Wednesday, December 23, 2009

To You Is Born a Savior


Dear Family in Christ,

Join us Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, at 7:00pm, for a candlelit Eucharist service. There will be more music than ever. So, plan to come a little early, and hear Ashley Tapia, UT student and our guest soloist, to prepare your hearts to worship the Lord.

You are also invited that night, to join your church family for a tamale supper, provided by the Browns. We'll be in the fellowship hall, starting from 5:30pm.

In His peace,
Kelly

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Mary Went In Haste


Dear Friends in Christ,

Is much of your life spent "in haste?" Come this Sunday to be filled with God's word and His sacrament of Holy Communion. And reflect with us on what it meant that Mary went in haste to see her cousin, Elizabeth.

Lots coming up:
1. Christina's education in Pakistan: $350 has been raised for Christina and we only need $250 more to cover her 2010 education expenses .. please indicate on the memo line that the check is for Christina.
2. Poinsettias: We will be buying poinsettias with the funds that are donated .. the deadline to order is Sunday December 20 .. please indicate on the memo line that the check is for flowers, and also let me know "in memory of/thanksgiving for" message. I will be able to give you names and messages after the service on December 20.
3. Christmas Decorating this Sunday: We will be decorating the church and Christmas tree after the service on Sunday December 20, and will appreciate everyone's assistance.

4. Supper before Christmas Eve service: Lou Brown has graciously offered to host a Christmas Eve tamale supper, for one and all. It will begin at 5:30pm on Dec. 24 in the fellowship hall. Sign up this Sunday, to let her know you will attend.

5. Our Christmas Eve Eucharist service begins at 7:00pm on Thursday, Dec. 24. There will be solo music by a UT student, Ashley Tapia, preceding the service, so come a little early to prepare spiritually for the service, and hear some beautiful singing.

Yours in Christ,
Kelly

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Stir Up Your Power, O Lord

Dear Family in Christ,

St. John the Baptist tells his crowd: Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none.

Consider giving away one of your toys too. Please consider giving new toys (must be in their original store box or wrapper) to Toys for Tots. You can bring them to church this Sunday, or leave them at the fellowship hall door.

Pastor Hutton of New Life Church, is collecting for a Fort Hood unit's families. He'll be picking our donations up on Friday, Dec. 18.

Don't forget to bring your pledge card this Sunday, if you haven't already. Your Bishop's Committee has prepared a budget for next year, and they are eagerly awaiting your pledged contribution, with faith that we can meet our very basic expenses in 2010. Give us hope, St. James' family!

Finally, sign up for the Salvation Army bell-ringing at the Taylor WalMart on Wed., Dec. 23. The sign up sheet is in the narthex.

Peace to all - see you this Sunday at 10am for worship. Christina is planning a Godly Play lesson afterwards for children of all ages. Bring your grandchildren!

Your Pastor,
Kelly

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I Will Fulfill the Promise

Dear Family in Christ,

A very happy Thanksgiving to everyone this week. Here is our collect for tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day:

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the
fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those
who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of
your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and
the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Come join us this Sunday at 10am for Holy Eucharist, as we begin the season of Advent. We'll be doing a trial run of new liturgy booklets, so please give us your input following the service.

Then stay afterward for fellowship time and Bible study in the library.

"The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah." - Jeremiah 33:14-16. Come learn more about that promise. It's for you too.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hail to the King

Join us Sunday, Nov. 22, for a celebration of Jesus our King. It's Christ the King Sunday - the last Sunday in the church year.

To honor our King this Sunday, please bring your pledge of giving to St. James' Church for a blessing at the offertory. If you did not receive a pledge card, please let us know.

This Sunday, immediately following worship is our Meals on Wheels preparation and delivery. We always need help with this ministry, so don't be shy about asking how it's done.

Also, this Sunday night, Nov. 22, at 7:00pm, is the Taylor Area Ministerial Alliance-sponsored Thanksgiving Service. It will be held again at St. Paul Lutheran Church, our neighbors, literally! See you Sunday.

In Christ our King,
Your pastor, Kelly

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Make a Joyful Noise - Welcoming our new Organist

Alvez T. Barkoskie IV is a native of Saint Augustine, FL and has gained much musical experience

through collaborating at Liturgies and numerous recitals throughout Northern and Central Florida.

