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2 March AD 2017

FROM THE RECTOR

Ash Wednesday Sermon, 2017

Over the course of my priesthood, I have developed a little bit of a problem with ashes on Ash Wednesday. I fear that for some, they have become a talisman: an object which is believed to contain certain magical properties, providing good luck for the possessor or offering protection from evil or harm.

I have a friend who is on the staff of a busy Manhattan church. All Ash Wednesday long, for twelve hours or so, one priest or another sits in that church, distributing ashes to any and all who come by. In some places, a curious custom called Ashes To Go has even developed where clergy wander around the streets or subway stations ashing people willy-nilly. I am worried that it is the ashes themselves, and not what the ashes represent, that has become the focus for some, along the lines of a magical talisman.

A little teaching here: The ashes of Ash Wednesday, like holy water, or a crucifix, or palms on Palm Sunday, or the blessing of eyes on St Lucy’s Day, or hundreds of other things, are what the Church calls sacramentals. These differ from the Seven Sacraments of the New Covenant which are objective spiritual events: the Sacraments derive their power not from the human receiver, but from Jesus, working through his Church.

Sacramentals, however, simply symbolize the prayer of the Church with the worshipper, and are signs of that interaction. The ashes, and indeed all the sacramentals have absolutely no power of their own to effect anything. No, the ashes of Ash Wednesday must go along with prayer, corporate worship, the intent to repent and do penance. Only then are they worth anything, and apart from this they can be spiritually dangerous—a talisman with magical properties imposed on you by a witch-doctor.

In a moment you will hear these words: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” You will also hear these words: “Grant [Almighty God], that these ashes may be to us a sign of our mortality and penitence …” (BCP, p. 265).

You see how that works? The ashes are to signify our mortification, our penitence, our prayer, fasting and self-denial. Apart from this, ashes have no power of themselves. They are signs, but not lucky charms.

Hear again the words of the prophet Joel: “Rend your hearts, and not your garments, and return to the Lord your God” (Joel 2). Your priests, Fr David and I, will, indeed supplicate and cry between the vestibule and the altar, “Spare your people, O Lord,” for that is our vocation. We are very aware that at the Last Day our souls will be judged by the holiness of your souls. But in the end, what you do with Lent, this annual season of repentance and renewal, is up to you. The Church, through her priests, can only exhort and invite.

If the ashes of today are to be true signs, and not magical talismans, you will leave here firmly resolved, God being your helper, to observe a holy Lent. You will do what you do not ordinarily do, but what God working in you calls you to do. You will be at God’s altar every Sunday without fail. You will say your prayers. You will discipline your appetites. You will read your Bible.

There is phrase that was once said—and perhaps still is—to a postulant just before he took the habit and became a monk. It goes, “it is possible to fool other people, but it is never possible to fool God. God knows.”

The ashes of Ash Wednesday must go along with prayer, corporate worship, the intent to repent and do penance. Only then are they worth anything. You cannot fool God. God knows.

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent.” In the power of the Holy Spirit, do something, for Christ’s sake.

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THIS WEEK AT SAINT JAMES’ CHURCH

Thursday
BEGINNING TODAY: Thursday Noon Lenten Bible Study. “That your love may abound more and more:” Philippians. Beginning at 12:05pm, and ending promptly at 12:50pm. Feel free to bring your lunch if you wish. With Fr Anderson in the Great Hall.

SUNDAY
Masses are at 8:00am and 10am (sung). Christian Education classes at 9am.

IN THE SUNDAY ADULT CLASS:
Explore! Anglican Essentials. Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an Anglican Christian? This is our annual inquirer’s class for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion, and refresher for everyone else! We will begin in the Great Hall at 9am

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CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Cory Floyd (26), Shelley Lewis (1), William Harrell (3).

HOUSEHOLD WEEK: Erika Delk.

GRANT THEM REST ETERNAL. Pray for the repose of the soul of Philip Akin, husband of Diane, and for Richard Lawrence, husband of Lindy.

Anniversaries of death: Decker Chappell, 1996; Claire Nelson, 1998; Leola McAfee, 1996; Alden Burge, 1997; Jay Young, 2015; Richard Williams, 1996.

Please notify the Office of any corrections or omissions.
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THE ST JAMES’ PRAYER GROUP meets on Thursdays at 10am in the Cornerstone Chapel. You are welcome to join us as we pray over the list of our sick and shut-in.

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS:

FROM THE D.R.E.: I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the Sunday morning children’s Christian Education schedule which includes Children’s Liturgy for the remainder of the spring block. If you and your children have not been here, you have been greatly missed by me, by the teachers and by the other students. Please make every effort to bring your children for the remainder of this Christian Education spring block.

March 12, No classes or chapel.

Palm Sunday, April 9, last Sunday for classes and chapel for the spring block. We will have an attendance drawing during snack time.(Students must be present to win)

Easter Vigil, April 15, First Holy Communion students will be presented and receive their first communion.

Easter Day, April 16, Easter Egg hunt, 9:00 am.

