Worship and Adult Education

What to expect at each service

Road to Emmaus stained glass window
Christ and the Rich Young Man

Join us for either the 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Sunday service (10:00 a.m. July and August). We also have a short 10:00 service every Wednesday morning, September to June. At the 8:30 Sunday service, we celebrate using the Book of Common Prayer. The Collect is read, followed by the Lesson, The Gospel, and the sermon. After the singing of a hymn, we celebrate Holy Communion. This is a traditional worship about forty-five minutes long.

The 10:30 service is a highly musical service, with our St. James choir leading us in hymns both contemporary and traditional. Our Music Director often augments the choir’s broad and growing repertoire with guest vocalists and instrumentalists, ranging anywhere from a Chinese Erhu performer to a trumpeter to violinists and Celtic pipers.

This service follows the Book of Alternative Services of the Anglican Church of Canada and includes a responsorial psalm and special Prayers of the People, different each week and reflective of what is happening in our ever-changing world. Parishioners are highly involved in delivering many aspects of the service. The Clergy’s sermons illuminate the Bible texts for the day. They deepen our faith, illuminate our understanding, and show us the way to keep Jesus present in our daily lives. The celebration of Holy Communion brings us all to the altar to remember the mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the gift of coming together as a community of believers. This service is usually about one hour long.

Sermons

The Rector and Assistant Priests are responsible for composing and delivering sermons that enlighten our understanding of the Bible and bring home its continuing relevance and power in our daily lives. Their reflections, stories, and provocative questions stir our thinking and deepen our faith. You will find each new sermon posted on this page every Monday.

Rector’s Forum

This Forum was a series of informal lectures and discussions led by our Rector, Rev. Gary Nicolosi, 2010-June 2016. They were held in the hour between services (9:30 a.m. — 10:20 a.m.) in the Westminster Lounge. Each series focused on topics that extended our understanding of Church history, challenging Bible stories, Anglicanism, the Book of Common Prayer, spiritual practices, questions of faith, and changes in forms of worship. The remain a rich source of learning for all who visit this website.

Christian spiritualities 1-5 (PDF)
Christian spiritualities 6-10 (PDF)
Christian spiritualities 11-15 (PDF)
Session 16 Thomas a Kempis (PDF)
Sessions 22-29 (PDF)
Sessions 30-35 (PDF)
Final Session – 21st Century Canada (PDF)

Study Groups

Reverend Keith Fleming, Assistant Priest leads evening Study Groups

· Once a week for 3 or 4 weeks during Advent
· Once a week for 4 weeks during Lent and
· Once a week every 2 or 3 weeks during the rest of the year.

Each session in each series involves

· a prayer
· a reading
· a provocative prompt question
· discussion with more questions, and
· a closing prayer

Keith’s questions are at once simple and profound – an excellent way to help learning happen. They inspire rich thought and quiet reflection and lead to equally rich conversations. Participants learn with, from, and about one another and about their shared faith.

The 2016 Lenten Study Group Outline

Feb. 24: Give up the enemies within us for Lent (Luke 11:37-52).
Question: If you could communicate only one message to God in 25 words or less, what would it be?

March 2: Give up running away for Lent (Luke 9:10-17).
Question: Of all the things you have done in your life, which is the one you would most like to undo? Which is the one that makes you the happiest to remember?

March 9: Give up a bad habit for Lent (Luke 19:1-10).
Question: If this were the last day of your life, what would you do with it?

March 16: [awaiting new text]

The 2015 Advent Study Group Outline

Dec. 1: The Amazing Truth of Advent.
Question: “Why have you and I found favour in God’s sight?”

Dec. 8: Words of Blessing.
Question: “How do we ordinary people understand that God seeks us out and wants a relationship with us?”

Dec. 15: Wrestling with a Mystery.
Question: “How can it be that a human being is chosen as the means by which the ‘Son of God’ comes into the world?”

Diocesan Learning Opportunities

If you yourself experience a call to Ministry, speak with your Pastor and visit the website of the Huron Diocese for more information.

If you are in need of financial assistance to continue your Theological studies, visit the Diocesan website here.

Education for Ministry “EfM”

The Huron Diocese now offers the 4-year “Education for Ministry” course to lay people who want to increase their understanding of the Bible and strengthen their ability to engage in meaningful and fruitful “Theological Reflection.” Participants commit to one year at a time. They meet in small groups with a trained mentor (either a lay person or Clergy member) to explore Scripture, Church history, theology, and ethics. EfM’s emphasis on reflective practice enables participants to take what they learn into their own lives and hearts as they demonstrate their faith within their church community and in the world.

Visit the website or call your Diocese Office to learn about courses offered in your area.

In London and region, call 519-434-6893 or email huron@huron.anglican.ca