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    { We're Glad You've Visited }

    We welcome you and invite you to enter into a deeper exploration of a community that shares the love of Jesus Christ with each other, our city, and the world. It takes more than a few words to describe a parish, but there are two things we can tell you right away: we are committed to Jesus Christ and from that commitment flows our care for one another and our ministries. In every ministry and program, we at St. James' Church on Madison Avenue at 71st Street invite you to enter more deeply into the life we share in Christ. We hope you will join us.

    The Rev. Brenda G. Husson, Rector

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    { Summer Sundays }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    10:30 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    WEEKDAY WORSHIP
    Mon. - Thur., 8:00 a.m.  |  Morning Worship

  • { Getting Here }

    LOCATION: Madison Ave. between 71st and 72nd Streets

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    OFFICE PHONE: (212) 774-4200

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    { First Time Families }

    We've found that St. James' mix of rich Anglican tradition and innovative, fun family worship and programming is just the right recipe for helping kids know God's love.

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    When you come to church at St. James', you can expect to find...

    SPACE TO PRAY. Our services include hymns, prayers, and time for silence, as well as Communion and sermons that connect our Scriptures to our lives.

    SPACE TO BE YOURSELF. Worshipers at St. James' come from many different places, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    SPACE TO MAKE CONNECTIONS. Whether it's your first time or your thousandth, there's always an opportunity to get better connected with God and one another. Join us at coffee hour or stop by the Welcome station on your way out. We look forward to meeting you.

A God who scatters extravagantly

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The Gospel reading for this week is often called “the parable of the sower.” In it, we’re given a chance to imagine Jesus as a farmer in the fields, a God who extravagantly scatters seeds far and wide, over soil of all types and temperaments. While we may worry about what kind of soil we are, Jesus points us to the yield of his work—thirtyfold, sixtyfold, a hundredfold—impossible numbers, really, if we try to imagine a physical garden. But that’s the miracle of God’s love, a riotous explosion of growth, in ways and places we might never expect.

Farming, by nature, is seasonal work. There is a time to sow and a time to harvest. But harvest isn’t just for the fall, with cornucopias and sweater weather. A trip to the farmers market nowadays can yield armfuls of squash, juicy peaches, ripe tomatoes. Something somewhere is always in season, and the Kingdom is Heaven is just the same. Jesus’ sower is always in the fields; the yield in our midst exciting and unexpected—even impossible.

Our Church community is seasonal too, with its own ebb and flow. As a newcomer to St. James’, I was reassured that things would be slower in the summertime as I got my bearings—but I’ve already had the pleasure to meet so many of you (and forget your names, but I’m working on it!). Despite the heat, things are in full swing at St. James’, a summer of planting and gathering, and waiting to see what sprouts. Join us, won’t you?

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