Mothers’ Day, May 14, Recognition of graduates and volunteers/Attendance Award Sunday.
–Mary Nell Short

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD ON SUNDAYS
Children ages 4 through grade 3 are invited to attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the first portion of the 10:00 service. The children process to the chapel for a service conducted by a lay adult. The Liturgy of the Word is a “child friendly” service with prayers, singing and a reading of the gospel followed by a short homily. The children rejoin their parents at the Peace.

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THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING is an Order for Episcopal women founded in 1885. We are a prayer and service group who meets once a month. We regularly take part in worship, study, and aid our Clergy as asked. If you are interested in more about us, please call or e-mail Lova Wile (903-832-2533 lova@cableone.net ), Tammy Cowdery (903-277-2148 cowdery@txkusa.org ), or Gail Crisp (903-838-0942 gjcrisp@cableone.net ).

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ALTAR FLOWERS: The “Flower Donor Chart” for 2017 is in the Porch or call or e-mail Martha Bean at 903-547-6911 – e-mail wpmvb@windstream.net . The cost is still just $35 per donor, per Sunday. What a great way to honor or remember those who are important in our lives!

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THE ROSARY GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am to pray the “Bible on a String.” Come join us. For more information, contact Lova at lova@cableone.net

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BEGINNING MARCH 8th: “Job’s Lament” Scripture presents Job as a good and prosperous family man who is beset with horrendous disasters. Job experienced great sorrow and grief due to loss – “the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away” (Job 1:21). His example of working through grief and trusting in God will be our focus as we consider and work through our losses and grief over sin during the Lenten season. Please join us Wednesday nights in Lent, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Great Hall. Teaser trailer: http://www.jobthefilm.com/view-trailer


 

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15 February, AD 2017

ON THE DUE OBSERVANCE OF SUNDAY
The Rt Rev’d Daniel Martins, Bishop of Springfield
This is slightly abridged version of the article here: http://livingchurch.org/covenant/2017/02/06/on-the-due-observance-of-sundays/

I was recently copied on a letter from a member of one of the parishes of my diocese to her priest and vestry. It was in response to the annual stewardship appeal, and the author expressed reservations about continuing her financial giving to the parish, citing a long list of complaints. Evidently, in order to forestall anyone judging her, she admitted to being very sparse in her Sunday attendance; even though she had served on several special committees and projects over the years, she offered the information that her six-day-a-week demanding job left her with Sunday as her only opportunity for self-care, and it seldom worked out for her to attend services.

It was at that point that she lost me. Yes, the judgment that she had hoped to prevent came welling up inside me. Fortunately for both of us, I am not her immediate pastor, so it’s not on me to respond to her letter. This allows me to lift her up as the poster child for not getting it. For a Christian, public worship on Sunday is of the utmost importance, “unless for good cause prevented,” per the Episcopal Church canon the name of which I borrowed for this post. If one does nothing else by way of practicing Christian discipleship, one must still come to church on Sunday. Merely doing that much is not adequate discipleship. Private prayer, Christian community, and service in the world are also essential. But, without coming together to worship on the Lord’s Day, even those good things are deprived of their lifeblood.

At a recent clergy gathering, one rector observed that the standard by which clergy make the subjective determination that a parishioner is adhering to the “unless for good cause prevented” canon is steadily eroding. It used to be that you would see your “regulars” in church 40 to 50 Sundays per year. Nowadays, 30 seems to qualify. For the record, whenever I have a platform to speak to the subject, I will offer the rule of thumb that the proper target is … 52. People take vacations, of course, but it’s a rare vacation venue where no church is available.

At the same clergy gathering, another rector reminded the group that the first element in the liturgy is not the Opening Acclamation or even the Entrance Hymn, but, rather, the gathering of the people. The church — the ekklesia, the assembly of the “called-out ones” — is constituted and reconstituted every time the laos, the baptized people of God, come together for the “principal act of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day” (1979 BCP, p. 13), the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. In the liturgy, we “do this” in “remembrance” of the crucified and risen Christ. While “remembrance” might, for many, connote something like “conjuring a mental image of a past event,” its meaning is really more robust, and would become clearer if we were to merely insert an apposite hyphen: re-member, that is, to bring the members back together. When any of the “living stones” (1 Pet. 2:5) is missing, the structural integrity of “God’s building” (1 Cor. 3:9) is compromised.

Sometimes, of course, it is possible to attend corporate worship on the Lord’s Day, but under less than ideal circumstances, such as in a community that is not celebrating the Eucharist, or in a community that does not extend eucharistic hospitality to all the baptized.  In my recent traversal of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, I spent six Sundays walking across northern Spain. There were no Anglican churches along my route; in fact, I saw no evidence of any practice of Christianity other than the ancient native Roman Catholic Church. On three of those six Sundays, circumstances prevented me from even being present at a celebration of the Mass. I complied with the “due observance of Sundays” canon as best I could by privately praying the Liturgy of the Word, through the Prayers of the People. On the other three, I was able to be in attendance at Mass, though, of course, not able to receive the sacrament.

