Every Sunday morning, Saint James’ offers two opportunities to worship together as a community: 8:00 AM and 10:15 AM.
While both worship services follow the same general format, including celebrating the Eucharist (Communion), each service speaks to people a bit differently.
At any service at Saint James’ where the Eucharist is offered, we invite everyone who feels called to come forward to receive the bread and wine. If you are more comfortable doing so, you may also come to the altar rail with your arms crossed over your chest to receive a blessing.
8:00 AM | HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE I
Our early worship service uses the traditional, eloquent and especially-poetic language from Rite I of The Book of Common Prayer. This order of worship emphasizes contemplation and reflection. There is no music during this service, leaving quiet spaces for meditation within the prayers, Scripture readings and sermon. As with both our Sunday-morning worship services, the Eucharist is the high-point of our worship. Generally, our 8:00am worship lasts a little over one-half hour.
10:15 AM | HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II
For the larger of the two Sunday-morning services, we gather at 10:15am to the sound of the organ as the choir, acolytes and other worship ministers process through the congregation. This service follows the more celebratory and contemporary language of Rite II from The Book of Common Prayer, complemented by hymns, anthems and service music among prayers and periods of silence before culminating with the celebration of the Eucharist. This service usually lasts around one hour and fifteen minutes.
Children are invited to attend Sunday school during the first half of worship or are equally welcome to remain with their families for the entire service. Additionally, nursery is available from 10:15-11:45 AM every Sunday.
12:00 PM | Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Wednesday noonday service is a wonderful opportunity to worship and receive the Eucharist during the week. It follows Holy Eucharist Rite II.
Thursday Chapel & Breakfast with the Bishop (Weekly)
Thursday | 7:15 AM
Come start your Thursday mornings with our 7:15 am “Bishop’s Service”. Bishop Ted, when available, leads Eucharist in the side chapel. The sermon is based on the upcoming Sunday readings so it is a great way to start integrating the readings into your daily life.
Following the service (around 8 am) we gather in the parish hall for breakfast, coffee, and discussion (usually based upon the lectionary readings).
This time has quickly become a meaningful and integral part of people’s week. You are welcome every Thursday.