page1image1832960St. James’ Episcopal Church

The Rev. Paul R. Briggs II, Interim Rector

Wednesday in Easter Week 2021

Dear Beloved in Christ,

Day of delight and beauty unbounded, 
Tell the news, the gospel spread!
Day of all wonder, day of all splendor, 
Praise Christ risen from the dead!

Thank you for your part in making our Easter celebrations a “day of delight and beauty unbounded” at St. James! In the midst of the Great Pandemic, I am impressed by your flexible and creative spirit to proclaim Christ risen from the dead; from the flowering of the cross on the lawn to the transformation of our education center into a beautiful worship space, you rose to the challenges of this season! Thank you to our singers, altar workers, readers, donors, and video skit performers; everyone did their part exceptionally well. As you think back on our Easter celebrations, what stands out for you as being particularly helpful or meaningful? What might we do differently in the future? What do want more of? Please give me a call or drop me a note.

Praise Christ risen from the dead!

As I said in my homily on Easter morning, “We grieve the deaths of those whose lives were taken by the realities of racism, white supremacy, and anti-black violence…[and] We see the possibility of new life in our ongoing commitment (albeit just the first few steps) to work against racial injustice.” The Anti- Racism Commission in the Diocese of Pennsylvania is offering a workshop on “Introduction to Systemic Racism” on Saturday, April 24th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. This is an excellent resource and well worth your time to take that first step of confronting the sin of racism. Racism is baked into the very fabric of our lives in such a way that we don’t even notice racist attitudes and institutions. Every time I immerse myself in intentional learning and discussion, I learn something new. I took this class in February and highly recommend it. The cost is $10. Please let me know if you do take this class as it will help us build opportunities for further learning, discussion, and action within our own congregation. Here is the registration link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/x/introduction-to-systemic-racism-tickets-131127244117

If you do not have internet access and would like to be part of this class, I would be happy to register you and make a computer available in the library at St. James on April 24.

In consultation with the vestry, we will offer an in-person outdoor Eucharist on Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. beginning April 10. Please bring your own lawn chair. All are required to wear a face mask, use hand sanitizer, and socially distance. If you would like to help by reading a lesson or ushering, you can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050F48ACAF2DA2FD0-stjames

Pre-register at https://rsvp.church/r/e4J6p4O6; this will assist us with set-up and allow us to contact you in the event a service is cancelled. It also provides us with a record for “contact tracing” if necessary. If a service is cancelled, we will offer Evening Prayer & Sermon on Zoom using the worship link, below. The vestry will re-evaluate this schedule at our April meeting.

We will continue with Morning Prayer and Sermon via Zoom on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. Contact the Church office for the worship link.

Thank you to all who contributed to the Good Friday Offering, our annual appeal to support our Anglican sisters and brothers of the Holy Land in their ministry to meet the needs of innocent people caught in the midst of poverty, food insecurity and economic instability. Your gift makes a difference!

Let’s get ready for Earth Day with a Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 17 beginning at 8 a.m.

Upcoming:

In-person Outdoor Eucharist beginning Saturday, April 10 at 5 p.m. Sunday Morning Prayer & Sermon via Zoom, April 11 at 9 a.m. Sunday Adult Formation following Morning Prayer.
Spiritual Companions, Monday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Spring Clean-up, Saturday, April 17 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
4th Friday Food & Clothing Collection, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Introduction to Systemic Racism” Saturday, April 24 from 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon.

Faithfully yours,

Paul+