Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
This past Friday, we marked the commemoration of the life of C.S. Lewis,(1898-1963) novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, and Christian apologist. Here is a quote of his that speaks to hope -- spes!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Almighty and everlasting God, we give you most high praise and Hearty thanks for the wonderful grace and virtue declared in all your saints, who have been the chosen vessels of your grace, and the lights of the world in their times: for Abraham, the father of believers, and Sarah his wife; for Moses the lawgiver, and Aaron the priest; for Miriam and Joshua, Deborah and Gideon, and Samuel with Hannah his mother, and for all the holy patriarchs; for Isaiah and all the prophets; for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God; for Peter and Paul and all the apostles; for Mary and Martha, and Mary Magdalene; for Stephen, the first martyr, and for all the martyrs; and for all your other righteous servants, known to us and unknown; and we beseech you that, rejoicing in their fellowship, encouraged by their examples, and aided by their prayers, we also may run with steadfastness the race that is set before us, and finish our course in faith; and that at the day of the general resurrection, we, with all those who are of the mystical body of your Son, may be set on his right hand, and hear his most joyful voice: "Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Grant this, O Father, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate.
The most well-known hymn associated with All Saints Day is For All the Saints -- here are two performances with the words below..
Lots of brass and congregational singing with this one..
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Two things ....
The first is a traditional piece of music for the feast of All Saints...
The second is a little hard to explain. It's a video by Glen Scrivener, Church of England minister, poet and lover of the King James Version of the Bible. He has a wonderful web site called King's English. What's below is Halloween: Trick or Treat. This is a rhyming explanation of what Halloween is truly about . I find it wonderful and watched it twice through...Very nicely done..Have a look and see what you think!
De profundis (Out of the deep...)
Psalm 130 is a traditional offering for All Hallows Eve and here is a very beautiful version by the
choir of Kings College Cambridge, under the direction of Sir David Willcocks. This dark lament, a Penitential Psalm, is the De profundis used in liturgical prayers for the faithful departed in Western liturgical tradition. In deep sorrow the psalmist cries to God (1-2), asking for mercy (3-4). The psalmist's trust (5-6) becomes a model for the people (7-8).
130 De profundis
OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord : Lord, hear my voice.
2. O let thine ears consider well : the voice of my complaint.
3. If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord, who may abide it?
4. For there is mercy with thee : therefore shalt thou be feared.
5. I look for the Lord; my soul doth wait for him : in his word is my trust.
6. My soul fleeth unto the Lord : before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.
7. O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy : and with him is plenteous redemption.
8. And he shall redeem Israel : from all his sins.
The second --
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Meet Suzy McCall, an American missionary in Honduras. The obedience of this one woman from South Carolina has radically changed the lives of thousands of people in Central America and the United States.
Suzy is the founder of The LAMB Institute, offering hope for new life – both spiritual and physical – in Flor del Campo, the slums of Tegucigalpa. LAMB serves up generous bowls of the Gospel of Christ, seasoned with unconditional love, to every soul passing through its doors. She lives out her ministry motto: follow the LAMB wherever he goes. Now, after only two decades of existence, LAMB operates a school, a children’s home, a safe house, a micro-loan program for cottage industries, and a teen outreach program for young boys on the streets.
The rest is here (This link will take you to Pringle Franklin's Blog Living on Jesus Street)
Friday, October 11, 2013
I look with hope to the day when all of the scattered pages are gathered and for grace-filled eternity spent in that “library where every book shall lie open to one another.” Until that blessed day, my prayer is that we will love one another very, very well in the time we are given.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
This was not our home but the scene was similar. Trees down everywhere - snapped off about twenty feet up. The landscape and homes trashed. Two 90 pine trees came down into our house. Not as bad as McClellanville and environs where the big surge tide came through but bad enough to never forget!
May we never need a Hugo to remind us to love things heavenly and to hold fast to those that shall endure.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
From the BBC....
In 2011, Saudi authorities arrested a high-flying vulture on suspicion that it was flying missions for Israel's famously ingenious Mossad agency. And a spate of shark attacks near the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in 2010 was blamed by one TV station on GPS-controlled predators planted by Israel in order to harm the Egyptian tourism industry.
Iran has also felt threatened by animal agents. In 2007 the Iranian army arrested a team of 14 "spy squirrels" found near a nuclear enrichment plant. Officials said they succeeded in apprehending the suspects "before they were able to take any action".
Read the rest of the story ..... BBC
I am especially interested in the team of 14 "spy squirrels" - I am sure I have some at my house!
Thursday, August 8, 2013
and Education Sunday
August 18, 2013 - 10:00 AM
followed by an Ice Cream Party
Everyone is invited as we ask God to bless our students and teachers in the coming school year.
Please bring school supplies, paper goods (paper towels, tissue, toilet paper, napkins), drink boxes, and snacks. These will go to Windwood Farm and the After School Program of the South Santee Senior Citizens Center
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
What did seventy Village kids and forty adults do the second week in July? They visited Kingdom Rock where kids learn to STAND STRONG for God. Many wonderful moments....check out our Facebook page for some more photos.. Thank you one and ALL! See you next year!
SJS Facebook Page
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 not only on the mountain of life, but also 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!