November 30 - First Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (BCP)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
The first candle to be lit on an Advent Wreath is typically called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.
Christians first saw Advent as a “little lent”, a time of penitential preparation for receiving Emmanuel, God with us. The colour purple was used to signify the kingship of Jesus and our need to meet our king with awe, mindful of our unworthiness to be in God’s presence. More recently, the Advent colour is blue to remind us of the hope Jesus gives us. Jesus is our Saviour, the one who brings us safely into God’s loving presence.
"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. It is not possible to keep it from coming, because it will. That's just how Advent works. What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God's hindquarters fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon." - Jan. L. Richardson, from Night Visions.
23rd Guelph Sparks meet at St. James with programs for girls ages 5-6. Please click on "Sparks" on the main menu on this website for more information, or check their website for more information.
Our building is wheel chair accessible.
8:30 a..m. Holy Eucharist (BCP)
10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (BAS)
Please join us for coffee or lunch after the service.
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (BCP)
Office Hours - September to June
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. to Noon
86 Glasgow St. N. Guelph, N1H 4W2
To all who seek friendship,
To all who desire to grow
in relationship with God,
To all who pray
and to all who do not,
To all who mourn
or need comfort,
To all who are weary
and need rest,
To all who need a saviour,
and to all whoever will worship,
This church of St. James the Apostle
opens wide its doors
in the name
of Christ our Lord,