In effect, I fasted from Holy Communion for those six Sundays in Spain and a seventh in Venice before I found a community of Anglicans in Rome. During that fast, however, the abundance of grace made itself manifest to me in some unexpectedly rich experiences of “spiritual communion.” Within the limitations of language (I am conversant, but not fluent, in Spanish), I brought my “full, active, and conscious participation” (per Vatican II’s Sacrosanctum Concilium) to the liturgical action, attending closely to the readings, trying to glean whatever I might from the homily, joining in some familiar Latin chants, forming a eucharistic intention, and, in lieu of going forward for communion, praying the words of the Anima Christi (“Soul of Christ, sanctify me”). Even with the unhappy divisions among the people of God preventing me from sharing at the Table, I felt like there was a compensatory blessing that will always be very precious to me.

There is, in fact, so much grace that surrounds a Christian’s “Sunday obligation” that it shouldn’t have to be a matter of law at all. I can remember talking with a fellow parishioner around 35 years ago about how diminished we both felt when some of our number were absent on a Sunday. He said something like “wild horses couldn’t keep me away from Sunday Mass.”

May his tribe increase.


WEDNESDAY
Low Mass with hymns at 5:30pm, Supper (fried chicken) at 6pm, Classes and activities for all ages 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  In the adult class: Stories of Conversion with Fr David.  We will be delving into different stories of conversion in the lives of people found in the Bible. This class will include some DVD material, group discussion, and Bible thumbing. Please join us as we learn more about conversion as our response to the call of Christ.

THURSDAY
Mass in the Chapel at 10:30am.

SUNDAY
Masses are at 8:00am and 10am (sung).  We provide a staffed nursery from 9am onwards.  Christian Education classes at 9am.

IN THE ADULT CLASS THIS COMING SUNDAY:  THE ‘DUMB OX”—the theology of St Thomas Aquinas.  This week: The human person; how your soul works.

SHROVE TUESDAY.  The EYC will be cooking and serving pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, February 28th from 5:30pm to 7pm.  Donations will be accepted as a fundraiser for their summer Image result for pancakes stuff facemission trip.

ASH WEDNESDAY: ADVANCE NOTICE
Wednesday, March 1st is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  Masses with imposition of ashes will be at 12”10pm and 7pm (sung).

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:  Joan Richards, Melissa Cook, Brandon Rampy (12), Charlie Trammell, Shelby Anderson, Davis Crouch (14), Nina Goldman, Lisa Soyarss, Mason Miller (16), Andi Sue Townsend, Sandy Wentz, Sarah Kyles (17), Nick Williamson (18).

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES:  Billy & Suzanne Hackett (14), Christopher & Brandi Montano, Chet & Lois Moore (17).

HOUSEHOLD WEEK:  Suzanne Davis

GRANT THEM REST ETERNAL. Anniversaries of death: Gene Vann, 2001; Madeline Logan, 2016.

FROM THE D.R.E. Thank you to those of you who have responded to our requests for help with the children and youth programs. Still needed….Chapel leader for March 5, 19, 26; teacher for games for unit VI (Feb. 26, Mar. 5, 19); supper for youth on Feb. 26, April 2, 23. Thank you, thank you. –MNS

THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING is an Order for Episcopal women founded in 1885.  We are a prayer and service group who meets once a month.  We regularly take part in worship, study, and aid our Clergy as asked.  If you are interested in more about us, please call or e-mail Lova Wile (903-832-2533  lova@cableone.net ), Tammy Cowdery (903-277-2148 cowdery@txkusa.org ), or Gail Crisp (903-838-0942 gjcrisp@cableone.net ).

FR DAVID FAULKNER, former Curate of St James’, has been called back to the Diocese of Dallas as rector of Good Shepherd, Terrell.  His institution as rector will be Saturday, February 25th at 11am.

Explore! Anglican Essentials.  Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an Anglican Christian?  This is our annual inquirer’s class for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion, and refresher for everyone else!  We will begin on Sunday, March 5th (Lent I) in the Great Hall at 9am.

THE ROSARY GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am to pray the “Bible on a String.” Come join us.  For more information, contact Lova at lova@cableone.net

THE 2017 FLOWER DONOR CHART is now in the Narthex (porch) to sign-up to give flowers in memory or in thanksgiving of a loved one, or you may call or e-mail Martha Bean at 903-547-6911 – e-mail wpmvb@windstream.net .  The cost is still just $35 per donor, per Sunday.  What a great way to honor or remember those who are important in our lives!

KneeMail: 13 December AD 2016

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The Rev’d Fr Douglas Anderson, Rector | The Rev’d David Thompson, Curate

13 December, AD 2016

FROM THE RECTOR

As Elijah and Elisha were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. –2 Kings 2:11-12

The Prophet Elijah, like all the prophets, called people back to God. He told them not to worship false idols, but to serve and worship the only true God.

As we near the end of Advent, ask, What are some of the idols that interfere with your relationship with God and others? It is easy during these busy days to mix up our priorities. Advent is a time of reflection. What is most important in your preparations for Christmas?

