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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

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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.

Come back for more silence

Parishioner Sara Holliday is a self-described "big loudmouth" -- the spotlight just doesn't phase her. What does? Silence. Learn more about how the silence Sara encounters at St. James' nourishes her and propels her spiritual journey. Listen to her lively delivery here, or read on...

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I’ve been at St. James' a little less than a year, so many parishioners may not know that I am a big loudmouth. I’m a talker—and I was also trained as an opera singer. So historically, even when I’m not talking, there’s still a lot of sound in my general vicinity. In the churches I belonged to before this one, I made noise. I sang, I spoke, I read aloud, I sang some more—and a lot of that was very good and I’m not disowning it but:

When I was seeking a new spiritual home eleven months ago, I wandered into St. James’ Morning Prayer. It was...quiet. Nobody was singing. There were long pauses that didn’t even feel awkward. Come back, they said—both the very welcoming people and the silences: Come back for more silence

A few weeks after that, I came here to learn how to do Centering Prayer. Now it’s the cornerstone of my days. 

It was OK, here at St. James’, for me to contemplate—even I, who always made noise—to be contemplative, to entertain the notion of being a contemplative. I’m even planning to go on an Advent Retreat, organized by St. James’, to get some more of that yummy contemplation stuff.

Centering Prayer is sometimes described as “the shedding of thoughts.” You sit and let the noise go—both the outside noise and the inside noise. And I can tell you, even as a relatively new practitioner, that once you start letting go of things, it gets to be a habit. Without even realizing it, when you let go of noise, you’re letting go of fear. That herd of inner voices yammering that you have to defend your resources, that there’s not enough to go around, that you could never consider something like tithing—they start to drop away. Priorities shift, little by little, to things that are more important. Resources—time, thought, creativity and, yes, money—can get allotted, little by little, to those more important things. 

And I can tell you also that when you let go of all that noise, one of the big quantities that remains is gratitude. Sometimes tearful gratitude; sometimes silly giggly gratitude; sometimes musical or even noisy gratitude. 

Believe me, I value all the words spoken at St. James’—and how about the amazing choirs!—but that powerful quiet, that permission to be silent, and that subtle redirection, rediscovery, refocusing—that’s the gift beyond words that I’ve received here, that continues to be mentored here, and for which I’m so grateful.

Sara writes about her journey, among other subjects, at sarahollidaybooks.com.

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