St. James' Episcopal Church
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Rector’s Reflection During Coronavirus
Period of Social Distancing

From The Rev. Meredith T. Heffner
Thursday, May 21, 2020

In Today's Message... 
Rector's Reflection
Dear friends,

Happy Ascension Day! This is the day we celebrate Jesus’ rising into heaven to take his seat at the right hand of God.
I think we take this for granted. After all, we know Jesus sent the Spirit (which we’ll celebrate on Pentecost) to be with us, so it’s felt like Jesus is with us all this time.
But imagine what it was like to see the physical resurrected body of Jesus rise up into heaven. Certainly for the disciples it was both a frightening and amazing event: frightening because they had never experienced anything like that, and amazing, because it confirmed Jesus’ identity and promise—that he abides with us always.
Many are finding this pandemic to be both frightening and amazing, for much the same reasons. We have never experienced this before, and as we turn to Jesus for help, we find his identity confirmed, as we discover he is walking us through. 

Don’t forget to share where you are seeing the Spirit (Creator, redeemer and sancitifier) in your life this week!
Many blessings,
Rev. Meredith
Today's Calendar
  • Bible Study by Conference Call, 10:00 a.m.: Join us as we read through Peter Enns’ book, How the Bible Actually Works, chapter 11. To participate, contact the parish office at
  • “Stronger Together” Virtual Discussion Group, 7:00 p.m.: We will meet tonight with the topic, "You Don't Have to Feel Grateful During a Pandemic." We'll be working from two sources of wisdom: How Gratitude Can Help You Through Hard Times by researcher Robert Emmons, and Paul's letter to the Philippians [Philippians 4:4-9]. Try to remember to have pen and paper handy for a fun and thought-provoking group exercise. To participate, contact the parish office at
  • Reminder - Drop off Food for Manna by 11:00 a.m. Friday
    Thank you to everyone for dropping off food for Manna. We are touched by your generosity and support. Please bring your food donations for the Manna Food Center to either of these locations:
    • St. James': Place them on the bench under the church portico (the covered circular drive on your left as you approach the church back parking lot) before 11:00 a.m. Fridays. 
    • ICCP Cafe: Support our interfaith efforts and drop off food at the Islamic Community Center of Potomac, 10601 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Food will be brought to Manna on Fridays.
Musical Moment: Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne
Performed by Newton Lewis, St. James' Music Director
Where's Your Flat Jesus Today?

To remember Jesus' presence in our lives, you are invited to download and color FLAT JESUS and take him with you as you go about your day. Take pictures of him as he joins you in your daily adventuresand email your photos to

We'll share your pictures with the parish. There's no deadline; your Flat Jesus pictures are always welcome. Don't forget, Jesus is with you ALWAYS!

Flat Jesus really gets around with the Tucker family! 
Join our Pentecost Video Project!
Send Video or Text by Friday, May 22

Where do you see the Holy Spirit in your life today?! Share your answer for our Pentecost service.
  • Record yourself sharing your answer, in video with landscape mode (horizontally). If you prefer, write your answer.
  • Send your video or written response by Friday, May 22 to
Rev. Meredith’s Weekly Survey

Survey Question Week 10: What Do You Miss?
Aside from being with St. James' family, what are you missing right now? Please send your responses and photos to by noon today and they will be compiled for next Monday's email.
Requesting Prayers

Send prayer requests that you would like lifted by the St. James’ community to Prayers will be shared in Sunday's worship; late additions will be shared the following Sunday. Confidential prayer requests should be directed to Rev. Meredith,
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