Mr. Barkoskie is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in Composition with a second

concentration in Organ Performance at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies composition with

Donald Grantham and organ with Gerre Hancock, Organist and Master of Choristers emeritus at

Saint Thomas Church of New York. Other activities in the Austin area include singing in the UT Concert

Chorale, accompanying UT vocalists, teaching piano at Albertson Music School and serving as Organist

at St. James Episcopal Church in Taylor, Texas.

Barkoskie recently left his position as the Principal Organist at San Sebastian Catholic Church in

Saint Augustine, where he accompanied for two choirs, under the Direction of Sister Marie Therese

Evrard, SSJ, to study at UT. He has held positions as Organist at All Saints Episcopal Church in

Enterprise, Florida, Organist at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Mill Creek, Florida and

Organist and Choir Director at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church in Elkton, Florida. In April 2008, he was

invited to play a recital at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, with two other organists, for the Jacksonville

Chapter of the American Guild of Organists at their New Member Recital and in January of the following

year he played with other Jacksonville organists in Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times Union Center.

Barkoskie recently graduated, with honors, from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, where he

received a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance as well as in Theory and Composition. He

studied organ and harpsichord with Boyd Jones, a graduate of Stetson and Yale Universities and he

studied composition with Sydney Hodkinson, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the

University of Michigan. He has also studied composition with Manuel de Murga, piano with Michael

Rickman, collaborative piano with Kristie Born and has coached with Kenneth Griffiths and Juilliard staff

accompanist, Linda Mark.

While at Stetson, Barkoskie collaborated with the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic

Band, Concert Choir, Stetson Men, Choral Union, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos and numerous voice

students. Upon completion of his first year at Stetson he was named a 2004-2005 Outstanding

Freshmen in the School of Music. In the spring of 2007 he was accepted into the National Music Honor

Society, Pi Kappa Lambda and in the spring of 2009 his choral composition “Far in the distance the

majestic mountain sighs” received an Award of Excellence from the Stetson University Touchstone 2009

Literary Journal.

Behold, I Will Do a New Thing

Dear Family in Christ,

First, may we give thanks to the Lord and welcome our new organist, Mr. Alvez Barkoskie, IV. Please click on his name, to learn more about him. We are delighted that God brought him our way. Welcome, Alvez.

Psalm 115 seems fitting today:

12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us:
He will bless the house of Israel,
he will bless the house of Aaron,

13 he will bless those who fear the LORD—
small and great alike.

14 May the LORD make you increase,
both you and your children.

15 May you be blessed by the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

Hallelujah! Thank you for all of your prayers on our behalf. We finally have a court date, and leave very soon to pick up our daughter. I will be sending out via our church email list, the schedule of supply priests.

Meanwhile, as this will be the last post from the vicar for a while, here are a few things coming up this fall:

Bishop Doyle's visit, Sunday, October 25, 2009 - Worship 10am, including Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows
This is a wonderful chance, while our new diocesan bishop is presiding, to have him lay his hands on your head, and ask for the Holy Spirit to renew your spirit, and equip you for ministry ahead. Please just come to the front, when he invites you to. Who says the Episcopal Church doesn't have an altar call?

Meals on Wheels this Sunday, Sept. 27 - A big thank you to Tom and Julie Downs who are leading the way with this month's preparation - immediately following worship in the fellowship hall.

For all potential visitors reading this, Meals on Wheels is a great way to dive right into life at St. James. So consider joining us this Sunday, and staying on to help with a great community outreach (every 4th Sun.).

Peace be to you all this season.

Yours in Christ,
Kelly
Vicar


Friday, September 4, 2009

St. James' meets the Senior Center


Dear Friends,

Thank you to everyone who helped last Sunday to make the Fish Fry and Meals on Wheels effort both successful.

We're continuing our look at St. James' letter this Sunday, where James encourages us to act upon our faith. There are chances all around Taylor to do that. Many are directly across the street from us at the Taylor Resource Center.

This Sunday, we will have a representative from the Senior Center located there, Katie Vandersall, who will join us for worship (10am), and then tell us during fellowship time more about the center, and what goes on there.

Also, we welcome Mr. Alvez Barkoskie IV who will step in to play the organ this Sunday. He is a new graduate student in the music program at UT; an organist, pianist, composer and arranger.

Yours in Christ,
Kelly Jennings
Vicar

Visit our church's website:
http://stjamestaylor.blogspot.com/

Please note my new email address, effective immediately:
revkellyjennings@gmail.com

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Annual Fish Fry

Dear Family in Christ,

You are invited, as always, to worship with us this Sunday, and then join us for our St. James' Annual Fish Fry.

