June 12, 2024

Saint James the Less Weekly News & Updates

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A Note From Father Bo

The Revised Common Lectionary, which we follow for our weekly readings, is a great gift.  It is ecumenical because it is used by the Lutheran Church, the Methodist Church,  the Presbyterian Church and many others.  The lectionary also gives us access to a great deal of scripture, with four offerings each Sunday – typically a First (or Old) Testament reading, a psalm, an epistle and then a reading from one of the four Gospels.


I want to highlight the psalm.  The Book of Psalms is a book of prayers in poetic form.  Probably compiled in the fifth century BCE the book contains a great deal of older material.  The New Interpreter’s Study Bible notes: “The psalms make public much of the inner life of the community of early Israel.  Some are intended as communal, official acts of praise or petition.  Others offer in intimate detail the pain, feats, delights, and hopes of individuals.  Over the centuries, such prayers, the public and the personal, were written down and collected.” (page 749)


As noted, the psalms are poems.  The book itself is, of course, included in its entirety in the Book of Common Prayer.  On page 583 of the Prayer Book we read the following: “The version of the Psalms which follows is set out in lines of poetry. The lines correspond to Hebrew versification, which is not based on meter or rhyme, but on parallelism of clauses, a symmetry of form and sense. Theparallelism can take the form of similarity (The waters have lifted up, O Lord I the waters have lifted up their voice; / the waters have lifted up their pounding waves. Psalm 93:4), or of contrast (The Lord knows the ways of the righteous; / but the way of the wicked is doomed. Psalm 1:6), or of logical expansion (Our eyes look to the Lord our God, / until he show us his mercy. Psalm 123:3).”


In Mark’s Gospel and in Matthew (who follows Mark in this instance), as Jesus is dying, he quotes Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  This implies that Jesus was well versed in the psalms and at least according to Mark and Matthew, those words were so well known that they gave voice to his pain and anguish when he was experiencing the greatest distress.


Making the psalms part of our personal prayers, even as we offer them together in communal worship, is a great discipline and gift. “Let the Name of the LORD be blessed, from this time forth for evermore. From the rising of the sun, to its going down, let the Name of the LORD be praised.” (Psalm 113)


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

  • 7:30am- Morning Prayer (with bagels & coffee to follow)
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie (in the pavilion)

Sunday, June 19, 2024

  • Happy Father's Day!
  • 8am- Eucharist Rite I -outside in Pavilion
  • 10am- Eucharist Rite II (music)

Monday, June 20, 2024

  • 10:30am- Good Grief
  • 10:30am- Vinyasa Yoga with Lorie (in the pavilion)
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June Calendar

  • 6/16- Father’s Day (No Contemplative Service)
  • 6/19- Juneteenth- Office Closed

Altar Guild does a fantastic job every week on the flowers! We are so grateful for our volunteers.

Funeral for Lee Hopkins

We are very sad to report that Lee Hopkins, son of Bob and Lula Hopkins, passed away. A memorial service will be held here at St. James the Less on Saturday, June 15th at 11am. To view his obituary, please see HERE. He and his family are beloved to this church family. We hope you will join us as we celebrate his life. A reception will follow the service.

8am Service on Sunday OUTDOOR This Week

The 8am service will be in the pavilion this week. It will be 70 degrees at 8am this Sunday. We will plan on being out there for the rest of the season as it seems warmer weather is upon us.

June 30th- Gratitude for Bo+

Sunday, June 30th, following the 10am service, we will have an "elevated" Coffee Hour in honor and gratitude of The Rev. Bo Millner. He has helped us through the first part of Rock's+ sabbatical so beautifully. We hope you will join us in saying "thank you." Please bring a side dish or finger food to share. We look forward to this time together.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Prayer Shawls are such a beautiful way to show someone care and support during a difficult time. We are hoping to collect a small supply of them in the office that we could distribute them as needs arise. Please fill out the information HERE or let the office know that you are interested in making prayer shawls for our ministry. We truly appreciate your dedication to such a special ministry for our community. HERE is a link to a few simple patterns for prayer shawls if you would like to learn more.

Painters Needed

We have a few projects around the property that we could use some help with. If you have some free time and would be willing to help us paint some railing and our stage in the pavilion, please let us know. We are hoping to do it in the next month, once we have volunteers. We have all the supplies and give directions, you just show up.

Family Lego Night

Please join us for food, fun and prizes! We will have Family Lego Night on July 21st at 5:30pm. All ages are welcome! We will have a little kids building area as well as space for our children and youth. There will be competitions with chances to win prizes (and bragging rights). Please use the link below to make sure we have enough food and legos :) See you all then!!


