PRAYING SHAPES BELIEVING
A Meditation for You
We Are All Bearers of Christ
 
For the rest of this month into November we are examining civil discourse. Readings are excerpted from the web page of the Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church.
 
Episcopal Leaders from across the country are sharing their thoughts on civil discourse based on the following prompt: What are your values as an Episcopalian as they relate to issues of public policy? How are you living into your values when considering civil discourse and civic engagement?
This week, The Rt. Rev. Carl Walter Wright, Bishop for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, responds “To Be More Like Jesus. I am a bit embarrassed that my patron saint, Abraham Lincoln, was a rustic, depressive, unchurched, common man. But I am inspired by the fact that when he was put to the test, he trusted completely in God. He never pretended to have all the answers. When asked if he thought God was on the side of the Union, he wisely replied that the question is not whether God is on our side, but whether we are on God’s side! In my opinion, Lincoln was ironically our most Christ-like President.
 
If I have a creed, apart from the historic creeds, it is not to be right all the time, but to ‘be on God’s side,’ to trust in the Lord with all my heart and to strive to be more like him every day. You know, we who follow Jesus in the Anglican way can be a gift to the partisans, not by judging them, or even opposing them; but by looking for the Christ in them and loving them as Christ does. If we can manage that, our hearts will be lighter and our footsteps will be easier.
 
Let Us Pray
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who devoted your life and death to our most plenteous redemption: Grant that what you have wrought for us may also be wrought in us: that, growing into your likeness, we may serve and share your redeeming work; who lives and reigns in the glory of the eternal Trinity now and for evermore. Amen.
 
Previous Take-aways
“…Those with whom we disagree are also bearers of Christ with whom we are called to reconcile.” –Sarah Lawton, a member of St. John the Evangelist in San Francisco
 
“Our tradition of the via media—the middle way of Anglicanism—offers this country a desperately needed model of what public discourse might become.” --The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee Bishop of Chicago
 
Learn more and read the unedited responses here.
Join Us This Sunday
November 1 is All Saints Sunday, and we will gather outdoors for Eucharist on this high holy day at 10am. If weather is questionable, we will do all we can to try and meet. We hope that you will join us at 10am, following social distancing protocol, for worship if you are able. Bring your masks, your chairs and bundle up. Dress for the weather, not church. If are not able to join us, for whatever reason, we will be streaming the service live on-line. We will also have an abbreviated Morning Prayer service available at 9am. The links to both are below.

The Episcopal Church (national) is hosting a service for our country at 4 pm which can be seen on their YouTube page here. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry hosts a national online prayer service two days before America's Election Day. Together with bestselling Jesuit author James Martin, Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel, and interfaith partners, Bishop Curry calls on us to gather as a nation for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. We encourage you to join in before our Ashland version later.

Sunday night we will have a special contemplative service, the Pre-Election night of Prayer led by the Ashland Clergy at 7pm. It will be available after it premieres to watch. Several congregations are sharing it in their own way around town. The link to watch is below.
Staying Connected
Friday, October 30, 2020
  • 12pm- Noonday prayers (online)

Sunday, November 1, 2020
  • 9am- Children's Sunday School (online) 
  • Link to join
  • 9am- Morning Prayer Worship (online)
  • Link to watch services
  • Link for bulletin
  • 10am- Outdoor Eucharist:Rite II Worship (In person & online)
  • Link to watch services
  • Link for bulletin
  • 7pm- Contemplative Election Service (online) 
  • Link to watch services
  • Link for bulletin

Monday, November 2, 2020
  • 10:30am- Grief Group (Memorial Garden)
  • 12pm- Noonday prayers (online)
  • 5pm- Prayer for our Country (Memorial Garden)

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.
Helpful Links
St. James the Less
125 Beverly Rd. | Ashland VA 23005 | (804) 798.6336