St. James the Less
Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist - Sunday, 8:00 & 9:30 a.m.  - Saturday 3:00 p.m.     411 West Due West Ave., Madison TN  37115     615-865-4496

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Bruce's Survivor Soup

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can green beans

1 can green peas

1 can carrots

1 pound ground beef

2 cans of tomato sauce

2 cans of chopped potatoes

 Empty all cans with juice into large pot

 Brown and drain ground beef

 Add Ketchup

 Season as desired with salt & pepper

 Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes

 Serve with Saltines


Bruce's Baked Spaghetti

1 16 ounce spaghetti

1 can Hunts spaghetti sauce

1 can tomato sauce

1 package spaghetti seasoning mix

1 tub Ricotta

1 package Mozzarella cheese

1 cup grated Parmesan

1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese

1 1/2 pound ground beef, browned and drained

 Boil pasta & add sauce and mix to ground beef and sauté for about 20 minutes

 Drain cooked pasta a

nd mix pasta with the sauce

 In a 9 x13 pan layer spaghetti, then alternate the cheeses, then layer again or maybe 3 layers

Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes until hot and cheese is melted


Bruce's Pickle Doodles

Sliced Rye Buffet bread

Sliced Swiss cheese

Dill pickle chips

 Put pickle chip on bread, then a pickle chip and place Swiss cheese on top of pickle chip and then place under the broiler until cheese is bubbly

 Great appetizer

Bruce Dobbs

Recipes of the Summer

The Saints of the Summer -An Autobiography

Coming to Saint James the Less has been really good for my wife, Kathy, and I. I am very appreciative of Father Rob Courtney’s generous invitation to help in the priestly ministry of the parish and I am thankful for the kind welcome many of you have offered. To those we haven’t met yet, let me introduce myself to you.

Kathy and I have been married for 36 years and we have three children and eight grandchildren. Kathy retired from Vanderbilt three years ago. Her field was psychology and human development, and she taught and mentored hundreds of students over her forty-year career. Her main research component involved the ways in which schools can encourage effective parent involvement in children’s education. I have had a more varied career.

Having just turned 70, I’m going to skip some of my preliminary parts like—moving 16 times, University of North Carolina (BA ‘69), Columbia Seminary (M’Div ’76), Presbyterian ordination (’76), small church work, prison ministry, carpenter, MTSU (BS ’82), Episcopal confirmation (’86)—and get to my time in Nashville which began in 1979.

I taught fourth and fifth grade at University School for twenty years. I loved teaching and found that working with children was energizing and fun. In 2004 Kathy and I decided it was time for me to return to ministry in the church full-time. After a long process, Bishop Herlong agreed. From 2004 to 2005, prior to my Episcopal ordination, I worked at St. Bartholomew’s as a pastoral care assistant and as a liaison with our nearly 300 Sudanese members, many of whom were Lost Boys. From 2006 to 2009 I was an ordained assistant priest at St. Bartholomew’s.

From 2009 to 2010, the bishop appointed me the interim vicar for one year at St. Mary Magdalene in Fayetteville, TN. From 2010 to 2016 I served as vicar at All Saints in Smyrna, Tennessee, which grew to about 300 members who were mostly Burmese refugees. These three churches could not be more different, but our experience in each place was wonderful. We loved the people and in each community we wondered, How can any place be better than this? I look forward to sharing more about these ministries in the future.

I retired from All Saints in June of 2016, and I confess that, from a spiritual point of view, this has not been an easy experience. We have attended several churches since then and have felt welcomed but not quite at home. So for about a year we have felt “homeless” from a church perspective. As a priest, what I missed most was celebrating the Eucharist. Eucharistic worship is what led us on our journey to the Episcopal Church. I also missed preaching, but not preaching every week.

Kathy and I have driven by Saint James the Less dozens of times since we moved to Madison in 2002, and we often said to each other “We need to go there sometime.” Finally, a couple of months ago, we came to a Saturday afternoon service. We really enjoyed it, and Father Rob was very welcoming. After attending Sunday worship several times, Father Rob invited me to assist him by celebrating the Eucharist and preaching occasionally. This resonated with my heart, and Kathy and I agreed we had found what we had been looking for—a friendly and diverse church.

Thank you for welcoming us so warmly. I look forward to getting to know you better. I apologize, but it will probably be a while before I remember everyone’s names. After over 30 years of teaching and preaching and knowing 100’s of folks, the remembering names part of my brain is mostly full and not organized well.

I am thankful to God who has led us to Saint James the Less, and I am thankful to Jesus who made us brothers and sisters even before we met. Randy+

From the Loft

During the summer months the choir suspends rehearsals on Wednesday nights. (Say, this would be the perfect time for YOU to join the choir – no practice!) We do continue to gather on Sundays to sing at the late service. There will still be offertory anthems presented each week, including favorite solos sung by choir members.

We are also changing service music as we move into the liturgical season of Pentecost. This summer we will be using settings that I wrote back in 2000. The music will be familiar because we have sung this setting many times before.

I thought I would give a little background about how I wrote the music. Service music of the church is set to specific, traditional texts. That means that all musical settings of the Gloria, for example, have the same text. Only the tune is different. When I wrote my settings, I wanted the music to appropriately reflect the text message. In other words, I used changes in the music to emphasize what I believe to be strong points in the message.

Here are some things to listen for in the Gloria:

The general mood of the song – Joyous and uplifting

A ‘lift” in the music at the first mention of Jesus (“Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father”)

A slowing of the note length and tempo at the words “Receive our prayer”

A major harmonic lift into the closing section (with the text “For you alone are the holy one, you alone are the Lord: you alone are the most high”)

And then - Long notes intended to be sung out with conviction on the next words: “Jesus Christ”

As the setting comes to a close the music returns to the opening feeling of joy, praise, and celebration. 

Enjoy your summer!  Submitted by JANE EMERY