October 3, 2020
To the Beloved of St. James,
Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of Francis of Assisi, a man whose devotion to the Way of Jesus significantly influenced his generation, changed the Church, and continues to challenge us amid the many difficulties we are facing.
As we approach Election Day, I encourage you to pray his prayer daily and take it to heart:
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Each year we celebrate this day with Mass on the Grass, The Blessing of Animals and a picnic at Garfield Park. This year, we will Bless Animals online on October 11th with a Zoom service at 11:00 am. The link to this service will be posted on the church website here. Join us as we laugh together, enjoy members of the choir, witness a parade of animals, and celebrate the many blessings we continue to have throughout these challenging days. Children without pets are invited to bring a favorite stuffed animal to this service.
Many have been asking about the health and finances of our church as a result of COVID-19. On Monday, October 12th at 7:00 pm, we will host an All Parish Town Hall. We will review where we are as a parish.
Please continue to join us for our 9:00 am Eucharist on the patio each Sunday or follow the service online. For those attending in person, please note that a health check at the door, masks covering nose and mouth and social distancing is required. We no longer require reservations to attend this service but ask that you arrive early enough to be checked in and assigned a socially distant seat before the 9:00 am service begins. Note that while the 9:00 am service will take place on October 11th, it will not be live streamed. Join us online at 11:00 am for the Blessing of Animals service.
Please remember that Compline (Night Prayer of the Church) continues online every night at 8:00 pm. Check our website for other classes and opportunities. Check out our Centering Prayer Group, Reflectionary, and an excellent class on “The History of Racism and Healing” taught by Dr. Stewart Davenport, professor at Pepperdine and a member of our vestry.
I hope to be released from medical leave soon and look forward to rejoining you as soon as I am able to do so.
Blessings to you and those you love,