Worship St. James Episcopal Church and School

Episcopalians worship in many different styles.

It can range from very formal, ancient, and multi-sensory rites with lots of singing, music, fancy clothes (called vestments), and incense, to informal services with contemporary music.

Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go.

St James has three very distinct worship services offering a different approach to worship: all are centered on the hearing and proclaiming of the Word and the Holy Eucharist (Communion) and include prayers and a sermon.  Music is available at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services of worship.

WORSHIP SERVICES


  • THE
    EARLY SERVICE

    8:00 AM

    This service of worship takes place in what we call "Christ Church Chapel." The entrance is on Albert Street. Those who enjoy the early morning or wish to get their day started with worship the first thing, attend this service.
  • THE
    PRINCIPAL SERVICE

    10:30 AM

    The principal service of worship takes place at St. James at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the church with full choral and organ support.
  • THE SUNDAY
    AFTERNOON SERVICE

    5:00 PM

    This service of worship offers a very low key approach in that no hymns or service music are involved.
For a description of what we believe including different aspects of worship in the Episcopal Church, see the topics in the What We Believe menu of the Episcopal Church website.

A rite expresses the church's relationship with God through words, actions, and symbols. A rite enables the church community to share its faith and experience God's presence in a particular liturgical and pastoral context. There are seven recognized rites and they include Holy Baptism, the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion), Confirmation, Ordination, Holy Matrimony, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Unction of the Sick. 

CHOOSING A SERVICE


  • THE EARLY SERVICE


    Visitors may find the service bulletins on a small shelf attached to the wall just as they enter the chapel door. Because of the small and intimate worship space, seating is not an issue. Visitors will find good seating near the altar or toward the back of the chapel. The service bulletin will lead the visitor through the liturgy, referencing page numbers from the Book of Common Prayer and from The Hymnal, 1982.

    The congregation sits in silence to enjoy a musical prelude until the clergy person enters the chapel to begin the service. All baptized persons are welcome to join us for communion. Hospitality follows the service in the parish hall adjacent to the chapel on Albert Street.
     
     
  • THE PRINCIPAL SERVICE


    The principal service of worship takes place at St. James at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the church with full choral and organ support and lasts about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. We hope you will have a spiritually fulfilling and meaningful worship experience.
     
     
  • THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON SERVICE


    This service of worship offers a very low key approach in that no hymns or service music are involved. Like the 8:00 a.m. service, this one takes place in Christ Church Chapel on the Albert Street side of the church. Just as the early service provides a great beginning to the day, so also does the late service provide a fitting conclusion to a busy day. Come and see.

     
     
     

NURSERY INFORMATION


Children are always welcome to worship with us at all of our services.

Childcare for newborns to five year olds is available in our church nursery from 9:30 a.m. on if you prefer to worship without your child present. Many parents take their children to the nursery before the 10:30 service. For children attending the service, children worship bulletins and small bags with colors, books,etc. are available in the narthex (front entrance of the church).