Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Josh preparing for Christmas services.
The church is decorated.

The cooks are preparing.

The Bishop is on her way to celebrate with us.

Join us Christmas Eve for supper at 6pm followed by caroling at 7pm and Holy Eucharist at 7:30.

On Christmas morning at 10am, we will celebrate Holy Eucharist.  Children are invited to come in pajamas and bring a toy for the procession and blessing.

All are invited to receive communion at the Lord's table.


As Episcopalians, we believe:
  • The Holy Scriptures are the revealed word of God, which inspired the human authors of the Scripture, and which is interpreted by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Nicene Creed is the basic statement of our belief about God. It was adopted in the 300s by the early church founders and is said every Sunday in Episcopal and Anglican churches around the United States and world. (http://www.creeds.net/ancient/nicene.htm):
  • The two great sacraments of the Gospel, given by Christ to the Church, are Baptism and the Holy Eucharist. In Baptism we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and adopt Jesus as our Lord and Savior. In the Holy Eucharist, the center of our worship life, we remember and participate in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ until his coming again.
  • Catechism: (http://www.bcponline.org) The teachings and beliefs of the Episcopal Church are articulated in this "Outline of the Faith." It is designed in a question and answer format.

How Does the Episcopal Church Differ From Other Denominations?

The Episcopal Church celebrates diversity. We are young and old, male and female, gay and straight, single, married, divorced and widowed, Anglo, African American, Latino, African, Asian, CEO and unemployed, student and teacher, rich and poor. We worship together, study and ask questions as we move more deeply into the mystery of God.

We honor tradition and strive to live by the example of Jesus Christ, welcoming the stranger and the outcast, helping our neighbors and offering love and forgiveness. We want our communities to be better because The Episcopal Church is here.

We are known for our engaging and beautiful worship services. For those who have grown up Roman Catholic, the service, known as the Mass, Eucharist or Holy Communion, will be very familiar. For those of reformed tradition or no religious tradition at all, we think you may find a spiritual home in a church that respects its tradition and maintains its sense of awe and wonder at the power and mystery of God. Some services are more contemporary, some more traditional but all follow the same form found in the Book of Common Prayer.

There are no prerequisites in the Episcopal Church … Everyone is welcome.

We walk the "middle way" between Protestant and catholic traditions.  We often talk about the Episcopal Church as following the “via media” or middle way in our theology and discussions because we believe that, whether or not we agree on a particular topic, we all are children beloved by God and we can have thoughtful and respectful discussions.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Advent Suppers and Conversation

Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.   Matthew 26:44

Thursdays, December 5, 12, and 19, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
December 5 – The nature of faith and the experience of God
         December 12 – Jesus and the Bible
                   December 19 – Practice and transformation
 
With the Emerging Voices, Emerging Church video featuring  -
          Barbara Brown Taylor, Episcopal Priest and author
                 Bishop John Shelby Spong, Episcopal Priest and author
          Marcus Borg, Episcopal Priest and author
                 Father Richard Rohr, Franciscan Priest and author
          Sister Joan Chittister, Catholic Sister and author
                 John Dominic Crossan, Biblical scholar
 
       
Schedule:
          7:00 pm: Supper and fellowship
          7:20 pm: First video
          7:30 pm: Discussion
          7:50 pm: Second video
          8:00 pm: Discussion
          8:20 pm: Compline
 
St. James' Episcopal Church, 7th and Davis, Taylor, Texas
For more information, contact Terry Pierce, Head of Congregation - (512) 826-6278
 
 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sunday, October 20 - Celebration of the Feast of St. James' of Jerusalem

The Collect of St. James of Jerusalem:
Grant, O God, that following the example of your servant James the Just, brother of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.


We will celebrate the Feast of St James on Sunday, October 20.  A festive breakfast at 9:30am will be followed by Eucharist at 10:30am. 

St. James was the leader of the community in Jerusalem after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.  He was credited with developing consensus in disagreements about worship between Jews and Gentiles.  It seems fitting that our church is a community that welcomes those with differing opinions and viewpoints and thrives on joining together in service to feed the hungry.  For more about St. James, see http://satucket.com/lectionary/James_Jerusalem.htm

Friday, October 4, 2013

Blessing of the Animals - Saturday October 5, 10:00 am

All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small;
All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.

St. James' will continue our tradition of blessing the animals in the St. Francis garden on Saturday, October 5 at 10:00 am.  Please join us with you pets for the blessing and refreshments.

