St. James celebrates Major Feasts and Holy Days with multiple services held at Christmas, Easter, and Ash Wednesday. A service of Lessons and Carols is held the Sunday following Christmas. The Maundy Thursday service incorporates the washing of feet and stripping of the altar. Good Friday services include the Stations of the Cross in the church.
Two worship services are offered on Sunday mornings. Holy Eucharist Rite I, celebrated at the 8 AM service, includes music. Holy Eucharist Rite II, celebrated at the 10 AM service, includes music with a choir.
The altar guild, lectors, intercessors, altar servers, ushers, flower arrangers and deliverers, and lay Eucharistic Ministers (L.E.M.) support and lead our worship. Children are welcome at all worship services. Appropriate books, drawing paper and crayons are available for children near the church entrance to help them feel welcome and comfortable. Music is a wonderful way to feel the presence of the Lord, and is an integral part of services at St. James’. During worship, we use the Episcopal Hymnal 1982 as well as LEVAS II, Lift Every Voice and Sing songbook.
The Worship Committee and Rector are responsible for training those involved in worship services, and ensures that worship services flow as smoothly as possible.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:1-5
Music: Joanne Archibald
Our music ministry includes the choir, handbells, instrumentalists, and carillon. Music is an integral part of our worship services. Special events such as concerts and the summer Carillon Concerts take place throughout the year as well.
Altar Guild: Yvonne Kiddoe
The Altar Guild prepares the sanctuary every week for worship. They make sure the proper hangings are in place, correct readings are marked, and everything is set up for the Eucharist.
Altar Servers: The Altar servers assist the priest during the service and currently serving as chalice bearers.
Lectors & Intercessors:
Present the readings and the Prayers of the People each week.
Ushers: Carolyn Flynn
Ushers are available at each service to assist the congregation. They take up the offering and arrange for oblation bearers each week.
Flower Arrangers and Deliverers: Jana Draper
Arrangers break down the flowers that have been on the altar into small arrangements and Deliverers take them to shut ins and those celebrating special events.