“Teacher, which commandment in the Law is the greatest?” He said to him: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40 (NRSV)
The ministry of caring is what we as Episcopalians do everyday, it is at the heart of who we are. We care for our own parishioners and the needs of others. Not just physical needs, but spiritual and emotional ones as well. Jesus reminded us over and over again to love our neighbors...all of them. We at St. James strive to keep this commandment through a variety of different ministries.
The Meal Ministry, Prayers and Squares, Community of Hope, and so many other groups of people at St. James minister to our parishioners and the wider community. It may be shown by taking a meal to a person who just had surgery, or making a quilt for someone who is going through chemotherapy. It may be visiting someone in the hospital, or taking communion to someone who can't come to church due to a physical ailment. St. James parishioners and pastoral care givers love their Lord with all their heart and love their neighbors, care for their neighbors, and spread the love of Christ into the world.