What to Expect on a Typical Sunday
Worship is our first act of service in the church. It is a gathering of community where we offer our thanks and praise to God, read the Scriptures, and pray for others and ourselves that we might gain the strength and courage to go out into the world and serve Christ throughout the week. We come to be refreshed, forgiven, fed, and loved in a way that the world cannot offer us.
9:30 a.m. Sunday Service:
We celebrate Holy Eucharist using a variety of liturgies: modern Rite II or traditional Rite I language from The Book of Common Prayer or an alternate liturgy from Enriching Our Worship. The service is visitor-friendly with an easy-to-follow worship booklet. Music is an integral part of this service. During the academic year, the St. James choir leads the congregation in song. The hymns are sung cooperatively, with the congregation and the choir joining their voices together in praise. The choir often chants the psalm during this season and soloists regularly perform during the offertory. Over the summer, the choir adjourns and the hymns are sung by the congregation and the psalms are spoken. As a special treat, talented vocal and instrumental musicians from the Ohio Light Opera are often invited to perform during the offertory.
Immediately Following the 9:30 a.m. Service:
Parishioners and visitors are invited to greet our Rector at the back of the church or sit in the pews and listen to our creative and talented organist, Jason Metheney, play a musical postlude. Following the postlude, everyone is welcome to move to St. Nicholas Hall to socialize over coffee, tea, and delicious treats provided by our volunteer coffee hour hosts.
Children are welcome to participate in the service. Families with small children are encouraged to let children move around in the space at the back of the church. We also have a nursery if parents/children prefer this option.