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  • December 16, 2020

Rector's Update: Advent 2020

Dear Beloved of St. James,

This coming Sunday we will light the 4th candle of our Advent Wreath as we pray once again, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” For many, the hope that Christmas brings this year cannot come soon enough! While carefully sheltering in place, we will still celebrate together the Gift of God given to us with the birth of Jesus Christ. Please note the schedule of our services listed in this letter.

Our “Artist in Residence” this year is Lucy Gonzalez, age 5. Lucy, having listened carefully to the story of Jesus, applied her artistic flair to imagine his birth. Her theological intensity is demonstrated by heavy use of crayon to paper. Clearly it is a dark night when Christ is born. Mary rejoices with a smile and Joseph appears to have something to say to us about all that has transpired. A “Honey Bee Angel” is depicted sweetly singing of the birth with perfect form. (Lucy understands singing having watched her mother conduct the choir in church.) Notice that a Bluebird made it to Bethlehem just in time to sit above the stable to witness the sacred moment. A donkey peeks around the corner to observe the incarnational happening along with a fluffy lamb on the opposite side. Beneath it all, a solid foundation of LIGHT, that John 1:5 says “shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” If you listen carefully, you just may hear the organist play and our choir sing: “For unto us a Child is born, for unto us a Son is given…”

Join us for the following services:

Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, December 13, 4:00 pm

An edited version of our annual Advent Lessons and Carols Service filmed on December 13, 2020 is now available here.

Family Christmas Eve & Children's Christmas Pageant

Thursday, December 24, 4:00 pm

Virtual service held on Zoom (Join Zoom here).

Festive Christmas Eve Service

Thursday, December 24, 9:00 pm

This service will be live streamed here.

1st Sunday after Christmas

Sunday, December 27, 9:00 am

This service will be live streamed here and also posted for additional viewing on Christmas Day.


On behalf of the Vestry and staff of St. James’, I pray your Advent preparation for Christmas is blessed and that in the near future we may celebrate together in church.


Rev. Anne