Who makes the best homemade soup in our parish? That's the question we'll seek to settle at the Saint James Soup Challenge. In lieu of our parish breakfast on this day, we're having a soup contest. Instead of bringing in food for breakfast, we invite all parishioners to bring in a crockpot full of your best homemade soup. After worship, we'll gather in the Parish Hall, and everyone will be invited to sample all the soups and vote for their favorite. This is a fund raiser to assist our flood-stricken neighbors in Iowa and Nebraska, so please be generous.
We come together to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with a Festival Eucharist, a service filled with songs, Alleluias, bells, and shouts of joy. Following our worship service, we’ll have an easter egg hunt on the lawn for our youngest worshipers, and coffee and cake in the Parish Hall for the older ones.
We go from the most solemn liturgy of the year on Good Friday to the most magnificent liturgy of the year at our Easter Vigil. We gather outside the church the light the New Fire, and from that to light our Paschal Candle. We enter the church in darkness to sounds of an ancient chant. Then, by candlelight, we hear the great stories of the people of God, retold. Finally, a great noise signifies the rolling away of the stone from Christ’s tomb, the lights come on, and we celebrate the Resurrection with bells and singing. The service continues with baptisms of new Christians, and the First Communion of Easter. Truly a magnificent evening.
This is the most solemn liturgy of the Christian year, as we gather to again relive with Jesus the events leading up to his crucifixion and death. There will be a time of veneration of the cross, and Holy Communion served from the Reserve Sacrament. This service is repeated at 7 p.m.
Beginning with the conclusion of our Maundy Thursday service, volunteers will keep watch throughout the night in our Chapel of Repose, which we have fashioned to resemble the Garden of Gethsemane. Join us at any time during the night as we watch and wait and pray, as the events of Good Friday approach.
On Thursday of Holy Week, we begin the Paschal Triduum – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. This is not three separate services but is actually one single service in three parts, each part separated by a number of hours.Thursday’s service will include a foot-washing ceremony, in remembrance of Christ’s command that we love one another, and the ritualistic stripping of the altar. We’ll remove the consecrated Sacrament to the Altar of Repose in our chapel, which we will transform into a likeness of the Garden of Gethsemane. Join us as we walk with our Savior through the events of the last days of his life.
We begin Holy Week with a joyous celebration on the lawn, including the blessing of the palms and the Palm Procession into church as we sing and shout Hosanna. Once inside, the mood shifts from the joy of Palm Sunday, to the stark drama of Christ’s passion, which will be presented as a dramatic reading involving the entire congregation. This is followed by Holy Communion.