Click on the link below to view reports for the Vestry Meeting to be held on February 14, 2016 following the 10:30 a.m. service. Adobe Reader is required.
Ash Wednesday Services - February 10
9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist (BCP) with Imposition of Ashes
7:30 p.m. Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
We are approaching the holiest season in the Christian Year. The word Lent comes from lengthening of days. Lent is forty days of preparation for Easter. Lent has traditionally been observed in two ways, a time of repentance for past sins, and a time of instruction for living our new life in Christ.
A journey called Lent
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
Lent is a journey ending with Easter on March 27, 2016.
It is a time to reflect on our past, make necessary changes to our present lives and renew ourselves for living in the days ahead.
Here are some guidelines and suggestions from the Book of Alternative Services to assist us on our Lenten explorations.
- Self-examination - spend two minutes daily examning what you do.
- Penitence - identify your sins or shortomings and see God's forgivemeness.
- Prayer - devote a few minutes throughout the day to pray for others and ourselves.
- Fasting - give up something for Lent or take a day each week to fast.
- Almsgiving - give money to support the outreach programs of a charity or church, and;
- Read and meditate on the Bible - - This year we are suggesting the gospel of John.
Click on the Link Below for a Daily Meditation
- - Niagara Journal 2016
In the early days of the church preparation for baptism lasted up to three years. Candidates were baptized at Easter and then admitted to the Lord’s Table to receive Holy Communion for the first time. During the persecutions some Christians denied or betrayed their faith. This resulted in excommunication from the community of the faithful. Lent became a season of penitence and forgiveness so that sinners could be restored to the fellowship of the church in time to celebrate the Easter mysteries.
For us Lent is a time to examine our lives in relationship to God and a time to mourn our separation from God. Self-denial is one form of penance. Doing good deeds or giving to the poor are for us, more practical ways of showing a change of heart, a heart turned to God. The Lenten scriptures guide us through Jesus’s Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection which brought reconciliation with God. We begin this journey with a reminder of our mortality on Ash Wednesday and end Lent with Christ’s triumph over death on Good Friday.
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.
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,