July 27th, 2014 

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 

Holy Eucharist 

St. James’s Episcopal Church-Porter Square, Cambridge 


This Sunday at St. James’s:  

9:30 AM: Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 

Holy Eucharist  


The Lectionary for Sunday, July 27th: Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 105:1-11, 45b, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33,44-52.

Serving on Sunday, July 27th: Presider/Preacher: Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Acolyte: Isaac Martinez Readers: Iselma Carrington, JT Kittredge; Intercessor: Mark Yoder; Chalicers: Marian King, Eustace Pollard; Welcomers: Anne Shumway, Nicholas Hayes; Nursery: Monte Tugwete, Amanda Dausman; LEV: Rev. Holly Lyman Antolini; Guest Musician: Margot Chamberlain.

Sunday News Summary

Short on time? Here’s a brief list of the most important goings on in the next two weeks. Keep reading for more details.


  •  July 21st-Aug. 22nd: Judith is on vacation
  • July 28th: Book Club meeting. See below for more information.
  • July 31st:  Education for Ministry (EfM) registration deadline. See below for more information
  • July 31-Aug. 9: Holly is on vacation
  • Aug. 3: the Rev. Michele Torres presides and the Rev. Judy Gay preaches at St. James’s
  • Aug. 24, 4-6PM: Worship Commission meets in Holly’s office to plan fall liturgy
  • Sept. 6, 10AM - 12 noon: Choir rehearsal for Alan Gates’ consecration as Bishop on Sept. 13.  Please let Pat Michaels know if you’re planning to sing!
  • Sept. 7th: Homecoming Sunday! Return to 8 & 10:30 service! Church School registration!
  • Sept. 7, 5-7 pm: Parents of St. James’s youth gather at Holly’s house to talk about Confirmation. RSVP Holly, please!
  • September 13th: Ordination and Consecration of our next Bishop of Massachusetts, the Rev. Alan Gates at the Agganis Arena at Boston University

Come Share in Consecrating our Bishop, Alan Gates!

All are welcome to attend and participate in ordaining and consecrating our next Bishop of Massachusetts, the Rev. Alan McIntosh Gates, on Saturday September 13th at 10:30 AM at the Agganis Arena, Boston University, 925 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.  Our Presiding Bishop the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori will preside and the Bishop of Ohio, the Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth Jr. will preach. YOU MUST HAVE A FREE TICKET RESERVED BEFORE AUGUST 15th! Simply log on at for ticketing information.  Or call 617.482.4826, x 687 to reserve by phone.

You're also invited to SING IN THE MASS CHOIR!  Pat Michaels will be rehearsing the music on Saturday September 6th from 10 AM to 12 noon at St. James's. Please let him know of your interest as soon as possible at, so he can provide you with the music.  We'll be joining choirs from all over Eastern Massachusetts!

Since the Agganis Arena is right on the Green Line B to Boston College (take the Red Line from Porter Square to Park St., then the Green Line B, 11 stops to the Pleasant St. Station), we'll be saving energy and traffic confusion by taking the T to get there. If you plan to drive and can offer a ride to someone with movement challenges, please announce that at Sunday service Announcements time, and have people contact you directly for a ride. See you at the CONSECRATION!


City Councilor Denise Simmons invites congregations to attend a special summer meeting of the Cambridge City Council Monday July 28th, at 5:30 pm in the Henrietta Attles Meeting Room of 459 Broadway. Among the many items on the agenda will be Simmons’ Council Order asking the City Manager to clarify what specific steps the City is taking to keep the community safe, in the wake of the recent tragic shooting of Kensley David. Anyone wishes to speak to the Council during Public Comment about the need for more police officers on the streets, or for more community engagement is encouraged to do so. You can sign up to speak by contacting the City Council Office on Monday between 9 am - 3 pm (at 617.349.4280), or you can show up at 459 Broadway beginning at 5 pm to sign up on the sheet provided.


