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Additional Service @ 9 am
An Additional Service on Sundays
Sundays 9 am
We will offer an early church at 9 am on Sundays if you are inclined to attend a shorter service. We will offer the service in the Sanctuary so that we don't have to wonder if it is going to rain or snow. So, join us, if you can on Sundays at 9 or 10:30 am.
Mask wearing at church is required.
If you are not vaccinated, please get vaccinated as the most vulnerable people of our congregation, namely the children, may be protected by your kind action.
Fr. Jos
Welcome to....
I want to take a moment to welcome a few wonderful people, names listed below, to St. James. You have brought us joy, energy, and hope. Your presence and care for St. James are very much appreciated. Welcome to:
  • Christorpher, Sarah and Charlie Dodson
  • Fr. Rod and Angela Pierce
  • James Cadotte
  • Janis Micklea
  • David Britt
  • Greg and Carol Freitag
  • Mark and Rebecca (Becky) Alderfer.
  • Garret, Jennifer, Sophia, and Maggie Alderfer.
  • Rebecca Ann and Finn Chase
  • Mary Torres
  • Richelle Massengale, Evan.
  • Chris Rayl, Maggie Thorton, Landon, Francesca, and Isla.
  • Michael Benton (Returning Member)
  • Mary Beth Richard
If you are in need of something and we can be of help, do not hesitate to call me or anyone in the office and we will gladly help you. The office number is: 417-881-3073 / /
Fr. Jos
Spiritual Habits - 14
Eating authentic food!
Recently one of our church members asked me, "how can we practice one religion?" I responded to that question, but I also thought I need to write about that here because I think it's an excellent question and a great theological dilemma for a lot of modern and growing Episcopalians.
Here are my thoughts about it. We are to practice spirituality and not religion. We admire and follow the footsteps of religious leaders, like Jesus, for their life rather than the rules and dogmas set by their followers, like Christians or Hindus or Muslims. It’s important to have the strength of one's own identity to have an understanding of others' differences. Or else it will be a mash-up of things without clarity.
Religious principles are identical to each other when you go deeper in spiritual understanding. That's why mystics in any religion such as Hindus, Muslims, Christians, or any other, don't find themselves in conflict with others. You will find mystics among contemplatives. Contemplatives are those who try to listen to God silently, keeping their egos out of the way, and make their dogmas less important.
It’s only when we go deeper in our religious understanding we really understand the unity of all religions. Or else it’s a monkey game of jumping from one to another and reaches nowhere or understands much of any of them because we don’t spend time to understand. We like buffets and choices! Real authentic food can be enjoyed only when we really work at making it authentic without mashing it up, like the TexMex! (Does not mean TexMex is bad. It's just not Mexican food.) It’s because of this I always encourage people not to jump religions because they won’t learn much of anything in the new place, only nuances of the same thing explained, practiced, or talked about in the culture of the new place.
Stay in one place, go deeper, and then all religious jargon will sound unnecessary. Go deeper and you will see it's calmer down there! Stay on the surface, and you will quickly learn that you are ravaged by the raging waves around you. Engage in a deeper understanding of your faith, not peripheral differences!
Fr. Jos+
Weekly Summer Reflections
Youth and Children
Ephesians 5:15-20
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we talk about wisdom. In Ephesians chapter 5 Paul say to be careful how we live and be wise! What is wisdom? Wisdom is knowledge and good judgment. So, how as a kid, can you be wisdom? We are going to find out by tossing around water balloons.
What you will need:
1.      Water balloons
2.     Another person
What to do:
1.      Toss the balloons between the two of you.
What can we do to be wise? Being wise is like tossing a water balloon. If you throw the balloon to hard at your partner the balloon will break. If you catch the balloon to hard, it will break. If you don’t slow down and concentrate on the throw and the catch, the balloon will break.
How can we be wise?
1.      Stop. Don’t just act! Consider what to do and take your time!
2.     Think. What ways can we solve the problem? Is there a way to learn how?
3.     Listen. Ask someone who knows what to do. Listen to people who know what about the subject and have them give you advise!
Wisdom isn’t always knowing but being willing to learn. The wisest thing we can do sometimes is admit we don’t know what we are doing. Stop, ask questions and listen! It’s the wisest thing we can do!
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