PRAYING SHAPES BELIEVING
A Meditation for You
We are in Lent, traditionally a time of self examination and fasting. Many take on a discipline of doing without during Lent. Some take on additional service. With only minor clarifications, the pandemic has imposed a Lenten experience on all of us. We have been doing without for a long season. 

Let us find a way to use this time, not to get lost in the difficulty of the journey, but to become enlivened in the hope of the destination! In just this fashion, the Psalms of Ascent came to have their being! Words of the songs, or Psalms from 120-134, comforted our faithful forbears when they returned from exile to their beloved home of Jerusalem, up to Mount Zion. 

Psalm 123 is a supplication to God for mercy, for deliverance from our enemies. Lent is a good time to explore who or, perhaps better, what our enemies are. There is a lot of depth in this short Psalm. It is in our human and animal natures to seek distance from our foes and comfort in our homes—whether places earthly, heavenly, tribal or even more figurative. Our rescue, Cooper, too was a wanderer without a home. Today he has a place to lay his head and relax in the comfort of his Creator, the One who brought even a Lab mutt into the safety and love of God. We all will get there. Thanks be to God! 

Song of Ascents
Psalm 123
1 To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, until he has mercy upon us.
3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than its fill of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

Narrative and photo © 2021 Stephanie Shareck Werner
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Sunday Morning

Please join us online Sunday for a Spiritual Eucharist at 10am. Let us be together in Spirit! The link to watch and get the bulletin are in the schedule below.
Annual Meeting is THIS Sunday, March 7th at 11am, following the 10am Spiritual Eucharist Virtual Service. We will be meeting and voting via Zoom. We need quorum to conduct business. We hope you will join us! There are a few documents that you will need as you prepare to be together planning for the future of this beautiful community. (click the document below and it will take you to the link)


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Staying Connected
Friday, March 5, 2021
  • 12pm- Noonday Prayer (online)
  • 5pm- Facebook Live for Kids (online)
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Sunday, March 7, 2021
  • 9am- Children's Sunday School (online)
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  • 10am- Morning Prayer Worship (online)
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  • Link for bulletin
  • 11am- Annual Meeting (online)
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  • 5pm- Contemplative Worship (online)
  • Link to watch service
  • Link for bulletin

Monday, March 8, 2021
  • 10:30am- Grief Group (online)
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  • 12pm- Noonday prayers (online)

Join us daily for Noonday Prayer online here. You can follow along with the service on page 103 of the Book of Common Prayer or visit BCPonline.org (Click on "Daily Office" and then "An Order of Service at Noonday")

If you can't join us live-time, no worries. All of these services can be viewed at your convenience afterward on Facebook. All our Sunday morning and Contemplative services will be posted on our YouTube Channel, "St. James the Less Ashland VA." You can access that here.
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