This is a good prayer to help make the main thing the main thing:

Most loving Father, whose will it is for us to give thanks for all things, to fear nothing but the loss of you, and to cast all our care on you who care for us: Preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, and grant that no clouds of this mortal life may hide from us the light of that love which is immortal, and which thou have manifested to us in your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [BCP, p. 216]

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Yours with every blessing,
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Fr Douglas Anderson

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SUNDAY
Masses are at 8:00am and 10am (sung).  We provide a staffed nursery.  Christian Education classes at 9am.

SUNDAY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
FOR CHILDREN
Students will be practicing for their lessons and carols at the 5:30pm Christmas Eve family service.  I hope that all of your children and youth will be able to participate. Nothing is sweeter than listening to children sing. We will depend on our older youth to read and to assist with the younger ones. –MNS

TUESDAY
DAUGHTERS OF THE KING will meet Tuesday for a Holiday Luncheon (Pot Luck) in the parish hall at 12:30 PM.  We’d like you to join us – get acquainted, get your questions answered, etc. We will be stuffing Christmas bags for the ladies & children of Domestic Violence.

TUESDAY & THURSDAY
St James’ Day School Advent Candlelight Services at 6pm. You are most welcome to attend.

WEDNESDAY
Low Mass 5:30pm, Supper (hamburgers) at 6pm, Classes and activities for all ages 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  THIS WEDNESDAY IN THE ADULT CLASS:  Ultimate Things, part II of II.

St. LucyST LUCY BLESSING OF EYES.  The feast of St Lucy, whose name means ‘light’, falls this week.  Martyred in Sicily in 304, she is the patroness of the blind and those who have eye troubles.  At the conclusion of Mass this Wednesday, we will offer prayer and laying on of hands for those afflicted with maladies of the eyes.

 

THE ST JAMES’ PRAYER GROUP Thursday at 10am in the Cornerstone chapel.  You are welcome to join us as we pray over the list of our sick and shut-in.

GRANT THEM REST ETERNAL. Anniversaries of death (within the last 20 years) falling this week: Robert Wind Sr, 2002; John Rogers Jr, 1997.

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:  Jane Pappas, Chuck Firmin (11), Dennis Smith, David Warrick, Claire Wade, William Soyars, Jon Chatelain (12), Jessica Plant (14), Keith Maynard (15), Blake Maynard (16).
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES:  Michael+ & Diana Woods.
HOUSEHOLD WEEK:  Richard & Charlotte Conkey

THE ROSARY GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am to pray the “Bible on a String.” Come join us.  For more information, contact Lova at lova@cableone.net

GREENING OF THE CHURCH: Wednesday, December 21st at 5:30pm
Join us as we decorate the church for Christmas—all ages and abilities welcome.  A social time will follow: adult egg nog will be provided, and drinks, snacks and a showing of Charlie Brown’s Christmas in the Great Hall for the children.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are in the pews.  This special collection helps to pay for the decoration of the church at Christmas, an expense that is not in our operating budget.  This coming Sunday will be the final time of asking.

YEAR END GIVING. The Parish Books will close on December 31st.  We must receive your gift in person by Noon on December 30th, when the office closes, or postmarked no later than December 31st, in order for us to credit it to your 2016 charitable giving.  The IRS allows us to make no exception to this rule.

Kneemail: 7 December AD 2016

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The Rev’d Fr Douglas Anderson, Rector | The Rev’d David Thompson, Curate

7 December, AD 2016
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“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” –Isa. 2:4

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St James’,

You have only to open a newspaper to see that our world is beset by conflict. A consequence of Satan, sin and death, this conflict infects all of our human relationships.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which began this county’s involvement in the Second World War.  The prophet Isaiah told of a day when there would be no war. The weapons of war would turn into tools of peace, and all of God’s people would live together under the gracious and peaceful rule of the Prince of Peace.

Of course, the peace of the world begins with peace in our hearts. Each time we say the Our Father, we pray that we might forgive others, as we ourselves have been forgiven. We pray that God’s kingdom will come here and now, as it is in heaven.

During Advent, we pray for the peace of the world. The Prayer Book [p. 815] gives a very fine prayer, written by the Third Bishop of California, Edward Lambe Parsons, and first included in the 1928 BCP:

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom, no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Yours with every blessing,
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Fr Douglas Anderson


SUNDAY
Masses are at 8:00am and 10am (sung).  We provide a staffed nursery.  Christian Education classes at 9am.

SUNDAY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
FOR CHILDREN
Students will be practicing for their lessons and carols at the 5:30pm Christmas Eve family service.  I hope that all of your children and youth will be able to participate. Nothing is sweeter than listening to children sing. We will depend on our older youth to read and to assist with the younger ones. –MNS

FOR ADULTS: Keeping the O’s, part II of II.
The hymn, Veni Emmanuel, which predates the year 800 AD, addresses Jesus by various Old Testament titles: O Key of David, O Emmanuel, O Wisdom, O Root of Jesse, among them.  By learning the rich meaning of these titles, we learn more about the person and work Jesus.  With Fr David in the Great Hall.

WEDNESDAY
PUB THEOLOGY at 6:15pm
Pecan Point Brewery & Gastropub.  21+, please.
(Mass at the regular time of 5:30pm, Fr Austin preaching)
Speaker: The Rev’d Canon Victor Austin, followed by Q & A and a social time.

