Worship is the center of our life at St. James. Our worship service is lively, intimate, and participatory. We follow the traditional liturgical outline of the mass, but we also get up and move around! In worship you’ll hear wonderful, traditional music and hymns on organ and piano, as well as world music, and if you feel so moved, you can play the tambourine and clap along. Our sharing of the peace is legendary for its friendliness, but we'll respect your personal space, too. For communion we all get up and gather around the altar.
Sermons are meaningful, challenging, and often funny. Pastor Diane engages the congregation, inviting us to find ourselves in the sermon, and challenging us to respond in our daily lives. Sermons speak to who we are, what God has promised, and how to be God’s people in the world.
We want families to worship together and we love having babies and children in worship! Every Sunday there is a children’s sermon and then children ages 3 - 6 may leave for a Wiggle Break. They return for the passing of the peace and communion. There are coloring sheets provided, and small children may also go into the narthex, accompanied by a care-taker, to play, and return when ready.
We pray for ourselves, each other, and the world. Hard.
We receive communion every Sunday, including children.
People dress in whatever way they are comfortable.
Everything we have is a gift from God, and we give back. We strive to tithe financially through our offerings every Sunday and through our words and actions each day.
The Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:00 AM.
Ten minutes prior to worship is reserved for quiet, prayer and meditation.
After the church service, nobody leaves! We all stick around for the second best part of the morning – coffee hour! This is when, over good food and drink, we get to talk, laugh, make plans, and share our lives with each other.