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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

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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.

a short lease on God's grace

Parishioner Andrew Lawton shared his struggles and joys, wrestling with Scripture, with idols, and with his own self-image...read on, or listen here.

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A couple of I years ago, I sat through the long long anthem the choir was belting out. But I wasn't listening. I was fighting with myself about committing money. Only under the growing and horrible pressure did I finally and hurriedly sign a pledge card and run out of the room. That is how partnered with God and what God is doing here.

Yet in the weeks that followed I found myself walking into joy. What a privilege to be able to contribute – a real joy and gift from God. And I wish this were the end of the story. But it is not.

Recently my bank account was compromised and a new card was sent. I went to the St. James' website to re-set my automatic gift. To my surprise, I found that I hadn't given since February! Immediately, seeing the dollars still in my account, I wanted them and they were mine and I wanted them to stay mine...and the fight came roaring back. It was then, right there in my struggle and selfishness and promising-that-I-would-but-delaying-the-fixing-of the problem, that I received an email asking if I would talk about stewardship.

Last Sunday, every scripture reading mentioned Idols...as did the hymns we sang (it was almost like someone gave thought to their pairing...). I don't think of myself as an idol worshiper, bowing down to wood and gold, but perhaps I am. I spend so much of my life thinking about money, and earning money, and keeping money – and all so that if only I had a bit more, then I would be happier; I'd have some security; I'd feel safe, and settled, and secure. But the struggle is not only about money. It is also about my reputation, about what I tell myself about who I am: I am a good guy. I do the right things. I give my money to the church, and I show up and I sing in the choir... and I can't talk about "God things," or "doing the right thing" until I clean up my act and get my ducks in a row, or at least more closely resembling a row.

And now it is Sunday and that is the end of the story.

Or it would be... but this is St. James'. Here we hear about what God has done and is doing and will do.

There was a recent Sunday when the Vicar and the Rector away (or perhaps just out of the rotation) and the associate and assistant priests were leading worship, which is usually near perfectly smooth. This particular week, something minor went amiss; and yet I suddenly realized what Sunday is all about. I saw that we are celebrating Easter. We are celebrating not only God removing our sin and shame – but also God giving us Jesus' righteousness. His goodness. His record. His reputation. This is the day when everything changed for me and for you. This is the day when Jesus told those first apostles, "go and tell my brothers."

In the face of such good news my selfishness is silly and my pride in my reputation is ridiculous. And this week, being reminded of this good news, I couldn't help but stumble into joy and let go again on the grip of my worthless idols.

So I cannot encourage you to give as someone who has it all figured out. But I can as someone who is on a short lease to God's grace and someone who often forgets and will need reminding soon – So give! We celebrate God's redemption – and he invites us all. Even "those who have tried to follow Jesus and those who have failed."

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