Eager to love; Chapter THREE, “Living on the Edge of the Inside: Simplicity and Justice”
Quote from page 33-34
Francis and Clare were not so much prophets by what they said as in the radical, system-critiquing way that they lived their lives. They found both their inner and outer freedom by structurally living on the edge of the inside of both church and society. …
Francis and Clare’s agenda for justice was the most foundational and undercutting of all others: a very simple lifestyle outside the system of production and consumption (the real meaning of the vow of poverty), plus a conscious identification with the marginalized of society (the communion of saints pushed to its outer edge). In this position you do not “do acts of peace and justice as much as your life is itself peace and justice. You take your small and sufficient place in the great and grand scheme of God. By “living on the edge of the inside” I mean building on the Tradition (“from the inside”) but doing it from a new and creative stance where you cannot be coopted for purposes of security, possession, or the illusions of power (“on the edge”).
- How does Francis and Clare’s life of simplicity and justice connect with your lifestyle?
Continue reading “Notes on Chapter 3: Learning More about St Francis and Creation”
The Episcopal Church is a “wide tent” denomination. We welcome people with different social views, different theological views, different political views, different biblical views, different lifestyle views, and yet all of us are connected to a strong faith center, and through that center we are bound to each other.
When it comes to corporate worship, we have lots of options because we honor the diversity of parishioners and the validity of the many ways to praise God in the Episcopal tradition.
Continue reading “Corporate Worship at Saint James’”
“The people stand or kneel.” – Book of Common Prayer, page 362
by Norma Thatcher
I began attending the Episcopal Church in 1986.
Having been raised as a Methodist, I didn’t quite get the standing, kneeling, genuflecting, crossing of oneself, etc. I simply followed the lead of those around me, just as visitors to Saint James’ do currently.
Continue reading “Personal Reflection: Why I Stand to Pray in Church”
“The people kneel or stand.” – Book of Common Prayer, page 334
by Ninie Laing
Everyone should feel comfortable doing what seems appropriate for her own spiritual growth. I am a visual person, easily distracted by the scene around me. If I stand to pray with my eyes open, I am tempted to focus on my surroundings and not my inner dialogue with God.
Continue reading “Personal Reflection: Why I Kneel for the Prayers”
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.
In Sunday School this week, your children learned the Parable of the Sower. In it, the Sower spreads their seeds on many different soils. Those seeds that landed on rocks, or among thorns, or were eaten by birds, did not grow. Only those seeds sown in the good earth were able to push their roots into the ground and grow to be harvested.
Continue reading “Table Talk: Week of September 24, 2017”
The Stewardship Committee’s motto is “Forming Relationships, Making Connections, Offering our Gifts.” And it all starts with knowing each other! Please respond with your photograph and directory information so we can build community. Thanks, The Membership Team.
And we would like two things from every household:
#1- A PHOTOGRAPH
If you already have a photograph in the directory, and you want a new one, OR if you’ve never submitted one, you now have 2 options:
- Click here to sign up for a “photo shoot” with Coy between the two Sunday-morning services on October 1, 8, 15, or 22.
- Already have a photo you’d like to use? Send a new photo in an email to Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Continue reading “Directory Photos: Help Us Connect!”
The Green Team continues its Season of Creation challenge to each member of Saint James’: take the time each day to go outdoors and photograph an insect or a flower.
Most of all, enjoy the daily “hunt” for your photograph subject. Later, you might consider framing your photographs or having them made into note cards. Post your favorites on the church bulletin board in the hall.
Eager to love; Chapter Two, “A Happy Run Downward: The Inner Authority of Those Who Have Suffered”
Quote from page 20
I believe both Francis and Clare had this kind of inner authority, and it is still part of their essential message for the world. They lost and let go of all fear of suffering, all need for power, prestige, and possession, and all need for their small self to be important, and they came out the other side knowing something essential – who they really were in God and thus who they really were.
- How does letting go of power, prestige, and possessions enable you to know who you really are “in Christ”?
Continue reading “Notes on Chapter 2: Learning More about St Francis and Creation”
The middle school youth group kicked off a new year at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville on Saturday, September 16
Warrenton’s best kept secret will be opening in September. Yes…Saint James’ Café will be serving once again those amazing dishes between services on Sunday’s beginning September 10!
Continue reading “Café is back beginning September 10!”
Back by popular demand the “Brunch, Lunch, and Supper Club” will be in full swing once again at Saint James’ starting this fall.
Have you ever wondered about the person sitting next to you in Church? Now is your time to find out more about that person!
Continue reading “Breakfast, Lunch or Supper Clubs Are Back!”
It is that time of year again, we are looking for a dedicated few to take up the role of Sunday School teacher for our church.
We are still looking for 1 teacher in our Pre-K/K classroom, 2 teachers for our 1st and 2nd grade Godly Play program and 1 teacher for our 3rd-5th classroom.
Continue reading “We still need Sunday School teachers!”
Sunday School start time is changing! Beginning this Sunday, September 10, we will no longer be asking parents to drop off their children for Sunday School children before the service. Instead, you should bring your children into church with you and they will all process out together at 10:15 am, when Father Ben starts the announcements. Thank you in advance for helping us make this transition!
Please reach out to Laura Updyke at email@example.com if you have any questions.
When will we break ground?
That is the question asked almost daily from parishioners, school parents, staff, neighbors. The answer is “as soon as we possibly can”! Originally we had hoped to begin at the beginning of September but are now shooting for the end of the month/ beginning of October. We are currently seeking final approval of our site plan, construction drawings, and necessary permitting.
Continue reading “Church/School Expansion Update: September 2017”
As I write this Monday morning, I am still buoyed by Sunday’s church picnic at Jimmy’s and Gina’s. It was good for my heart to see well over 100 parishioners, new and established of all ages, there to enjoy a beautiful day, to celebrate their connection to Saint James’, and to show their appreciation and affection for Gina.
While pleasantly distracted, much of me feels compelled to use this medium to express my heartache, solidarity, and prayers for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and to discuss the divisive events that unfolded two weeks earlier in Charlottesville. In fact, many times on Sunday, I was struck with the difficult dichotomy between the absolutely perfect weather and beautiful bucolic setting in Virginia and the grey skies, torrential rains, downed limbs and power lines, and rising waters in Texas.
Continue reading “2017 Fall Newsletter: Reflections from Fr Ben”
Sunday, September 10 marks the start of several Saint James’ ministries and programs for the fall, and we hope you’ll jump on board!
Continue reading “Sunday, September 10: A Day You Should Be At Church!”