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

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.