Submitted by Tricia Smythe on Sun, 09/20/2015 - 4:55pm
Below is the sermon delivered by Jamie Pagliaro, chair of the Parish Profile Committe, delivered on Sunday 9/13. The complete Parish Profile document is attached.
“To be or not to be, that is the question!”
I couldn’t resist starting with that quote from Hamlet, where he asks whether to continue to exist or not. Because in today’s current climate, where very few people identify themselves with a specific religion, let alone a specific church, the question for many parish’s like ours literally is whether we plan to “be or not to be” for future generations. After working on our Parish Profile for the last six months, I am convinced that the members of St. James plan “to be” around for many years to come.
A special unified service at 9:15 a.m. will be followed by a PARISH PROFILE DISCUSSION.
We need your input as we enter this important stage of building a profile that will help us determine the future direction of St. James. Group discussions should last an hour, followed by a festive coffee hour at 11:15am.