The language of our worship is contemporary with teachings that reflect the issues of our times and prayers that strive to bring the presence of God’s love and grace into the events of our lives.
SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE
9:30 a.m. The Holy Eucharist (The Lord’s Supper) with music (instrumental with recorded vocals)
For now, new ways of sharing of our Sunday service
We offer in person and online opportunities for Sunday morning worship consisting of Bible readings, preaching, prayers, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. “Eucharist” is a Greek word meaning “Thanksgiving” and proclaims our thankfulness that we have been invited to dine with Jesus Christ at God’s banquet table of reconciliation and renewal.
In person (following Covid19 safety guidelines)
The “new normal” for Sunday morning will be a bit different than we had been used to. Our firm desire is to worship our Lord in beauty, holiness, AND safety! Please be assured that the St. James leadership team has worked hard to have meaningful worship, while at the same time, making our environment as safe as possible for everyone.
- Church entry time will be 9:15 am
- Entry must be through the front door
- Our bathroom will be closed
- Face masks and social distancing are mandatory
- We will take information for the possible need to do contact tracing
- There will be no live singing until further notice
- At Communion, please wait until you are back in your seat to consume your wafer
We would be pleased if you joined us online and from the comfort of your home for church services via Facebook Live at 9:30am.
Note: our virtual services are available on our website: www.stjamesmillcreek.org
During the communion time, you may wish to use this prayer
For Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving as I proclaim your resurrection. I love you above all things, and long for you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, come spiritually into my heart. Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you. May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
– From Washington National Cathedral; material adapted from Prayer of St. Alphonsus de Liguori (1696-1787) and A Prayer Book for the Armed Services 2007
Roots of Our Sunday Worship Service
For over 300 years, faithful believers and seekers have gathered at our location in the heart of New Castle County, Delaware. While there is a special place in the heart for the historic building in which we gather, what is truly the soul of St. James’ Church is that for three centuries it has welcomed and nourished those who have regularly met here to worship, to learn and to serve the surrounding community. Over the years the primary resource we have used for the worship of God is The Book of Common Prayer. The tradition of this book began in England in 1549 and was carried to the American Colonies as early as 1607. It has gone through a number of revisions over the years with the latest version adopted for use in 1979. The current edition draws its inspiration from the orders of service and ancient prayers that Christians have used for more than 1,500 years, which is not to say that our worship is merely a reflection of the past. The language of our worship is contemporary with teachings that reflect the issues of our times and prayers that strive to bring the presence of God’s love and grace into the events of our lives. The pandemic has not changed our teachings or desire to bring and share God’s love and grace into the events of our lives.