• Welcome to St. James'
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  • What to Expect
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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 speaks our language

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Someone is walking down Broadway in the theater district on a Saturday afternoon. Theatergoers, tourists; the area is packed and noisy. He decides to try an experiment and tosses a handful of coins onto the sidewalk. Heads swivel not just around him, but from people well ahead of him and well behind and even a few look over from their stuck-in-traffic cars. When it seemed such a sound would be absorbed by the noise all around, it was a sound—ca-ching!—that was recognized instantly. My thanks to Patti Walsh for that story.

The language of money is definitely spoken in New York, and not New York only. But money isn’t the only language we understand. Consider another story: Hundreds of people are making their way through the streets of Jerusalem. It is packed, noisy, and filled with tourists. Suddenly those visitors heads’ swivel as they tune into a voice each just heard. Yet each hears not the same language, but the language peculiarly their own. Everything else seems to be background noise, but each who hears, hears the same message: Jesus loves you, died for you, rose from death and ascended into heaven, and desires to be with you now. The message comes with the nuanced inflection of another native speaker.

Money isn’t actually a universal language, and even the best linguists don’t speak every language. But the great truth at the heart of Pentecost is that God speaks our language. The Holy Spirit comes even now as it did on that first Pentecost so that we might hear and know (and then tell someone else) that God loves us, and nothing will keep God from trying to get our attention.

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