Flying Squirrels Game

Join St. James the Less Episcopal Church for Faith Night at The Diamond on August 8th at 6:35pm! First pitch is at 6:35pm, but make sure to arrive early for pre-game player testimonials and faith-based bands on the main stage! Post-game fireworks too! Tickets will be available for purchase until the day before, HERE. The SJtL family will be seated together. We hope you can join us!

Shrine Mont Annual Retreat

We are thrilled to announce that we are taking our annual Parish Retreat to Shrine Mont on October 4-6, 2024. It is always such a restorative time of community and faith building. We hope you can join us! Please complete the form HERE or sign up in the hallway to let us know you are interested. 

The cost is $55 for children (ages 4-12), $70 for teens (13-18), and $155 for adults (18 +). If you would like to complete a Chenery grant request to help with the cost of your trip, please let the office know and we can get you a copy of the application, 804-798-6336. We don’t want cost to hinder anyone from this awesome experience. All are wanted and welcome!


We will not have Sunday school, nursery or Children's church through the summer, starting this Sunday. We will be back with normal schedule in the fall. We hope you will bring your children into church. We welcome all!

Summer Programming

With the program year over, we look forward to family friendly events that will keep us connected through the summer. Please make plans to join us.

  • July 21st- Family Lego Night- 5:30pm- Pizza and Ice Cream 
  • August 8th- Flying Squirrels game 6:35pm (ticket information above)


  • Sign up to bring meals for the Clinic Volunteers HERE
  • Help stock our Emergency Food Pantry (outside the clinic)
  • Send in your Pop Tops for McDonald House
  • Bring in Hygiene or laundry items for Peter Paul
  • Donate to ACES- Click HERE for current needs (we have a box in our hallway)
  • Donate to Peter Paul Development Center. (box in our hallway)


Lord, we lift up this nation struggling with itself these days. Encourage us to faithfulness, righteousness, and compassion for all God’s Children. We lift up Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael, our Presiding Bishop, Mark, Dabney & Gail, our Bishops, Rock+, our priest, and Dawn+, our Deacon, Bo+, our supply priest. We pray for Bart, our Seminarian, in his formation. 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, Meghann Batten, Dennis Folsom, Court Warfield, Andrea Alexander McCallum, Joy Stevenson, Andy Newchok, Haden Hopkins, Kim Keene, Pam Bowers, Hilda Kelly, Harry Hassell, Bower family, Smith family, Lyde Longaker, Mary Ann Harris, Gini Dryden, Bob & Mary Lou Brown, David Bandas, Rone Deas, Diana Timberlake, Kristi Elles, Pam Gillette, Joanne Watkins, Ruth Beaudry, Tom & Fran Burke, Dennis Ray, Dawn Haase & family, Tuck Davis, Kimette Cannady, Traci Smith, Jerry & Carolyn Peart, John Wagner, Alicia Wood, Lisa Capen, Heather Grande & family, Jenny Bruce, Pat Jordan, and Lee Chambers.

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: Larson Flanagan, Kemper Jones, Greg Ericksen, Matthew Thomas, Philip Morison, James Ashley, Ellie Deas, Andrew Brunson, Liam Higgins, and Katherine Murphy. 

We ask your prayers for those who have died, especially Lee Hopkins and Quincy "Tuck" Davis. We ask your prayers for those who grieve.  

Our citizens who live in Hanover County, the Board of Supervisors, School Board, and Manager. The print and broadcast media. The churches of metropolitan Richmond: members and clergy. All who live in poverty. All who suffer from mental illness. Our citizens who live in Ashland, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, and Petersburg, the town and city Councils and Managers. All who work in banks and finance; all making financial decisions for greater Richmond. Prisons and jails of metropolitan Richmond: prisoners and staff. All who are unemployed or underemployed. All public servants.

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.


June 12

Ruby Starrett

June 13

Vicki Morison

June 14

Don Bruce

Beth Markwood

June 15

Morris Pearson

June 16

Chandler Hubbard

Philip Morison

June 18

Johnny Temple

Reggie Long


Saint James the Less Episcopal Church

125 Beverly Road

Ashland, VA 23005

(804) 798-6336

Staff: (click on the name to email them)

The Rev. Rock Higgins, tssf Rector

The Rev. Deacon Dawn McNamara Deacon

Reggie Long- Organist/Music Director

Miriam Smith- Christian Formation- Children & Youth Director

Kasey Buckland- Parish Administrator

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