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2 July 2021 AD

Independence Day

This weekend is a nice long weekend to enjoy some time away.  I pray that you will have a safe and joyful celebration of the 4th of July.  

Yet, let us not forget why we have this long weekend, remembering that our Church has set aside this day as an official Feast in our calendar. Take a moment to reflect upon what the 4th of July means to you, and take some time to pray for our nation as well. I am particularly fond of the Collect and Lessons printed in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer and commend them to you for Independence Day.

O ETERNAL God, through whose mighty power our fathers won their liberties of old; Grant, we beseech thee, that we and all the people of this land may have grace to maintain these liberties in righteousness and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Deuteronomy x. 17.

THE Lord your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: he doth execute the judg-ment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. He is thy praise, and he is thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen.

The Gospel. St. Matthew v. 43.

JESUS said, Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

May God bless each of you!


Announcements for the week of June 22,  2021 

Reminder that we return the use of the Common Cup this week. “The Blood of Christ is offered via a “common cup” for those who desire to receive. The conscience of each believer is the best guide as to whether to receive from the cup or to receive Holy Communion in one species only.  The teaching of the Church is that the fullness of Grace in the Sacrament is not dependent upon the species in which it is received.” 

Sunday (7/2)
8 AM Rite I
10 AM Sung High Mass Rite II

Randy Sams will be hosting a Bags Tournament on July 24th at Crossties Event Center.  Registration is $130 for one two-person team or $250 for two teams.  Please see Larry Oxford or Fr. Halt to register.  Deadline is 14 July.  The flyer for this event can be found here.

Save the dates:

St. James' Day and Homecoming: September 12.  Save the Date!

Confirmation/Enquirer's Class will begin on September 19th at 9AM.  Please contact Fr. Halt if you are interested in confirmation.

The installation service for Fr. Halt at Rector of St. James is scheduled for October 17th at 10AM. There will be only one service this day.

Fr. Dave and Amy will be traveling from 6-31 July.  Father is spending a large portion of this time working on his Ph.D. dissertation.  He will be posting updates on Facebook while he is away.

We have a new online public calendar of events that can be viewed here.
Did you know that you can now pay your pledge or make a gift to Saint James' Church through our secure online payment system?  

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