Bring a furry friend to St. James on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. for our annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of the beloved patron saint of animals, St. Francis.
Weather permitting, we will gather on the east lawn for an informal service celebrating our relationships with our four-legged best friends and culminating in each critter receiving a blessing. Afterward, we will have a time of fellowship, a fall festival on the lawn including hot apple cider, cookies and swag bags for the pets. All are welcome, regardless of species.
Confluence, a local a capella choir, will perform at St. James on Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. It will be a musical sampling of the choir's greatest hits, from Americana to Africana, from jazz to madrigals, from sacred to silly. The group will also perform on Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., at St. Philip and St. James Episcopal Church, 2797 S. Lowell Blvd., Denver.
Join us for an elegant affair, with finger sandwiches, desserts, fresh fruit and a variety of teas. There's also a silent auction with multiple wonderful goods and services on which to bid. Cost is $15 per person, $10 for children under 12. Tables for 8-10 are $120 to $130. It all happens on Saturday, Oct. 12, 1-3 p.m. in our Parish hall. Make your reservations by calling 303-424-1118.
We're starting to gear up for our fall Christian formation schedule, and we'll be kicking off a new series of classes at our Adult Forum, beginning September 15. The six-week series is entitled "The Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi," based on the book by the same name, written by Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville. Each Sunday, we'll explore some of our Lord's most popular teaching parables, exposing some of the ways they've been misinterpreted down through the centuries, and looking for ways to make them most relevant to 21st century Christians. The class will rely on a combination of videos and group discussion. It won't be necessary to buy the book. But if you'd like to buy and read the book, it may deepen your appreciation for the material.
On Wednesday, Sept, 11, in place of our usual noon Healing Service in the chapel, we will mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on our country with a special service of remembrance. We'll include prayers for the victims, prayers for the survivors, and a litany for international peace, as well as Holy Eucharist. Please join us as we mark this solemn day, beginning at noon in our chapel.
The service will be followed by a brownbag lunch in the Parish Hall.
Our monthly parish potluck breakfasts resume for the fall this Sunday, Sept. 8. Please bring a dish to share with others, and join us for a time of food and fellowship in our Parish Hall, immediately following the morning worship service. After we eat, we'll hear from our special guest speaker, Anthony Suggs, Missioner for Advocacy and Social Justice for the diocese of Colorado, who'll be talking to us about asset-based community development.