When: Sunday, Aug. 30, following 10am worship
Where: St. James' Fellowship Hall, next door to the church
Thanks to: Mr. Wayne Voigt who will provide the catfish and cook them up for us
Also to: Anyone who can bring a side potluck dish (double portioned, so we can distribute to our Meals on Wheels individuals)

Meals on Wheels prep will follow - come witness how the Lord gives in abundance through His church, and take part in His Kingdom by helping to distribute that abundance to the community.

We also welcome Mrs. Anita Volek, organist at First Baptist Church across the street, who will play for us this Sunday. Now that's ecumenism!

Yours in Christ,
Kelly
Vicar

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Showing our Faith by our Deeds

Dear Family in Christ,

But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds."

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. - James 2

Come see the final paper stage of your Wild Card Project - it shows how you, Church, got from Comments to Christ-centered action. In other words, you took the concerns and joys you expressed about St. James' Church earlier this Eastertide, and put your names to them in ministry form (ministries matching needs/joys/dreams).

From these results, your Bishop's Committee this month is discerning the three strongest areas at St. James' where we show our faith by our work.

When we see these things highlighted, we can celebrate them more fully, invite newcomers into them more whole-heartedly, and the pastor and lay leaders can focus on strengthening these areas more effectively.

In other news...

Habitat lunch item offering this Sunday is COOKIES. Let's have some at least placed in the offering basket (I won't take any). Just put the rest back by the baptismal font.

The Food Bank in Taylor also needs CANNED MEAT (tuna, spam, vienna sausages, etc.) anytime. They would really welcome these gifts from St. James' on a regular basis; and say that they can now get beans cheaper than we can buy them.

Join us this Sunday, August 16, for worship at 10am, with the Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings preaching on King Solomon (our first introduction to Solomon this summer).

Also keep in your prayers:

· The Mendez and Martinez families. They lost three members in a traffic accident this past Monday. One was a student of Christina Strnad's.

· Christina's father in the hospital

· Gerry - very limited eyesight

· John - protection in Afghanistan

· Jim Krepps - recovery from injury

Yours in Him,

Kelly

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Praise Him With Strings and Pipe

Dear Family in Christ,
Please see below for our Bishop's Warden's message in our summer newsletter.
Please do pray for the future of music ministry at St. James': that the Lord would bring us, in His time, a gifted individual to help lead us in song and lift our hearts to Him each Sunday morning.
And rejoice with us that God is leading Karol Ann, our current organist, into new vistas.
Our annual St. James' Fish Fry, this year, will be in honor of Karol Ann's ministry here. That will take place on Sunday, August 30 after the service, here at the church.
Yours in Him,
Kelly
The Bishop's Vicar

Bishop's Warden Message

We had a great Rummage Sale in June that raised $2,000 for our church operations. More importantly, it was great to see our church members working together to make it happen and enjoying the fellowship of our church family. Many thanks to Rob Franks for his hard work in coordinating the sale, and to everyone who contributed items and food, helped set up, and worked at it.

It is with regret I have to announce that our organist, Karol Ann Badgett is leaving St. James at the end of August. She feels that she needs to find a situation where she can use more of her skills having completed her PhD in music recently. Please join me in wishing her well; she and her talent will be missed at St. James. We are searching for a new organist so we can continue to enjoy music as part of our worship.

Your in Christ,

Ernest Balla

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I Still My Soul


Dear Family in Christ,

Words of comfort for this week: "I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother's breast; my soul is quieted within me." - Ps 131

This Sunday, July 26, after worship, we need all hands on deck for meal delivery, at about 1:30.  Volunteers are welcome before then, to help prepare the meals.  Please pray for the families who will receive them.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, July 27, 7pm - Bishop's Committee meeting, open to all.

Sunday, Aug. 2, following worship, will be a re/training session for the St. James' Lectors Guild.  The class is open to anyone who feels the Spirit calling them to read the scripture passages during the liturgy, as well as read the Prayers of the People.  We will meet in the church.  A commissioning liturgy for all our lectors, new and seasoned, will take place later this summer.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, National Night Out - our neighborhood will hold its annual covered dish supper for neighbors at 10th Street Methodist Church, 410 W. Tenth at Hackberry, starting at 6:15pm.  (A good place for our new T-shirts, perhaps?!)

