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Holy Eucharist:
Rite One
8:00 a.m.

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9:15 am
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Holy Eucharist

Rite Two
10:30 am

 

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A Theological Reflection for the time of Covid-19 from Fr. Eric - "for the Lord does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone." Lamentations 3:33
Dear Ones,
As I write to you on May 13, nearly 85,000 American Citizens have died of this brand new and nefarious threat to our nation and our world, Covid-19. In addition to this staggering loss of life, here and throughout the world, the likes of which we haven't seen for a century, the nation and the world are faced with equally unparalleled economic turmoil.
To make matters worse, the nature of this wicked sickness continues to allude us. New symptoms are being reported every day and doctors the world over, while making some progress in learning how to treat this disease, are now reporting that children, who were once thought to be safe from this ailment are in some cases, beginning to develop a mysterious inflammatory syndrome which renders them comatose.
Many of you have expressed to me that you are going through a difficult time emotionally right now: whether it be feelings of loneliness, feeling afraid, feeling uncertain, experiencing some form of doubt. And many people often tell me that when they feel these negative emotions, they also feel an accompanying weight of guilt, as though they should not feel these feelings. Let me be the first to say that during a time of a once-in-a-generation crisis such as the one that we are currently facing as a society, these emotions are natural and it is ok to be honest about the way that you feel. Know that you are not alone, and know that as your priest and pastor I am here to listen and to advise if you need to talk through anything.
This is a time of crisis which cannot be sugar coated and for which it is hard to see a bright side.
I am proud of the St. James family and the strength that you are exhibiting in this midst of this time of struggle. Jesus tells us "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." We are reminded about the nature of love that it is patient (as hard as that can be!), kind, and it "hopes all things, endures all things." You are doing a wonderful job of loving one another, checking in on one another, and remaining united in love for one another and for that, I commend you.
It is human nature for us to want to seek explanations for a tragic situation such as the one with which we are currently faced. It is human nature to want to find someone, or something, to blame for senseless indiscriminate death and economic uncertainty.
It is during times such as these that Christian theologians throughout the history of the Church have formulated ideas such as "a tragic outcome of the Fall." The word "Gospel" means "Good News" but Christians must remember that the Christian Gospel is good news in spite of the fact that we live in a world that is fallen and that is in need of redemption. Christianity teaches that there are things that we are simply going to be faced with in this life because the world is Fallen and is not as God originally intended it to be.
The good news of the gospel is that we who are unable to save ourselves, who are unable to undo our own mortality, who are unable to live without being enslaved to sin and death, have been given the gift of Christ's great Ransom. We who live in a world of pain and suffering are offered the promise that "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also." We have been given the promise through the Gospel of Christ that we who are living through the Great Ordeal might one day behold the Lord enthroned in splendor and Glorious Majesty (Revelation 7:9-17).
Until that time, Jesus tells us that he will send us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Advocate who comes alongside us in the midst of our travails. This is what Christians have trusted throughout the generations when times got tough. This is not the first Great Ordeal that Christians have faced, nor will it be the last. Generations upon generations of Christians have faced plagues, famines, hardships, and persecutions. And yet, in each generation, Jesus Christ has walked with his people in their suffering, and his Holy Spirit has been among them to lead, encourage, unite, and guide them.
This misfortune that we are faced with does not come from God. It is unequivocally not a punishment from On High. Rather it is a tragic reminder of the power that Evil, Sin, and Death hold over us and from which none of us are immune. And yet, in the words of 1 John 2: "we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." In a world beset with disease, death and anxiety, this is Good News indeed!
My brothers and sisters, let me affirm to you that you are doing a wonderful job of bearing with one another in love. Continue to do the good, God-given work of protecting one another by social distancing. Continue to do the good work of sacrificing for the sake of the health of our community. Continue to do the hard, inward, spiritual work of prayer, patience, and perseverance.
The time will come when things will return to normal again. The rainbow will emerge after the storm as a reminder of God's eternal promise (Genesis 9:13). Until that time know that God is with you, God Loves you, and God will see us through this as a community. Know that I am holding you on my heart and in my prayers and am available for prayer and pastoral counseling. Take heart and keep the faith! Christ is victorious and leads us onward in our work!
Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Fr. Eric+


