Visitor's FAQ

What is the difference between Rite I and Rite II?

Rite I uses the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. There are lots of "thees" and "thous" and "vouchsafes." While it may sound foreign to our modern ears, the language is undeniably beautiful, and can be quite comforting, particularly to older worshippers who grew up in the Episcopal Church. It is the language they remember from their youth. 

Rite II uses more contemporary language – and by contemporary, we mean we've only been using it since 1979. So an entire generation of worshippers has grown up with Rite II. 

At Saint James, we believe God is glorified regardless of which rite we use. But because so many of our members love the language of Rite I, and because we wish to honor both our longtime members as well as make our newcomers feel comfortable, we alternate from week to week.  

What should I wear?

Please dress comfortably. We are a diverse group of people, so you may see some folks wearing jeans or neon orange and blue (especially during Bronco season), while others wear suits and high heels. You are welcome just as you are.

May I receive Communion?

All baptized Christians are welcome at God’s table. If you would like to receive Communion, please follow the usher’s directions to come up to the altar rail. You may take the bread and wine separately, or you may dip (“intinct”) the wafer in the cup. You are also welcome to request a gluten-free wafer, or you may opt to receive only the bread or only the wine. If you would like simply to receive a blessing, cross your arms over your chest and the priest will offer one to you. Your service bulletin also provides additional instructions. If you prefer not to take Communion, you may also remain seated rather than proceeding to the rail. If mobility issues make it difficult for you to walk to the altar, just let the usher know. Communion will be brought to you in your pew.

How do I become a member at St. James?

Visitors and prospective new members are welcome every Sunday. We encourage anyone looking for a church home to come and be a part of our Sunday morning worship and activities. This is the best way to experience whether St. James is a place where God is leading you.

People who are ready to join simply need to contact the church office to be entered into our database. If one is a member of another Episcopal church, a letter of transfer will be requested from that church. People interested in joining and who have never been baptized will want to discuss with the Priest-in-charge the process for baptism. Though not required for membership, St. James encourages all adults to participate in an Inquirer’s class, offered each spring, on the basics of Christian faith and Episcopal tradition, leading to Confirmation by the Bishop. Please contact our parish administrator, Bev Thomas, sjwr@sjwr.org, for further details.

Of course, membership in a church is about more than belonging; it is about being a part of a community where each person is encouraged to share in service to the church and the world through St. James’ various ministries and programs.