We have two worship services on Sunday morning at 8:00 and 10:30 am. Both services are the same format. Screens at the front of the church provide a way to follow along with the service, or you may choose to utilize the bulletin given you by the usher and the hymnal in your pew.
Have children? Please, bring them! We encourage children to participate in worship alongside their parent(s). Quiet bags are available if you like (ask an usher), a children's bulletin is available, and we have a children's message during non-communion services where all children are invited to the front for a special lesson from the pastor prior to the sermon. If the need arises, a changing table is available in the restroom as well as in the "cry" room to your left as you exit the Sanctuary.
We cycle through a regular rhythm of worship liturgies each month throughout the year. Our liturgy is based on the services in Lutheran Service Book, and we also use a variety music settings for various parts of the liturgy in the service. Currently our cycle is:
1st Sunday of the Month: Divine Service Setting 1 (with Communion)
2nd Sunday of the Month: Service of Prayer and Preaching
3rd Sunday of the Month: Divine Service Setting 4 (with Communion)
4th Sunday of the Month: Service of Matins
5th Sunday of the Month: Divine Service Setting 3 (with Communion)
We celebrate the liturgical church year at St. James. Beginning in December, the new church year dawns and it's first half is centered on the events of the life of Christ. During this time, our focus is on living out the narrative of Christ's earthly life as a rhythm to guide our days. The church year begins with looking forward to Christ's return and preparing for Christmas during the season of Advent. Following Christmas, we celebrate the works of our Lord during the season of Epiphany, and then prepare our hearts and minds for Christ's suffering and death during Lent. The eight weeks of Easter are the height of our church year, celebrating Christ's glorious resurrection from the dead. Following Ascension, which closes our Easter season, we celebrate the second half of the church year, which focuses on the teachings of Christ. Beginning with the giving of the Holy Spirit to the church at Pentecost, this long season of the church year lasts the remainder of the year until the end of November. During this time we focusing on growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We follow the Lectionary readings as found in Lutheran Service Book and prepared by the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. In Series A, the Gospel readings are primarily from Matthew, in Series B, from Mark, and in Series C, from Luke. The Gospel of John is normally read during the Easter season. The Old Testament lesson for the day is normally connected in some way with the Gospel reading. The Epistle reading is also related to the Gospel reading, except during Epiphany and Pentecost when it works through various letters of the New Testament in sequence. During Easter, readings from the book of Acts replace the Old Testament reading.