From the Rector: May 2022
Dear Parish Family,
What an inspiring joy it was to experience my first Holy Week and Easter Sunday here at St. James Parish. My thanks to all of you who participated in such meaningful and significant ways over the course of the week. Easter Sunday was truly exceptional, both in beauty and in the manner by which we celebrated the extraordinary gift of Christ’s grace and love. As our newest Third Street banner so rightly claims: “Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen!”
For me, this season of gratitude also has included the tremendous opportunity to spend time with many of our youth, as we prepared together for Confirmation Sunday on May 1st. Since early February, our weekly gatherings have included a casual meal, followed by conversations, reflections, learnings and even silence in our beautiful sanctuary. Bishop Rob joined us for an evening in early April to offer his perspectives and to give our confirmands the chance to know him better before “the big day.” Parishioners Cookie Cantwell, Tom Tully, Jane Rippy and Andy Goodman have shared in the facilitation of this program. I will be honored to stand with them on May 1st (at the 9:00 am service) as we present our youth for Confirmation.
During this same season, Cheryl has wonderfully facilitated a parallel and successful offering for adults in our parish. The “Praying Shapes Believing” program drew much interest. I’m so happy to report that we will also see an enthusiastic group of adults on May 1st being confirmed, received, and renewing their baptismal vows.
Our full-season continues as we honor and celebrate our graduating seniors on Sunday morning, May 15th (at the 9:00 am service), and then reopen Mt. Lebanon Chapel for summer worship (8:30 and 9:30 am) on Sunday, May 22nd.
Please add to your calendar our summer parish celebration, set to take place at Mt. Lebanon Chapel on Sunday, June 5th, beginning at 4:00 pm. This gathering will include live music and a cookout, with special time to dedicate and celebrate our new Mt. Lebanon Labyrinth. More details to follow.
May I end as I began, with gratitude for this opportunity to share in ministry with all of you.
The Rev. C. Phillip Craig, Jr.