Nothing says “Welcome Back” like the colorful banners held high by our parishioners that parade up the aisle on Banner Sunday. Each year they are gently taken out of the closet by Bob and Pablo, dusted off, mended (some are almost thirty years old), and carried with love. The banners come in all different colors of felt: red, yellow, brown and blue. They feature different symbols for each ministry. Each banner symbolizes the collective gifts of parishioners who offer their time and energy to make our church what it is.
There is one for the Acolytes, Altar Guild, the Adult and Children’s Choirs, Men of Saint James, The Nursery School, Sunday School, Youth Group, Ushers, Stewardship, Outreach, Vestry and Samaritans. These ministries represent the very fabric of our life at Saint James. Consider the Altar Guild Banner. With its chalice and paten, it reminds us of the sacrament that is prepared and offered for us during the Eucharist. But the banner is more than that – it represents the members who work tirelessly to polish, clean, arrange, iron, store and account for the vessels and linens that serve the Sacrament. The Altar Guild members arrange beautiful flowers in vases that reveal the beauty and wonder that is present in God. The Altar Guild requires not one person but many people to accomplish all that is needed.
Each parishioner has a unique set of gifts to share — given together with others, they become integral parts of our whole church. St. Paul tells us “Now there are a variety of gifts, but the same spirit. And there are varieties of ministries and the same Lord… Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12)
In this interim year, we can rejoice in the vitality and commitment of the folks who pray, sing and meet here. Through seventeen rectors and 166 years, the people of Saint James have formed committees, made decisions, fixed rooftops, taught Sunday School, given their time, talent and treasure to carry on the mission of the Church of Saint James the Less.
Some churches call this Homecoming Sunday and so it is. We gather after the summer months spent with family, friends and travel. Once more on Sunday mornings, we come to say hello to old friends, make new ones, join a new committee, help someone who needs us and pray for each other and the world. On Sunday, September 13, we will gather as a parish to sing and watch the banners, held with love by our parishioners, parade up the aisle.
Banner Day Schedule
10:00 a.m. – Festival Holy Eucharist in the Church with Choir & Banners
11:15 a.m. – First Church School Classes (shortened for the Picnic)
11:15 a.m. – Youth Group Car Wash in the parking lot
11:45 a.m. – Parish Picnic in the Playground and Rectory Backyard
Come to see old friends and meet new ones at our Annual Parish Picnic after the 10:00 a.m. Service on Banner Sunday, September 13. Bring your appetites for food and fun to the Rectory Yard and Church Playground for our annual “kick-off-the-new-year get-together.” Sizzling grilled burgers and hot dogs will be provided, along with cold drinks.
If your last name begins with a letter from A to M, please bring a side dish such as a green salad, potato salad or crudités.
If your last name begins with an N to Z, please bring a dessert such as fruit salad, brownies, cookies, etc.
Come and enjoy good food with good friends.
Introduce yourself to anyone whom you don’t know, and catch up on what everyone did during their summer vacation. It’s going to be a wonderful day – don’t miss this opportunity to start this new season in a relaxed and joyful atmosphere.