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The EPISCOPAL CHURCH of ST. JAMES the LESS

The Baptism of Grace Smith

11/26/2018

Today we’re baptizing Grace Williamson Smith, daughter of Jenner and Kelly Smith and granddaughter of Cheryl and David, whom most of us know. Grace was born in January and has been a real gift to the family through the ups and downs of the ...

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More Solid Than Stone? A Reflection on God and Gender

11/26/2018

What an honor it is to be with you today. Thank you, Barbara, for inviting me, and to all of you for such a warm welcome.I’ve been an Episcopalian for over twenty years; before that I was a Baptist. The Methodist church, though, I have interacted with at ...

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Welcome the Child

10/11/2018

A close friend of mine recently said that when she was a little girl, her father told her that in the summer, God always goes on vacation I literally thought, he went away until camp was over, she said. ...

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John and Herod, With us Still

9/10/2018

Well, we had a baptism scheduled for today, but for various reasons we’ve moved it to next Sunday instead, so we’ll have multiple baptisms next week. And to be honest, I was a bit relieved at this change, given the Gospel reading for today: ...

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The Prophets Closest to Us

9/10/2018

Baptisms seem to be in high demand this month! We have several of them–in fact, just picked up another yesterday from a new family in town. That baptism will be next Sunday. Today we’re baptizing little Lucy Ritchie, whose father Neil and sister ...

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A Sermon for the Fourth of July, the Sometime Feast

9/10/2018

Welcome, and Happy Fourth! You may not have realized, but the Fourth of July is a feast day in the Episcopal church. It wasn’t always thus. Just after the War of Independence when the country was celebrating our newfound freedom from England, ...

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A Farewell to Summer

9/27/2018

William Blake, the Sun at his Eastern Gate We had a wonderful start to our year last Sunday, Banner Sunday, and if you weren’t here then, welcome back. There are a lot of new faces, a lot of new people to get to know. And I want to welcome back ...

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Bartolome de las Casas: the Church’s Worst Saint?

9/10/2018

Today’s saint just might have the singular distinction of being among the (morally speaking) worst saints we honor all year, at least going from the first half of his life. Our saint is Bartolome de las Casas. He lived from the late 1400s to the mid 1500s, ...

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