This Week at St. James: July 22, 2021
The Dean's Greeting
The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington
This weekend offers a real test in helping us work out the difference between good news and bad news - or perhaps between fake news and genuine news. It is the weekend of what is sometimes called our Patronal Festival, or ‘Feast of Title’, for Sunday is the feast of our patron saint, James the Apostle. James has the particular privilege of being the first of the Twelve to be martyred, during a period when the church experienced its first persecutions. The account in Acts 11 (which we will hear read on Sunday morning) tells us that Herod discovers that persecuting the early church is good news for ‘the Jews’ (for which we should probably understand the Jewish pharisaical leadership of the day), which leads to James’ death and Peter being imprisoned. Good news for the opponents of Christianity - bad news for the Christian church.
Except it isn’t - for that would be fake news!
For in Sunday’s gospel passage for this great feast, we are reminded by Jesus that our metrics simply don’t work like that - our values are not worldly values. Jesus is clear that persecution will come, and that there is no guarantee of reward - except the reward of being a servant or slave of those around us. For Christians, that is a reward in itself, for it makes us Christ-like and thus helps make the world Christ-like. There’s no better news than that, and for us it is all the more special Good News that we have, as our patron, this significant witness/martyr to the faith. Come celebrate St James with us, and rejoice anew that God has called us to serve the world.
Focus on Her
In our #SermonOfTheDay the Rev. Canon Lisa Hackney-James celebrates a saint of the early church: Mary of Magdala, Jesus' close companion and the first of his followers to witness and proclaim his resurrection.
Saint James the Great by Guido Reni
The Feast of St. James the Apostle
Sunday, July 25
9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in person

11 a.m. live-streamed on your smartphone, computer, or tablet
On Sunday, July 25, we offer two opportunities for in person worship - our 9 a.m. Family Eucharist and our 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist. In-person services no longer require a reservation.
For those who are unable to be present, our 11 a.m. Eucharist will be live-streamed on our streaming webpage or YouTube.
Children & Youth
Summer Break
All Children and Youth Formation is currently on Summer Break. Classes and events will resume in the Fall.
St. James Community Mural
To kick off the new program year in September, we invite our church families to participate in our St. James Community Mural. Color one of the divided sections of the beautiful mural below which will then be joined together and displayed to symbolize the strength and connection of our church community, and be a part of our Invite, Welcome, Connect ministry.

If you would like to get involved please email Alison Barrington by July 31. Each family will then be sent a poster section, pencils / crayons, instructions, and a return envelope. Sections will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, so sign up TODAY! All colored sections will be due by September 1.
Summer in the City
Monday, St. James welcomed over 30 kids for an adventure packed week of Summer in the City! Thank you to all who donated to make this week a possibility!

Watch below how each day of camp begins with the energetic SITC cheer!
Grateful for SJC!
Thank you to all who have submitted gratitudes for St. James! Our Gratitude Campaign postings have begun and new gratitudes will be posted every Friday through July and August. Make sure to like, subscribe, and share on all the St. James social media platforms!

There are a few slots still open, so we hope you will take a moment to fill out this Google Form and let us know what you are most grateful for here at SJC.

Want to post your own St. James gratitude? Make sure to tag St. James and use the hashtag #GratefulForSJC.
Rush Hour Concerts
We welcome the International Music Foundation back to St. James for their Rush Hour concert series! The 2021 Rush Hour Concerts feature some of Chicago’s outstanding classical musicians in programs that are engaging and enriching. These short concerts are performed every Tuesday during the summer months at 5:45 p.m. to an in-person and live-streamed audience. You can watch on our Concert Page or through the Youtube.
In Our Prayers This Week
Please join us in prayer for our Bishop-Elect, The Rev. Paula Clark, who is recovering from surgery that removed an arteriovenous malformation from her brain. 

FOR THOSE COMMENDED TO THE PRAYERS OF THE CATHEDRAL COMMUNITY:  Sara, Lynda, Gloria, Willie, Jane, Forrest, Jessica, Tom, and Kevin 


FOR ALL THOSE WHO DIED BY GUN VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO IN THE PAST WEEK INCLUDING: Kellen, Kelvin, Roberto, Darron, Andrew, Esmeralda, Kevin, Joseph, Anthony, Alexander, Antwan, Doyle, Fredrick, Roland, Robert, Victor, and Kenneth