Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Baptism & Eucharist

August 31st, 2014

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


This Sunday at St. James’s:  

9:30 AM: Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost 

Holy Baptism & Eucharist  


The Lectionary for Sunday, August 31st: Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c, Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28.


Serving on Sunday, August 31st: Presider/Preacher: the Rev. Judith Atkinson Deacon: the Rev. Reed Carlson; Acolyte: Eric Maynard; Readers: Sarah Borgatti, Iselma Carrington; Chalicers: Anne Shumway, John Hixson; Welcomers: Sarah Forrester, Isaac Martinez; Nursery: Monte Tugwete, Carol Hilliard Director of Music: Pat Michaels.


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.

* August 25th - September 1st: Holly is on vacation.

AUGUST 31st: LAST SINGLE SERVICE SUNDAY! Baptism for Ben Simmons

* September 6th, 10am-noon: Choir rehearsal for Alan Gates’ consecration as Bishop. 

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. 7th, 5-7 PM: Parents of St. James’s youth gather at Holly’s house to talk about Confirmation. RSVP Holly, please!

* Sept. 13th: Ordination and Consecration of our next Bishop of Massachusetts, the Rev. Alan Gates at the Agganis Arena at Boston University

* Sept. 28th, following the 10:30 am service: HOLY CURRENCIES MINISTRY FAIR & GROWING TOGETHER FUND CELEBRATION: we celebrate the completion of our “Growing Together, Building in Faith Fund” to furnish and fit out our new parish house, as we celebrate also the wide variety of “currencies” flowing in the ministries of St. James’s Episcopal Church.



We are planning to put the new copies of Lift Every Voice and Sing II (with the beautiful bookplates) into the pews during the Coffee Hour following the 9:30 service. This will mark the end of our highly successful campaign to replace old and broken copies of this hymnal with new copies that will last us a long time. 

Everyone is invited to help distribute these books in the pews.  And everyone is invited to enjoy singing from these books for the next years!



The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization & Episcopal City Mission joined the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence in the lobbying effort to pass reasonable gun-control legislation, a cornerstone on which to build safer communities. Thanks to our hard work as GBIO & ECM members, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed important new legislation to reduce gun violence.   Our phone calls, letters, rallies, action days did it!!   Today, August 13th, Governor Patrick is signing H. 4376 “An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence” into law! The bill meets many of the goals that the Coalition set out to accomplish, including these key provisions: 

1. Requiring registration and background checks for all gun sales in Massachusetts;   
2. Bringing the Commonwealth into compliance with the Federal NICS background check system while protecting mental health counseling privacy;  
3. Giving police chiefs discretion in issuing rifle and shotgun licenses (the NRA's chief objection to the bill);
4. Advancing suicide awareness and prevention in the Commonwealth through a multifaceted approach; and
5. Collecting trace data so we know the origin of guns used in crimes or suicide.

God bless everyone for the dedicated work necessary to make this important intervention possible!



The controversy over Arthur T. Demoulas’ leadership of The Market Basket food chain has proved an unintended blessing to our Helping Hand Food Pantry at the Fresh Pond Apartments.  As the chain’s staff has protested the leadership’s decision-making, the fresh produce and meat that would otherwise be on the stores’ shelves has been donated through the Greater Boston Food Bank to the community’s food pantries.  Helping Hand has been among those beneficiaries, especially benefiting from the increased donation of meat.  That said, our clientele has also increased markedly, and comes from new areas of the city, as the poor who have regularly sought Market Basket’s affordability must resort to food pantries.  Should Market Basket no longer continue in our communities, it is the resource-challenged who will suffer the most, and some neighborhoods would find themselves close to “food desert” status.


Holly returns on September 1st.

Financial Report from the Treasurer: WE NEED YOUR OFFERINGS NOW!

We are now halfway 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 your 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 this week.  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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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 to 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).




Reed Carlson is the Transitional Deacon at St. James's and a Doctoral Student in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School. He's passionate about teaching the Bible in a way that is theological, thrilling, and thought-provoking. Reed enjoys traveling overseas, cooking, pursuing the perfect cup of coffee, and biking in the city. He is married to Britta Meiers Carlson, a candidate for ordination in the ELCA and a Mission Developer with Latino communities in the New England Synod.


Your Vestry met on July 22nd and approved the 2012 and 2013 financial audits, the 2013 Parochial Report, and the Safe Church Guidelines and Policies.  We heard from the Sound and Light committee about cost effective ways to improve our sound and lighting situation in the sanctuary and approved a small budget for those items.  We discussed the Holy Currencies concept geared toward making the parish both sustainable and missional and voted to re-form the Holy Currencies and Currency of Money committees. We heard a report on possible Christmas Fair alternative ideas and voted to move forward with a Dec. 5th St. Nicholas’ Eve intergenerational celebration at the church. We heard reports concerning property issues (repair of Rose Window and portion of parish hall roof) and finances (statements will be going out soon).  We affirmed all those responsible for a successful and joyous St. James’s Day parish picnic.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact any of us with any questions.



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.





Our Helping Hand Food Pantry could not possibly meet the needs of those in North Cambridge and beyond who seek us out because of food insecurity, were it not for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Come learn about the ministry of this remarkable institution while feasting at their invitation on Tuesday September 9th, 12 to 1:30 PM, at their site at 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118.  Please RSVP by Sept. 5 to Christie Brum at 617.598.5098 or




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. 




Eucharistic Visitors offer the holy ministry of "extending the table" to those who are homebound or ill. EVs offer word of God's love and a healing presence on behalf of the congregation to people who may feel lonely or uneasy. EVs are trained and licensed by the Diocese, then commissioned by their parish. St. James's has a strong team engaged in this ministry.  If you might be interested in joining them, please make an appointment to talk it over with Holly at  Eucharistic Visitor training will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 25th at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Watertown. The training runs

from 9 am to 4 pm. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided, but please bring your own lunch. Parking is on the street (Russell Ave.). Please note that CGS has a wheelchair accessible ramp into the building but does not have a wheelchair-accessible bathroom. Please mark your calendar now and watch for registration information soon and in FYI.


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 victims of Ebola virus, for children caught in the conflict over illegal immigration, for Julian and Elaine (Alan Aukeman’s parents), for Cheryl Price (friend of Kathy Udall), Julie O’Connor, Ruth Schriber & her 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, 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 Robert Wilson (husband of Jacquie Wilson) and Kate (friend of Lee Ann Rowe), as well as for those who are dying in the Israel-Gaza conflict, as well as those in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria & Libya. We pray for the American soldier who recently died: SFC Matthew I. Leggett.

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, September 7th: Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20. TODAY IS THE LAST SINGLE-SERVICE SUNDAY! Next Sunday we return to 8 AM & 10:30 AM schedule.