On June 26th, in St. Paul, Minnesota, our Ordinand Intern for the last year, Reed Carlson, was ordained a transitional deacon, on his way to being a priest.  Reed will serve his diaconal year at St. James. Please pray for him in this new stage of his ministry.


Judith returns on August 22nd.  Holly will be away another week at the beginning of August and one at the end of August, in Maine.


Are you curious about the Prison Ministry?  Come learn more at the monthly team meeting, Sunday, AUG. 3, following the 9:30 Service.  Hear a report on the latest visit by our team with Keora, our mentee at MCI Framingham.   Come learn about why we are celebrating Keora!  Help us envision the unknown road ahead! Share your thoughts and feelings!  We likely will have two students this fall, one in reentry and one in prison!!! Learn also about Partakers,  Click on “The Difference We Make” for a great video.  How does it enable our work?  For more information email Tom Tufts at or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour. 

Financial Report from the Treasurer

We are now half way through the 2014.  Total giving so far this year from the Congregation is

$121,582.31. This includes pledges and open plate offerings.  According to our budget, the amount should be $ 131,335.02, so we are running roughly $10,000 behind our goal.  If you have not yet sent you pledge payments, please do so.  And if you are not sure where you stand on pledging, we plan to send out Second Quarter statements by the end of July.  Also, if you have not made a pledge, it is never too late. Just send an email to or tell someone in the Finance Ministry (Lucas Sanders, Susan Harris, or John Irvine).




Looking for a way to go deeper in your relationship with God? New to St. James’s? New to church? There are many possible ways to get connected:


Consider a small group.  Try one of our two weekly bible studies, our Morning Prayer service on Tuesday & Thursday, or perhaps the every-other-week book group.  Look outward and get active: join the team working on health care initiatives with GBIO, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.  Or the Prison Ministry team.  Or cook and share meals with local women in The Women’s Meal.  Email Holly Antolini at to make a date for a conversation and discernment about your call to join our common journey toward God.



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Why is Mary Magdalene important to issues of faith in our time? The Book Club will have its last meeting on Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, on MONDAY, JULY 28. Please read Chapters 16, Why France, and Chapter 17, The Wisdom of Mary Magdalene, OR JUST COME.  ALL ARE WELCOME. Was Jesus’ most important disciple a woman? What difference can the answer to that question make in the world?  What very concrete steps can we take at St. James’s to make a difference in the world?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “A spiritual masterpiece, and by far the wisest and most profound book ever written on Mary Magdalene.” -  Andrew Harvey, author of Son of Man and Hope: A Guide to Sacred Action.

We meet in the first floor conference room at 2161 Massachusetts Avenue from 6:00-7:30 in the evening on the second and fourth Monday of each month. July 28 may be our last meeting at that time and location.  Stay tuned for changes!  For more information contact Tom Tufts at Thanks for your interest.


Are you called to deepen your faith?  Is Education for Ministry (EfM) what you’ve been looking for? The next session at Church of the Good Shepherd in Watertown will start Monday, September 8, 6:30- 9:00. The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 9 Russell Street, Watertown, MA, 02742. The deadline for registration is Thursday, July 31 (in order to be sure you receive all books and materials in time for the September 8 start date).

EfM is NOT a preparation for seminary but rather a preparation for living.  The program is designed to help laypersons reach a deeper understanding of their faith and put it into daily practice.  Although the program covers four years, participants enroll for one year at a time.  Year One covers the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament), Year Two the Christian Testament (New Testament), Year 3 the history of Christianity, and Year 4 ethics, spirituality, and living your faith in our modern world. The cost is $350 for the entire year. (Scholarships available; ask Holly at Education for Ministry is part of the theological education by extension program of the School of Theology of the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. See Please contact Rev. Louise Forrest by email or 617-877-8980 in order to register or to ask her questions. For more information email Tom Tufts at or talk with Tom at Coffee Hour.


On Tuesday mornings at 7:30 am, we gather in the church office at 2161 Mass Ave. on the corner of Milton St., for an hour of "spiritual practice" or "praxis." After opening with a brief time of prayer and praise, we focus on an exploration of the coming Sunday's Gospel lesson. We use the technique of lectio divina, or spiritual reading, letting God’s Word address our lives and listening to each other share what God’s Word says to them. This is a drop-in event; no preparation is necessary.