Finally, please pray for the following this week:

Those traveling: Pete and Nancy Tyson; Ernest and Cheri Balla.
Our budding effort to provide a lunch in September for the Habitat crew
The Johnsons, for whom the Habitat home is being built

Yours in His unfailing love,
Kelly

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Word from your Rector



Dear Family in Christ,

With headlines offering up their version of what our Episcopal Church is up to, I thought it would be helpful for you to read what the Rt. Rev. C. Andrew Doyle, our Bishop of Texas, and the rector of St. James' Mission Church, has to say about it.  

Primarily, the no votes of all three bishops in our diocese reflected their desire to remain in the Anglican Communion.  The yes votes won.  Now, the future will tell us how the rest of that Communion determines their relationship with the Episcopal Church.

See the text just below.

See here for the ongoing blog site of the diocese on General Convention: http://edotnews.blogspot.com/

Yours in Christ,
Kelly
Vicar

TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

Bishop Doyle on Passage of D025 Monday

Resolution DO25 was passed by the House of Deputies on Monday and moved to the House of Bishops Monday afternoon.

The resolution, despite the headlines of a number of news organizations, was descriptive and offers a vision of where the Episcopal Church is at this time. It speaks to the fact that we are not of one mind on the issues of sexuality, that there is disagreement within the church on issues of ordination, marriage/unions. I think it reflects the reality that there are differences of opinion on how to deal with our differences.

I do not believe the house intended the passage of the resolution to be prescriptive. In other words the resolution did not pass same sex blessings, or ordinations of partnered gay and lesbians. It was not a permission giving resolution or a canonical change to our understanding of marriage.

Interestingly enough, DO25 passed in the HOD clergy order by a 2 to 1 margin, in the HOD lay order by a 2 to 1 margin, and in the HOB by a 2 to 1 margin. I do believe this shows some consistency within this body at this time.

The Diocese of Texas Deputation was divided in their vote and so their vote was registered as a "no" vote. This diversity, appointed by the people of the Diocese at Council, reflects who we are as a diocese. I thought our deputies did their discernment well. We shared together over lunch their thoughts and concerns about the church at home. They too felt as though the resolution was descriptive and not prescriptive.

Bishop High, Bishop Harrison and I each voted against the resolution as we have been and continue to be concerned regarding the repercussions throughout the Anglican Communion. And we were concerned with the idea that DO25 repeals BO33 from the 2006 General Convention. I should add most every one of the Episcopal Church's dioceses in a foreign country voted against the passage as well. Also, bishops of Dallas, Northwest Texas, Rio Grande and West Texas voted no.

There are several thoughts that seem important when reflecting on the resolution and its meaning for us in our diocese. The Diocese of Texas honors the moratorium not because of DO25 or BO33, but because of our belief that the teachings of the church on sexuality have not changed, that the Windsor Report asks the American church to refrain from election and ordination of a bishop who is living in a partnered relationship, from the development of rites for same sex blessings, and our own resolutions and canons currently have reaffirmed our views on the topic.

The House of Bishops carried on a deep debate of listening ears and open hearts. Bishop Hines once called this the "exquisite pain of being a bishop" -- living and praying through times of great division with your brother and sister bishops. This was very hard work today. I thought that the House deliberated and conversed well, prayerfully, and mindful of those who were not like minded in the room.

God's mission is greater that the passage or defeat of any resolution at this Convention. Regardless of which side of the argument you may find yourself embracing, or what you believe the best way of resolving this situation is, we have a mission that is given to us in partnership with Jesus Christ.

I believe that God intends the restoration of creation and those that live within it. I believe that God intends the incarnational body of Christ in the church to be the chief instrument in this work. God intends the Episcopal Church as a member of the worldwide Communion to be a part of this restoration. No resolution will get in the way of this work, nor can it resend the love and providence of God to offer both blessings and challenges.

I will continue to lead us as a Diocese as a member of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. I have plans to be in London in the Fall for a Compass Rose meeting and believe this will be a good time to get a sense of the communion's response.

I am concerned about how this affects our people in every manner of life and relationship, in every congregation. How will this affect our relationship with one another? Nevertheless, our history tells us that we can move through this together and by continuing to focus on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I have already asked Canon Case, Janie Stevens, and Cecilia Smith to help me design a pastoral and small group program for congregations to respond to the actions of General Convention and enable me and the leadership of the diocese to receive feedback regarding strategies in dealing with the pastoral issues which arise out of the actions of this convention.

The Diocese of Texas has self-differentiated itself by Council on the issues of sexuality and the church's teaching on marriage, which is a more traditional stance. I do not believe that the Diocese is prepared to change that stance. It is with greater clarity, I believe that we now see the reality of the church within which and from which we do our ministry.

