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Rector's Update: Father's Day

To the Beloved of St. James,

This coming Sunday we will celebrate a very special service to honor Father’s Day. The service will hold many delightful surprises for those joining us for worship. Lisa Cerrina has prepared a visual meditation about the love of a father and the Father Heart of God. We will honor not only fathers but all men who selflessly give of themselves to care for and mentor young people. Many hands, some of them small, have been part of the preparation of this online service.  Be sure to join us, you will not be disappointed (view on our website or Facebook).

On Sunday, June 28th, we have been invited by Bishop John Taylor to join him for a diocese-wide worship service at 10 a.m. This service will be streamed live on Bishop Taylor's Facebook page as well as the Diocese of Los Angeles Facebook page, and will be available later on other platforms. Once the diocese provides details about “the other platforms,” another announcement will be sent out. Bishop Taylor will celebrate Holy Eucharist for the diocese and offer a homily to the entire diocesan community. A link to the service bulletin will be provided next week.

Bishop Taylor writes, “Besides giving me a chance to greet the whole diocese and reflect on these momentous months in our church and nation, the idea is to offer those in charge of congregations and worship a breather just for one weekend.” The St. James' liturgy team is grateful. It takes many hours each week to create an online service.

I am grateful for the genius of Daniel Saunders, our Webmaster, the creativity of Sarah Gonzalez and each of our musicians, the dedication of Chris Roney, our vocal mix master, our lectors and, of course, the clergy and church staff.

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Many are continuing to ask me when we will be able to return to services in the church. A committee has been hard at work getting the church ready to stream services. We are planning to begin streaming services from within the church on Sunday, July 12th. We are not yet able to welcome parishioners back into the building for a Sunday service. I expect that we will have some clarification from Bishop Taylor regarding this within the next few weeks.

Lucy Jones, our senior warden, continues to share the science behind the spread of the virus. COVID-19 spreads through aerosols communicated person to person in less ventilated areas. Lucy will be updating us soon with a letter that we will post on our website. When we do return to church as a community, we will begin with small services in a well-ventilated area, masked, and socially distant from one another. This is not ideal but challenging times require creative solutions. Do you recall the WWJD bracelets that were so popular a few years ago? I do wonder what Jesus would do… (or would have done had there been a pandemic at the time of the last supper? I wonder...).

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES AND UPDATES

Children’s Ministry: St. James’ Children’s Ministry and our dedicated volunteers will be breaking for the summer and resuming all programs in the Fall for our 2020/21 year. We’re hoping to be all together in person by the Fall, but if we aren’t able to, we’ll continue to discover creative ways to nurture our younger parishioners and their spiritual journeying in Christ. Stay tuned for some on line summer offerings mid July-early August. If you have questions, do not hesitate to email Mary Chalon, Director of Children’s Ministry at chaldav3@aol.com.

A list of our current CLASS offerings is listed on our newly designed schedule webpage.

Rev. Gethin & Meredith would like to express their gratitude for your messages, notes and prayers throughout the death of his father. Gethin will be paying tribute to his father as part of his sermon on this Fathers Day.

We read in 1 Corinthians 12:27 that "if one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.” In the near future we will be posting  classes, discussion groups and opportunities for us as a community to more closely explore racism and how we are called to respond as brothers and sisters in Christ. A subcommittee of the vestry is preparing a series for us to consider issues of racism together.

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As we move into this next week of pandemic together, we draw upon words once spoken to an early church community facing challenges as they gathered in Ephesus:

“According to the riches of God’s glory, may you be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit in your inner being, and may Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge; that you may be filled with the utter fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Blessings to you this week. Do not forget to join us in praying for all those serving  and caring for others during the long weeks of this pandemic.

Fondly & faithfully in Christ,

The Rev. Canon Anne Tumilty