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Sep
26
Wed
Evening Of Healing
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Evening Of Healing

The primary ministry of Jesus is healing. He came to this world to reconcile and heal. His mission was to bring redemption, change, and wholeness which is taken away from us every day through our acts of omission or commission.

In this healing service, our priest and trained ministers through the laying on of hands implores God’s healing touch upon all who need it. You will be invited to come forward to the altar to experience the power of Jesus who can heal memories of the past, moments of life now and movements of the future. When the paralyzed was brought to Jesus, or when the blind or lame were brought to Him, Jesus first removed the obstacles for healing by forgiving their sins. Jesus helped those who came to him to get in touch with their inner self and encouraged them to make a change in their lifestyle. “Come follow me.”

Anointing with oil is an integral part of this worship night. Communion from the table completes the evening. Anyone from any background of faith or not, seeking healing is invited to join.

Oct
3
Wed
Taize Prayer Service
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Taize Prayer Service

“Since my youth, I think that I have never lost the intuition that community life could be a sign that God is love, and love alone. Gradually the conviction took shape in me that it was essential to create a community with men determined to give their whole life and who would always try to understand one another and be reconciled, a community where kindness of heart and simplicity would be at the centre of everything.”

Brother Roger: “God is love alone”

Oct
7
Sun
Blessings of Pets
Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Blessings of Pets

Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed”. We will celebrate the blessing of pets at St. James on October 7th at 4 pm. Please invite your family and friends to join us with their pets on that at the church parking lot at 4 pm.

Blessings of Pets: October 7th, 4 pm. 

“Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired Saint Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen.” (Read more here)

Oct
10
Wed
Table Of Plenty
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Table Of Plenty

Table Of Plenty is the table of the Last Supper. In the upper room, Jesus and his disciples gathered for a meal. They had no agenda, just fellowship, a farewell meal and communion. They sat to eat, and in the midst of it, Jesus shared how powerful it is to sit around a table and let go of all those things that stops us from being a child of God. The table of fellowship was the way forward and Jesus knew that it’s the best way of letting go of our insecurities and fears.

How is this service modeled?
  • Gather on the 2nd Wednesday at 5:30
  • As a community set the table
  • At 5:45 we come around our large dining table
  • We start this meal with a couple of hymns
  • A few prayers after the hymns
  • Breaking of the bread and wine
  • Serving the meal and fellowship
  • A moment of thanksgiving and songs
  • Sharing our joys, our pains, and our struggles.
  • Everyone joins to clean up and put everything back in order.
Oct
13
Sat
Confirmation Class
Oct 13 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Confirmation Class

If you are interested in being confirmed or want to learn more about the Episcopal Church here is your opportunity. Fr. Jos along with Deacon Suzy will lead this day in prayer, study and fun. Please join us if you can. Our bishop will be at St. James to do area Confirmations on Thursday, November 1st at 6.30 pm. Please mark your calendar for these two dates.

  • Confirmation Class on October 13th 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. 
  • Confirmation on November 1st, 6:30 pm.

About Confirmation in The Episcopal Church

The sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 412). Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed.

The Prayer Book rite for Confirmation includes forms for Reception and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. In some dioceses, those who have already made a mature Christian commitment in another denomination are recognized as members of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, and received into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. In other dioceses, those who have been sacramentally confirmed in the Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches are received and others are confirmed. Those who have returned from a time of religious inactivity to an active practice of faith may publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows. Others who have experienced a renewal of faith or desire to renew their Christian commitment may also reaffirm their baptismal vows. Reaffirmation may be repeated, depending on the pastoral needs of the person. Preparation for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation should help the candidates discover the meaning of Christian commitment in their lives, and explore ways that their Christian commitment can be lived. This preparation may draw upon the baptismal covenant (BCP, pp. 416-417) and An Outline of the Faith (BCP, pp. 845-862).

Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are rooted in the baptismal covenant. Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation may be done at the service of Holy Baptism or at the Easter Vigil when a bishop is present (BCP, pp. 292, 309-310). When there is no baptism, the entrance rite for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation follows the entrance rite for baptism (BCP, p. 413). Candidates for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are presented in separate groups by their presenters. Candidates may have individual presenters who will support them in their Christian life by prayer and example. It is not necessary that the presenters be members of the clergy. The candidates reaffirm their renunciation of evil, and renew their commitment to Jesus Christ. They reaffirm the promises made by them or for them at the time of baptism. Those present in the congregation promise to do all in their power to support the candidates in their life in Christ. The bishop leads the congregation in renewing the baptismal covenant. The Prayers for the Candidates from the baptismal liturgy may be used as the Prayers for the Candidates for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation (BCP, p. 417). The bishop lays hands on each candidate for Confirmation. The BCP provides specific prayers to be said by the bishop for Confirmation, for Reception, and for Reaffirmation. The bishop may shake hands with those who are being received to welcome them into this communion, and the bishop may lay hands on them in blessing. The bishop may also bless those who reaffirm their baptismal vows.

The Episcopal Church’s theology of Confirmation has continued to evolve along with its understanding of baptism. Confirmation is no longer seen as the completion of Christian initiation, nor is Confirmation a prerequisite for receiving communion. Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body the church (BCP, p. 298). Accordingly, Confirmation has been increasingly understood in terms of a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and the baptismal promises. Some dioceses require that candidates for Confirmation be at least sixteen years old to insure that the candidates are making a mature and independent affirmation of their faith. There is considerable diversity of understanding and practice concerning Confirmation in the Episcopal Church. Confirmation has been characterized as “a rite seeking a theology.”

When Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation is celebrated on Sunday or a major feast, the propers (collect and readings) for that day are used. The BCP also provides special propers for Confirmation at other times.