FRIDAY Mass at Cornerstone at 10:30am.

GRANT THEM REST ETERNAL. Anniversaries of death (within the last 20 years) falling this week: Thomas Ables, 2005; Dorothy Johnson, 2001.

ST JAMES’ DAY SCHOOL Advent Candlelight Services are on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 and Thursday, December 15th, 2016, both at 6:00pm.  You are most welcome to attend.

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:  Glenn Crowder, Collins Bruner (5), Barbara Stone, Mike Stevens (8), Lyn Storey, Thomas Potter (9), Matthew Cook, Bobbie Nichols, Sophia Soyars (10).
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES:  Willie & Cecile VanZandt (6).
HOUSEHOLD WEEK:  Tom & Tabitha Collins

THE ROSARY GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am to pray the “Bible on a String.” Come join us.  For more information, contact Lova at lova@cableone.net

THE ST JAMES’ PRAYER GROUP Thursday at 10am in the Cornerstone chapel.  You are welcome to join us as we pray over the list of our sick and shut-in.

GREENING OF THE CHURCH: Wednesday, December 21st at 5:30pm
Join us as we decorate the church for Christmas—all ages and abilities welcome.  A social time will follow: adult egg nog will be provided, and drinks, snacks and a showing of Charlie Brown’s Christmas in the Great Hall for the children.

NEXT TUESDAY Daughters of the King will meet Tuesday (12-13) for a Holiday Luncheon (Pot Luck) in the parish hall at 12:30 PM.  We’d like you to join us – get acquainted, get your questions answered, etc. We will be stuffing Christmas bags for the ladies & children of Domestic Violence.  Hope to see you there.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ENVELOPES are in the pews.  This special collection helps to pay for the decoration of the church at Christmas, an expense that is not in our operating budget.

KneeMail: 8 April AD 2015

Saint James' Church

Knee Mail for April 8, AD 2015

FROM THE RECTOR

Dear Parishioners & Friends of St James’,

Thank you so very much for a superb Holy Week and Easter. I’m sure we’re all agreed that it all came off wonderfully!  The sweet burden of Holy Week fell especially on Andrew Clark and the Choir, who tackled an astounding amount of music!  The Altar Guild, too, did heroic duty for the many liturgies.  I need also to thank those who arranged the flowers for the Easter Vigil and Day, Tracy Jones, who spearheaded the Vigil reception along with her many helpers, and David Warrick who cooked many pounds of brisket for that happy event.  Thanks, as always, are due to the liturgical ministers—chalice bearers and acolytes who helped the various liturgies to come off so well.  To anyone and everyone who helped, and who faithfully attended the various services, you have my sincere thanks.

In other news, I’ve had many people ask about plans for a new curate for St James’.  Be assured, this is on my radar, and I’ll have more to say on this topic in next week’s Knee Mail.


The Rev’d Douglas Anderson

 

IN THE SUNDAY ADULT CLASS: ANGLICAN ESSENTIALS, our yearly inquirer’s course for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion, refresher for everyone else. 4/12 Holy Order: Bishops, Priests and Deacons.

THE SCHEDULE OF MINISTERS has been uploaded to the website: http://saintjamestxk.org/wp/activities/lay-serving-schedule/

THE ST JAMES’ PRAYER GROUP meets on Thursdays at 10am in the Parish Center.  You are welcome to join us as we pray over the list of our sick and shut-in.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD ON SUNDAYS
Children ages 4 through grade 3 are invited to attend Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the first portion of the 10:00 service. The children process to the chapel for a service conducted by a lay adult. The Liturgy of the Word is a “child friendly” service with prayers, singing and a reading of the gospel followed by a short homily. The children rejoin their parents at the Peace.

ALTAR FLOWERS.  The “Flower Donor Chart” for 2015 is in the Porch or call or e-mail Martha Bean at 903-547-6911 – e-mail wpmvb@windstream.net .  The cost is still just $35 per donor, per Sunday.  What a great way to honor or remember those who are important in our lives!

THE QUESTIONAIRES for the four candidates for Bishop of Dallas have been posted here:  Bishop Questionaires

THE ROSARY GROUP meets on Tuesdays at 10am to pray the “Bible on a String” in the homes of various parishioners.

New to St. James’?

If you are new to St. James’, and an Episcopalian, we will be pleased to transfer your membership from your old parish to St James’.  Please speak to one of the clergy.  If you come from another Christian tradition, Inquirer’s Class is going on now, Sundays at 9:00am in the Great Hall.

THE SECOND SUNDAY of EASTER: Thomas Sunday

Masses are at 8:00am and 10am (sung).

Christian Education for all ages at 9am.

We provide a staffed nursery from 9am onwards.

BRIGHT FRIDAY
Cornerstone Mass at 10:30am

We remember this weekBirthdays:  Shane Malone (5),
Laurel Wakefield (6), Chris Williams (7),
Brian Purtle, Ian Delk (9),
Bobby Witcher (10).

