Sunday, March 20, 2016

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How do we celebrate Holy Week and Easter?



Sunday, March 29, 10:00 am – Palm Sunday: The Palm Procession and Holy Communion


               We remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and read together the Passion Gospel.


Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm – Maundy Thursday:


               We remember Jesus’ washing his disciples feet and share a meal together.  After our meal, we enter the sanctuary in silence and remove all that signifies Jesus’ presence in the church.  When Jesus was crucified, the disciples were bereft and frightened.  Our “stripping of the altar” symbolizes the three days of Jesus’ absence before The Resurrection.


Friday, April 3, 7:00 am – Good Friday Stations of the Cross:


               We remember Jesus’ journey from His condemnation by Pilate to His death and burial.   


Friday, April 3, 7:00 pm – Good Friday Tenebrae:


               Tenebrae is the Latin word for Shadow.  The service begins in the church lit by candles.  After each reading, a candle is extinguished. We end with only the Christ Candle lit as we read from Psalm 22 which Jesus quoted on the cross.  The final candle is extinguished and we depart from the church in silence.  This service recreates the betrayal, abandonment and agony of the events of the crucifixion.  The story is left unfinished because it will not end until Easter Day.


Sunday, April 5, 10:00 am – Easter Day:


               We have spent a solemn week remembering so that our joy on Easter Day abounds.  The children process into the church with banners and flowers, we decorate the Easter cross, and we celebrate the joyous first Holy Communion of the Easter season.  After the service, we have a festive Easter egg hunt for the children.

 

All are welcome at the Lord’s Table!


 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ash Wednesday Services at 7:00 pm


Imposition of Ashes and Holy Eucharist. 
Please join us.




Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a


season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.


It was also a time when those who, because of notorious sins, had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by penitence and forgiveness, and restored to the fellowship of the


Church. Thereby, the whole congregation was put in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior, and of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith.

I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance, and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.  from The Book of Common Prayer

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Ordination of a Priest

Please join us on Saturday, January 10 at 4pm for the ordination of Terry Lee Pierce to the Sacred Order of Priests.

The Right Reverend Dena A. Harrison,
Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Texas, presiding.
The Very Reverend Cynthia Briggs Kittredge,
Dean and President, Seminary of the Southwest, preaching.

Clergy: White Stoles
Weather permitting, clergy will vest at Pecan Manor Bed & Breakfast, 819 Hackberry Street, Taylor.  Parking is available across the street from Pecan Manor in the school parking lot. 

If it is raining or uncomfortably cold, clergy will vest in the Parish Hall.  The church parking lot is grass and may not be useful after rain.  In addition to the parking across from Pecan Manor, there is parking available in St. Paul's Lutheran Church parking lot
between 6th and 7th Street east of St. James'.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas at St. James'


Friday, December 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm - A Service of Christmas Lessons and Carols
In the tradition of King's College Chapel at Cambridge, we invite you to sing with us as we celebrate the Christmas season.  The service includes beloved Christmas carols and lessons from the Bible. 
Afterwards, all are invited for sweet treats in the Parish Hall


Christmas Eve - Traditional Tamale Supper, Carols and Christmas Mass 
Please join us at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall for our traditional tamale supper.
At 7:00 pm, we gather in the historic church for Christmas caroling.
At 7:30 pm, we celebrate a festive Christmas mass.
We welcome all people at the Lord's table to receive communion or blessing.


Christmas Day, 10:00 am - Morning Mass  On Christmas Day, we invite you to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus with morning mass. 
Children are welcome to come in pajamas and bring a special toy to be blessed.
Afterwards, we will have breakfast together in the Parish Hall.