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February 15, 2018

 
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Lent Reflections
 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
 
 
Luke 9:18-25
 

Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say that I am?" They answered, "John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered, "The Messiah of God."

 

He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, "The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised."

 

Then he said to them all, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?"

 
 
 
 
 
 

This scripture reading poses two essential questions to me in my life as a Christian: first, who is Jesus; and second, what is required of Christian discipleship? Responding to the first is a joy for me. Jesus is the Son of the Living God, of one substance with the Father by Whom all things were made, Alpha and Omega, before and beyond the Big Bang, eternal! Jesus is with me always, and His presence is a huge source of calm, comfort and peace in my life. The second is much harder. While I certainly understand that I take up my cross daily, in the sense of carrying the burdens with which life confronts me, denying myself is a much trickier proposition. So, while I recognize my selfishness and self-centeredness, I strive through the love of God and the presence of Christ in my life to be more loving and giving, more self-less, more able to love my neighbor as myself.

 
 
 
 
 
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February 14, 2018

 
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Lent Reflections
 
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018
 
 
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
 

"Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

 

"So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

"And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

"And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

 

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

 
 
 
 
 
 

Did you survive?! Perhaps a strange question to be asking on Ash Wednesday. However, it seems there is no place on earth that has more of a contrast between pre-Ash Wednesday and Lent, than southern Louisiana. Our days of reveling and celebrating Mardi Gras have come to a screeching halt, and we now find ourselves in a season of repentance, fasting, and prayer. Although Jesus does caution us in the gospel to be mindful of how we pray, the point is, to pray. To turn from ways that are not life giving, and take advantage of this season given to us by the church. To examine our lives, and make changes where necessary. Not an easy task, but one that we might consider to be of upmost importance, as our spiritual journey continues.

 
 
 
 
 
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2018 Winter Hop

 

 

Gumbo 2018

 

NEW! Online ordering (pay in person at pickup) will be open each Friday between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.!

 

 

Open EACH FRIDAY IN LENT, the St. James Episcopal Church Workers (ECW) invites you to Bishops Hall, at the corner of Florida and N. Fourth Street for Gumbo 2018!

As they’ve done each Lent for over 60 years, volunteers at St. James will serve fabulous Gumbo lunches of either shrimp, or chicken and sausage gumbo, along with Sensation Salad, bread and a tasty dessert, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each Friday. Dine-in customers enjoy water, tea or coffee included with their meal.

***WATCH OUR INTERVIEW WITH JOHN PASTOREK OF WBRZ, HERE!*****

Drive-thru pickup of boxed lunches is also available. Ala carte items are great for heat-and-eat meals at home or the office: pints and quarts of gumbo, rice, cole slaw, dessert servings and bread by the loaf are offered. Just phone in your pick-up order to 225-387-5141 on Friday mornings between 8 and 10, and it can be delivered right to your car on our Fourth Street pick-up lane.

St. James’ Friday Lenten Gumbo lunches are the sole fundraiser for the Episcopal Church Workers’ outreach projects. The St. James ECW has offered assistance to numerous local groups and agencies, as well as making significant contributions to hurricane relief as well as foreign mission work involving parishioners and of local interest.

Volunteer! Sign-up for the days and positions that are good for you!

If you're having trouble, please email Mary Boutwell, letting her know the position you'd like to fill, or go to the original Google document, here.

 

 

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