Wedding Anniversaries:  
John & Carolyn Easley (5),
Charles & Judie Firmin (8),
Keith & Sharon Maynard (9).

Grant them rest eternal:
Parish anniversaries of death (within the last 25 years) falling this week:

Stacy Jordan, 2002;  
Malcolm Wilkins, 2004; 
Johnnie Elwood, 2000; 
Jane Williams, 2003;
Ralph Caver, 2005; 
Wendell Blake, 1999; 
William Hagar, 2009.

Rest Eternal grant 
unto them, O Lord; 
and let light perpetual
 shine upon them.

Please notify the parish office of any
omissions or corrections.

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Fifth & Olive Streets at Stateline, Texarkana, TX | 903.794.9224
The Rev’d Fr Douglas Anderson, Rector

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KneeMail: February 27, 2013

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From the Rector

In January of 2009, a Church of England vicar in West Sussex ordered a 10 foot high resin sculpture of Christ Crucified removed from his church (The Telegraph, 6 Jan 2009).  “The crucifix,” he sounded off to a newspaper, “expressed suffering, torment, pain and anguish.  It was a scary image particularly for children … it wasn’t a suitable image for the outside of a church wanting to welcome worshippers.  In fact, it was a real put-off.”  He continued, “We’re all about hope, encouragement and the joy of the Christian faith.  We want to communicate good news, not bad news, so we need a more uplifting and inspiring symbol than execution on a cross.”   So he replaced it with a barren ultra-modern stainless steel cross.

How does one even begin to address such blasphemous ignorance?  We begin with St Paul: “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews, and folly to the Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:23-24).

Christ’s supreme act was to die on the cross as atonement for our sins, and then rise from the dead as proof that what he did on the cross worked — he conquered death.  The death and resurrection of Jesus demonstrated beyond any doubt that he was who he claimed to be: God-in-skin. The crucifixion was the act that changed history. The resurrection demonstrated the efficacy of that act.  That is why the crucifix is such a potent reminder for us of what he did on our behalf that dark afternoon on Calvary.  We cannot preach Jesus’ resurrection without also preaching Jesus’ crucifixion.  How can we worship the risen Jesus without also worshipping the Jesus who died for our sins?  Truly, we cannot.

Christ crucified is not scary; he is not unwelcoming.  Indeed on the crucifix we see the King of glory with his arms outstretched on the hard wood of the cross, that every person might come within the reach of his saving embrace. The crucifix is the very picture of hope and joy.

On Fridays in Lent, we walk the way of the cross with Jesus at 12:05 in the church.  This short service (25 mins.) meditates on the saving power of the cross, and is one tangible way that we can enter into the mighty acts of our salvation with joy and thanksgiving.


The Rev’d Douglas Anderson, Rector

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS @ ST JAMES: February 27th, 2013

5:30pm                 Low Mass with hymns
6:00pm                 Catered Supper (Chef Bryan)
6:30pm-7:30pm    Classes for all ages
– Adult Class: Habemus papam!  This one-off class will look at the procedures and ceremonies surrounding the election of a new Pope, and why the Petrine Office is important to Anglicans.
6:30pm-8:00pm        Adult Choir practice

We provide a staffed nursery from 5:30pm onwards.
Come for all or some of the evening as you are able.

ONE CHURCH ONE SCHOOL
Here is how can you help with this project this Lent:

  • March Collection: Toiletries.  For March we are collecting toiletries (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc… – travel size are fine) for students.  A basket will be in the Porch.
  • You might wish to buy a book for the school library.  We have a list, if you’d like to chose a title yourself, but on average, a library-bound book costs $18, and the discretionary fund will be glad to receive your contribution.  Last year Union students read 10,000 books.  This year they have already read 9,543 books, or 16,688,830 words.

Grant them rest eternalAnniversaries of death (within the last 25 years) falling this week:Ruel Lane, 1993
Decker Cahppell, 1996
Claire Nelson, 1998
Leola McAfee, 1996
Betty Pierce, 1994
Alden Burge, 1997

It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead …–2 Mac. 12:45

Spring BreakDue to Spring Break, there will be no Children’s Christian Education or Children’s Liturgy on Sunday, March 10th.

Summer CampIf you are considering sending your child to Summer Camp, The Diocese of Dallas’ Camp All Saints is a wonderful option. For more information: http://www.allsaintstexoma.org/camp-registration.php.

The III Sunday in Lent

Join us this Sunday!

Low Mass at 7:45am
Christian Education
at 9:00am
Sung Mass at 10am.

We provide a staffed nursery
during the Sung Mass.

Explore Anglican Essentials

Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an Anglican Christian?  This is our annual inquirer’s class for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion, and a refresher for everyone else We will continue this Sunday in the Great Hall at 9am. This Sunday’s topic:Anglican Spirituality: The Book of Common Prayer. The Bishop’s visitation will be Sunday, May 19th. Please mark your calendar.

Fridays in Lent

12:05pm Stations of the Cross in the Church (Begins 2/22) A 25 minute service of meditations and hymns reflecting on the passion of Christ.