Following the PRAXIS bible study group every Tuesday morning, and on Thursday mornings as well, a small group reads the office of Morning Prayer and offers intercessory prayer in our downstairs Parlor at the American Friends Service Committee. Come join us for this ancient Anglican rite of common prayer!



Our informal group will meet again beginning September 14th discuss the Sunday scriptures in the hour before the main Sunday worship service. We will share our questions, knowledge and ideas as we consider what each passage means in its historical and Biblical contexts and then what we hear the spirit saying to us in our present liturgical, social and personal contexts. We meet at 9:15 in the vestry room, to the left of the sanctuary, and finish by 10:15 so that people can set up for the nursery. For more information contact us at 617-547- 0838 or (Judy and John Gay).




A huge “thank you!” to all who were able to donate to the replacement project for the LEVAS. We have exceeded our goal for 150 new hymnals due to your generosity and have ordered 175! Anne Read is making up the bookplates for us, when those are put into the new books we can

bring them into church. Beginning today, if you are interested in one of the replaced hymnals you may take it home. Please let me know if you are not at church and want one, I can set it aside for you. Thank you again for responding so favorably and generously. Contact me, Judy Beers, via or 781 245-3846.



St. James's congregation is a place of boundless energy for God's Mission both within the framework of congregational ministries and far outside that framework.  Individual members raise funds for school initiatives, non-profit efforts, overseas missions, environmental justice advocacy, and so much else, in addition to supporting the operating budget of St. James's and our Growing Together Fund for the furnishing of our soon-to-be new parish house.  A significant proportion of our annual operating funds -- 4.5% -- goes to support our Helping Hand Food Pantry and its 1/3-time Director, the Rev. Dr. Karen Coleman.  Another 5.5% supports a wide variety of grants through the Missions Committee to overseas missions efforts, all with congregational connections, such as the Haitian orphanages of Ministries of Aides International, with whom St. James's choir member and Lay Eucharistic Visitor Yvette Verdieu is active, or Kenya Self Help Project, with Hospitality Committee member Sarah Forrester a founder, which helps Kenyan girls stay in school. 1% of our budget supports our membership in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization. Still more goes to the diocese through our assessment.  All together, a total of 16% of our annual budget goes to mission outside the congregation.


Because we fund so substantially missions outside our pastoral life within the congregation, our Vestry has adopted a policy that specifically requests that public fundraising at Announcements & Celebrations or through the Sunday News be limited ONLY to initiatives already formally adopted by the Vestry or our diocese - such as the Walk for Hunger or the Life Together Micah Fellowship.  We do allow individuals in the congregation to solicit other individuals privately for funds for individual mission efforts (though not for personal financial difficulties, for which we have a Rector's Discretionary Fund).  But in order to prevent subjecting the congregation to a confusing plethora of funding requests, we ask that any individual member hoping to fundraise for an individual mission initiative obtain permission from the Rector and Vestry before soliciting the congregation publicly.  The Vestry's Mission Fundraising Policy is on our website under Missions Committee, and can be accessed here:


To help keep our nursery space as safe as possible, please keep the door to the sacristy (and bathroom) closed until the distribution of communion.  Thanks for your help with this.


WELCOME to this celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the joyful feast of Jesus. Here, he meets us and calls us God’s own beloved people:

  • As we gather as a diverse, multicultural and international community, we witness to the wideness of God’s mercy towards the whole world;
  • As we read and reflect upon portions of the Bible, we seek God’s wisdom for our lives and find ourselves, each one of us, invited to follow Jesus;
  • As we give thanks and draw near around the Table, we participate in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, who lived among us, full of grace and truth, died on the cross and rose again to reveal the depth of God’s might and kindness with and for us and for all;
  • As we sing praise, pray for those in need, and take turns to lead parts of the liturgy, we learn ministry – a call to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves, and to strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being – that we carry into our daily lives at home, at school, at work, in our local community, and abroad;


Throughout the service, you will see people sit, kneel, and stand at different times. You will be asked to sing many varieties of music, some even in parts. Let the congregational singing carry you until you are ready to join in. You will also see children toddling around; allow them to help you feel comfortable. Please know that there is no one “right” way to participate, and join in as is best for you.