Our garden statue of St. Francis shows Francis with a bird on his hand.  Legend about St. Francis says that once when he was traveling, he walked through a place filled with birds.  St Francis told his companions to wait while he preached to his sisters, the birds.  The birds surrounded him and not one flew away.  Our garden cat, Francis, can often be found lounging at St. Francis' feet.



Saturday, August 31, 2013

Preparing for Invitation Sunday!

Invitation Sunday is Sunday, September 15. 

The invitations are ready.

Look for new banners on the church tomorrow.


It is time for us to do our work so that God can do his work.  Michael Harvey reminds us that our work is to sow and we do that by extending an invitation.  If we extend the invitation, God will do the work He will do.  We don't have to worry about the results; that is God's work.  We are simply called to cross the threshold and invite people to join us in church.

Our preparation was to get to know each other better.  On August 16 and August 22, we gathered in the parish hall, ate together, and shared our faith stories.  Newcomers and old timers shared their stories of how they came to be at St. James' and how God is working in our lives. 

On August 16, ten young people went to Austin for our last summer event, eating dinner at Seminary of the Southwest and going for a swim in Barton Springs.  Between pizza and swimming, they found time to get to know each other and to join together in prayer.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Youth End of Summer SplashDown!

EYC
MINI-LOCKIN
END OF SUMMER SPLASHDOWN!


FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
6:00-11:00 PM
we will leave the church at 6, so be there about 5:45

PRIMING THE PUMP
WITH A SPLASH!!

WHO:  YOUTH FROM 5TH - JR HIGH

WHY:  BID FAREWELL TO THE SUMMER AND ENJOY

WHAT: PIZZA & GAMES AT THE SEMINARY…SNOWCONES AT CASEY’S ICES…SWIMMING AT BARTON SPRINGS

·       BRING TWO TOWELS & A SWIM SUIT
·       Sign permission slip at church!!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Many Happenings!


Sunday, July 28, promises to be a full and joyful day.  Brother John Brewer, a Deacon from Florida who is now attending St. James' will be our guest preacher. 

We will also have Josh Shipman back at the organ.  Josh, our barefoot organist, is a seminarian from Colorado studying at Seminary of the Southwest.  Josh practiced between services last Sunday.  Mrs. Lou Bergstrom who has been attending St. James' since 1956 said she hadn't heard our organ sound so good in years.

Also on Sunday, we will have a brief congregational meeting to discuss the Strategic Mission Grant.  Check your email or call Terry for more information. 

Sunday is also Meals on Wheels so some of our Bishop's Committee members will be cooking during the congregational meeting; then we will adjourn to the Parish Hall to prepare the food for delivery.




Saturday, July 13, 2013

Who Are The Episcopal Church?


From The Diocese of Texas: http://www.epicenter.org/the-episcopal-faith/episcopal-faith/episcopal-beliefs/


The Episcopal Church celebrates diversity. We are young and old, male and female, gay and straight, single, married, divorced and widowed, Anglo, African American, Latino, African, Asian, CEO and unemployed, student and teacher, rich and poor. We worship together, study and ask questions as we move more deeply into the mystery of God.

We honor tradition and strive to live by the example of Jesus Christ, welcoming the stranger and the outcast, helping our neighbors and offering love and forgiveness. We want our communities to be better because The Episcopal Church is here.

We are known for our engaging and beautiful worship services. For those who have grown up Roman Catholic, the service, known as the Mass, Eucharist or Holy Communion, will be very familiar. For those of reformed tradition or no religious tradition at all, we think you may find a spiritual home in a church that respects its tradition and maintains its sense of awe and wonder at the power and mystery of God. Some services are more contemporary, some more traditional but all follow the same form found in the Book of Common Prayer.

There are no prerequisites in the Episcopal Church … Everyone is welcome.

We walk the "middle way" between Protestant and catholic traditions.  We often talk about the Episcopal Church as following the “via media” or middle way in our theology and discussions because we believe that, whether or not we agree on a particular topic, we all are children beloved by God and we can have thoughtful and respectful discussions.

The Episcopal Church has between 2-3 million members in about 7,500 congregations in the United States, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, Europe and other areas in North America. In the Diocese of Texas (one of six dioceses in the state), we have more than 75,000 members in 153 congregations. We also have 17 college ministries, 67 schools, numerous social service agencies and clinics and more than 1000 ministries that reach out to help make our communities better and more caring places to live. We are part of the global Anglican Communion, which has 70 million followers.

