Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
With my strong Wings whose Feathers are thine own.
Here, too, are two images...the first from Giotto and the second from Dali...what do you make of them?
And lastly, a performance from the choir of Wells Cathedral of Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise with text by Amos Bull and music by Charles Wesley.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Another place this imagery appears is in the catacombs and in other burial places. See this image
This appears in the center of the ceiling of the "Velatio" cubicle in the Catacomb of Priscilla in Rome.: the Good Shepherd (also sheep and doves with olive branches in trees). It dates from the second half of the 3rd century.
Here is a modern "shepherd" image that I love. It's by Jeremy Lundmark.
Birth and death are both times when it can help us to remember that the Good Shepherd leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. Below is a 2011 performance by the Wells Cathedral Choir, Somerset - under the direction of Matthew Owens- of Howard Goodall's very beautiful setting of the Twenty-Third Psalm. May you be blessed.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Everyone is cordially invited to attend our annual Brick Church service - 11:00 AM this Sunday. Service is followed by a covered dish picnic. We welcome the Rev. Richard I. H. Belser as our preacher this year.
Rick is a Columbia native who was baptized, confirmed and ordained at Trinity Cathedral. He was graduated from Washington and Lee Univ. (1964), served as a 1st Lt. US Army (1964-66); and trained for the ordained ministry at Virginia Theological Seminary (1969). Fr. Belser served as Vicar, St. Paul's, Fort Mill, SC (1969-73); Assistant, St. John's, Shandon, in Columbia, SC (1974); Rector, St. John's, Johns Island, SC (1974-85); and , Rector, St. Michael's, Charleston, SC (1986-2007). He is married to Anne Holcomb Belser. They have six children and fourteen grandchildren. Since retirement in 2007, Rick has served as interim at Episcopal, Lutheran, and Anglican churches; and taught pastoral care two semesters for the Alexandria School of Theology in Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Monday, April 1, 2013
(Okay, we can now admit that this was an April Fool's Day post - ed. 4/5/13)
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
|Portion of SJS Altar Window|
Dear Friends of St. James-Santee Parish Episcopal Church,
This coming Sunday, we will be voting on the question of affiliation. Although we are a very small group, this is a large decision. Please pray that we will be guided by the Holy Spirit and that we might earnestly seek the mind of Christ. Pray for a spirit of repentance for our participation in the breaking of the Body of Christ in our diocese. We are grieved by the necessity of this decision. Finally, we covet your prayers for our unity as a congregation.
Blessings in Christ,
Monday, February 18, 2013
10. No braving the malls looking for Lent gifts
Source: Dave Barnhart
II. Contemporary Approaches to Ash Wednesday
III. A Song of Lenten Anticipation
(sung to the tune of 'My Favorite Things')
Mortification and wailing and weeping,
A hair shirt that scratches, a nettle that stings —
These are a few of my favorite things!
Penitence, flagellants, memento mori,
Spending nights sleeping on rocks in a quarry,
The sound of a cloaked solemn cantor who sings —
These are still more of my favorite things!
Tossing and turning and yearning, I’m spurning!
Passions aflame like an ember-day burning,
Corpus and carnis and wild drunken flings —
Forsaken are they for my favorite things!
When it’s Christmas,
When the tree’s lit,
When the cards are sent…
I simply remember my favorite things —
And then I can’t waaaaaaaaait ’til Lent!
Friday, February 1, 2013
May you be blessed in your listening and on Ash Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I have heard the language of divorce used and wonder if we really understand its' profound pain. Not many people capture this better than Pat Conroy whose 1988 essay, "Requiem for a Marriage," can be found Here. Read it and think about what is unfolding now in our corner of the Church.
Conroy writes "...Each divorce is the death of a small civilization" and this is, I believe, what we are experiencing now. In our case, it is 340 plus years of missionary work and a careful and costly building up of the Body of Christ in this place.
What can we say? I understand that as followers of the Risen Lord, we are never left without hope for new life ahead, and that is a settled conviction with me. However, we cannot move forward properly until we understand the loss we have experienced, and this is where I and many brothers and sisters are at present - trying to come to terms with the loss we are just beginning to discover. For some, it feels like an enormous relief to be done with those troublesome others, but, then, there are many things in this life that feel like a relief at the time - the pain of which comes washing slowly back into one's consciousness over time.
At St. James Santee, I am so thankful for the way we are navigating this time: slowly and patiently; listening carefully to each; and, unwilling to suffer the loss of even one member. May our God bless us in our deliberations. And, may God bless each of you .
Your sister in Christ, Jennie+
Friday, December 28, 2012
Are you keeping the Twelve Days of Christmas? This can be a wonderful antidote to the enormous "crash" that comes right after the cultural celebration of Christmas. For Christians, the twelve days are the bridge between two great feasts of the Church - the Nativity and the Revelation of the Christ (Theophany) at Epiphany.
Below is a link to the website of Holy Trinity German Catholic Church which has this nice set of pages on the customs of Christmas and Epiphany. I especially thought the discussion of the Christmas Tree was interesting. It, according to some sources, is not just a pagan practice but also represents the Paradise Tree found in the Garden of Eden and, I suppose, in the garden of the Heavenly Jerusalem. Here are the comments...
Here is the link to the website Holy Trinity German Catholic Church
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go.
Flood my soul with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with
may feel your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine.
It will be you, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise you in the way which you love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example,
by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you. Amen.
--John Henry Newman (1901-1990)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
..and such a fun time. This year's Village VBS was a joint effort of McClellanville First Baptist, McClellanville Methodist; New Wappetaw Presbyterian, and St. James Santee Episcopal. We had anywhere from 55 to 70 children who went "Diving Deep" into God's love via Cokesbury's Operation Overboard. Lots of enthusiastic singing, art projects, teachings, games and snacks made for a fine experience. And..the decorations were terrific. Thanks, everyone. See you next year at VBS 2013!
Friday, June 29, 2012
There is a very nice history of this group on the YouTube website....you can get to the history by clicking on the YouTube logo in the bottom right of the frame.
A Prayer for the Nation
Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thomas Jefferson--Washington D.C., March 4, 1801
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,
and in our hearts take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heav'nly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O Comforter, to Thee we cry,
Thou heav'nly gift of God most high,
Thou Fount of life, and Fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
O Finger of the hand divine,
the sevenfold gifts of grace are thine;
true promise of the Father thou,
who dost the tongue with power endow.
Thy light to every sense impart,
and shed thy love in every heart;
thine own unfailing might supply
to strengthen our infirmity.
Drive far away our ghostly foe,
and thine abiding peace bestow;
if thou be our preventing Guide,
no evil can our steps betide.
Praise we the Father and the Son
and Holy Spirit with them One;
and may the Son on us bestow
the gifts that from the Spirit flow.