12:40pm Light Lunch in the great hall for those who wish to stay

Rosary Group

If you are looking for a new Lenten Discipline this year, the Rosary group invites you to join us on the Tuesdays during Lent. We will be meeting in St. James’ Library at 10:00am on February 19&26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26. For more information please contact  Robin Townsend dragonfli80@hotmail.com or Lova Wile lova@cableone.net.

Book ClubSt. James’ Book Club will meet next Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00pm at the home of Larry Oxford. The book under discussion will be The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything by Fr. James Martin. All are invited to attend and join in the discussion.

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The Rev’d Fr Douglas Anderson, Rector | The Rev’d Fr David Faulkner, Curate

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KneeMail: February 20, 2013

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From the Rector

One of our five focuses this Lent is “Do the next right thing for your soul.” For some, the next right thing will mean making a conscious act of forgiveness towards someone who has offended us. Forgiveness, remember, has little to do with our feelings (which come and go, and are completely unreliable), but with our wills (over which we can assert control)—we will choose to forgive. In families, in workplaces, indeed in churches, small wounds can occur on a daily basis, and if unaddressed can become more painful and fester.

Some years ago, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was questioned by a journalist about the then-situation in Ireland: “What attitude should a Christian adopt in a country so tormented with conflict?” She replied, “The Christian must learn to forgive. If we truly love, and if we desire peace, we must add forgiveness.”

St Paul picks up on this theme: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Col. 3:12-13).

If we truly love, we must also ask the forgiveness of those we have offended. St Augustine (Sermon 211) writes:

“You who are in disagreement with your brothers, and after examining yourself have found that you have done what you ought not to have done, or said what you ought not to have said, you should ask forgiveness …
How many people, even when they recognize they have offended, refuse to say, ‘Forgive me.’ They did not blush to offend, but they blush to ask. They did not blush to be unjust, but they blush to be humble …
So long as we live, let us ask forgiveness if we offend someone in some way, if we have injured them in some manner …”

What should we do if we ask for forgiveness and it is not granted? Again St Augustine:

“Perhaps you wish to be reconciled with your brother, but he does not wish it. Let that suffice. That gives you something for which to pity him, you who are liberated.”

Every time we say the Our Father, we ask both for forgiveness and to be forgiving people: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” In so doing, we are transformed and resemble more and more Jesus, who died, ultimately, to forgive and reconcile.

The Rev’d Douglas Anderson, Rector

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS @ ST JAMES: February 20th, 2013

5:30pm Low Mass with hymns
6:00pm Catered Supper (David James)
6:30pm-7:30pm Classes for all ages
– Adult Class: Philippians: A Life Worth Living. As we begin a new year, we will look at some of the new things that Jesus Christ brought to Paul’s life and the life of the Church at Philippi, which made their lives worth living.
6:30pm-8:00pm Adult Choir practice

We provide a staffed nursery from 5:30pm onwards.
Come for all or some of the evening as you are able.

ONE CHURCH ONE SCHOOL
Here is how can you help with this project this Lent:
* Some of you might consider serving as an academic mentor for as little as one hour a month. Male mentors are particularly in demand.
* Others of you have experience in government, social work or law (which means skills in navigating bureaucracy) and can help the school run the traps to get things like eyeglasses for students.
* We call all of us collect school supplies during the month of February, especially wide-ruled paper, spiral notebooks, and we will have a basket for those in the back of the church beginning next Sunday.
* You might wish to buy a book for the school library. We have a list, if you’d like to chose a title yourself, but on average, a library-bound book costs $18, and the discretionary fund will be glad to receive your contribution. Last year Union students read 10,000 books. This year they have already read 9,543 books, or 16,688,830 words.

Grant them rest eternal

Anniversaries of death (within the last 25 years) falling this week:

Margaeret Burge, 2006
Angelo Pappas, 1995
Florene Douglas, 1990
Nancy Wheeler, 2001

It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead …–2 Mac. 12:45
Thursday: Mass and DOK

This Thursday, Mass will be said in the chapel at 10:00am followed by the Daughters of the King meeting in the Library at 10:30am.
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The II Sunday in Lent

Join us this Sunday!

Low Mass at 7:45am
Christian Education
at 9:00am
Sung Mass at 10am.

We provide a staffed nursery
during the Sung Mass.

Explore Anglican Essentials
Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an Anglican Christian? This is our annual inquirer’s class for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion, and a refresher for everyone else. We will continue this Sunday in the Great Hall at 9am. This Sunday’s topic: What is the Gospel (the Good News?). The Bishop’s visitation will be Sunday, May 19th. Please mark your calendar.
First Holy Communion Parents’ Meeting

Father Anderson will hold a meeting for all parents who have children in the First Holy Communion Class at 9:00am on Sunday, February 24th in the Library.

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12:05pm Stations of the Cross in the Church (Begins 2/22) A 25 minute service of meditations and hymns reflecting on the passion of Christ.

