Confirmation class for young people continues!
The Episcopal Youth Community gathers this Sunday!
The St. James Treble Choir is directed by Eric Johnson.
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Fifth Sundays - The three mid-morning services worship together in the church at 10:30 a.m., preceded by a parish breakfast in Bishops Hall. All are welcome!
When God gives the Fourth Commandment – the Commandment to observe the Sabbath day and to keep it holy – there’s quite a bit of explanation given. In fact, it’s the lengthiest of the Commandments, of the ten that are listed. The others are pretty straightforward: don’t steal, don’t covet, and so on. But the Fourth Commandment has some elaboration to it. And one of the interesting elaborations is that not only are you, the people of Israel, to rest, but also your servants, your male and female servants, any foreigners that are in the land with you and your animals, your donkeys and camels, are to rest on that Sabbath day, just as you are. For one, it shows the kind of equality of people in this new coveted people that God is bringing about; they are not to oppress their slaves as they were oppressed in Egypt, but they are to treat their slaves and give them the dignity of the day of rest of as well. But it also mentions the animals. Even the animals are to stop their work and rest.
The author, Marva Dawn tells a story about a nineteenth century wagon train that was heading from the mid-west out to the west coast – and the people on this wagon train were Christians. And they found that at a certain point in the journey they weren’t making fast enough progress. So they were worried about reaching the mountains and getting through the mountains before the winter snows came. So half the group – up to that point, they had observed a day of rest on every seventh day – but half of the group felt that they should plunge forward and travel seven days a week in order to beat the coming weather and to make sure they got to their goal.
So they couldn’t come to an agreement. So one group decided to press on seven days a week, and one decided to continue to observe the Sabbath day. And the interesting part of the story is that the group that observed the Sabbath day got there first. The point is that these animals and people needed to stop and rest one day. It was important. It’s almost as if the Sabbath day is written into our DNA.
-Br. David Vryhof
The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation announces a wonderful speaking series to be presented during the ECW Friday Lenten Gumbo lunches. Six wonderful preachers from various religious traditions are scheduled to speak on successive Fridays, in the church, from 12:05 to 12:30 p.m., so attendees may enjoy gumbo then the speaker, or the speaker, then gumbo in Bishops Hall! More about Glory and Gumbo, here.Read more...
One-day retreats, one for men, one for women, at the beautiful Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Loranger. The men's retreat -- From Outer Success to Inner Strength -- will be led by the Very Rev. Dr. Andy Andrews, former curate at St. James; the women's retreat by the Rev. Mitzi Minor who will present Our Grandmothers Have Something to Say: Spending Time with New Testament Women.
Online registration is now open, here.Read more...