page1image1832960St. James’ Episcopal Church

The Rev. Paul R. Briggs II, Interim Rector

27 May 2021

Dear Beloved in Christ,

This weekend we celebrate Trinity Sunday, one of the few days in our calendar in which we focus on a doctrine of the Church.  As it is also Memorial Day Weekend, we will process to the Revolutionary War era cemetery across the street on Saturday after the 5 p.m. Eucharist and offer prayer for those who have died.    [The Revolutionary War burial site in Langhorne, known then as Four Lanes End, is one of the largest recorded in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Buried here are soldiers who died from wounds suffered in the two Battles of Trenton and the Battle of Princeton and from disease during the winter months from January – May 1777].  Following the prayer, we will return to the church grounds for individually wrapped ice cream treats and opportunity to visit outside.

We have been invited to view “Traces of the Trade” at the Church of the Incarnation next Thursday, June 3 beginning at 7 p.m.  First-time filmmaker Katrina Browne makes a troubling discovery — her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine fellow descendants set off to retrace the Triangle Trade: from their old hometown in Rhode Island to slave forts in Ghana to sugar plantation ruins in Cuba. Step by step, they uncover the vast extent of Northern complicity in slavery while also stumbling through the minefield of contemporary race relations. “Traces of the Trade” offers powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.  The church is located at 1505 Makefield Road, Yardley; hope to see you there.

Beth Williams informed me that her son-in-law Ryan has returned home safely from his deployment, having been away for nearly a year.  We give thanks to God and rejoice with Ryan and Katie, their three children, and his parents.

American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Asks for Support of Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza.  The gift you make today will buy supplies and medicines and support the brave nurses, doctors and staff at Ahli tomorrow. Please give generously at https://afedj.org/give/give-online/  or checks may be sent to AFEDJ, 25 Old King’s Hwy No., Suite 13, Darien, CT 06820.  Let the people of Gaza know they are not forgotten. We continue to pray for an end to the violence between Israelis and Palestinians and for justice and peace to reign among these peoples.

If you have noticed a lack of insects at the outdoor Eucharist, you can thank Grace Irving.  Grace recently made and installed two bat boxes at St. James as part of a Girl Scout service project.  Thank you, Grace!  

And thank you to all who helped with our grounds cleanup last weekend. 

Donna DeCaul, Pam Blake, Dan and Marlene Davis, Ward McMasters, Carol and Gary Corbi . Collectively we were able to weed the gardens, fix a light fixture and pew in the church. Install a new light fixture in the Vestibule of the Ed Building, de-clutter the Utility room, change the air filters in the Ed building AC units and of course eat donuts!

Our next clean up day (and the last one this Spring) will be June 19th . We’ll be there 8am to noon. But if you can only contribute an hour or two that’s ok.  Let Barry Hitchen or the church office know if you can participate and we’ll either find a job for you or you can tackle a job of your choice.

Is there someone you know who is graduating this Spring?  We will pray for all graduates at our services on June 5 and June 6.  Please email a photograph to me which I will include in our online service.

Also, don’t forget the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, June 19th from 12-3 p.m. at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia.  Please register your graduating Senior for this event whether they are able to attend, or not. If they are attending, let us know if they want to participate in the service.  Please register here.  A photo of your graduate may be attached for inclusion in the service.  

We continue to offer an in-person celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Morning Prayer and Sermon via Zoom on Sundays at 9 a.m.  I will be on vacation June 17 through July 16 and I think it will help provide greater consistency if we wait to begin worship in the church building after I return.  We will offer worship in the church building on Sundays at 9 a.m. beginning July 18,  and continue to offer “Mass on the Grass” on Saturdays at 5 p.m. for the summer months.  We’ll have one festive service on September 12 at 10:15 followed by a catered picnic before returning to our pre-pandemic schedule of Saturday at 5:00 and Sunday at 8:00 and 10:15 on September 18-19. Remember, if you would like to help at any of our in-person services by reading a lesson or ushering, you can sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f48acaf2da2fd0-stjames1

A reminder that our summer office hours begin Monday, June 7, from 8:30-12:30.  For the safety and comfort of all, we ask that you wear a face mask in the office.

As always, feel free to call me or email me if I can be helpful to you in any way or you just want to chat.

Faithfully yours,

                 Paul+

UPCOMING AT ST. JAMES

  • Sat, May 29, 5 p.m.                    Trinity Sunday Eucharist & Ice Cream                

                                                            Pre-register at https://rsvp.church/r/e4J6p4O6

  • Sun, May 30, 9 a.m.              Trinity Sunday Morning Prayer & Sermon Contact Church Office for Zoom link

As always, feel free to call me or email me if I can be helpful to you in any way or you just want to chat.

Faithfully yours,

Paul+