St. James Episcopal Church recognizes that the the whole of our lives belongs in worship—body, mind, and spirit. There is no ‘right’ form of worship—it is not necessary to kneel or reverence. These are demonstrations of personal piety. The correct posture of worship is one of openess to God. Worship at St. James centers around the Holy Eucharist. The parish has a deep and abiding tradition of healing prayer and annointing and offers opportunities for contemplative prayer, to include yoga under the lluminious windows in the nave.
How We Worship
Worship at St. James is grounded in deeply relevant traditions of the faith that invite self-reflection, consideration of the world, and connection to the Divine. Our principal service is Holy Eucharist, also called Holy Communion. The service may be followed in the red Book of Common Prayer, located in the pews. The full service is also printed in the bulletin created for each service.
Holy Eucharist begins with the Liturgy of the Word, focused on readings from Holy Scripture, followed by a sermon. In the Episcopal Church the Nicene Creed is recited and contemporary prayers written for the Church, the world, and all those in need are offered. The congregation greets one another, offering a word of peace.
The culmination of the Episcopal service is the Liturgy of the Table, during which the priest recalls the story of sacred Christian history, the coming of Christ, his life, death, and resurrection. The priest remembers the holy meal Jesus instituted with his friends and consecrates bread and wine. This sacrament is shared with the gathered community, evidencing Christ’s presence in our world and each person.
Ushers direct those gathered to the communion rail. Standing or kneeling to receive communion is appropriate. Bread is offered first, followed by the chalice. It is appropriate to sip from the chalice, or simply dip the bread into the wine. Reception of only bread is acceptable, or, by crossing one’s arms over the chest, one will receive a blessing from a priest. Gluten-free and non-alcoholic options are available by request at the altar.
All those on a journey of faith are welcome to receive communion at St. James.
Choirs, organ, piano and other instruments are an integral part of the liturgies at St. James. St. James enjoys both adult and children choirs. Worshippers at St. James experience music from the Renaissance, Black Gospel, Celtic, traditional English hymns, and music written for the modern Church.
St. James Choir
The adult choir at St. James offers sacred music at the 10:30 service in the rich tradition of the Church, enriching the modern spiritual life. The choir is made up of professionals and amateurs, choral selections are reflective of the breadth of tradition and diversity of the contemporary Church. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings.
The Canterbury Choir for Children
The Canterbury Choir for children provides invaluable music instruction and performing experience, encouraging full experience in worship. The Canterbury Choir sings monthly. A highlight of the children’s music program is the summer children’s musical. The Canterbury Choir rehearses on Wednesdays at 4:45. Children must be able to read to participate.