12:40pm Light Lunch in the great hall for those who wish to stay

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If you are looking for a new Lenten Discipline this year, the Rosary group invites you to join us on the Tuesdays during Lent. We will be meeting in St. James’ Library at 10:00am on February 19&26 and March 5, 12, 19, and 26. For more information please contact Robin Townsend dragonfli80@hotmail.com (mailto:dragonfli80@hotmail.com?subject=Rosary%20Group) or Lova Wile lova@cableone.net (mailto:lova@cableone.net?subject=Rosary%20Group) .
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KneeMail: February 12, 2013

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From the Rector

Lent is that season of the liturgical year when the Church prepares for the Feast of the Resurrection of Christ at Easter. Our English word for this holy season, “Lent”, comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten,” meaning “the time of the length­ening days” or simply “spring.”  Lent ex­tends for forty days (Sundays are not counted, because every Sunday is a “little Easter”).  Beginning on Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent is deci­dedly peniten­tial.

Many customs and traditions surround the Lenten season, some of them very old, others more recent.  They vary from country to country, and the various Christian churches use them to a greater or lesser extent.  We must never forget, however, that Lent is not for the traditions and practices we keep.  Rather, the point of Lent is conversion.  Conversion is all too often thought of as a moment of intense emotion, in which a sinner becomes “a new person.”  Such moments do happen, of course, but when they do, they are only the beginning of conversion.

Conversion is a life-long work of discipline in which Christians consciously form their mind, their time, their life according to the teaching of Christ and his Church. In Lent, we take extra care in this work.  All our Lenten exercises are intended to lead us closer to Christ.  Otherwise, all our doings are worth nothing.

What a gift, what an opportunity, what a blessing this holy season affords!  What a chance to grow in holiness and spiritual discipline!  Can you imagine a better present to yourself than the chance to change, to leave behind your old self, to look at yourself and the whole world in a new way, to become anchored ever more firmly in the knowledge of God and the life of prayer and service?  The only way to keep a holy Lent is to start from this perspective.


The Rev’d Douglas Anderson, Rector

ASH WEDNESDAY: The First Day of Lent,
Tomorrow February 13th, 2013

10:00am      Low Mass and Imposition of Ashes at Cornerstone
12:10pm      Low Mass and Imposition of Ashes at the Church
7:00pm        Sung Mass and Imposition of Ashes at the Church

Childcare provided at 7pm only. No meal or class this night.

ONE CHURCH ONE SCHOOL
Organizational Meeting tonight at 6:00pm in the Great Hall

“What do you want me to do?”  Here is how can you help with this project this Lent:

  • Some of you might consider serving as an academic mentor for as little as one hour a month.  Male mentors are particularly in demand.
  • Others of you have experience in government, social work or law (which means skills in navigating bureaucracy) and can help the school run the traps to get things like eyeglasses for students.
  • We call all of us collect school supplies during the month of February, especially wide-ruled paper, spiral notebooks, and we will have a basket for those in the back of the church beginning next Sunday.
  • You might wish to buy a book for the school library.  We have a list, if you’d like to chose a title yourself, but on average, a library-bound book costs $18, and the discretionary fund will be glad to receive your contribution.  Last year Union students read 10,000 books.  This year they have already read 9,543 books, or 16,688,830 words.

Grant them rest eternal

Anniversaries of death (within the last 25 years) falling this week:

Virginia Martin, 1995
LaDelle Jones, 1993
Alan Hoffman, 2009
Ronnie Hervey, 1996
Alan Johnson, 1995

It is a holy and pious thought to pray for the dead …–2 Mac. 12:45

In the Adult Class: Explore Anglican Essentials

Are you interested in exploring what it means to be an Anglican Christian?  This is our annual inquirer’s class for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion, and refresher for everyone else We will begin this Sunday, February 17th (Lent I) in the Great Hall at 9am.  This week’s topic: What is a catholic, an Anglican, an Episcopalian?

The First Sunday in Lent

Join us this Sunday!

Low Mass at 7:45am
Christian Education
at 9:00am
Sung Mass at 10am.

We provide a staffed nursery
during the Sung Mass.

EYC Parents’ Meeting

Parents and their students are invited to an EYC organizational meeting this Sunday, February 17th at 9:00am in the EYC room. Father David will lay out how the student leadership has discerned a way forward for a rewarding EYC for our Junior and High School students.

First Holy Communion Parent Meeting

Father Anderson will meet with the parents of children in the First Holy Communion class in the Library on Sunday, February 24th at 9:00am.

Copier Needed

The Christian Education department is in need of a copier. The present Christian Ed copier has reached the end of its useful life. If you have a copier you might like to donate, or know of where one might be found, please contact Sandra in the Parish Office: sandrak@stjamestxk.org.

Join the Rosary Group

The Rosary Group prays the rosary in their homes on Tuesdays at 10:00AM. For more information: dragonfli80@hotmail.com

www.saintjamestxk.org | Fifth & Olive Streets at Stateline, Texarkana, TX | 903.794.9224
The Rev’d Fr Douglas Anderson, Rector | The Rev’d Fr David Faulkner, Curate

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The Messenger: December 2012

The December 2012 edition of The Messenger, Saint James’ Church Monthly Newsletter, is available for download here:  The Messenger — December 2012