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Episcopal Beliefs and Practices
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The Sacraments
         A sacrament has been defined as "an outward sign of an inward work of God's grace". The sacraments and rituals surrounding them are public acts or witness of the Christian life. The Episcopal Church observes seven sacraments. Baptism and Holy Communion are the two sacraments Jesus gave to the early church, these are sometimes referred to as "gospel sacraments". Baptism is to be received only once in a Christian's life and Holy Communion is to be received regularly. The other five sacraments are Confirmation, Marriage, The Reconciliation of a Penitent (Confession), Ministration to The Sick and at the Time of Death (Anointing at time of Death) and Ordination to the sacred orders of Deacons, Priests and Bishops.
Holy Baptism - Book of Common Prayer pages 298-314
         Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. Holy Baptism is appropriately administerd within the Eucharist as the chief service on a Sunday or other feast.
Confirmation and Reception - Book of Common Prayer pages 309-310
         In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.
         Those baptized in other Christian traditions who come to the Episcopal Church are asked to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of the bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.
         Young people, ages 13 through High School, participate in a Confirmation Class led by our Priest and Youth Leader. Adults who wish to be confirmed or received into this tradition usually participate in the Inquirers' Class.
         Those persons who have been prepared for Confirmation and Reception attend a service with the Bishop during their visitation to Saint James parish.  If we do not have a visitation by the Bishop then persons will attend a confirmation service at a deanery meeting or at Saint James Cathedral in Chicago.
Marriage - Book of Common Prayer pages 422 -438
         Christian marriage is a solemn and public covenant between a couple in the presence of God. The Episcopal Church celebrates marriages for ALL couples. In the Epsicopal Church it is required that at l and that the marriaeast one of the couple is a baptized Christian; that the ceremony be attested by at least two witnesses; and that the marriage conforms to the laws of the State and canons of this Church.
The Reconciliation of a Penitent - Book of Common Prayer pages 446-452
         The ministry of reconciliation, which has been committed by Christ to his Church, is exercised through the care each Christian has for others, through common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship, and through the priest hood of the Church and its ministers declaring absolution or forgiveness.
Ministration to The Sick and at the Time of Death - Book of Common Prayer pages 453-467
        When a person is near death, the Priest should be notified, in order that the prayers and anointing of the Church may be provided, as well as, to the family.
Ordination to the sacred orders of Deacon, Priest and Bishop - Book of Common Prayer pages 510-555
        The Holy Scriptures and ancient Christian writers make it clear that from teh apostles' time, there have been different mininstries within the Church. In particular, since the time of the New Testament, three distinct orders of ordained ministries in Christ's holy catholic Church developed. The three scred orders are deacon, priest and bishop.
This threefold ministry is not the exclusive property of any Church, but is a gift from God for the nurture of God's people and proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ everywhere.
         If you are interested in Ordination to Holy Orders please contact the parish priest.

Becoming a Member of Saint James                                                                                                            The Episcopal Church welcomes all baptized persons interested in joining a local parish. In joining Saint James, you belong to a faith community that "loving your neighbor, no exceptions" is at the core of all we do. Jesus taught that the two great commandments are to love God and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

         To join the parish, complete the Membership Form (click here for a copy) and turn it into the parish office. Our priest will contact you to initiate a holy conversation and invite you to attend a membership class. Requirements of parish membership are:

1) You are a baptized Christian.

2) You participate regularly worship and find a place of service within and outside the parish.

3) You financially support the parish.

         After completion of the membership class, the Rector with the Senior Warden (the elected lay leader of the parish).will meet with you before welcoming you as an official member of the parish.
         To join The Episcopal Church (the national church) we offer the sacrament of Confirmation and Reception (see Confirmation and Reception in the section on Sacraments above). Please inform the priest of your interest to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed into The Episcopal Church.


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