Rector's Reflections on Easter from St. James Episcopal Church



Rector's Reflections on Easter from St. James Episcopal Church


Message from Rev. Meredith to her congregation on Easter.

Date Created

April 4, 2021


St. James' Episcopal Church











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He is Risen!

St. James' mission is to bring people together to be transformed by and
to proclaim Christ's love through worship, spiritual formation, and
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Holy Eucharist, Rite II: Easter Sunday

April 4, 2021 - St. James' Episcopal Church, Potomac
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Rector's Reflection

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Once again, this is not your typical Easter Sunday. For the second year
in a row, we are physically apart, worshiping from home. And yet as
always, this day is a day of joy and hope--when we celebrate that
Christ died and rose for us, so that we might know God's presence and
rejoice in the promise of new life!
As these challenging times continue, I wish you each a blessed Easter,
and leave you with this blessing from The Book of Occasional Services.

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children
through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the
riches of his blessing. Amen.
May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin
into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with
Christ for ever. Amen.
May God, who has brought us out of bondage to sin into true and
lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal
inheritance. Amen.
And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Rev. Meredith
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More in Today's Message
* Today: Coffee Hour
* More Ways to Stay Connected This Week
* Parish Celebrations and Prayers
* How to Give and Pledge to St. James'
* Links to Website, St. James' FaceBook, and More

Staying Connected Today
* Coffee Hour by video or phone, 10:15 a.m.
Join your St. James' family to gather after worship by phone or
+ Join Coffee Hour by Zoom video here
+ To join by phone, dial 1-301-715-8592
+ Meeting ID 962 3871 0046, passcode 821325

* No Monthly Prayer Vigil Today. Our next vigil will be the first
Sunday in May.

* Livestream worship services: On Sunday you can also livestream the
service of Holy Eucharist at the Washington National Cathedral.

More Ways to Stay Connected This Week
* Wednesday: Men's Breakfast; Rector's Conference Call
* Thursday: Bible Study, Manna Food Drop off, Stronger Together
* Sunday Worship, FaithTalk, Coffee Hour, and Sunday School

* Wednesday:

+ Men's Breakfast and Bible Study Group by Zoom, 7:30 a.m.
The St. James' Men's Breakfast and Bible Study Group meets
virtually on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. Connect by Zoom
or phone.
o Join the Men's Breakfast and Bible Study by Zoom here.
o To join by phone: call 1-301-715-8592
o Meeting ID 915 5999 2894#, passcode 801493

+ Open Conference Call, 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
This is an opportunity to share what we're up to, how we're
feeling, and to offer encouragement and support. Join the
call--even for just a few minutes--to touch base and connect
with others. Call 1-515-606-5431, access code 454165.

+ Sacred Ground Film and Dialogue Series on Race, 7:00 p.m.
Registered participants will receive access information by
email. If you are interested in a future offering of this
program, please contact Rev. Meredith

* Thursday:

+ Bible Study, 10:00 a.m. Join the Thursday morning study
group as we read Julian of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of
Pandemic--and Beyond, by Matthew Fox. We'll be discussing
Chapter 7. Next week, we'll finish the book.

+ Manna Food Center Donations Drop-off by 5:00 p.m.
Thank you for the generosity and support of everyone for
dropping off food for Manna. Please leave donations on the
bench under the church covered side entrance (office side,
approaching back parking lot), before 5:00 p.m.

+ "Stronger Together" Discussion Group by Zoom, 7:00 p.m.
We are gathering on Maundy Thursday! We will listen to and
support one another during our 7:00 p.m. virtual discussion
about our mental health during the pandemic. Zoom access will
be shared in our Thursday email.

* Sunday, April 11:
+ Worship video by email
+ FaithTalk by Zoom at 9:00 a.m. (new time)
+ Coffee Hour by Zoom at 10:15 a.m.
+ Compassion Camp Sunday School by Zoom, 11:00 a.m.

Parish Prayer Requests
View the parish prayer list here.
Send prayer requests that you would like lifted by the St. James'
community to, and they will be shared in the
next Sunday worship email. Confidential prayer requests should be
directed to Rev. Meredith,


Birthdays this Week
4/04 Gilbert Jackson
4/04 Spencer Agoston
4/06 Angela Bennett
4/06 Simone Nicholson
4/06 Kellye Pham
4/09 Kate Whistler
How to Give and Pledge to St. James'
There are several ways to continue to give in order for St. James' to
meet our mission.

Online: You may make an online gift or pledge contribution to St.
James' through the Ways to Give/Donate Online link on our website.
Electronic Bill Pay: You can set this feature up with your bank. Please
contact your bank for instructions.
Mail: You may mail your pledge or plate offering to St. James' at 11815
Seven Locks Rd., Potomac, Maryland 20850.

We thank you for your continued support of St. James'.

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