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Ash Wednesday Services, Ashes To-Go, and T.S. Eliot
Wednesday, Feb. 17
In Person: This year we will be offering an in-person Ash Wednesday Eucharist service on the patio at 12:00 pm. Register HERE.
Online: There will also be an Ash Wednesday video service available online. View it on our website HERE Service Bulletin
Ashes To-Go will be available for distribution and self imposition on the Sunday prior, February 14th, at the office, and at the in-person service on Ash Wednesday. Let us come together as we enter this holy and penitential season of Lent.
Register for the in-person service HERE
T.S. Eliot's "Ash Wednesday" Reading
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1:00 pm, Courtyard
Published in 1930, this six part work has become known as Eliot's "conversion" poem, as he converted to Anglicanism shortly before writing it. The work will be recited in the courtyard by Mo. Rebecca Dinovo, Clare Friedman, Laura Hargreaves, Walter DuMelle, Bruce Ray, and Richard Ryan, who spearheaded the project. All are welcome.
Lenten Prayer Invitation
Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Friday, April 2
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The church will be open for individual prayer during Lent. Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17 through Good Friday, April 2, you are welcome to come pray in the church.

Volunteers will be in attendance to monitor safe practices. Masks and social distancing required.
89th Annual
White Elephant Sale
This Friday!

"The Quarantine Edition"
Thank you to all who have already made a donation in support of this year’s WES – we’re well on our way!

Friday, Feb.19, 2021, 5:00-6:00 pm
Join the Zoom event HERE

Get all the info on our website HERE

"Keeping a Holy Lent"
Adult Formation Series
Sundays, Feb. 21 - March 21, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm on Zoom
“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”
Feb. 21: Self Examination
Feb. 28: Repentance (Penitence)
Mar. 7: Prayer and Meditating on God’s Word
Mar. 14: Fasting/Almsgiving
Mar. 21: Self-Denial
All are invited to join together for this enriching series.
Sacred Ground
Wednesday, Feb 24, 6:30 pm
Session 9
Legacies: Racism's Long Life

This session looks at some examples of multigenerational legacies of racism in a range of communities. In the readings, the focus is on the legacy of slavery in black families and white families.
Indoor Worship - an update from Fr. Mark
We have recently received updated guidelines from our Bishop regarding in-person worship which takes account of recent developments. The Bishop gave permission for congregations to worship indoors, with certain constraints including a limit on capacity and there being no singing.
The parish Task Force have considered these new guidelines and have decided that, for the foreseeable future, we will not make any changes to our pattern which continues to work well. Our outdoor services are now well established and much appreciated by those who attend. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful outside space to conduct our worship. It was not difficult to decide to stay outside for the 9.00 service, as we would rather be outside with our choir than inside without it (the state still does not allow any indoor singing). And following a straw poll of our 8.00 am congregants, which showed no strong desire to move inside, we have decided, for the time being, to keep the earlier service outside as well. To have one service inside and one service outside would involve much more work in the set-up.
There will come a time when we do return to worshipping inside, but it is not clear as yet when that will be. The Task Force will review the situation again after Easter.
St. James Music
Alex's Playlist
Miserere mei, Deus
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time of prayer and introspection. Psalm 51 asks "Create in me a clean heart, O God," and it has been set to music in many ways, including these beautiful settings by Allergri and Pergolesi.

Listen HERE
Music Moments
The King of Love my Shepherd Is

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And he is mine for ever.
(full lyrics below video)

Watch HERE
Sermons Online
Sunday, Feb. 14, Epiphany 6

"A Valentine from God"
On this Valentine’s day we see God deliver his love to us and the world through the Transfiguration. As we approach Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent Rev’d D. Rebecca Dinovo asks us “How will you soak in the love of God this Lent? And…how will you share the message of God’s love to others?”

Read, watch, or listen HERE
Diocesan and Community Events
Refugee-Net Virtual Event
Saturday, Feb. 27, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Silent and live Auction
Live music and cooking class
Order authentic African cooking to enjoy during the virtual event
Register today and make sure you don't miss out on this unforgettable experience benefitting
San Diego's refugee families.
Our own St. James Knitting and Crochet Group has contributed many items for the auction.
"Climate Church, Climate World" Book Study Offered by Diocese
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego invites all to read and discuss climate issues on Wednesdays, February 24 - March 24, 7:00-8:00 pm. More than ever before, people of faith are called to pray, learn, and act for Creation Care!  
The book is Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change by Jim Antal . The discussions will be live on Zoom with recordings available afterward. The goal is to learn about our current reality, how our faith relates to stewardship of the environment, and what we can do to make a difference. 
Lear more and sign up on our website HERE