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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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    { Sundays }

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

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m.  |  Choral Eucharist (Church)

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

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

  • { Getting Here }

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

    GET DIRECTIONS: Click here to get directions via Google Maps

    MAP FOR EMAILING OR PRINTING: Click here for more map options

    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.

God's personalized attention to us

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Parishioner, choir member, and composer, Bruce Saylor (pictured left, with fellow musician pilgrims), reflects on how sharing his gifts with St. James' causes his heart to be filled with gratitude for all he has received from this parish church of St. James'...

I have been struck by the care, commitment, ­and attention to detail informing the activities of parish life that I’ve seen at close hand: 

  • the excellent Wednesday morning Bible Study, 
  • an intimate, early-morning prayer group I attend,
  • the recent Parish Weekend in the Catskills, 
  • the receptions and dinners for the varied populations of the parish (newcomers, seniors, choir members), 
  • the brilliantly-insightful and challenging preaching I take in twice on Sunday mornings, 
  • and this thrilling music-making, plus the rewarding and often hilarious rehearsals that all of us up here enjoy—most of the day each Sunday.

It’s clear that everyone involved in the life of St. James’ feels that they are part of something big, special, something important, something offered to the glory of God.

This pervasive care and commitment came together powerfully for me in Jerusalem during last winter’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, when a member of the clergy wondered if we might sing Psalm 122, one of the psalms in praise of Jerusalem (“I was glad when they said unto me,” and so on...), but singing it with an ancient psalm tone: the Tonus Peregrinus (the "wandering," or "pilgrim" melody.)

I just happened to have some music paper, and pointed the great words—pointed: meaning assigning, with care and attention, each stressed syllable of each word to the tones of the old tune, in the context of the poem’s structure and meaning.

Some of us choir members there on pilgrimage rehearsed and sang the psalm in a ravishing, echoey chapel at evening Vespers. What a moving moment it was! Musical tradition and spiritual poetry reaching back through millennia, joining together with our present-day corporate prayer, and all of us—including me!—“standing within thy gates, O Jerusalem.”

I was glad to be able to offer back a gift I received from God to the service of others’ worship, and I felt so grateful to be part of something really big.

One of our inspired clergy said to me last week, “Even as you recognize and value the care and commitment that go into St. James’ activities, imagine how much of that personalized attention God, in his infinite goodness and love, bestows upon you, Bruce!”

Wow!

We really are part of something big here.

At the Episcopal church of my childhood, our offertory sentence ran “…where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also.” So here at St. James’ is my heart, and with it, my treasure.

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