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This Week at St. James’


Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Feast of St. James’

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Annual Parish Picnic 
This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of St. James’ with our annual picnic after the 10:30 service. This year, we will once again use the St. James’ school ground and there will be plenty of great food and games for kids. During the 10:30 service we will welcome members of IRTPJ – The Institute for Religious Tolerance Peace and Justice as our guests, who will worship with us.
Also at this service we will offer “Instructed Eucharist.” Instead of a sermon, the clergy will present concise explanations of what is going on in the liturgy throughout the service. Whether you are new to the Episcopal Church or you’ve been here a while, we hope this will enhance your understanding, and that of our guests, of why we do what we do.

During July, we invite all children and their parents to experience the sacredness of liturgy and worship right down front!

8:00 AM
The Holy Eucharist, Rite I
This is a traditional language service with a sermon, organ music and hymns.

10:30 AM
The Holy Eucharist, Rite II
This service is offered in a rich panoply of ancient and contemporary language, ritual and song. The Sermon, rooted in biblical scholarship, addresses relevant issues for day-to-day living. 

** Childcare and Sunday School is available from 10:15am-12:15pm in the Parish Hall.

12:15 PM
Annual Parish Picnic
Tuesdays, 12:15 PM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, in the Chapel

Thursdays, 7:00 PM
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Korean Language, in the Chapel

Fridays, 5:45 PM
Chapel Prayer Service (following Soup Kitchen)



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We are three hundred plus souls from many lands and cultures who come together in the middle of Los Angeles in a century-old parish that thrives as it prays, sings, works, serves, and plays together. We are also a flourishing K-6 elementary school, a preschool, a soup kitchen and food pantry, prayer groups, a multi-year Education for Ministry group, book groups, men’s and women’s groups, and much more. We invite you to use this web site to explore some of the things we are currently doing and to enrich our lives by joining us.

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The Book of Common Prayer

*Printed in Sunday’s Welcome Message

Roskam (1)The service leaflet you have in your hand contains the text of the service you are about to experience. All the text is taken from the Book of Common Prayer. If you are curious about the book, you will find one in the pew rack right there by your knee. 

The very first prayer book of our Anglican tradition was written and compiled by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1549. It has undergone a number of revisions over the centuries, but each revision has kept the values of the original in mind—linguistic excellence, poetic utterance, true piety, fidelity to ancient rite, and scriptural foundation. It is estimated that about 70% of our prayer book is from scripture. Many of the prayers we retain, although updated from Elizabethan English, are Thomas Cranmer’s own.

The latest revision, the 1979 Prayer Book, offers four options for Eucharistic prayers and six options for the Prayers of the People, making the service a bit hard to follow using the book, especially for newcomers, so many churches began printing leaflets containing the service as it was being done on that particular Sunday Leaflets are an asset in that their user friendliness facilitates the participation of the congregation. The downside has been the erosion of understanding of the centrality of the Book of Common Prayer to our identity as Episcopalians and Anglicans. Common prayer has defined us for the last 500 years. Our character as a church was given not by Henry the VIII but by Elizabeth I, who as part of the Elizabethan Settlement, decreed regular attendance at Sunday worship using the Book of Common Prayer as mandatory (or be fined 12 pence!).

Elizabeth had seen the damage religious conflict had done to the country in her half-sister “Bloody Mary”’s reign and wanted to bring peace and tolerance to England again by creating a middle of the road religious settlement that would enable Catholics and Protestants to live together in peace. Elizabeth famously declared that she had “no desire to make windows into men’s souls”. She believed that “there is only one Christ, Jesus, one faith, all else is a dispute over trifles”. 

And thus was born our ethos of inclusion and broadmindedness, observed better during some time periods than others, but still recognized as Anglican to this day.