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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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    { Worship With Us }

    8:00 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Chapel)

    9:10 a.m.  |  Holy Eucharist (Church)

    11:15 a.m. | Choral Eucharist

    6:00 p.m.  |  Candlelight Communion

    WEEKDAY WORSHIP
    Mon. - Thur., 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.

When all hope seemed gone

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There’s a small Chapel, just off the main Rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, dedicated to Nicodemus, the Pharisee who comes to Jesus by night in today’s Gospel perplexed and full of questions. It’s a powerful story, but it’s also not the last time we meet Nicodemus. The man who would be a secret disciple eventually finds the courage to claim his friendship with Jesus by asking for his body after the crucifixion and burying it in his own tomb. That’s the reason for the Chapel at Holy Sepulchre, to remember the man who lovingly cared for Jesus’ body when all hope seemed gone.

If you visit the space during the week, it seems rather cave-like, tomb-like. But if you visit on a Sunday, the day of Resurrection, as a group of us were able to do a few weeks ago, the space is transformed by carpets and icons, candles and incense, spectacular vestments, and soulful chanting in Aramaic — every sense engaged and delighted by the news that “he is not here, he is risen, just as he promised.”

This is is what Christians do, first and foremost: we are called by God to be people who gather, week by week, to marvel at resurrection, to proclaim a love that knows no bounds and is stronger than death. How exactly that worship is offered varies wonderfully among Christian churches, and even within churches. That’s one reason why we offer annotated bulletins a few times a year (including today!) to help teach about why we do what we do at St James’.

But whatever the differences in form or expression, the essence is the same. Jesus gathered his disciples at the Last Supper and commanded them, “do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). After his resurrection, he appeared to two of them on the road to Emmaus and they “knew him in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35). When we gather to share bread and wine, after feasting on the riches of the Scriptures together, Jesus is present with us, in us, among us, calling us and empowering us to carry his love out into the world. 

 

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