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Strum-Along Jam
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Strum-Along Jam

If you know a handful of chords and can switch easily among them, come to the St. James Jam and strum along with friends to familiar songs in a variety of styles – just follow the chord names on the board. See an unfamiliar chord? We’ll show you how to play it. All songs are arranged in easy, friendly keys. Jams are on the 2nd Saturday every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $10 per person, less than you’d pay for a movie at many theaters, and FREE in July! Open to all instruments. You can also play a lead or sing along if you choose. Piano available. For adults of all ages.

Oct
14
Sun
Welcome Bishop Marty!
Oct 14 all-day
Welcome Bishop Marty!

We are excited to welcome Bishop Marty on October 14th for his annual pastoral visit. We appreciate his ministry in our diocese and in the larger church. We wish him all the best and blessings while seeking his blessings upon us and our ministries.

Please join us on October 14th to welcome our Bishop.

Oct
17
Wed
Contemplative Mass
Oct 17 @ 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Contemplative Mass

We are constantly pulled to different directions in life. We are distracted by many things, like Martha to whom Jesus says, “Martha Martha, you are worried about many things, Mary has chosen the better part.” We believe each of us has a calling. Some of us are called to be Martha and others are called to be Mary. Some who are active and others who are contemplative. Our spiritual satisfaction comes from knowing where we belong and how we gather our energy.

Contemplative Mass is a celebration of the Liturgy with silence, integrating Lectio Divina practice and centering so that some of us who need internal quietness can experience and deepen their relationship with Christ. This is a powerful form of worship for those who need quiet, peaceful and solemn worship experience. With simple inspiring music and chants in the background, this celebration becomes some of the best forms of worship for many who are seeking solitude while they pray.

Oct
24
Wed
Evening Of Healing
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm
Evening Of Healing

The primary ministry of Jesus is healing. He came to this world to reconcile and heal. His mission was to bring redemption, change, and wholeness which is taken away from us every day through our acts of omission or commission.

In this healing service, our priest and trained ministers through the laying on of hands implores God’s healing touch upon all who need it. You will be invited to come forward to the altar to experience the power of Jesus who can heal memories of the past, moments of life now and movements of the future. When the paralyzed was brought to Jesus, or when the blind or lame were brought to Him, Jesus first removed the obstacles for healing by forgiving their sins. Jesus helped those who came to him to get in touch with their inner self and encouraged them to make a change in their lifestyle. “Come follow me.”

Anointing with oil is an integral part of this worship night. Communion from the table completes the evening. Anyone from any background of faith or not, seeking healing is invited to join.

Nov
1
Thu
Confirmation Day
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Confirmation Day

Area Confirmation at St. James is at 6:30 pm.

About Confirmation

The sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” (BCP, p. 860). Those who were baptized at an early age and those baptized as adults without laying on of hands by a bishop are expected to make a mature public affirmation of their faith, recommit themselves to the responsibilities of their baptism, and receive laying on of hands by a bishop (BCP, p. 412). Adults baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop are considered to be confirmed.

The Prayer Book rite for Confirmation includes forms for Reception and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows. In some dioceses, those who have already made a mature Christian commitment in another denomination are recognized as members of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, and received into the fellowship of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. In other dioceses, those who have been sacramentally confirmed in the Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches are received and others are confirmed. Those who have returned from a time of religious inactivity to an active practice of faith may publicly reaffirm their baptismal vows. Others who have experienced a renewal of faith or desire to renew their Christian commitment may also reaffirm their baptismal vows. Reaffirmation may be repeated, depending on the pastoral needs of the person. Preparation for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation should help the candidates discover the meaning of Christian commitment in their lives, and explore ways that their Christian commitment can be lived. This preparation may draw upon the baptismal covenant (BCP, pp. 416-417) and An Outline of the Faith (BCP, pp. 845-862).

Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are rooted in the baptismal covenant. Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation may be done at the service of Holy Baptism or at the Easter Vigil when a bishop is present (BCP, pp. 292, 309-310). When there is no baptism, the entrance rite for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation follows the entrance rite for baptism (BCP, p. 413). Candidates for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation are presented in separate groups by their presenters. Candidates may have individual presenters who will support them in their Christian life by prayer and example. It is not necessary that the presenters be members of the clergy. The candidates reaffirm their renunciation of evil, and renew their commitment to Jesus Christ. They reaffirm the promises made by them or for them at the time of baptism. Those present in the congregation promise to do all in their power to support the candidates in their life in Christ. The bishop leads the congregation in renewing the baptismal covenant. The Prayers for the Candidates from the baptismal liturgy may be used as the Prayers for the Candidates for Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation (BCP, p. 417). The bishop lays hands on each candidate for Confirmation. The BCP provides specific prayers to be said by the bishop for Confirmation, for Reception, and for Reaffirmation. The bishop may shake hands with those who are being received to welcome them into this communion, and the bishop may lay hands on them in blessing. The bishop may also bless those who reaffirm their baptismal vows.

The Episcopal Church’s theology of Confirmation has continued to evolve along with its understanding of baptism. Confirmation is no longer seen as the completion of Christian initiation, nor is Confirmation a prerequisite for receiving communion. Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body the church (BCP, p. 298). Accordingly, Confirmation has been increasingly understood in terms of a mature, public reaffirmation of the Christian faith and the baptismal promises. Some dioceses require that candidates for Confirmation be at least sixteen years old to insure that the candidates are making a mature and independent affirmation of their faith. There is considerable diversity of understanding and practice concerning Confirmation in the Episcopal Church. Confirmation has been characterized as “a rite seeking a theology.”

When Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation is celebrated on Sunday or a major feast, the propers (collect and readings) for that day are used. The BCP also provides special propers for Confirmation at other times.