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August 7, AD 2019


FROM THE RECTOR: About the Cross, part II
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St James’,
 
Historians have argued over who was responsible for the death of Jesus: Romans, Jewish leaders … but it was Jesus’ own selfless giving which led to his death.  His death was inevitable in the sense that he would and could do nothing other than love.  
 
The New Testament speaks of the idea that Jesus death is a punishment for the sins of the world, that Jesus redeems you, that Jesus pays the price.  But the major emphasis is on the humility and willingness of Jesus to offer himself.  He clearly believed that his self-sacrifice would change the relationship between a sinful humanity and a righteous God.
 
In Paul’s Letter to the Philippians we have one of the earliest Christian hymns.  You hear it each year on Palm Sunday: 
 
Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant ... And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow … and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil 2:6ff).

 Jesus bore all that the world could throw at him—insult, physical abuse, mockery, jealousy, lies, duplicity, cowardice—shall I go on?—intrigue, pain, pride, sickness, anxieties which lead to the most appalling thing of all—rejection.
 
His response?  To keep pouring in love, and to not cease trusting the Father despite all the evidence to the contrary.  He trusted that his Father had power to heal and reconcile.  This is how Jesus expresses the omnipotence of God.  Do you see that when love is poured in, sin and division lose their hold, lose their grip, their power.
 
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.  If there is a word on which Christianity turns it is forgiveness.  Whether you are a believer or not, every human being needs to experience forgiveness for the wounds inflicted on another, on wounds inflicted on self.  There is a conscience within each of us.  There was a time when people thought they could deal with sin, with this failure to meet the mark like an arrow missing the bulls-eye by trying to forget or pretend, “hey, it doesn’t matter.”  That way of dealing with things keeps therapists well-occupied.  Because God made us, and loves each of us, the wounds we inflict on others, we inflict on him.
 
Christian living is many things to many people, but it is at least this: to look up at the cross, to see the wounds of Jesus, admitting your part in afflicting them, and asking for forgiveness.  We cannot take the place of Jesus, but we can be with him on his cross, and look at the world with his eyes, forgiving as he forgave.  A refusal to forgive only destroys us.  We choose to forgive, even though it may take all of our will.

Yours with every blessing,

Rev. Douglas Anderson, Rector
WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES THIS WEEK

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

THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER 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 on Sunday, September 8th.  This is our Inquirer’s course for those considering membership at St James’ and Confirmation / Reception into the Anglican Communion.  Refresher for everyone else! In the Great Hall on Sundays at 9am.  Team taught by the clergy.
 
THE CHOIR is now in summer recess.  They will resume singing on August 25th, the Feast of Dedication.
 
ROSARY GROUP is now in summer recess.
 
OTHER CALENDAR ITEMS
  • Monday, August 19th: VESTRY MEETS at 5:30pm
  • Thursday, August 22nd: SJDS BOARD MEETS at 5:15pm
  • Sunday, August 25th: FEAST OF DEDICATION & HOMECOMING SUNDAY
    • Champagne brunch to follow the 10am Mass.
  • Sunday, September 8th: CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CLASSES RESUME
  • Wednesday, September 11th: WEDENESDAY NIGHTS RESUME
  • Sunday, December 8th: VISITATION OF THE BISHOP at the 10am Mass.
PARISH NOTICES

CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK:
Melvin Megason, David Waddle (4), Alice Crowder (6), Greg Davis (9).

CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: 
Andrew & Angela Clark (4), Larry & Debby Oxford (9).

WEEKLY HOUSEHOLD PRAYERS:   
Collins & Monica Bruner

 

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

Anniversaries of death falling this week:
Vasco McCoy, 2005; Dee Hale, 2013; Williaqm Brown Jr, 2005; Sibyl Goodrich, 2013; Jerry Smith, 2017.
THOSE WHO SERVE August 11
Pentecost IX
Reader 8am Chayta Mills
C.B. 8am David Waddle
C.B. 10:00am Clint Kyles
Alan Pearce
Acolytes
10:00am
Davis Miller
Mason Miller
Maddie Anderson
Rosie Jordan
Kaleyah Bagby
Reader 10am Phillip Jordan
POP 10am George Matteson
Ushers 10am As available.
Altar Guild Team 2
Household Week  Scott & Jane Bruner
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!

 
 
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 )
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