I should say that the work of this week is not over. We have many more important resolutions to follow. We need to see how the rest of the week continues to play out and what the reactions of the greater communion will be.

Bishop Gary Lillibridge hosted a wonderful gathering for the Diocese of Texas and West Texas deputations. It was a very good time to be together and to have fellowship. Afterwards we had the deputation dinner and broke bread together. This was an important time and while we spoke some of the business of the day, there was also laughter, reconnecting friendships, and new relationships born out of the evening. I think we were again reminded of our deep communion relationships built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ.

I hope you will keep our deputation in your prayers as we continue to move through ever longer legislative days.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Taking Part in the Lord's Work


Dear Church Family,

Praise the Lord.  How good it is to sing praises to our God...He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. - Ps 147.

Come worship the God of Israel, known through Jesus Christ, this Sunday, 10am at St. James' Church.  Our journey through the story of King David continues in the sermon - this week, David dances before the ark.  Sermon title: Welcoming the Lord in our Midst.

After worship:
Your church invites you to learn further how to take part in God healing the broken-hearted.  Come hear Christie Johnson from the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity program talk with us about how St. James' can be involved in the new Habitat program already at work in Taylor.  

Other news:

Our St. James', Taylor "You've Got a Friend" T-shirts are IN!  They are $12 each.  Please allow those who placed an order for them to purchase theirs first.  Please make your checks to St. James' Church.  We should have plenty left over, however.

Prayer requests:
Continued recovery for Elizabeth and Pamela; and for their caregivers, Rob and Bill.
Peace for Lou Bergstrom's family following the loss of her brother, Sam.

The Episcopal Church's General Convention, the national decision-making body that meets every 3 years, is currently going on in Anaheim, California (July 8-17).  See this website for more details:  http://www.epicenter.org/eventcalendar.asp?CID=2&txtEventID=479&cdEventCurrentDate=7/8/2009&SNID=1219117016

In His peace, your pastor,
Kelly 

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Brothers, Choose Seven Men

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Saturday, June 20, we have two special events happening in two separate parts of the diocese:

First, our annual church rummage sale will be held 8:00-5:00pm, with food available, and lots of great deals.  Thank you to many of you already who have put sweat equity into this event - it has been a very hot week, and loading heavy items from storage shed to church is not what most people would have chosen to do this week!  The money raised will go toward our operating expenses this year.

Second, this Saturday at 10am at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston, Dr. Nathan Jennings will be ordained a deacon in God's one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.  For many this is a six-month period of service before being ordained a priest (Nathan's case).  For some, this is a permanent position.   

Acts 6 describes the choosing of the first 7 deacons in the church.  The apostles knew that they had to devote their time to prayer and the "ministry of the word" (teaching, preaching).  But there were many poor people, especially widows, whom the early church wanted to care for but couldn't do so efficiently--nobody had been especially charged with this work.  

The twelve apostles said: let us choose seven men from among all Jesus' followers here who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom . . . And so the word of God spread.  In other words, there was more order, so the gospel could keep on reaching people.

So Nathan takes Holy Orders this Saturday, and becomes a deacon who is charged to serve particularly the poor and the hungry, and to preach the gospel in the world.  Meanwhile, our St. James' family continues its own ministry of hospitality to the world as they welcome visitors this Saturday to our church hall.  

Please pray for both events, that the Holy Spirit would be alive in each, and that we would all converge on Sunday to give thanks and praise for His holy order in our lives.

Yours in Jesus,
Kelly


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Come, Holy Spirit

Dear Family,

I was reminded, in a sermon I heard this week, that we can't always be assured that the Lord will give us what we ask, but we can be assured that He'll give us His Holy Spirit, if we ask.

 "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" - Luke 11:13
 
Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate and participate in the coming of the Holy Spirit upon God's people, is this Sunday, May 31.  And this day, we welcome a special guest presider and preacher, the Rev. Micah Jackson.  He is Associate Professor of Preaching at the Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin.
Some of you got to meet him during a Lenten supper night earlier this year.

Please join your church family at 10am for worship, followed by fellowship time.

Also coming up:
St. James' T-shirt sign up; and Rummage Sale sign up available in fellowship hall
Bishop's Committee meeting, Monday, June 1, 7pm

Prayer requests:
Nathan and Kelly's safe travel to and from Russia to meet their prospective daughter;
God's guidance for the Cotton's granddaughter, Jaycie, who graduates from high school this week;
Blessings on all graduates who touch our lives and are connected to our church family;
Thanksgiving to Curtis and Lou Brown for their generous care of our church flower beds.

