Fr. Ben and Scott Christian Discuss their Holy Land Experiences | June 8

An opportunity to hear about Scott Christian and Father Ben’s trips to the Holy Land.

Please Join us Wednesday, June 8th from 7-8:30pm for fellowship, refreshment and the chance to view images and hear stories from Scott and Fr. Ben’s trip to Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Galilee, Bethlehem, and more. Continue reading “Fr. Ben and Scott Christian Discuss their Holy Land Experiences | June 8”

Communities of Peace Earth Day Event

2016 Earth Day Flyer Revised Final (1)You’re invited to a Communities of Peace event called “Sharing Stories of our Connection to Nature.”  The event will take place this coming Saturday afternoon from 1:30 – 3:00 at the Airlie Conference Center, 6809 Airlie Road Warrenton VA.

The three speakers will be Ambassador John W. McDonald, “The Father of UNEP,” telling the story of the creation of the United Nations Environmental Programme, Father Don Conroy, telling the story of the creation of Earth Day at Airlie, and 9-year old Astrid Determan, sharing the story of her action to save endangered species.

You’ll find more information on the attached flyer.  rsvp’s are important to receive by this Thursday!

What Your Children Learned: April 17

Godly Play- 1st & 2nd Grade: “The Good Shepherd and World Communion”

The children in our Godly Play class will hear from two lessons that are both different, but are connected to our Gospel lesson for the day and what the other classes and parents will be hearing. The lesson starts out similarly to our Gospel reading for the day, where there was someone in the land doing such wonderful things and saying such amazing things that people wondered who he was. Finally, they couldn’t take it anymore, they had to ask him. When they did, he answered them and said, “I am the Good Shepherd. I know each one of the sheep by name, and they know the sound of my voice.” He then went on to say his sheep follow him, and he shows them the way to “good grass”. Then moving on into the lesson, the children hear how the “Good Shepherd”, Jesus, calls all of his “sheep”, all the people of the world, to gather around a table. This isn’t just any table, it’s His table. During this gathering Jesus is in the bread and the wine. As this lesson comes to a close, it ends with the children looking at a very powerful image of the sheep and people of the world surrounding the table of the Good Shepherd. Continue reading “What Your Children Learned: April 17”

History of Saint James’: El Camino de Santiago

Saint James, aka Saint James the Greater, Saint James the Elder, and James, son of Zebedee

Fellow parishioner Jim Timberlake is now on a walking pilgrimage – the route is called “El Camino de Santiago,” or “The Way of Saint James” as its often called in English – to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, believed to be the burial place of Saint James.  One of the Twelve Apostles, James was distinguished as being in Jesus’ innermost circle and the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament (Acts 12:2).  Born in Galilee, Palestine, he died 44 CE in Jerusalem by order of King Herod Agrippa I of Judea

Medieval Christian legends tell us that Saint James had traveled widely on the Iberian Peninsula, bringing Christianity to the Celtic peoples.  Following his martyrdom, his relics were supposedly taken back to Spain and enshrined. During Roman persecution, however, the early Spanish Christians were forced to abandon the shrine and with the depopulation of the area following the fall of the Roman Empire, the location of the shrine was forgotten.  In 813 CE, so the legend goes, a hermit led by a beckoning star and celestial music discovered the location of the buried relics.

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What Your Children Learned: April 3

Pre K-K & 3rd-5th Gospel: John 20:24-29 “Doubting Thomas”

In the past seven weeks we have been building toward the Easter story and all that led to Jesus’ arrest, death, and resurrection. So this week, we will pick up where we left off. It was a very sad time for Jesus’ disciples after he died on the cross. It seemed like all their work and effort had come to an end. The man they believed in and had expected to restore God’s Kingdom again in Israel was now dead and buried. What were they going to do? Then the excitement of the news of the resurrection came! Continue reading “What Your Children Learned: April 3”

Holy Saturday & Easter Sunday Worship Services

holy saturdayRead the Gospel for Holy SaturdayHoly Saturday | Easter Vigil, 8pm

Possibly the most beautiful service of the church year, the Easter Vigil begins outside in our courtyard with the kindling of a fire from which the paschal candle is lit. From that candle each person lights their candle as the service begins in darkness. While still in the tomb we read of God’s saving work throughout history.

We then enter the sacrament of baptism and as we are pulled from that watery grave, we reign in Easter with the setting and adornment of the altar, lighting the altar candles, organ fanfare, and illuminating the worship area before we celebrate that first Easter Eucharist. The service actually takes us from death to new life and we really experience that Easter moment.

