Thursday, June 1, 2017
Car Dealer rep: What kind of condition would you say your car is in?
Dealer Rep: Laughs Well, let's see what the appraiser thinks.
Appraiser enters the room. Pats me sympathetically on the shoulder and says..
Appraiser: I think it's time to let it rest.
This is the way I am feeling about this blog. I do not believe its condition is terrible but a blog does require energy to maintain that I do not seem to have at present.. When I began the blog, St. James-Santee did not have a functional website or an e-newsletter and we now have both. We will keep it online but won't be updating it. If you have read it regularly, thanks! Perhaps, we will revive it in the future. Perhaps a Church member will be inspired to pick it up. Who knows? Until then...
Thanks again for visiting and feel free to poke around the remaining content!
Yrs in Christ,
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ
Opening Prayer: As my mind is bent to tell of bodies changed into new forms, my God, who wrought these very changes, breathe on these my understandings, and bring down my thoughts in unbroken strains from the world’s first beginning even unto the present time. May these be the words to say, may they be what need be heard. Amen
Homily – The Transfiguration
Closing Prayer: God, grant us the audience of Transfiguration through the pages of Scripture, in the kindness of another’s face, from the awakening earth. Where there was bare ground, life emerges heavenward. The tree, skeletal and dormant yesterday, is irrepressible today. Let us not accumulate these springs as ever-increasing anniversaries, rather let us embrace this life as a countdown to a Promise when the ultimate metamorphosis be ours. Until that moment, may we be an audience pleasing to you, rehearsing our part until we hear that Voice. Amen.
Monday, May 30, 2016
Albert McTeer (September 23, 1920-June 25, 1943)
Hemust have wondered, like so many young men over so many years, what he was doing there and how in the world he would survive. But, survive my long ago cousin did not. At that battle (Seven Pines), the Union troops noted 790 fatalities and the Confederates, 980. Those numbers, though, pale again the total loss of nearly 690,000 lives in direct war fatalities in the American Civil War.
 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. (Luke 14.28-32)
 Clarkson-Crawford Family Papers. Letter from AC Fraser to MRC Clarkson, dated May 23, 1862.
Monday, May 18, 2015
O God, whose dearly beloved Son was, by thy mighty power, exalted that he might prepare a place in thy kingdom of glory for them that love thee: So lead and uphold us, O merciful Lord, that we may both follow the holy steps of his life here upon earth, and may enter with him hereafter into thy everlasting rest; that where he is, we may also be; through the merits of the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
And from Dali...
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Monday, April 6, 2015
You and Yours are Cordially Invited
to the St. James Santee Parish Episcopal Church
Annual Brick Church Service
April 12, 2015 - 11:00 am
followed by a covered dish picnic.
(Directions to the right)
Preacher and Celebrant this year:
The Rt. Rev. Charles vonRosenberg
Bishop of the Episcopal Church in SC
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Treachery of Judas
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Monday, March 2, 2015
We often associate this season of Lent with giving things up—some indulgence, some bad habit—and we often view the activity of giving something up for Lent as an exercise in self-denial. While it certainly can be that, and there can be real value in self-denial, this process also turns out to be an exercise in the much larger task of giving up in life. A small act of giving up turns out to be a testing ground, a spiritual preparation for one of the great surprises of adulthood—just how much we will be about relinquishing things, illusions, or self-destructive activities.
I also thought about one of the hardest things for a mature school community (substitute, church family) to accept, that it cannot do all or be all things for all people. Fewer prospects are more difficult for a school (church) to bear than having to consider ways in which it occasionally must give up on the seductive activity of constantly taking on one more project, program, or expectation. As with all forms of giving up, we worry that it is a sign of defeat. (Emphasis mine).
One of my favorite writers used to talk about Lent as being “Easter in disguise.” Faced with the sobering task of having to give up on something, we do not in turn face a diminished future. In fact, the process of giving up...is the entry point to a new and much fuller life.
Friday, February 20, 2015
© Provided by National Journal Syrian Kurds Battle IS To Retain Control Of Kobani
What is the Islamic State?
Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State's appeal. "We have not defeated the idea," he said. "We do not even understand the idea." In the past year, President Obama has referred to the Islamic State, variously, as "not Islamic" and as al-Qaeda's "jayvee team," statements that reflected confusion about the group, and may have contributed to significant strategic errors.
The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules an area larger than the United Kingdom. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been its leader since May 2010, but until last summer, his most recent known appearance on film was a grainy mug shot from a stay in U.S. captivity at Camp Bucca during the occupation of Iraq. Then, on July 5 of last year, he stepped into the pulpit of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, to deliver a Ramadan sermon as the first caliph in generations—upgrading his resolution from grainy to high-definition, and his position from hunted guerrilla to commander of all Muslims. The inflow of jihadists that followed, from around the world, was unprecedented in its pace and volume, and is continuing.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Friday, December 26, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Almighty and most merciful God, who hast given us a new commandment that we should love one another: Give us also grace that we may fulfill it. Make us gentle, courteous, and forbearing. Direct our lives so that we may look to the good of others in word and deed. And hallow all our friendships by the blessing of thy Spirit; for his sake who loved us and gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Of this hymn Wikipedia says "Traditionally, it is held that Toplady drew his inspiration from an incident in the gorge of the Mendip Hills in England. Toplady, a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon, was travelling along the gorge when he was caught in a storm. Finding shelter in a gap in the gorge, he was struck by the title and scribbled down the initial lyrics.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
From Susan Keller, LAMB Board Chair
Dear LAMB family,
I am so very happy to tell you that this week we signed the Water Missions International (WMI) project agreement for the water project and sent our first check. WMI has ordered supplies and their team has arrived at San Buenaventura to begin mobilizing for Phase 1 of the project! WMI engineer, Selvin is pictured here with Amanda Scott, LAMB volunteer coordinator.
WMI anticipates that Phases 1, 2 and half of 3 will be completed by the end of December.
See the Water for LAMB page for the description of phases. http://www.lambinstitute.org/water
There has been some good tweaking of the original plan and the final numbers are coming in at approximately $233,000. We have sent the requested amount for this part of the work which was $147,543. We have raised to date $179,546. So we lack around $53,000.
This is another day closer to the day we will have water flowing from our own well. Thank you, Lord, for all the work that has been done by many, many people…beginning with Wheeler Conkling and David Gradiz back in 2007, continuing on with John McKinnon and David over the next many years studying, praying, planning…on to today with many months of work done by our great friends at WMI.
Please pray with us that God continue to lead and guide the work, protect the workers, bring complete success for this part of the project and provide for the remainder of the total cost.
With joy overflowing in the Lord,
Susan C. Keller
LAMB Board Chair
PO Box 20488
Charleston, SC 29413