The Holy Eucharist at St. James's
Welcome to this celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the joyful feast of Jesus. Here, he meets us and calls us God’s own beloved people. As we gather as a diverse, multicultural and international community, we witness to the wideness of God’s mercy towards the whole world. As we read and reflect upon portions of the Bible, we seek God’s wisdom for our lives and find ourselves, each one of us, invited to follow Jesus. As we give thanks and draw near around the Table, we participate in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ, who lived among us, full of grace and truth, died on the cross and rose again to reveal the depth of God’s might and kindness with and for us and for all. As we sing praise, pray for those in need, and take turns to lead parts of the liturgy, we learn ministry – a call to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves, and to strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being – that we carry into our daily lives at home, at school, at work, in our local community, and abroad. As we gather around our presiding priest, we are linked to other congregations around the Diocese of Massachusetts, and to Christian communities throughout the world who gather, like and unlike us, to celebrate God’s presence in word and sacrament.
Throughout the service, you will see people sit, kneel, and stand at different times. You will be asked to sing many varieties of music, some even in parts. Let the congregational singing carry you until you are ready to join in. You will also see children toddling around; allow them to help you feel comfortable. Please know that there is no one “right” way to participate, and join in as is best for you. All, without exception, are welcome to share in the sacramental gifts of bread and wine. At St. James’s, it is our custom to join a procession and stand or kneel at the communion station, receiving from the Eucharistic ministers. If, for any reason, you do not wish to receive communion but would prefer to receive a personal word of blessing, please cross your arms across your chest or otherwise make this known to the minister at the station, who will pray with you.
The Holy Eucharist is also called Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, and Mass. You may find that the worship invites you deeper. Consider joining the Sunday Bible Study at 9:15 AM or one of our other prayer or study groups during the week. Ask the Rector, Holly, about Confirmation Class.