All, without exception, are welcome to share in the sacramental gifts of bread and wine. At St. James’s, it is our custom to join a procession and stand or kneel at the communion station, receiving from the Eucharistic ministers. If, for any reason, you do not wish to receive communion but would prefer to receive a personal word of blessing, please cross your arms across your chest or otherwise make this known to the minister at the station, who will pray with you.

The Holy Eucharist is also called Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, and Mass.

You may find that the worship invites you deeper.  Consider joining the Sunday Bible Study at 9 AM or one of our other prayer or study groups during the week.  Ask the Rector, Holly, about Confirmation Class.  Find out about us by going to our website,, and signing up for our weekly Sunday News.



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To celebrate the diversity of our congregation and learn a little more about the cultures of our members, we’d like to feature our church families through food during some of our coffee hours. Last year we featured the cuisine of members from the south, Haitian members, as well as those from Pakistan and Costa Rica. We have made latkes (a traditional Jewish dish for the holidays), we tasted Irish soda bread, and Chinese noodles, to name a few.  

We would like to honor each member or cultural group at our church as we learn more about each other, so please let us know how we can celebrate your culture and you. –Marietta Sbraccia.



Judith Atkinson, Associate Rector for Church School and Family Life at St. James is working 1/3 time and her office days will be Friday afternoons for the rest of this year.



At our website, under the “About” section, you can download a copy of the End-of-Life Planning Booklet.  It includes information on funeral and burial, medical directives, forms for financial and legal information and even a form to help you prepare to write a will and designate your beneficiaries.


We’re happy to assist anyone who would like our help.  You can leave copies of your medical directive and funeral and burial plans with us in our secure file in the Rector’s office, in addition to sharing them with relatives, friends and your doctor, so that we can be an effective part of your support team.  Please call our Office Manager at 617.547.4070 or email or download your own copy from our website



St. James’s has had a long tradition of congregation-members writing musical settings for our weekly Psalms.  There has been and continues to be so much musical talent and skill in our congregation that it would be a shame not to bring it out and share it with others!  It is not every congregation that has been blessed in this way--we are glad indeed!  May God have the glory!


We hope to continue this tradition for a very long time here at St. James's.   The Worship Commission thought it would be a good idea to put our energies into a renewed season of composing new settings for Psalms.  This is especially appropriate since we are using a newer lectionary (the Revised Common Lectionary) which was not in use when we began our project years ago.  What this means is that we currently use many Psalms for which we did not write settings. And that means we are in need of composers to step up and write new Psalm settings!


Please speak with Margot Chamberlain at about what Psalms are available. Pat Michaels can assist with some of the musical process.  Enjoy writing!



Don’t miss the comprehensive St. James’s Online Calendar for the coming months at our website, Please let us know if your ministry or activity is not yet on the calendar, and give us a short description and a name and phone/email for contact. 

If you plan an activity and need to reserve time and space on the Parish Calendar, please email the office at or during office hours. Or come into the office to make arrangements and to leave contact information: name, phone number and email address.


Please recycle Sunday bulletins and music!  Place them in the containers on the desk in the vestry room or in the containers in the back of the church. Thank you.





Every Tuesday, from 4:30-6:30, St. James's provides a wholesome meal and good company to 10-15 women and children at Friend's Meeting House in Cambridge. The women who come are all low-income, often with mental health problems; they tell us that our meal is the best in town!  Volunteer cooks from St. James's and the community provide the food. Volunteers are always needed from St. James's, to help with the meal and sit and chat with the women.  We would love to have you join us in providing this service;  if interested, please talk to Carolyn Taylor or Anne Shumway after church on Sundays, or call either one of us:  Carolyn- (617) 623-2631 or , or Anne- (617) 491-7986.



