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.

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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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Adult Formation Journal: February 8, 2017

It is a proven fact that we grow in our faith when we do three things:

  1. read and study the Bible daily, whether it is one verse, one chapter, or more,
  2. pray daily, whether it is ten minutes of being still and quiet with God, one hour of contemplation, or praying throughout the day,
  3. apply faith principles to our daily lives, whether it is occasionally or often.

I have attached the two latest Daily Meditations from Richard Rohr:

His topic is contemplative prayer. Granted, it’s counterintuitive and not the way most people pray, but anyone can learn a method of contemplative prayer. It may be the most important step we can take to grow spiritually in this age. I welcome your comments and questions at Randolph@saintjameswarrenton.org.

Fr Randolph’s Reflections on Advent

Advent, in so many ways, is a strange and countercultural concept. The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is probably the busiest of the entire year. Our calendars are filled with both enjoyable and challenging events – parties, family, friends, meals, travel, presents, sorrow, depression, memories, reconnecting, year-end deadlines, semester exams, anxiety, high expectations, disappointments, deep emotions, faith commitments, relational responsibilities, practical worries, hope and joy for the future, celebrations of life… the list goes on and on. It’s exhausting.

In our culture, the month before Christmas is fast and active, but the Church calls us to slow down and wait during the season of Advent. What a concept! Waiting may be just as important as acting. Of course, we will always spend a much greater portion of our day doing things, but waiting is also a critical part of our lives – waiting for clarity, waiting for the right moment, waiting for a response, waiting for inspiration, waiting for someone.

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Table Talk: Week of December 4, 2016

As your children learn about Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School this season, we encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Each week, we will provide you with the reading done in church for the lighting of our Advent Candles and questions that can be used to discuss them. You can use them as you light your own candles or simply as a conversation-starter. 

Reading for the Second Sunday of Advent

Last Sunday we lit the first candle─the candle of hope. Today we add the second candle, the candle of peace. We light it knowing full well that peace is elusive, and in some parts of the world, it is almost completely absent. Yet in this season of Advent, we trust that God is never absent from us. God is always preparing something new. And even where there is war and discord, whether between countries, within families, or within our own hearts, God is present, gently leading us to new possibilities.

(The first and second candles are lit.)

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Table Talk: Week of November 27, 2016

As your children learn about Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School this season, we encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Each week, we will provide you with the reading done in church for the lighting of our Advent Candles and questions that can be used to discuss them. You can use them as you light your own candles or simply as a conversation-starter.

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Adult Formation for Advent & Epiphany

Advent Begins This Sunday!

The Season of Advent begins this Sunday, November 27.

Your Adult Formation Discernment Team is inviting and encouraging the entire Saint James’ Parish to read and discuss What Are You Waiting For?, a book of brief daily Advent meditations written by Christine McSpadden, an Episcopal priest, and published by Forward Movement.

The Formation Team is providing a free copy to the first 100 parish households who commit to reading the daily meditations (two short pages) and discussing them in a group setting before or after worship on Sunday, or with a group of friends sometime during the week.

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2016 Adult Formation Discernment & Survey

Dear Adult Parishioners of Saint James’,

Fr. Ben has asked us to begin a process of developing adult formation programs at Saint James’. The term formation refers to deepening spiritual journeys through learning, praying, and worshiping in a way that both touches our hearts and minds, and allows us to be shaped and formed by God.

Here is our plan:

  • Affirm and support current formation programs.
  • Conduct a parish survey to learn the formation needs and preferences of adult parishioners.
  • Discern and launch new programs for the Season of Epiphany (January 6-February 28).
  • Create a ministry team or committee structure for the ongoing oversight and coordination of adult formation programs.
  • Commission the leaders and participants of adult formation ministries on January 8, the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord.

We are using Survey Monkey for our parish survey, which will facilitate data compilation and analysis. We are asking every adult to complete a survey by November 23. We need to hear from you. We want to hear from you.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

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2016 Missions Trip Prayer Suggestions

Things to pray for:

  • Safety on the worksite
  • For the YMO students, staff, and residents of the house(s) to discover or strengthen their relationship with God
  • That the community would be able to see God’s presence in the work of the YMO students
  • That the YMO students’ relationships with God would continue throughout their lives and not wear off after the trip
  • That our work has a positive impact on the community and the residents of the house(s)
  • That the parishioners of St. Paul’s and St. James will feel connected to what we are doing on the mission trip, especially for the prayer chain to be connected to the mission trip.

(suggestions from Susan Jeffries)

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Youth & Children’s Earth Day Prayer

In honor of Earth Day 2016 (April 22nd), the youth and children of Saint James’ Warrenton collaborated to write the following Prayers for our Stewardship of the Earth, which was read as the Prayers of the People during Sunday Eucharists on Sunday, April 24.

Loving God, we thank you for the gift of creation. The book of Genesis describes a formless void which you turned into an interconnected world of wondrous beauty. We pray for your guidance as we accept the role of caring for all that you have given us.

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Green Team Spotlight | Food Waste

The Green Team would like to spotlight food waste for the next few weeks. Recent articles in National Geographic and the Washington Post have brought this issue to the forefront. While the facts may seem overwhelming, this is a problem on which we can have great impact both individually and as a faith community. After reading our problem statement, please share your ideas with us via email. We will work together over the coming weeks to address food waste in our community.

“…whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.”

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home)

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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.

Advent Reflection: December 1st

” … Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.” – 1 Peter 1:13

The Christmas season, a time of year when we remember our precious Savior’s birth, and is the perfect time to renew our way of life in Jesus. In this passage, Peter urges the people of Rome to stay faithful to Jesus despite the persecution they face, because Jesus has called them to a new way of life.

Although you may not face persecution in the way that these ancient people did, or even in the violent way that some people are facing it today, you face many obstacles during the holiday season.

The world you live in constantly throws distractions in your path. The path that the world would have you follow this Christmas season is full of stress, planning, and spending money. But Jesus longs for you to renew your way of life in Him this Christmas season. The path that Jesus longs for you to follow leads you directly to Him.

Think of Jesus every moment of your day. Seek time to be quiet and be in His presence. Ask Jesus to help you differentiate between the tasks that are really important, and those that would only consume your time. Invite Jesus into every event this holiday season, so that He may guide your conversations with loved ones.

By staying focused on Jesus, you will be following the path to your new way of life in Him, and you will receive the best gift of all this Christmas – a strengthened relationship with the Lord.

– April Walker, Youth Leader and Parishioner

eMeditation: “Forward Day by Day” online

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.19.34 PMInspiring readers since its first issue was published in 1935, Forward Day By Day is a significant resource for daily prayer and bible study to more than a half million readers around the world. Now instead of leafing through the quarterly pocket-size booklet, you can access it through your phone.

Forward Day by Day App: Available for iPhone.

Forward Day by Day Podcast: Search for the Forward Day by Day Podcast in the iTunes podcast store or listen at daybydaypodcast.wordpress.com.

Saint James’ still provides the booklets, which are available in the small pocket size and large print edition, at the back of the church and in the Parish Hall.

In your prayers this week please remember…

Those in our parish family who are ill, injured, infirm or recovering, especially Iris, Peter, Tim, Mark, Mi Cha and Tom.
Those in our extended family who are in need of prayer, especially Ray, Jack, Kim, Joann, Tom, Jonathan, and Rob.
Those who are serving in the armed forces and are deployed in harm’s way, especially Tom, James, Michael, Eric, Douglas and Helen.
Those who are homeless, hungry or unemployed.
The special needs and concerns of our congregation.
Those who mourn especially The Jones Family.