Friday, June 28, 2013


Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on the Defense of Marriage Act Ruling:

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

http://www.epicenter.org/article/presiding-bishop-on-us-supreme-courts-doma-prop-8-rulings/

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

You Never Invited Me


This weekend at St. James' we did something familiar and we did something new.

We had our semi-annual rummage sale and barbeque lunch and it was wildly successful.  The cooks outdid themselves, the rummage provided another solid infusion for our youth and children's programs, and many people found things they wanted or needed. 


And we invited people into the church for tours.  Later in the morning, Josh Shipman and Kevin McClure from Seminary of the Southwest played our historic organ.

After I had walked through the church with a woman who had never been inside before, she told me that she had attended the rummage sale for many years and never been invited to our church.  This woman said she could tell from the people who were working at the rummage sale that we were a friendly and welcoming group of people.  But what meant the most to her was that we had given her the invitation and we had said to her, "Please join us in church."

I preached about this on Sunday because the memory awakened me in the middle of the night.  You see, we are friendly people.  When someone finds their way into the church, we welcome them, we engage them, and most of them stay.  I'll say again what I said in my sermon, because I think it's important...

We are not an evangelical people. 

We think people know they're invited to our church.
We don't want to intrude and suggest that they don't have their own church but maybe they don't.

We don't want to be rude and intimate that they might like our church better but maybe they would.
We think people know they're invited to our church.

But they don't know until we say the words.
If there is someone you've been thinking of inviting to church, I hope you will be moved to speak the invitation aloud. 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

THE RUMMAGE SALE!



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Saturday, June 15, the Brotherhood of St Andrew will conduct our annual rummage sale and
bar-b-que lunch.  All proceeds are used to support our youth programs.

Tad says the most fun part is the pricing which goes like this - "Aw, what do you want to give me for that?"

On Sunday, June 9, we will set up the Parish Hall after the 10:00 am service. 

During the week of June 10, Rob will be available to make additional pickups. 

Email Tad Whited at eawmrc@aol.com or Rob Franks at Rob.Franks_48@yahoo.com for more information.

Picture: Rob, Tad and Jerry having fun with the merchandise!

Monday, May 27, 2013


The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BOSA)




At St. James', the Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BOSA) is one of our most active ministries.  Every Sunday morning, the men of BOSA cook breakfast for the parish at 9:00am.  We have bacon, pancakes, yoghurt, coffee and orange juice.  And they clean up the kitchen afterwards!

All men of the church are members of BOSA.

Twice each year, the men of BOSA put on a rummage sale and, during the summer, sell a fabulous barbeque plate.  This year's rummage sale will be held June 15 and we need lots of help!

BOSA has fellowship activities each month - meeting for breakfast on Saturdays and Wednesdays.  To be included on the notification of those meetings, contact Tad Whited at the church or Terry Pierce via email at terry.pierce@ssw.edu.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013



Trinity Sunday - May 26, 2013


The Collect for Trinity Sunday:
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


At Saint James':

On Sunday, we celebrate Trinity Sunday with The Reverend Dr. David Peters.  David serves as an Army chaplain at Fort Hood, TX where he represents the Episcopal Church to the men and women of our Armed Forces. During the week, David is a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor in Training, helping pastors and priests prepare for a life of ministry at Seton Medical Center, Austin. David enjoys spending time with his two sons, Soren and Avery, and his fiance, Sarah.

Thursday, May 16, 2013


The Holy Spirit Descending

 The Collect for the Day of Pentecost:

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Story:

The disciples had gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festival of weeks, or Pentecost.  Jesus had ascended to his Father, taking our human nature into heaven where he intercedes for us at every moment.  Jesus had told the disciples they shouldn't be sad at his departure from them because an Advocate would come for them.  On this day, we are told in Acts that the Holy Spirit poured out upon them and they spoke the languages of all the people in Jerusalem so that all could hear the Good News, the Gospel.  We celebrate this day as the birthday of the Church.

At St. James, Taylor:

On this day, we will celebrate the birthday of the Church as we baptize nine-month old Paxton Michael Louvier.  Paxton is the son of Morgan Tara Louvier and Dane Michael Louvier and the brother of Lorelei Charlotte.  His godparents are his aunt and uncle, Dr. Nan Garrett and William Edwards.  Bishop Andy Doyle says in his book, Unabashedly Episcopalian, "When we present someone to be baptized - child or adult - the vision is not only of individual transformation but of an always evolving body of Christ."  As Paxton is baptized in the body of Christ, we will renew our baptismal vows as a community, affirming that the Holy Spirit continues to pour over us and transform us.