The Outdoor Church departs each Sunday at 9am to hold worship in Pigeon Park and to distribute sandwiches once a month. For more information and to find out how you can help the ministry, please visit for more information.



We need people who can devote three-and-a-half hours to shadowing our Food Pantry Executive Director Karen Coleman and learning the ropes of the Pantry’s operation at the Fresh Pond Apartments, 362 Rindge Ave., Cambridge. The Food Pantry is held each Tuesday (4 to 6 PM), Thursday (11 AM to 1 PM) and Saturday (10 AM to noon).  There is about an hour’s set-up and perhaps a half-hour clean-up for each Pantry session. Karen is looking to train up to three volunteers who would be able, if needed, to pinch-hit for her on occasion, overseeing her highly competent, experienced volunteers, so that she knows she has back-up if she needs it.  This is your opportunity to meet a lot of fascinating folks on both sides of the Food Pantry counter, and to see St. James’s outreach in action.  If you think you could help, please call Judith at 857.998.1777 or email at Of course, food donation from St. James's parishioners are ALWAYS appreciated!  Just bring them to the big baskets below the chancel steps and we’ll make sure they get to the Pantry!




We’ve posted a slideshow of exciting plans for the new Parish House and up on the website. Please visit to take a look!



St. James’s redevelopment is featured in the latest “Growing Up in North Cambridge.” Click here to see the article on our website under “Continuing to Grow in North Cambridge.” Paper copies will be available in area stores by the end of February 2014. A complete list of venues that carry the journal is on the “Growing Up” web page.  The closest to St. James’s is Porter Square Books and/or Pemberton Gardens.  We recommend that people visit the site: if interested.



Some of the more adamant critics among our neighbors who oppose our Parish House project as it had been approved by the City of Cambridge, the Cambridge Historical Commission and the MA Historical Commission have filed yet another suit, this time alleging that the MA Historical Commission failed to fulfill their protective mandate. Our Oaktree developer partner has filed a motion to dismiss this further suit and we are hopeful that the judge will perceive that the dismissal of all previous suits has settled all issues related to our project. We hope to see progress soon and will report it here and on the website. 





As the St. James’s family grows, we find ourselves needing more Sunday volunteers; Welcomers, Chalicers, intercessors, acolytes and readers. If you’ve just joined St. James’s, this is a great way to get to know people!  

Lay Eucharistic Visitors bring communion to those unable to attend church, to extend the blessings of our communion and community to include them. The Diocese provides the training and St. James’s must provide a CORI check. The cost for training is $40, but there are scholarships available if necessary. 

If you are interested in participating in the Eucharist, or would just like more information about training, please contact our office manager at


We’re going to try to help make the Sunday News a bit more readable to newcomers and long-timers alike: we’re going to put time-sensitive articles in BLUE for anyone reading the Sunday News in e-format, and keep the basic information needed by newcomers – things like our policy on Facebook, how to become a liturgical minister, and our redevelopment basics – in blackIf you are a long-timer cruising through to pick up the most urgent or fresh items, look for the BRIGHT BLUE ARTICLES! 



Sadly, several of us had items stolen during worship recently, right in the church.  Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected, and to the desperate person who used our Holy Thanksgiving ("Eucharist") as a time to steal from others.  Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence in urban churches. Please protect your belongings carefully, even when you are in church! 




Prayers for loved ones near and far are very important.  Sometimes, however, people forget to update us in the office about those on our weekly prayer list.  We update the prayer list on the first Sunday of every month. If you wish your loved ones to remain on the list for the next month, please let us know by noon of the last Thursday of the previous month that you wish us to continue our prayers, and we will keep their names on our list.  THANK YOU!

We pray for those who are preparing for / have recently been married:  

Gwen Crevensten & Guibenson Hyppolite, Kazue Murata & Guy Evans, Michael Proscia & Susan Tweed, Thomas Wohlers & Melissa Millner, Jason Sparapani & Carolyn Doyle, JT Kittredge & Charles Morehead.


