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    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

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    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.

Loving abundantly

Lauren McIntyre shares her reflections on Lent. Lauren is a St. Jamesian, a Canterbury Choir member, and a marathon runner.

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Abundant love is not what first comes to my mind during the season of Lent. Growing up as a Catholic, Lent was always a time of restriction, absence, and severity. We were preparing for God to take Jesus away from us by giving up something in our lives, going to confession to purge us of our sinfulness, and my least favorite, fasting. 

When I left for college and started examining my own faith, all this "taking away" didn't really seem spiritually productive. I wasn't changing the world, helping my neighbors, or bettering my spiritual practice by depriving myself of gum or chocolate. I began to add something during Lent -- writing weekly letters to my grandparents, going to Stations of the Cross, or giving donations to a food pantry. 

The only gift that matters is the one that costs us. Though these Lenten practices were small, they still required my time, energy, effort, and money. They required me to give love to others. Lent has become, for me, a preparation for God's ultimate gift of love -- one that cost Him much more than stamps or an hour on each Friday night. 

Lent doesn't end with us focusing on the cost of God's sacrifice though. As Brenda said in the Ash Wednesday sermon, "Death and dust is not where it ends." Yes, Jesus died, but Lent ends with Easter, where Jesus rises from death and reminds us that "God's got us."  It ends with the promise of love and life. 

This Lenten season, I'm thinking about what it means to be in "solidarity with God's ultimate sacrifice."  What are the gifts I have to give? Where can I shift my energy, time, and money for the betterment of the world? How can I love abundantly so I'm ready to celebrate on Easter morning? 

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