9:30 a.m.- We worship each week using a variety of liturgies, styles, songs, and hymns. Holy Communion is also served each week. Children are welcome to come forward for a few moments with our Pastor during the service and are invited to remain in the sanctuary.
We join together after worship for a fellowship hour with coffee and refreshments.
Sunday School takes place September through June immediately after the fellowship time for people of all ages. For more information about Sunday School or our Christian Education offerings, please click this link.
A Note on Holy Communion
Jesus Christ sets the table at Holy Communion and because of that, we welcome all baptized Christians. All those who come from other traditions are welcome to come forward and share the meal with us. Children generally take a first communion instruction class before they commune, but they are also welcome to come forward to receive a blessing.
Notes on our Worship Style
As a Lutheran congregation, St. James follows a liturgical pattern for all of its services. Liturgy is a word that means “the work of the people” and we believe strongly that the whole congregation should be involved in worship. We alternate liturgies throughout the year so that there is always something new. When we sing, we sing a variety of styles of music from spirituals to traditional hymns to more contemplative and chant like musical styles.
Although our liturgies change throughout the year, there are four basic elements that are a part of every service that we hold at St. James Lutheran Church. These elements are part of the order of worship that date back to the earliest Christian communities:
- Gathering- As the people of God, we are called and gathered together in worship and prayer.
- Word– We claim that God is active amidst all of us and comes into our presence in the public reading of scripture, through the preaching of the Word, and through song.
- Meal- Having heard the Word of God and trusting in God’s promises for us, we partake of a meal together where Jesus feeds us and sustains us for our work in the world.
- Sending- As we have heard God’s Word and been fed and strengthened in the meal, we are sent forth by God’s blessing to serve the world as God calls us.
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