A Theological Reflection for the time of Covid-19 from Fr. Eric - "for the Lord does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone." Lamentations 3:33
Dear Ones,
As I write to you on May 13, nearly 85,000 American Citizens have died of this brand new and nefarious threat to our nation and our world, Covid-19. In addition to this staggering loss of life, here and throughout the world, the likes of which we haven't seen for a century, the nation and the world are faced with equally unparalleled economic turmoil.
To make matters worse, the nature of this wicked sickness continues to allude us. New symptoms are being reported every day and doctors the world over, while making some progress in learning how to treat this disease, are now reporting that children, who were once thought to be safe from this ailment are in some cases, beginning to develop a mysterious inflammatory syndrome which renders them comatose.
Many of you have expressed to me that you are going through a difficult time emotionally right now: whether it be feelings of loneliness, feeling afraid, feeling uncertain, experiencing some form of doubt. And many people often tell me that when they feel these negative emotions, they also feel an accompanying weight of guilt, as though they should not feel these feelings. Let me be the first to say that during a time of a once-in-a-generation crisis such as the one that we are currently facing as a society, these emotions are natural and it is ok to be honest about the way that you feel. Know that you are not alone, and know that as your priest and pastor I am here to listen and to advise if you need to talk through anything.
This is a time of crisis which cannot be sugar coated and for which it is hard to see a bright side.
I am proud of the St. James family and the strength that you are exhibiting in this midst of this time of struggle. Jesus tells us "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." We are reminded about the nature of love that it is patient (as hard as that can be!), kind, and it "hopes all things, endures all things." You are doing a wonderful job of loving one another, checking in on one another, and remaining united in love for one another and for that, I commend you.
It is human nature for us to want to seek explanations for a tragic situation such as the one with which we are currently faced. It is human nature to want to find someone, or something, to blame for senseless indiscriminate death and economic uncertainty.
It is during times such as these that Christian theologians throughout the history of the Church have formulated ideas such as "a tragic outcome of the Fall." The word "Gospel" means "Good News" but Christians must remember that the Christian Gospel is good news in spite of the fact that we live in a world that is fallen and that is in need of redemption. Christianity teaches that there are things that we are simply going to be faced with in this life because the world is Fallen and is not as God originally intended it to be.
The good news of the gospel is that we who are unable to save ourselves, who are unable to undo our own mortality, who are unable to live without being enslaved to sin and death, have been given the gift of Christ's great Ransom. We who live in a world of pain and suffering are offered the promise that "In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also." We have been given the promise through the Gospel of Christ that we who are living through the Great Ordeal might one day behold the Lord enthroned in splendor and Glorious Majesty (Revelation 7:9-17).
Until that time, Jesus tells us that he will send us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Advocate who comes alongside us in the midst of our travails. This is what Christians have trusted throughout the generations when times got tough. This is not the first Great Ordeal that Christians have faced, nor will it be the last. Generations upon generations of Christians have faced plagues, famines, hardships, and persecutions. And yet, in each generation, Jesus Christ has walked with his people in their suffering, and his Holy Spirit has been among them to lead, encourage, unite, and guide them.
This misfortune that we are faced with does not come from God. It is unequivocally not a punishment from On High. Rather it is a tragic reminder of the power that Evil, Sin, and Death hold over us and from which none of us are immune. And yet, in the words of 1 John 2: "we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world." In a world beset with disease, death and anxiety, this is Good News indeed!
My brothers and sisters, let me affirm to you that you are doing a wonderful job of bearing with one another in love. Continue to do the good, God-given work of protecting one another by social distancing. Continue to do the good work of sacrificing for the sake of the health of our community. Continue to do the hard, inward, spiritual work of prayer, patience, and perseverance.
The time will come when things will return to normal again. The rainbow will emerge after the storm as a reminder of God's eternal promise (Genesis 9:13). Until that time know that God is with you, God Loves you, and God will see us through this as a community. Know that I am holding you on my heart and in my prayers and am available for prayer and pastoral counseling. Take heart and keep the faith! Christ is victorious and leads us onward in our work!
Jesus said, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Fr. Eric+

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