We Pray for Those Who Are Nominated to Holy Orders:

Nicholas Hayes, Mary Beth Mills-Curran, and Isaac Martinez, nominated as postulants to the priesthood.


Our Bishop-Elect Alan Gates, to be consecrated on Saturday September 13th.


We Pray for Those Who Have Asked for Our Prayers

For children caught in the conflict over illegal immigration, for Julie O’Connor, Ruth Schriber, husband David, and family (Marian King’s son Stephan’s in-laws), Tarai (Anne Shumway’s granddaughter), Zoe Fowler and her husband Nathan & daughters Maya & Iola, the Luc family as they mourn the death of Jeanne’s sister Yolanda, Eliza Petrow, Amber Sarpy-Lora and Roberto Lora & their son Mateo, John Ogden (friend of Holly Antolini), Margaret Ferry (grandmother of Thomas Wohlers), Arne Nystrom, Mabel Moore Pollard, Carole Belgrade, Romy Verdieu (Yvette Verdieu’s daughter), Asher Lipson (friend of the Massie family), Maria Barao, Cheryl Etorinu (friends of Eric Maynard), Delia Machore, Shari Moy, Hugh T. Owen (brother of Cynthia Owen), Phil Benson, Leslie Chandler (friends of Carole Belgrade), Mateo Torres, our bishop, Tom Shaw, Anne Holmes (daughter-in-law of Ken & Mary Holmes and wife of David), Jessica Sollee, Bill Reeves and his wife Jane (parents of Hannah Reeves), Emilienne Jules, Ken Holmes, Cynthia Owen, Olga Best (Aunt of Elaine Agard), Kathy Udall, Roger Shumway, Vida Carrington, Susan Robinson, Joan Hawkesworth, Lynne Campbell, Trevor DeCourcy-Dawe and Grace Dawe (Mabel Moore Pollard's nephew and sister), Pamela Bergquist; Maya DeBorst, Emily Sunderland, Frances Williams (Bob Estes’ mom), Susanne Carrington, Pat Haynes, Bob Massie, Florence Stanley, Barbara Butler, Lisa McDonnell, Helen Stott.  We pray for all soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and veterans who are recovering from physical and mental harm sustained in the wars. 


We Pray for Those Who Have Died

We pray for those who died in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the Ukraine, and those who are dying in the Israel-Gaza conflict, as well as those in the wars in Iraq, Syria & Libya, and those dying of Ebola virus in West Africa. We also pray for the troops who have died in Afghanistan.


Our flower ministry is on summer vacation! To donate memorial flowers – in memory of loved ones or in thanksgiving for birthdays, anniversaries or other life transitions – please contact Carolyn Taylor, Flower Committee at 617-623-2631 or email her at



St. James’s has a small list of people who offer intercessory prayer whenever a parishioner lets us know of a particular prayer need.  We communicate requests very simply by email.  Would you like to join this ministry?  Please let Judith know at Or perhaps you have a prayer request you would like us to add to our intercessions?  Please call or email the office at 617.547.4070 or, and please let us know whether you’d like to have a name added to the Parish Prayer List, or are requesting intercession from the Healing Prayer ministers, or both.  We’re glad to support our church family in prayer.

And Don’t Forget:

Thanks for Wearing Nametags

Please remember to wear your nametag and help encourage others to do so, too. Wearing our nametags is important as a gesture of hospitality to every person who walks into St. James's, newcomers and old friends alike. Nametag supplies are in the vestry and the entries into the sanctuary.

All announcements for the Sunday News must be submitted by Wednesdays at noon.

Email the office at

Have an addition or correction to the prayer list? Email the office by Wednesday at noon.

REMINDER: Parish office hours are just Monday through Thursday from 9AM-1PM. If you email or leave a voicemail after 1pm on Thursday, the office will not receive it until Monday morning.

Readings for next Sunday, August 3rd: Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7,16, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21.