If you have not been to the Vigil, please consider making it your Easter celebration. Also, following the service, Lent is officially over, we will celebrate with a champagne and chocolate reception in the parish hall. Continue reading “Holy Saturday & Easter Sunday Worship Services”

Holy Week | Worship Services

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Read the Gospel for Good FridayGood Friday | Stations of the Cross, 12pm | Good Friday Liturgy, 7pm

At noon we gather in the nave and tell the story of Christ’s crucifixion as an acolyte moves from station to station as we read and respond to each event. The readings for each station are distributed to members of the congregation prior to the beginning of the service.

Our poignant 7pm service begins in silence and includes a reading of the Passion according to John, solemn prayer, and then the veneration of the cross. Continue reading “Holy Week | Worship Services”

Holy Week | Worship Services

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Eucharist with foot washing and the stripping of the altar.

There is heaviness in the air as Jesus gathers his closest friends with the knowledge this will be the last meal they will share together on this side of the grave. We also remember that on this night Jesus washed his friends feet and to illustrate his new commandment that we love one another the way that he had loved them. Then after we break bread together for the last time before Easter, we acknowledge Christ’s impending death by stripping the altar and departing in silence. Continue reading “Holy Week | Worship Services”

The Passion Story in John’s Gospel

The Gospel of St. John, Chapters 13-19

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

13 Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4 got up from the table,a took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” 9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet,b but is entirely clean. And youc are clean, though not all of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

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The Passion Story in Luke’s Gospel

Luke 22:14-23:56

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

When the hour for the Passover meal came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!” Then they began to ask one another, which one of them it could be who would do this.

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Final Lenten Supper

Wednesday, March 16

Supper at 5:30 | Discussion at 6:00

Our last Wednesday Lenten discussion will address our responsibility for our planet.  

The church (especially the Episcopal Church) has long understood their responsibility for the created world, but has come to that place by very different means.  We will look at different biblical perspectives, different theological understandings, and what we at Saint James’ are doing and should do in the future to be better stewards of the fragile earth, our home

We will also participate in bible study and experience the richness and layers of meaning that come from careful informed study.  We will enter into discussion and participate in practical examples of ministries as we ask “what does scripture have to say about it? Why do we do it? Does it help build up the kingdom of God? Is it part of our core identity as the body of Christ?”

Volunteer at Preschool Workshops

lse sjecInterested in volunteering for a preschool workshop? Register here!

Why volunteer to help with the Preschool Workshops Saint James’ is co-sponsoring?

Here are some facts about preschool that may surprise and inspire you to help:

  1. Preschool can help combat crime, teen pregnancy, and high school dropout rates. When children have the benefit of a high-quality early childhood education, they make cognitive and social gains that prepare them to start school. These foundational skills allow them to build on their learning and knowledge through school and into adulthood. As a result, a child without an early childhood education is 25 percent more likely to drop out of school, 40 percent more likely to become a teenage parent, and 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime.
  2. Early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market. Some policymakers worry about the upfront cost of early childhood education. However, studies show that early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make—and that includes investments in the financial market. The estimated return on investment for high quality early childhood education is ten percent. In comparison, the average return on investment in the stock market is 7.2 percent.

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Women’s Retreat | March 12

Join us on March 12 from 9am – 2pm for a Lenten Women’s Retreat.

In Preparation for Easter we will focus on meditations on the seven words of Christ on the cross. The words of Jesus will come alive in a new way, perhaps even understanding them for the first time. This will be a time of teaching, discussion, personal reflection, and above all, enjoying each other’s company.

Critty Fairbanks who led the Women’s Fall Retreat will be leading this year’s Lenten Study.

Rev. Lyn & Women’s Study Group

 

Lyn and Alice

We bid a fond fair well and God Speed to Rev. Lyn. We thank her for all of her hard work and spiritual leadership. The Celtic service will never be the same without her authentic Celtic voice! The Women’s Study Group and Women’s Retreats will greatly miss her direction and thoughtful insights.

The Women’s Study Group intends to continue throughout the year, exploring various topics, with different facilitators. Our first sessions will be a discussion of the book: The Handwriting on the Wall, The secrets from the prophecies of Daniel. The group will take a break for Christmas and will return again Tuesday, January 5 at our regular time, 10:30AM. All women are encouraged to participate. The book will be available in the office at a price of $13. Please join us.

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Bishop Gulick Visits the 5th Grade

Bishop Ted Gulick joined the Fifth Grade religious education class taught by his wife Barbara Gulick as they learn about the history of the Church. Bishop Ted chanted the Lord’s Prayer in Latin and explained the Bishop’s garments from the middle ages.

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Directory quarterly supplements

Directory quarterly supplements are now available on the table outside of the parish hall. Please take a sheet and add it to your current directory. If you would like to have your families information added or corrected, please contact Nancy in the church office to give her the information or pictures. Next update will come out in July.