Sermon for July 16 2017

Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9,18-23. Sermon by Rev Lori Walton.

Sermon for July 2 2017

Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42. Sermon by Rev Anna Horen.

Sermon for July 9 2017

Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. Sermon by Rev Lori Walton.

How Jesus Has Changed My Life Through St. James’

Vivienne-ParatoreAs you know, my mother had progressive dementia for many years and she passed away on July 4th, 2017.   She came to church with me and felt at home at St. James; so many people greeted her, shook her hand, smiled at her and even hugged her that she felt like she knew you all.  I did not realize until she died, how important the support of the St. James community was to me.   The outpouring of love and kindness is overwhelming.  Our clergy are amazing, they know exactly what to say and when to say it.  Each of you has been the face of Jesus clearly to both myself and my mother and you all have brought me comfort and support.  My life has forever been changed by going through this experience and my attitude towards death has also been changed.  While death has never been a scary idea for me as I have seen it as a way to enter the next phase of life with Jesus, I now see the beauty of the process and the gentle way that God uses our sadness to bring us closer to each other.  I now believe that God draws all of us to Himself, whether or not we actively desire or understand that.  The ceremonies of the Episcopal church help to move us through the processes and phases of our human lives and our ever loving God (whatever He may be called or however He is experienced by different people) is there beside us.  Jesus is physically present with us through those around us who love us and support us.  And for this I am eternally grateful and humbled.

Vivienne Paratore

What Makes Us The Anglican/Episcopal Church?

Join us this fall to find out!

Christianity comes in many forms and expressions.  As Episcopalians, part of the Anglican Church, we have a particular way of living out our relationship with Christ and the world. 

We will be holding a series of four classes for anyone interested in learning more about the Episcopal faith.

For those who want to further their spiritual journey through the Rites of Confirmation or Reception, an additional four classes will be held.

The Book of Common Prayer defines Confirmation and Reception as:

The rite in which we express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.  Similarly, reception is the same, but designated for those who were previously confirmed in a different denomination.

The dates for the series are as follows:

The Distinctiveness of the Anglican/Episcopal Church
Sundays from 12:15 – 2:00ish
September 10, 17, 24, and October 1

Preparing for Confirmation and Reception
Sundays from 12:15 – 2:00ish
October 8, 15, 22, 29

Those preparing for Confirmation or Reception
should attend all 8 sessions.

Sign-up in the Parish Hall or email Lori at lori@saintj.com.

Sermon for June 25 2017

Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39. Sermon by Rev Anna Horen.

National Night Out Comes to St. James’

On the first Tuesday of August every year, people in cities all across the country gather to meet their neighbors.  Referred to as National Night Out, this event is designed to strengthen our neighborhoods though police-community partnerships.  It’s a great chance to get to know others in the area and visit with our neighbors.

St. James’ will participate this year – August 1 from 7pm to 9pm.  We will be inviting the people in the townhouses next door and the Harbor Light congregation as well.  We expect to be visited by the Fremont police and/or fire fighters and hope to have guests from CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and SBARA (South Bay Amateur Radio Association).  We will provide cold drinks, ice cream and popcorn.

The St. James’ Disaster Preparedness Team is sponsoring this event.  You’ve never heard of this team?  We are a group of parishioners working at ways to take care of the church, its members and members of the surrounding community in case of an emergency.  It is our goal to help everyone become better prepared.  Please mark your calendars and plan to come by the church for this short but very meaningful event.

~ Dave Nelsen

 

Sermon for June 18 2017

Gospel: Matthew 9:35-10:8. Sermon by Brian Cochran.

Congratulations Graduates!

Bryneth Fuller and Tom Scrutton, both long-time members of St James’, graduated from Mission San Jose High School in June.

Bryneth joined approximately thirty high school students from throughout Fremont taking classes through the Ohlone Connections program, allowing her to finish the high school requirements while concurrently taking college courses.  Bryneth’s favorite times during school included a 2-1/2 week to trip Nicaragua, and playing water polo (earning the team MVP award).  Bryneth plans to take a gap year and will spend it in India teaching children.  Once she returns, she will attend community college, and one day join the Peace Corps.

Tom spent his spare time running; he was a member of the cross-country team and the track team all four years.  He ran the long distance races, and captained both teams his senior year. Tom will attend Humboldt State University this fall, studying kinesiology.  Continuing his enjoyment of athletics, Tom plans to teach PE and coach at the high school level.

We had the privilege of watching them grow up at St James’.  Both served as acolytes many years, and they shared their special memories of church.  Bryneth has been a member since birth, and thinks of St James’ as a constant in her life – it has always been here.  She remembers learning the parables in Sunday school, and she enjoyed the stories former rector Bob Honeychurch shared in his sermons.  Las Posadas is her favorite event, enjoying the journey through the cold that finishes with coming inside for hot food and a celebration with friends.

Tom has been at St James’ almost ten years, participating in many different ways.  In addition to being an acolyte, Tom served as a Eucharistic Minister this year.  He participates in Sunday school, first as a student and now a teacher, has volunteered at VBS each year, is in the Youth Group, and is a member of the Road Crew.  Tom said St James’ is a place he learned to be comfortable speaking in front of others, gaining confidence in himself.  He mentioned Las Posadas and the Easter Vigil skits, and said he progressed from participating first as a tree, to a donkey, to Joseph, and then to God.   That is growing up!  The opportunities he has had at St James’ will help him throughout life.

Also graduating this year was Tori McJunkin who has been coming to St. James’ since 2011 with her mother Monique Manjarrez. She graduated from American High School where she was involved in the music program including Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Winter Percussion, Winter Drum Major and Band Leadership. Her long time hobby has been dancing including solo ballet performances. In the fall she will start at Chapman University in Orange, CA majoring in Film Production where she has been offered substantial scholarships. Tori says she has always admired the welcoming community of St James’, and will be keeping those ideals with her through the rest of her life.

Congratulations Bryneth, Tom and Tori! We wish you well moving on to the next stages of your lives.  Know that you always have a home here at St James’, and we look forward to hearing more about your adventures.

~ Laura Winter

The Feast of St. James’

 

Each July we celebrate St. James on the Sunday closest to July 25th, his saint’s day. In 2017 we also celebrate 150 years of the beginning of St. James Episcopal Church in Centerville/Fremont. The actual date is September 28, 1867, the date when Bishop Kip consecrated the church. James was one of the sons of Zebedee, one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles, brother of John. He is the same James who, tradition says, preached in Iberia (Spain), and is buried at Santiago de Compostela, the destination goal of those pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago, translated as the “Way of St. James.” His martyrdom is recorded in Acts 12:1-2. A fiery preacher, James may have really upset Herod Agrippa who had him executed by the sword.

As 2017 Episcopalians we are probably not the fiery preachers akin to St. James. Though no less passionate, our way is perhaps quieter, more subtle. Maybe we are more akin to the author of the Letter of James.  Not to mire myself in the controversy between Faith through Grace and Works justifying Faith, but I see the community of St. James’ often doing good works, either as individuals or as a community.  And those works are evident in our looking after each other, our community, or others in the wider community.

As Jesus teaches us and calls us to do, Love Your Neighbor –

  • Give rest to the weary
  • Console the bereaved
  • Pray for each other
  • Learn from the teachings of the Apostles
  • Be there for others

Remember what we are celebrating. For 150 years people have worshiped here following the Way of Saint James, loving God, loving our neighbors, and doing good works. May we continue to do so in our future.

~ Bruce Roberts, Jr. Warden