Worship
  St. James Episcopal Church worships according to the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer 1979 (http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/).  Each Sunday our services are The Holy Eucharist, also known as The Mass, The Lord’s Supper or a Communion Service.  All baptized Christians are invited to receive the sacrament.  It is Christ’s Body and all Christians are members.
  Our worship is based on the Latin 14th century European service which the Roman Catholic and Lutheran denominations also used to develop their current worship.  The Episcopal Church’s order is influenced by Orthodox Eucharist practices through our connection to the Anglican Free Church of Scotland.
  We use the Revised Common Lectionary for our scriptural passages each week.
  Vanderbilt University describes the RCL: “The Revised Common Lectionary is a three-year cycle of weekly lections used to varying degrees by the vast majority of mainline Protestant churches in Canada and the United States. The RCL is built around the seasons of the Church Year, and includes four lections for each Sunday, as well as additional readings for major feast days. During most of the year, the lections are: a reading from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, a reading from the Epistles, and a Gospel reading. During the season of Easter, the Hebrew Bible lection is usually replaced with one from the Acts of the Apostles. The lections from the Hebrew Bible are sometimes chosen from the Apocrypha.”
  Sermons most often spring from the lections and are 10-20 minutes in length.  Our rector, Mother Vanessa Clark, is most often preaching and our Lay Preacher, Susan Cowling, offers sermon approximately every six weeks.  Mother Vanessa believes multiple voices in the pulpit enrich our spiritual formation and biblical understanding.  Occasionally she invites other clergy or guests to take the pulpit.
  St. James holds two Sunday services with distinct experiences:
  8:00 AM Quiet service without music using Rite I from the Book of Common Prayer [traditional language]
  10:30 AM Service with pipe organ and choir using Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer [contemporary language]
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