The Liturgy - BCP
The Liturgy - BAS
of the Week
Saint James' Family
I write this Thanksgiving letter, autumn has dawned and with it
comes all the joys of a harvest season. This traditional time of
bringing in the harvest, wrapping up what was begun in the spring,
preparing for the winter to come, brings with it great opportunities
to look back at the wondrous gifts God has shared with us and to
think ahead with anticipation for the glories and dreams God might
yet share with us in the future.
invite you to join me for our Saint James' Thanksgiving
celebrations. On Sunday 04 October, we will join with Payton and
Poppy as these two beautiful sisters in Christ will be baptized in
our midst and we will have the privilege of welcoming them into the
family. On our Harvest Thanksgiving Sunday, 11 October, we will
celebrate all the tremendous gifts God has so freely shared with us.
than decorate the Church simply with symbols of the traditional
Farmers' Harvest, I invite you to bring in symbols of your harvest.
What is your vocation? What are your passions? How does God invite
you to bring out all the best in you and how do you help bring out
the best in others? When you come to worship bring with you your
knitting, basketball, book, gardening tools: anything that
symbolizes how you use the gifts and talents God has shared with
you. Bring them forward and place them before the altar. Then when
people come to Communion they will see the glorious generosity of
God's gifts to our community.
way that we are celebrating God's gift to all of us of Saint James -
community and Church - is in recognizing and working toward making
the church and Parish Hall accessible. In the early spring we will
be installing a lift in the entrance to the Parish Hall. This will
ensure that all members of our community can participate in every
event, activity and gathering that we share.
endeavour will require all of us to pray for the project, to
consider how we might both help and benefit from it and how we might
contribute to it. The lift and the process of putting in place ramps
to the church and Parish Hall entrance will be of a cost to the
Parish in the range of $25,000. We will be applying for funding
assistance from a source that has previously assisted churches.
However, this is a project that benefits all of us and should be
supported by all of us.
this season of Harvests and giving thanks, take some time to pray to
God and ask Him how you can join with all of your Saint James Family
in contributing to "'lifting" our community.
God bless and keep you all and may you always remember to count your
blessings and give thanks!
- St. James, Armdale