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St. James
Episcopal Church

Spring 2017

 

 

 

Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” We have heard this verse so many times in church that we sometimes no longer sense its relevance in our lives. Jesus was a bit dodgy, we might think, when it came to saying exactly what the kingdom of heaven was like. But he gave us a glimpse into it and how we might begin to build it, one person, one community, one spirit at a time. I have selected, for our upcoming program year, the theme of Building the Kingdom of God/Being the Children of God. We are called to build the kingdom of God and we are urged by, Jesus and his followers, especially Paul, to be mindful that we are children of God. The two things inform one another. When we realize we are the children of God, we begin to have the confidence and hope to build the kingdom of God within us, our communities, and in the world around us. Conversely, when we begin to build relationships of love, acceptance, renewal, reconciliation, and equity (the kingdom of God has to be in there somewhere, right?), then we see ourselves and one another more clearly as children of our Creator God. 

Programs this year will focus on the notion that we are all God’s children and, therefore, called to build the kingdom of God. We must sometimes start small, like the mustard seed, with ourselves first, then building out into the wider world. I invite you to participate in the programs that happen over the course of the year, as your schedules allow, finding something here to nourish you along the path to seeing yourself as a child of God and us at St. James as a community of God. May we have the joy, the openness, and hope to allow Christ to lead the way!

The Christian education of our children is the responsibility of the whole parish, and so the congregation is encouraged to get to know our young members and to involve them in the life and worship of St. James.   From September to June, Christian Education for pre-kindergarten through 8th grade is held at 9:45 each Sunday. The children join their parents in church for the Holy Communion.  

Nursery care is provided from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the church school year.