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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.

Having Jesus as a friend

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Happy New Year!

It’s a new year and lots of people make resolutions to start over, to start fresh in whatever way they need to. Something that I’m thinking about this year was sparked by an article written by Brother Jim Woodrum, SSJE, in which he writes about having Jesus as a friend. Friends are people we know, we talk to, and we keep close to us. If Jesus is a friend (or if we want him to be), he needs to be someone we talk with more often than just on Sundays in church. 

Brother Woodrum suggests starting and ending our day talking with Jesus. “In the morning, take a few minutes and pray forward through your day. Think through the day ahead: the work you will do, the people you will encounter, the dangers and uncertainties you face, the possibilities for joy and acts of kindness. Consider what might draw you from the love of God and neighbor, the opportunities you will have to know and serve God. Remember those closest to you and all for whom you have agreed to pray, ask God’s blessings, guidance, and strength in all that lies before you. Then, gather up these thoughts and reflections with the words of the Lord’s Prayer.*”

At the end of the day comes another opportunity for prayer: "to help see how many moments throughout your day were, indeed, an act of communion with God. Before going to bed, pray back-wards through your day. Become aware of God’s presence and ask God to bring clarity to the end of your day. Review the day with gratitude, both what went well and where you might have come up short. Pay attention to the small things. God is in the details. Choose one feature from the day and pray from it. Look at it. Pray about it. Allow the prayer to arise spontaneously from your heart. Then, look forward to tomorrow. Do all this with a posture of gratitude knowing that all of life is a gift of God, and then close with the Lord’s Prayer.”

Jesus meets us in the sacrament of our daily lives. Talk with him and look for him right beside you.

* A footnote: Many already are praying the Lord’s Prayer with their children every day. But, if you’re not, start doing it now.

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