June 29, 2022

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Blessings on this week leading up to the 246th birthday of our nation. When I taught school, I mentioned in my history class that this "American Experiment" was not finished yet. One of my students asked me about that phrase and what I meant. 

I went on to say that our nation was founded on ideals and laws, and that some of our expressed ideals were not fully expressed, but that over the centuries we are getting closer and closer to the fullest of expressions of those statements. We started with concepts that were not yet realized, but that we are tinkering with (and moving mostly closer) throughout the history of our country. As the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

 In this "experiment" we have each been gifted with the opportunity to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." That freedom has meant the most to me to be able to express my faith and live that out to the best of my ability. And simultaneously, to allow others the freedom to do the same.

On this 246th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, take the time to ponder what we have, and the next steps we need to make in living out the "experiment" of these ideals for all.

A prayer I love for our nation comes from page 258 in the Book of Common Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace. Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Happy Birthday to us! We will have a special Independence Day service this Sunday. I hope to see you there.



Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  • 7:30am-Eucharist Rite II
  • Breakfast following

Friday, July 1, 2022

6pm- Indoor Movie- Raya and the Last Dragon

Saturday, July 2, 2022

  • 9am- Group Exercise Class

Sunday, July 3, 2022

  • 8am- Eucharist: Rite I Service
  • 10am- Eucharist: Rite II (music)
  • 5pm-Contemplative Service

Monday, July 4, 2022


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For those not able to get their picture made for the Church Directory, we still want to include you! We do have a make up day, TONIGHT,  Wednesday, June 29th from 2-8:30pm. If you would like to sign up for that, please click HERE. Click on "Photography Appointment Scheduling Login." Enter church code va139, and the church password is photos.

If that date doesn't work for you, you can email Kasey a current photo of you or your family by June 30th. We will make sure to get it in there. We want you to be included!


Join us this Friday for- Raya and the Last Dragon. We will hold all movies indoors in Brydon Hall at 6pm, so come rain or shine. We will have popcorn for this one, but you are more than welcome to bring food and drink from home to enjoy while you watch. We hope you will join us for this!

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Raya and the Last Dragon travels to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well. Raya and the Last Dragon features the voices of Kelly Marie Tran as Raya, a warrior whose wit is as sharp as her blade, and Awkwafina as the magical, mythical, self-deprecating dragon named Sisu. Characters also include a street-savvy 10-year-old entrepreneur named Boun, the formidable giant Tong and a thieving toddler Noi with her band of Ongis.


Please join us Sunday afternoon for the Contemplative Service at 5:00 PM. This service will continue our celebration of Independence Day with Evening Prayer. We hope you will join us for this time of reflection and contemplation. 


We are thrilled to announce that we are taking our Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont on October 14-16, 2022. It is a restorative time for yourself and your family. It is also chocked full of community and faith building. We hope you can join us. There are multiple ways you can let us know you are planning on coming. You can fill out this online form HERE. You can call Kasey and have her sign you up at 804-798-6336. You can also sign up on the bulletin board in the hallway. 

The cost is $75 for children (ages 4-12), $90 for teens (13-18), and $175 for adults (18 +).  If you would like to complete a Chenery grant request to help with the cost of your trip, please complete THIS form. We don’t want cost to hinder anyone from this awesome experience.


Join us for some our summer movie line up! We have family films and movies for just the grownups. We will hold all movies indoors in Brydon Hall at 6pm, so come rain or shine. We will have popcorn, but you are more than welcome to bring food and drink from home to enjoy while you watch. 


Family films:  

  • July 1- Raya and the Last Dragon
  • August 5- The Jungle Book (live action)

For the grownups:

  • July 15th- Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile
  • August 19- That Thing You Do

"We rise by lifting others." -Robert Ingersoll
Meals for the Clinic Volunteers

As many of you know, Saint James the Less Free Clinic meets every Wednesday evening. It is staffed by some INCREDIBLE volunteers who care in remarkable ways for our community. We have the opportunity to provide meals for them. If you would like to bring food over for 8-10 people before clinic starts on a Wednesday evening, click HERE to choose your date. More information is listed on the website. We are grateful for your willingness!
Emergency Food Pantry

Right outside our Saint James the Less Free Clinic we have a food pantry. It is available 24/7 and used a great deal as immediate needs come up. Please donate non-perishables to this. It would be an incredible blessing to our community.

ACES is in need of the following items:

Pantry: Cold cereal, Oatmeal (smaller containers preferred),Canned Beef Stew, Canned Meat (Chicken, Spam, Salmon, etc.)

Adult Clothing: Men’s Boxer Briefs (all sizes), Men’s Athletic Shoes (all sizes), Men’s jeans (sizes 30 – 38)

Children's Clothing: Boy’s Underwear (size 10), Girl’s Underwear (sizes 2 – 3) and (sizes 16 – 18), Boy’s Socks (large sizes, 3 – 9), Boy’s and Girl’s Pajamas (sizes 10 – 18), Diaper’s (size 6)

ACES is open on both Mondays and Wednesday from 8:30-11:30am. Thank you for your continued support!

Peter Paul is currently in need of the following items. If you are able to give you are welcome to put them in the box in the hallway.

Hygiene items- bar soap, body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, chapstick, Vaseline, sanitary products.

Laundry items- Detergent pods, rolls of quarters, dryer sheets.

We are still collecting Pop Tops for Ronald McDonald house. Hang on to them or bring them by when you can. This is a valuable resource that goes to help families with children in the hospital here in Richmond.

Lord, we lift up this nation struggling with itself these days, reeling from this pandemic and its repercussions. Encourage us to faithfulness, righteousness, and compassion for all God’s Children. We lift up Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Susan and Jennifer, our Bishops, the Bishop Elect, The Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson and family, Rock+ and Becky+, our priests. May they be strengthened and encouraged as the work with us to proclaim your Good News in this world. We pray for Joe, our President, Glenn, our Governor, and Steve, our Mayor, and all our elected officials. Guide them to lead us to the common good. 

We ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people. Remembering especially Gus Miller, Erin Yagla, Meredith Moon, Meghann Batten, Michael Fox, Bill Blakemore, Chambers Cromwell, Dennis Folsom, Carter, Paul Robb, Debra Bernard, Smith family, Alex Gillette, Pam Gillette, Sally Budd, Sarah Chamblee & family, Jeff Lawrence, May and family, Melanie Fischer, Court Warfield, Jane Howard, Pam Bowers, Rose & Mike Brown, Wendy Vaughan, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Matt & Megan Goff, Tom Ficklin, Betty Lee, Janet Taylor, Bower family, Curtis and family, Carolyn Moury, Sherry Gilmartin, Nicki Moon, Cameron & Camilla Sharma, Jessica and family, Joy Stevenson, and Allison Provencher.

We ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. We also ask your prayers for those serving in the diplomatic corps, the military, and as missionaries: Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Andrew Brunson, Jordan Fox, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died.

We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

We pray for governments and governing bodies of Metropolitan Richmond: For the Mayor and City Council of Richmond, the City Administrator, and all city employees.

For all those who seek peace in the world and for ourselves, that we may bring about God's Kingdom here on earth. For our enemies, and for those who wish us harm.

Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored.


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Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336


The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Becky McDaniel- Assistant Rector

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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