The language of our worship is thoroughly 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.
We are not the newcomers on the block by any stretch of the imagination. For 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 thoroughly 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.
Two different Sunday services
We offer two Sunday morning services 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. Please note that all baptized Christians are welcome to receive the consecrated bread and wine of the Lord’s Supper. All parts of the first service (8 a.m.) are spoken. The second service (10:15 a.m.during the program year and 9:30 a.m. during the summer months) includes hymns, choir, and additional music.
A weekday service is held on Wednesday, with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 9:30 a.m.