Let us rejoice in the coming of His Holy Spirit - glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ask for or imagine.
In Him,
Kelly

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Phoenix


Join us this Thursday evening, May 21, at 7:00 pm for one of the "Big 7" principal feasts in the Church: Ascension Day.

It is a day that would seem to turn Ash Wednesday (each day is 40 days on either side of Easter Sunday) on its head.  On Ash Wednesday we recall that we are dust and to dust we shall return.

But Jesus, God in human flesh, is the first to rise from those ashes.  Through Baptism, we too, follow him out of the ashes of sin and death, and into a new body.  Just like the new bird who rises out of the ashes of the fallen Phoenix.  

Sharing in His body and blood in Holy Communion, as we will do this night, is a way that our Lord continues to draw us into this new life of His Son.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (Eph 5:8).

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Devoting Ourselves to the Apostles' Teaching

Brothers and Sisters,

Please join us on Sundays in May, following worship, for adult Christian education.  We will be using the diocese's Discovery Series program, complete with a DVD segment each session.  

We begin with a focus on what it means to worship in the way we do.

It's a great series for anyone, whether you've just started attending at St. James' or you've been part of our family for a long time.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

He is the God of the Living


Please join us as we participate in the suffering (passion) of our Lord and celebrate His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Our Holy Week and Easter Sunday schedule is as follows:

Palm Sunday - Apr. 5, 10:00 a.m. 
Holy Eucharist, beginning outside with procession into the church

Maundy Thursday - Apr. 9, 7:00 p.m. 
Holy Eucharist with foot-washing and stripping of the altar
Guest preacher, Dr. Nathan Jennings

Good Friday - Apr. 10 
6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
7:00 p.m. Solemn Collects with a meditation on the Cross
Guest preacher, the Rev. Roland Timberlake, St. Luke's on the Lake, Austin

Holy Saturday - Apr. 11, 10:00 a.m. 
a quiet, meditative Prayer Book liturgy, 
followed by preparation for Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday - Apr. 12, 10:00 a.m. 
He is Risen, Hallelujah!
Holy Eucharist, with Renewal of Baptismal Vows, and music, music, music
Goodies and egg hunt to follow

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Join us on Wednesdays in Lent 2009, for our 5-week, St. James' Lenten Supper Series. 

This year the topic is Temptation.  And each week, we welcome a guest facilitator who will lead us through a Bible study on this topic.

When? Wednesdays: March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 2009.
Time? 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where? St. James' Fellowship Hall
What will we do?
We'll start with a candlelit Compline prayer service, then share in a simple meal together, and proceed with a look at a passage in Holy Scripture that deals with temptation.  
Bring a Bible if you can.  We have plenty here too.

Who will lead the studies?
Mar 4 The Rev. Dr. Parker Jameson, St. Luke's on the Lake, Austin (Associate Rector)
Mar 11 The Rev. Micah Jackson, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin (Asst. Professor of Preaching)
Mar 18 Mr. Matt Boulter, former Presbyterian pastor, preparing for ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church
Mar 25 The Rev. Roland Timberlake, St. Luke's on the Lake, Austin (Rector Emeritus)
Apr 1 The Rev. Bobbie Knowles, St. Philip the Joy-Giver, Austin (Priest-in-charge)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Remembering That We Are Dust

"I invite you in the name of the Church to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word (Book of Common Prayer, Ash Wednesday liturgy)."

In addition to traditional Lenten services in the church (see left side bar for dates and times), your St. James' Family welcomes you to our Annual Shrove Tuesday Supper on Tue., Feb. 24, 7pm.

Also, we will gather on Wed. nights in Lent for compline, a soup and bread supper, followed by this year, a Bible study on TEMPTATION, led by a different guest facilitator each week.  See a separate post for more details.  

Don't forget the Ministerial Alliance's Lenten services on Wednesday mornings in Lent, at First United Methodist Church, 907 West Lake Drive, 9:30am refreshments; 10am worship. 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Hitchhiker's Guide to Mark

This 2009 Epiphany season (the season preceding Lent), join us in the library after worship and fellowship time for a look at the Gospel according to St. Mark.  We'll be hearing a lot from his gospel this year on Sunday mornings.  

We'll be using our own Bishop Andy Doyle's extensive resource on the gospel, found at this website:  http://hitchhikingmarksgospel.blogspot.com.