Sunday, June 4 ONE SERVICE at 10:30 a.m. Barbecue potluck to follow in Parish Hall
The liturgical color for Pentecost is red to symbolize the joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Be sure to wear your red attire or accessories as we celebrate this holy day! Also, be sure to bring a side dish to share at the Barbecue potluck, tea and smoked chicken and sausage will be provided.
After years of sharing space for rehearsals and storage with other church groups scattered across campus, all things St. James Parish Choir finally has been brought together in one place – in the church’s original choir loft, of all places! The choir soon will begin using the loft for rehearsals and for robing. Further uses have not been finalized, but Fr. Jerald and Music Director Eric also are exploring the feasibility of the choir using the loft as intended during worship services.
This exciting move will be a great improvement for the choir and potentially for the whole congregation in a variety of ways, but it wasn’t planned. The catalyst was St. James School’s growing enrollment, which demanded reclaiming the former classroom that in recent years has been used as the Music Director’s office. The Music Director’s office has been moved to what was the choir robing room on the ground floor of the Keeling Building.
The church choir loft, which has been used for little more than storage for years, came to mind as the logical solution for accommodating not just choir robes, but also music files and instruments, as well as serve as the most acoustically appropriate space for rehearsals. In short, the choir loft provides the choir with the suitable, permanent home we’ve needed for quite a long time.
Plans are under way to install choir risers, chairs, and track lighting to make the space functional by mid-August. Also in the works is the possibility of installing a small pipe organ in the loft to accompany rehearsals and services. More to come on that later.
Change isn’t always easy, but again we have seen here how God can turn what seems like a problem into a wonderful blessing. These changes no doubt will lead to even more improvements in the way we live and worship together in the months to come.
Meets the third Monday of each month NEXT meeting, March 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Parish Hall
Caring for an ill or disabled spouse or an aging parent is a labor of love, and often a challenge. St. James’ Caring Partners group provides resources and support for those in this situation. If you would like to join this group or for more information contact Deacon Phyllis Hartman at (936) 520-0803.
The invitation to St. James is open all year round, but on this Sunday we all make a special effort to invite others to join us for worship. Invitation cards will be available for all to take and give to someone who is not already a member of the parish, along with training for how to pronounce the 9 accompanying words you say to them: “Would you like to come to church with me?” Whether they answer yes or no, you’ve done your part by offering the invitation – let God do the rest!
Christian Education for Adults
SUNDAYS from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.
Parish Hall Christian Education Room
Dare to Dream
Creating a God-sized mission statement for your life
Are your goals too small? Are you living to “just get by”? Do you ever wonder if there is a greater “God dream” for you that, if lived to the fullest, could permeate and inform every move you make? In this series, you can ask those questions, consider your answers in the context of scripture and what you hear from God in your heart, and all with the idea of coming up with your own life mission statement. We all have dreams. Often the problem is remembering that God has dreams for us far beyond what we can even imagine.
September 14: Dreaming the Dream September 21: Discovering Your Birthright September 28: Your Burning Bush October 5 Parish Meeting October 12: Lose Your Big Buts October 19: What is in Your Hand? October 26: Perseverance
Myths, Music & Meaning: Sights and Sounds of Celtic Christianity
SIX SUNDAYS, MAY 4-JUNE 8, 9:30-10:15 A.M.
PARISH HALL CHRISTIAN EDUCATION ROOM
As Anglicans, our religious roots are tangled in Celtic knots, an intricate weave of faith and custom and experience born over centuries in the British Isles. Here, we will look at images and listen to poetry and music reflecting the colorful Celtic tradition that has shaped the way we Anglicans perceive God, our world and each other.
Holy Week begins this Sunday with our liturgical reenactment of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on his way to the cross. At the 8 a.m. service, our Palm Sunday procession will take place as the beginning of the liturgy inside … Continue reading →