Sunday, May 26: Pentecost and So Much More!

The morning of Sunday, May 26th is filled with significance for the Saint James’ community, and you’re invited to be a part of the energy and eager expectation in this spirit-filled day. In addition to the 8:00am and 10:15am services, we’ll be celebrating a new relationship with a church in Warrenton and a growing relationship with a church and school in Haiti; we’ll recognize the graduating high-school seniors in our community and wrap up the program year for family ministries and start to looking forward to the fall.

Of course, this Sunday will be centered around the Day of Pentecost, the moment when Christians received the Holy Spirit’s call and were commissioned to be a worldwide movement for spreading the Kingdom of God into every part of the earth.

Festival Eucharist

10:15 AM Service

The annual Saint James’ Festival Eucharist will be held on the Day of Pentecost which falls on May 20th.

The choir has been working tirelessly on the setting of the mass and the anthem since early January.

The service begins with Marcel Dupre‘s monumental Cortege et Litanie (Op. 19, 1923) and will be followed by a stunning setting of the hymn Hail Thee Festival Day.

The choir and congregation will sing a new setting of the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Fraction Anthem that is set antiphonally by renowned composer Craig Phillips aptly titled, Festival Eucharist.

The choral anthem, also penned by Philips, employs new themes as well as the the 9th century hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus.”

The new and ancient themes are uniquely harmonized so the choral sound shifts from medieval in nature to contemporary.


First Baptist and Saint James’ Together

8:30-10:00am at Café

First Baptist Church, Warrenton and Saint James’ are exploring the formation of an intentional relationship.

Representatives from both congregations have met and talked about basic organizational principles, such as the following:

  1. Becoming friends in Christ
  2. Celebrating our black church/white church relationship
  3. Letting God guide us
  4. Doing something for the good of the community
  5. Working for racial justice.

We will meet monthly through the summer to develop plans and consider options. This Sunday, the First Baptist representatives will be our guests at Café.


Recognition of Graduating High-School Seniors

During the 10:15am service and during coffee hour

This Sunday during the 10:15am service, we will recognize our community’s graduating seniors and show them our love and support as they move on to the next stage of their life journeys. We will have a special coffee hour with cake to celebrate their big achievement!


Expanding our Relationship with St Luc, Trou du Nord (Haiti)

You will notice this Sunday and in the Sundays going forward that we are praying for Saint Luc’s Episcopal Church and School, Trou-du-Nord, Haiti and their priest, Pere (Father) Sadoni Leon.

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The vestry and school board have both affirmed our commitment to this companion relationship.

We are hopeful that this relationship will continue to deepen and grow and that both communities will be significantly affected by the other.

We have visited the church and school, worshipped together, continued the conversation, raised money to purchase french children’s books, and are hoping to travel to Saint Luc’s in the fall with the intent of building a playground together.

If you are interested in being part of our next trip or learning more, please let us know by contacting Nancy.


The Prayers of the People Read in Five Languages

10:15 AM Service

During the 10:15am service, you’ll hear each of the Prayers of the People read in a different language: five in all. You can read the service bulletin here.