This Week at St. James: September 15, 2022

The Dean's Greeting

The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington

Most people would agree that these United States of America do not feel as united as once they were. The issues around the last general election and the appalling events which followed on January 6, 2021, have caused some to question whether values once thought to be fundamental, such as truth and democracy, are now in danger. One of the issues that seems most contentious is whether President Biden genuinely won the election or if it was ‘stolen’ from Donald Trump. What is painfully clear is that rational argument, evidence and persuasion are of no use in any discussion with proponents of ‘the big lie’ – and what we should not forget is that there is nothing new under the sun.


In Sunday’s well known gospel reading about the impoverished Lazarus being ignored by the rich man at whose gates he lay, Jesus wisely remarks that, “If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.” Abraham, Moses, and the entire message and tradition contained in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, speak of God’s loving concern for all of God’s children – a concern which brings clear demands for justice and dignity for all. Join us on Sunday to celebrate again our call to share in God’s mission to this world and support such values – and let us pray for the wisdom and grace to convince all those around us of the blessings that come with our citizenship of the kingdom of God.

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Wanting to see Jesus

The brief gospel set for today shows us that wanting is the key to it all, as the Very Rev. Lister Tonge explains to us in today's #SermonOfTheDay.

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This Sunday's Offerings

Lazarus at the Gate by Peter Koenig

The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, September 25

8 a.m. - Spoken Eucharist

9 a.m. - Family Eucharist

10 a.m. - Dean's Forum

10 a.m. - Sunday School & Youth Groups

11 a.m. - Choral Eucharist

12:15 p.m. - Coffee Hour

This Sunday we offer three opportunities for worship: 8 a.m. Spoken Eucharist, 9 a.m. Family Eucharist and 11 a.m. Choral Eucharist.

For those who are unable to be present, the 11 a.m. Eucharist will be live-streamed on our streaming webpage or YouTube.
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Dean's Forum: Hearing God's Word

This Sunday, September 25 @ 10 a.m.

In this week's Dean's Forum, led by the Very Rev. Lister Tonge, we will consider questions like:

Does God speak to you?

How do you know?

When does it happen and how often?

What is life like when God seems not to be speaking to you?

This preliminary exploration will enable us in the two weeks after to consider some tools for sharpening our awareness.


A Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This Saturday, September 24 @ 11 a.m.

In collaboration with His Majesty's Consul-General in Chicago, St. James Cathedral will hold a service of thanksgiving for the life of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II this Saturday, September 24 at 11 a.m. All are invited to attend!

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday, October 1 @ 11 a.m.

On Saturday, October 1 at 11 a.m. St. James will hold the annual Blessing of the Animals to mark the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Bring your animals and join us on the plaza at 65 E. Huron for blessings, treats, and fellowship with our neighbors.

Choral Evensong

Sunday, October 2 @ 4 p.m.

Our wonderful Dean Dominic Barrington has been appointed the Dean of York, and to commemorate his last Evensong with us, we have selected music celebrating the musical legacy of "the Minster." York has boasted several of the most prominent composers of English church music in the 20th-century, including Edward Bairstow, Francis Jackson, Philip Moore, and Richard Shephard.

The prelude to this service will begin at 3:40pm, played by Michael Rees, organ scholar at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Jackson Toccata, Chorale, and Fugue

Shephard A New Commandment

Smith Preces and Responses

Jackson Evening Service in G

Bairstow Save us, O Lord

Moore Paean

Music at the Cathedral

Jeremy Filsell on The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys on WFMT

This Saturday, September 24 @ 4 p.m.

This Saturday, September 24, at 4 p.m., Jeremy Filsell, organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, will be interviewed by Oliver Camacho on WFMT's Listening to Singers talking about Jeremy's the exceptional education provided at Saint Thomas Choir School and the choristers' upcoming concert here at St. James on October 8. We hope you will tune in and be inspired to get your concert tickets!

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In Memoriam

Ted Johnson

With sadness, we announce the death of St. James parishioner, Ted Johnson, on September 13, 2022.

There will be a memorial service for Ted on Wednesday, October 12 at 2 p.m. here at the Cathedral.

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Read Ted's Obituary Here

Crop Hunger Walk

October 16 @ 12:30 p.m.

St. James is proud to support parishioner Fran Horn in her continued efforts with the Chicago Crop Walk which raises funds to support the global mission of Church World Service, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. This year's walk will take place on Sunday, October 16 at 12 p.m. If you would like to participate or donate, please be in touch with Fran.

Capital Campaign

Restore Reimagine Rebuild
St. James Capital Campaign Prayer

"St. James is my church home. Our congregation, ministries, and sacred space are essential parts of my spiritual life. My contribution to the capital campaign is a way to demonstrate that I value my St. James experiences. Perhaps more importantly, my contribution to the capital campaign is a way for me to do my part to ensure that St. James will continue to be available for others."

-Nicole Spencer, Senior Warden

Faithful God, you call us to be living stones in a spiritual temple.
Bless the mission and outreach of this cathedral church.

By the power of your Holy Spirit, enable us confidently to restore its fabric,
trustfully to reimagine our vocation, and boldly to renew
our ministries in your name.

Make this place a house in which your love dwells
and in which all your people find welcome.

Grant this, we pray, through the One who leads us ever onwards
in your service, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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In Our Prayers This Week


FOR THOSE COMMENDED TO THE PRAYERS OF THE CATHEDRAL COMMUNITY: Jodi, Janet, Derek, Shirley, Connie, Susan, Warzell, Francisco, Judy, Frank, Dave, Roger, Rosemary, Chandra, Jim, Joe


CATHEDRAL COMMUNITY: Neal Wolf, Elizabeth Twede

FOR ALL THOSE WHO DIED BY GUN VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO IN THE PAST WEEK: Khalil, Anthony, Lionel, Jose, Jose, Sean, Randy, and James

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