Since the earliest days of the church, Christians have gathered on Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist. Following Jesus’ command (“Do this in remembrance of me”) it is the most basic action of Christian discipleship. Sometimes it is so familiar that we do it without engaging deeply with what’s really going on. And yet we know that the Eucharist has a unique power to shape our spiritual lives. Research shows that participating in the Eucharist is a key catalyst for spiritual growth for Episcopalians. The more we engage with the Eucharist and seek a deeper understanding of it, the further we move along the continuum of spiritual growth toward a life centered in Christ.
As a parish, St. James’ is committed to twin goals this year: gathering weekly to encounter Christ in the Eucharist, and engaging daily with God in prayer and Bible reading. To support us in achieving those goals, we have planned a number of wonderful opportunities to dive deeply into the whys and hows of Christian worship this fall. We hope you will join us.