Green Team Update: Appalachia and Coal

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.

While coal-fired energy production emits large amounts of carbon dioxide which damages our planet, the loss of employment in that industry has hurt many people.

Frostburg, MD Coal Mine

Ideas from different perspectives are most valuable: how do we balance both the needs of our planet and those of people? After watching the preview of From the Ashes, the group suggested the following ideas:    

— Learn more about Appalachia and the people there by reading. Explore the website for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

Contact your Congressperson and request their support for continued funding of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

— Sign up for ARC’s newsletter or follow on Facebook.

— Consider visiting Appalachia, its beautiful state parks and bluegrass festivals. Abingdon and Bristol are considered “big cities; but you can find the most distressed counties listed by state here

— Volunteer to help in free clinics such as Mission of Mercy.

— Consider how other countries address the loss of coal jobs (U. K., Canada, etc.)

Mountaintop Coal Mine

Syllabus for The Path: A Journey through the Bible

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)

Suggested Bible: Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version

Session Dates and Conversation Chapters

June 25 & June 27 Session 1: Chapters 1 & 2

July 2 & 4 Session 2: Chapters 3 & 4

July 9 & 11 Session 3: Chapters 5 & 6

July 16 & 18 Session 4: Chapters 7 & 8

July 23 & 25 Session 5: Chapters 9 & 10

July 30 & August 1 Session 6: Chapters 11 & 12

August 6 & 8 Session 7: Chapters 13, 14, & 15

August 13 & 15 Session 8: Chapters 16, 17, & 18

August 20 & 22 Session 9: Chapters 19, 20, & 21

August 27 & 29 Session 10: Chapters 22, 23, & 24

Learning Groups

The primary purpose of learning groups for The Path is to facilitate participants in getting an overview of the Bible story and applying Biblical themes to daily life, which will provide a solid foundation for deeper exploration of the Bible in the future. Participation in a learning group is not a requirement for summer adult formation, but it helps. Individual reading or occasional group attendance is fine. Do what works.

Sunday Learning Group, 9:15 in Reception Room (Childcare for five years and younger in Nursery)

Tuesday Learning Group, 10:30 in Reception Room

Home Learning Group (Form your own group of two or more; meet in your own space. Contact Fr. Randolph for more information.)

Online Learning Group (Join the Saint James’ Adult Formation Facebook group.)

Learning Group Conversation Norms

Respectful Conversation Guidelines

  • R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you say and feel without blaming others
  • E = use EMPATHETIC listening
  • S = be SENSITIVE to differences in communication styles
  • P = PONDER what you hear and feel before you speak
  • E = EXAMINE your own assumptions and perceptions
  • C = keep CONFIDENTIALITY
  • T = TRUST ambiguity because we are NOT here to debate who is right or wrong

Adult Formation Update: Summer Plans

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!!

If you have questions or comments, contact me at randolph@saintjameswarrenton.org

The Path: A Journey through the Bible (Published by Forward Movement)

June 25 – August 29, Sundays at 9:15 and Tuesdays at 10:30

Read the Bible in 70 days… or 24 hours!

The Path includes all the primary passages of the Bible in the New Revised Standard Version, the same version we use in worship. Connecting text folds in paraphrases from Scripture that are not quoted. There are also study questions and suggestions. Each of the 24 chapters are 10-15 pages long, and a  chapter can be read and studied in less than an hour. There are 70 days left in the summer; that’s 10 weeks. That’s less than two hours a week of Bible reading. We can do this! Plus God wants us to do it.

The adult formation goal for Saint James’ is that as many parishioners as possible read The Path, the entire book, by Labor Day. If we reach that goal, it means that a large percentage of active parishioners will have revisited or read for the first time the whole Bible story. That means that we will have taken a huge step towards becoming a more Biblically literate congregation. We can and will, with God’s help.

If you have questions or comments, contact me at randolph@saintjameswarrenton.org

Read the Bible in 91 Days!

“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.

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Green Team Update: Response to Leaving the Paris Climate Agreement

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.

— We work ever harder on our individual efforts to reduce our use of resources and our production of carbon dioxide.

— We join and support (both financially and with our time) those groups that work for sustainability. Virginia has joined the U. S. Climate Alliance; consider voicing your support for this action.

— We support the advancement of research in STEM in our universities -perhaps earmarking donations to our alma maters – and research facilities.

— We never forget those who lose homes and livelihood due to climate change.

— We never forget those who lose jobs from change in technology and who need support and education.

Your feedback is welcome: greenteam@saintjameswarrenton.org

Featured photo via United Nations Photo on Flickr.

From The Ashes: Environmental Film Night is Thursday, June 15

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.

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Adult Formation in Easter & Pentecost 2017

Learning More about Today’s Episcopal Church: Challenges and Opportunities

Adult Formation at Saint James’ Warrenton

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, St. James’, The Episcopal Church]

Learning More about Today’s Episcopal Church: Challenges and Opportunities

Primary Book

The Episcopal Way ($10 paperback/100 pages; $10 Kindle)

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Adult Formation Update: May 25, 2017

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 randolph@saintjameswarrenton.org

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Table Talk: Week of May 7, 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.

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Adult Formation in the Season of Easter

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

Dates

– Four sessions, offered twice, beginning Sunday, May 7

Primary Book

The Episcopal Way: Church’s Teaching for a Changing World ($10, 100 pages; $10 Kindle)

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Education for Ministry (EfM) at Saint James’

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.”

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Earth Day Events in the DC Area

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.

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Holy Week 2017 Recap: Photos, Video & Scripture Readings

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.

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Easter Sunday: Collect & Scriptures

Collect

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Holy Saturday: Collect & Scriptures

Below are the collect and scripture readings for Holy Saturday. You can also read the lectionary for the Great Vigil of Easter, which spans the creation of the universe to the resurrection, here.

collect

O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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Maundy Thursday: Collect & Scriptures

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – Book of Common Prayer, page 221

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Wednesday in Holy Week: Collect & Scriptures

Lord God, whose blessed Son our Savior gave his body to be whipped and his face to be spit upon: Give us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of the present time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – Book of Common Prayer, page 220

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Tuesday in Holy Week: Collect & Scriptures

O God, by the passion of your blessed Son you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means of life: Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son 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, page 220

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