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Kneemail from Saint James Church

5 June, AD 2019

FROM THE PAROCHIAL VICAR
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St James’,
 
         From the Nicene Creed, we profess “We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life. Who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who with the Father and Son together is worshipped and glorified; He has spoken through the prophets.” In this small paragraph we say a lot about the Holy Spirit. Originally, the Nicene Creed’s statement on the third person of the Holy Trinity ended as it does in the Apostles’ Creed: I believe in the Holy Spirit.

         Nothing more is said.

         Later on, the other words were added for greater clarity of our belief. Since the Day of Pentecost, Christians have been theologically trying to grasp the workings of the Holy Spirit. However, of the Three Persons, I would venture to say that the Holy Spirit is not so much to be intellectually grasped as He is to be experienced. I am threading on thin theological grounds here by invoking experience, because we take experience to mean something very subjective and unique to each individual. Hence, “experience” can become overly relative.

         However, I am speaking about the objective experience of the Holy Spirit as He operates in creation. His work is the same in person after person. The Holy Spirit does not tailor Himself to suit our needs. We adapt His work to fit our understanding and worldview.

         Consider the Holy Spirit’s work in the Sacraments. Let us examine Holy Baptism. Does the Holy Spirit baptize each neophyte differently from another? No. “There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” Eph 4:5-6. What about in the Holy Eucharist? Does the Holy Spirit do something different from priest to priest when the words, “This is my Body, this is my Blood” are said? No. For “we, who are many, are one bread, one body: for we are all partake of the one bread” 1 Cor 10:17.

         The Holy Spirit connects us equally in the Church, because all of His grace and wisdom is fully given to each of us all the time. In Holy Confirmation, we are receiving confirming assurance that the same Holy Spirit is already dwelling in us. He was not living elsewhere waiting to swoop into our lives on Confirmation Day. The bishop confirms the Holy Spirit was already in us and had given us His sevenfold gifts to equip us for the work of ministry.

         Like those followers of Jesus on the day of Pentecost, what we do with our experience of receiving the Holy Spirit is uniquely left up to us. He gives us every power, every grace, and every good gift to enkindle in the world the fire of His love. This Sunday we will be “gathered in one place” Acts 2:1, to experience the Holy Spirit at work in us. I do not know what He will do this time, or how He will do it, but the Holy Spirit will be lovingly at work in our journey Godward. May we take advantage of His grace to bring Christ to the world.
 
In our blessed Lord,

 Fr Richard Daly, SSC
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT SAINT JAMES':
Wednesday Nights are in recess until the Fall.

SUNDAY:  WHITSUNDAY:  THE DAY OF PENTECOST: 
Low Mass at 8am.
Sung Mass at 10am
Nursery provided from 10 am onwards.
Coffee hour follows each Mass.
Did you know that you can now pay your pledge, dedicate altar flowers, or make a gift to Saint James' Church through our secure online payment system?  

See http://saintjamestxk.org/giving/ for details.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ITEMS OF PARTICULAR NOTE

NEW MEMBER/CONFIRMATION/RECEPTION classes will begin in Fall 2019.
 
ROSARY GROUP is now in summer recess.
 
OTHER CALENDAR ITEMS

Monday, June 17th: RSOS BOARD MEETS at Noon
Sunday, June 23rd: LINDY LAWRENCE WINDOW DEDICATION after the 10am Mass
Sunday, August 25th: FEAST OF DEDICATION & HOMECOMING SUNDAY
Sunday, December 8th: VISITATION OF THE BISHOP at the 10am Mass.
PARISH NOTICES

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
Louise Johnson (3), Debbie Knaupe (3), Ann Coleman (3), Wade Fowler (7), James Harold Elliot (8)

CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: 
Glen & Lova Wile (3), Trey & Megan Schroeder (4)


WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD PRAYERS:  
Preston & Christi Worsham

 

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

Anniversaries of death falling this week:
Andrew Allen, 2013
 
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NOTICES

Christian Education Classes are in recess until the start of school.

 
PARISH GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES

THE FLOWER DONOR CHART is 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!   You can also now arrange and securely pay for your flower donations online by clicking HERE.

THE ROSARY GROUP is in summer recess. 

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 )
THOSE WHO SERVE June 9th
Pentecost
Reader 8am Leighsa Bean
C.B. 8am TBA
C.B. 10:00am Alan Pearce
David Warrick
Acolytes
10:00am
Blake Maynard
Worth Matteson
Frank Delk
Davis Crouch
Ian Delk
Reader 10am Candy Stevens Smith
POP 10am Pam Williamson
 
Ushers 10am
As
Available
Altar Guild Team 2
Household Week Richard & Debra
Wright
Vestry
Lock Up
Julie Huntley
Tracy Jones


BY WAY OF REMINDER:  It is our custom to send out reminders to those serving the following Sunday on three occasions: Tuesdays (by email), Wednesdays (via the Knee Mail), then then again on Thursdays (by email, with the Bulletin).  It helps the Office to know of any conflicts sooner rather than later!
 
 
 
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