Liturgy (worship service)

Christianity draws its strength and vitality from the story of Jesus, God become Human, to enrich and empower our living. 

At St. James:

We hear four scripture readings and a sermon which links the power of scripture with the challenges of modern life.

We pray, keeping the needs of ourselves and others in our hearts and on our lips.

We sing, a rich mix of traditional and contemporary songs of the Church.

We follow Jesus command, to share bread and wine. Variously called Eucharist, Holy Communion, Mass or the Lord’s Supper, this ritual remembers Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.

Children and youth are central to the worship of St. James.  Babies and toddlers are a common sight during the service. Often they’re in the pews with their parents; sometimes enjoying books and toys in the small alcove in the back of the sanctuary, so close to the action that parents can be there and still participate in worship. Our nursery in the Education Wing is also an option for children to the age of three.

November 2018

Baptisms are, of course, a special act of worship and welcome at St. James.

Older children and youth often offer leadership during worship. Some serve as acolytes — carrying the cross in the processional and recessional, and in between, participating as members of the worship team. On Youth Sundays, usually the 1st Sunday of each month, teens and pre-teens are especially active in 10:30 worship — reading the Scripture and leading Prayers of the People.

Even if you know nothing about going to church ….. maybe especially if you know nothing about going to church. Come. Join us, and let the rich beauty of the liturgy embrace you into a deeper love of God and humankind!

Photos: rao & Pat Morley