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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

    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 you seek me Posted on March 24 by Chris Harding

Parishioner Campbell Wharton shares his Lenten reflection. Campbell is a St. Jamesian, member of the Vestry, chorister, and is lucky enough to get to read books for a living. ...

The Lord looks at the heart Posted on March 21 by Chris Harding

Tucker Salovaara, a life-long parishioner at St. James', shares his reflections this Lent on a simple line of Scripture that spoke a profound truth to him.  ...

Come Sunday Posted on March 17 by Chris Harding

Gilbert Pelissier, graduate student and co-chair of the St. Jamesians Committee, offers up a little jazz to help us reflect on the Lenten season. What's on your mind (or iPod) this Lent? Contact Chris Dickler to share your thoughts on the season.   ...

Loving abundantly Posted on March 15 by Chris Harding

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

When all hope seemed gone Posted on March 12 by The Rev. Ryan Fleenor

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.   ...

A Sermon on Haiti Posted on March 10 by St. James' Church

Youth missioner Annika Gottfrid recently shared her reflections on the group's Mission Trip to Port-au-Prince, delivering a moving sermon to our 11:15 a.m. congregation on the temptations Jesus -- and we -- face throughout our lives: the temptation to be relevant, to be spectacular, and to be in control. Read on...  ...

Sacrifice and gain Posted on March 10 by Chris Harding

Jonathan Dixon shares his thoughts on Lent. Jonathan is a St. Jamesian, an Upper East Side resident, and he serves as an Usher and a Friday Dinner Program volunteer. "So, what are you giving up?" The transition from late winter to early spring is one of my favorite times of the year. During these few weeks, I enjoy feeling the anticipation of an upcoming baseball season; seeing the early evening sunset after the change to Daylight Savings Time; and hearing the music of birds in the park, as the snow and cold give way to blossoms, warmth, and the hope of new life. So, too, during this season of Lent, we are reminded of starting anew, through the words of Psalm 51: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." It is a very poignant and special time, marked literally by the imposition of the ashes on Ash Wednesday, and figuratively by the practices of prayer and reflection, self-denial, and service to others. In particular, sacrifice is perhaps the most familiar aspect of Lent observation in our culture: we might abstain from a favorite food (or try to, at least), engage in fasting, and encourage others to try a similar practice of self-discipline. When at school or at the office, these thoughts of Lent can also become interspersed into our day, sprinkled in conversations about watching our favorite television shows or filling out our March Madness brackets. These discussions are often lighthearted and casual, where someone might ask us, "Are you celebrating Lent?" When we respond, "Yes," the other person might then ask, "So, what are you giving up?" Based on our own knowledge of Lent and the cues we may receive from society, thoughts that focus on sacrifice are important and even understandable. It is a part of who we are, what we believe, and how we observe the season. However, a conception of Lent observance that centers only on sacrifice may be incomplete, for although such a view highlights what we give up, it obscures what we ultimately gain. Through service to others, we may sacrifice personal time with friends and family, but we are enriched by the opportunity to contribute in our community. Through self-denial, we might miss something in our lives that we want and enjoy, but we achieve the recognition of the things that we truly need and savor. And through prayer and reflection, we give up the simple comfort and security of our own path, but we gain the profound experience of a journey in faith, learning to be still, hearing God's call, and building a closer relationship with God, ourselves, and each other. As we move further into Lent, I invite you to reflect on the words of James 4:8, which says, "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you," and ask God how he might be using our fast or sacrifice to help us gain something essential.  ...

Forgiveness. Posted on March 8 by Chris Harding

Nadia Gaya shares her reflections on the season. Nadia is a St. Jamesian, a Brooklynite, and a mom-to-be.  ...

One Body Posted on March 5 by Chris Harding

Over Presidents’ Day Weekend, nine teens and four adults from St. James’ visited our friends at St. Vincent’s Centre for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. St. Vincent’s serves as a residential facility for people with disabilities, and its school serves more than three hundred children. For most of us, it was our rst time in Haiti (and certainly to St. Vincent’s). On Sunday, we joined local Episcopalians in celebrating the Eucharist at the Episcopal Cathedral in Port-au-Prince. A few minutes into the service, which was in French, I saw a wave of excitement flow over our St. James’ kids. They recognized the service. The cadences of the prayers, the corporate recitations, and the actions of the clergy: they realized that they knew exactly what was going on, and exactly where we were in the service. Fundamentally, it is the same Eucharist we share at St. James’. We made many friends on our trip, and deepened our established relationships. But our connection didn’t end when we left for home. Sure, we’ll be back soon. But more deeply, we are connected because we all share Bread and Wine together at God’s table. Many miles apart, in different languages, from different life experiences — we are all drawn together, into the heart of Jesus. Just as we are united to our friends in Haiti, so too are we united at St. James’ with one another. Underneath our many differences, Christ’s love reveals the true reality: each of us and all of us belong to God, and are God’s beloved.  ...

Do you not perceive it? Posted on March 2 by Chris Harding

Sydney McCutcheon Hirsch shares her thoughts on the season. Sydney is St. Jamesians Co-Chair, a Real Housewives enthusiast, and an Altar Guild member.  ...