster: 2017 Summer Newsletter”
by fr. ben maas
Nearing the end of our Shrine Mont retreat, I grabbed a cup of coffee early Sunday morning and headed into the woods to walk a bit and gather my thoughts for the impending service in the shrine. I passed the labyrinth and the stations of the cross and decided that I had enough time to reach the cross (located atop a tower on the mountain’s peak). It’s not a long hike, but you get high enough to look over the tree line at the valley below. Reaching the summit, I enjoyed a gentle breeze and the last sip of now barely lukewarm coffee, looked over the valley, and was struck by juxtaposing revelations.
Continue reading “Message from the Rector: 2017 Summer Newsletter”
FROM THE GREEN CORNER:
From the Ashes, a National Geographic documentary and Tribeca Film Festival 2017 Selection, will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel Sunday, June 25 at 9 PM (check your local listing to verify time).
This documentary provides a thought-provoking look at Appalachia, the use of coal for energy production, the problems that arise, and some possible solutions. The Green Team, Warrenton Climate Change Group, and Virginia Interfaith Council co-sponsored a preview of the documentary last week at Saint James’ and recommend the film.
Continue reading “Green Team Update: Appalachia and Coal”
Adult Formation at Saint James’
Adult formation is learning about the faith and being formed by the triune God through:
1) study of religious sources [Bible, Prayer Book, books, etc.]
2) contemplative prayer [lectio divina, contemplation, centering prayer, examen, etc.]
3) meaningful conversation [honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, helpful, respectful, etc.]
4) and participation in the life of a faith community. [learning groups, Saint James’, The Episcopal Church]
The Path: A Journey through the Bible
Course Book: The Path: A Journey through the Bible ($10 paperback/334 pages; $10 Kindle)
Continue reading “Syllabus for The Path: A Journey through the Bible”
The Final Sessions of “Learning More about Today’s Episcopal Church
Sunday, June 18, 9:15 and 11:45 and Tuesday, June 20, 10:30
The Episcopal Way
- Chapter 12, “Falling in Love with God Again”
- Conclusion, “Walking the Episcopal Way”
People of the Way
- Chapter 7, “Living as Disciples”
- Chapter 8, “Organized for Mission”
All are welcome, whether you have read the assignments or not! Seriously!!
Continue reading “Adult Formation Update: Summer Plans”
“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” – Book of Common Prayer, Proper 28
The adult formation ministry team is challenging all parishioners to read the Bible in 91 days! Can you do it? Will you do it?
Here’s the plan:
The summer program to read the Bible begins on Trinity Sunday (June 11) and ends on the Sunday after Labor Day (September 10). That’s 91 days.
— The book we will be using is The Path: A Journey Through the Bible. It includes all the primary passages of the Bible, using the New Revised Standard Version, which is the same translation you hear in church. In addition to actual Bible passages, there is connecting text to covers the sense of the omitted portions in order for readers to experience the complete Bible story.
Continue reading “Read the Bible in 91 Days!”
For all of us, our country’s departure from the Paris Climate Agreement was deeply disturbing. Responses however, have included some very positive suggestions which focus on the fact that we, as Americans and Christians, believe that individuals are empowered to act. Please consider the following ways to respond:
— We pray because the Earth is God’s creation, and it is in His hands. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church made the following statement. A number of Episcopal Church bishops have also issued a joint statement.
Continue reading “Green Team Update: Response to Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement”
Thursday, June 15 @ 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall
FROM THE ASHES is being shown in small venues all over the U.S. before it premiers on the National Geographic Channel later in June. The Interfaith Power and Light network is distributing advance copies of the film with the intention of raising awareness that will potentially result in both thought-provoking conversation and constructive action.
FROM THE ASHES captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be.
Continue reading “From The Ashes: Environmental Film Night is Thursday, June 15”
What do you get when you cross a wort hog with your favorite Episcopal church and school?
A very fun adult spirit night!!
Join us at Wort Hog Brewing Company on Thursday, June 8 anytime from 5:00 – 8:00 pm for a church and school spirit night, which will benefit the CONNECTED Capital Campaign!
You can learn more about the CONNECT Campagin at saintjamesepiscopalschool.org/connected
See you there!
Worship: Prayers of the People
by Randolph Charles
In the Prayers of the People, there are spaces for us to add, either aloud or silently, our own prayers of concerns and thanksgivings. This brief naming of a specific person, need, or blessing in the context of a general prayer is one way to make our common worship more personal.
If you have questions or comments, contact Randolph at firstname.lastname@example.org
Continue reading “Adult Formation Update: May 25, 2017”
Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story. Please read the summary, look up the story online, in your bible, or a children’s bible, and begin the discussion. Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development. What a gift to provide a child. Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.
The Good Shepherd
This week in Sunday School your children heard about how God, and Jesus with him, cares for us like a shepherd, bringing us to good grass and still waters and protecting us from danger. We can see how he was there in the past and he will be there in our future, supporting us in good and hard times. The 23rd Psalm affirms that God is always with us, with Jesus caring for us as a Good Shepherd.
Continue reading “Table Talk: Week of May 7, 2017”
Mission Statement for Adult Formation
Adult formation is learning about the faith and being formed by the Triune God through study of religious sources, contemplative prayer, meaningful conversation, and participation in the life of a faith community.
Learning Group Course: Episcopal Identity
– Four sessions, offered twice, beginning Sunday, May 7
– The Episcopal Way: Church’s Teaching for a Changing World ($10, 100 pages; $10 Kindle)
Continue reading “Adult Formation in the Season of Easter”
What is EfM?
Every baptized person is called to ministry, and the four year Education for Ministry (EfM) program is preparation for that ministry. Lay persons face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. We benefit from a theological education that supports our faith and also teaches us to express it in our day-to-day lives. With the knowledge and skills developed during EfM, we are better equipped to live out the vocation for which we pray at the end of the eucharist: “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.”
Continue reading “Education for Ministry (EfM) at Saint James’”
FROM THE GREEN CORNER
Do you have plans for EARTH DAY on April 22? There are many good events going on that help us appreciate our planet.
But did you know that the Anglican Communion recognizes a similar but much older celebration on April 25? It is called ROGATION DAY, and the earliest ceremonies were believed to have been practiced in the British Isles in the 7th century when farmers asked the priest to bless their newly planted crops.
Even then, people understood the vital need of healthy soil and God’s blessing for abundance. Take time to pray for the health of our planet during the upcoming week. Consider the many pressures upon our planet’s resources and how you can help.
Continue reading “Earth Day Events in the DC Area”
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Holy Week so special! So many hands go into every service and every church activity – you can learn more about our clergy, music programs, children’s ministry, ushers, acolytes, altar guild, flower guild and so many other parts of the Saint James’ community throughout our website.
Below you will find photos and video of each service in Holy Week, and Scripture readings for each day of the week. We know that Holy Week can be an overwhelming time, with so many services and so many stories packed into such a short time. We hope that you will reflect on each day, and the power of each moment, at your own pace.
Continue reading “Holy Week 2017 Recap: Photos, Video & Scripture Readings”