Kneemail: 7 December AD 2016

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

7 December, AD 2016
“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,
Fr Douglas Anderson

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

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.

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

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.