St. James Parish Profile 2015

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.

Boy Scout Sunday

Scouts came forward to say their respective oath/promise


Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Yr. A

Scout Sunday


Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12

Sermon Notes


Scout Introduction

For half a dozen years I had the privilege of serving first as a Brownie Leader and then as a Girl Scout Leader for our middle daughter’s troop, GS troop 451. I, myself was not a scout as a youth, but my girls were, each in turn.


Veterans Day Sermon by Mark Di Ionno

Veterans Day Sermon   by Mark Di Ionno 
Veterans Day, like Memorial Day, is a day of solemn remembrance and reflection. We gather, lay wreaths and pay homage to the men and women who fought our wars, preserved our way of life, served our nation in all corners of the world over a 241-period, from Bunker Hill in 1775 to the faraway Kurdish provinces of Northern Iraq, where U.S. Marines are battling ISIS to recapture the city of Mosul. 

Sermon September 3, 2016 "Tower Of Power"

The Rev C. Melissa Hall


September 3, 2016: Jeremiah 18:1-11, Philemon 1-21, Luke 14:25-33

Reverend Melissa Hall, St. James’ Episcopal Church


Tower of Power

            Good morning friends. Today we are going to start with a party game called truth or dare. And since I am up here, which puts me in charge, I will pick which we will do. So on to truth!


            We will start gently with the truth.  How many of you like receiving gifts?

Okay, now how many of you have re-gifted a gift? Raise your hand.

Sermon September 25, 2016 "There Are No Do Overs"

The Rev. C. Melissa Hall

September 25, 2016: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31

Reverend Melissa Hall, St. James’ Episcopal Church


There Are No Do Overs


This past Friday some middle schoolers were playing a game on our lawn, when conflict struck and I heard these words, “No fair… Do Over!”

 It must have worked because there was no ensuing argument or name calling. The Do Over was invoked and apparently accepted.

 Remember Do Overs? Wouldn’t that make life so simple?

YOU hurt my Feelings – Do Over

Where is God? August 21, 2016 Sermon

August 21, 2016: Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 71:1-6, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17

Reverend Melissa Hall, St. James’ Episcopal Church

Where is God?

A House Divided Sermon August 14, 2016

August 14th 2016, Luke 12:49-56

Reverend Melissa Hall, St James’ Episcopal Church

A House Divided

It has been said that a house divided cannot stand. Abraham Lincoln wrote that as he prophesied on the devastating outcome of a civil war in this country over the issue of slavery.  Lincoln knew that a house divided turns in on itself and destroys the essence of its very being. 

             Abraham Lincoln was the quintessential statesmen, a loving Christian and an astute and ethical politician.  I miss that type of politician.

“What is Your Name?” A sermon preached after the Orlando Massacre

The Rev. C. Melissa Hall, Rector

June 19, 2016
​Saint James
The Reverend C. Melissa Hall. Rector
Luke 8:26 Post Orlando Florida

“What Is Your Name?”

Last Sunday, while we sat and prayed in this sanctuary listening to the beauty of the choir voices and the organ,  a 1000 miles south of here in Orlando, Florida, there was music of another sort filling the air. It was at the site of yet another national devastation.

Confirmation Sermon

CJ, Emily, Greg, Gabby, Kaitlin, & Liam

This past Sunday morning, the teens from our confirmation class did something unusual. They led the service for us: their community of family, friends, and mentors  - as a way to express their gratitude for what you have done to make St James Church their home and to understand that they are no longer children.

Youth Sermon upon return from Appalachia

Day One; Monday, June 30, 2014

May God’s words alone be spoken, may God’s words alone be heard.

Please open your hearts to hear the words of your youth as they reflect on their mission trip . Amen


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