Lent at St. James
Sunday, March 1: In Search of a Better World: Communitarian Experiments in New England
The Shakers Presentation by Randall Balmer
The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, better known as the Shakers, believed that Mother Ann Lee was the female incarnation of Christ and that they were living in the millennium. Accordingly, new rules governed their behavior, including no sexual commerce and equality between men and women. The famous Shaker dictum, Hands to work, hearts to God,” reflected their commitment to the importance of labor; Shaker goods, remarkable for their elegant simplicity, became synonymous with quality.
Sunday, March 8: In Search of a Better World: Communitarian Experiments in New England
The Oneida Community Presentation by Randall Balmer
Like Mother Ann Lee, John Humphrey Noyes, a graduate of Dartmouth College, believed that he was living in the millennium, but his attitudes toward sexuality couldn’t have been more different. Noyes advocated, and practiced, what he called “complex marriage,” opening his community in Putney, Vermont, before decamping for Oneida, New York. Before it disbanded in 1881, the Oneida Community was responsible for several innovations, including what Noyes called “stirpiculture” (an experiment in genetic engineering), the invention of the steel trap, and silver-plated flatware.
The Rev. Dr. Randall Balmer, an Episcopal priest, is Chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College.
Sunday, March 15: Hearing, Knowing, Praying the Psalms
The Rev. Norman MacLeod will present how the psalms, so woven into Episcopal worship, are structured, how they touch us and how they influenced the writers of the Gospels.
Sunday, March 22: Images of the Soul: Picturing Mary
In the Eastern Christian world the Virgin Mary is a favorite subject of icons. More than works of art, icons are at the heart of Orthodox spirituality, conveying divine presence, bringing the one praying into a greater relationship with God through the power of the image. Sophia Sinopoulos-Lloyd, author of a thesis on Marian iconography, will share several Orthodox images of Mary and discuss their use in prayer and worship.
Evening Prayer: Weekdays at 6 p.m. through Tuesday of Holy Week.
Wednesdays in Lent: Hearing, Knowing, Praying the Psalms
(February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 3:30 p. m.)
Lenten Evensong: 4 p.m., Sunday, March 15
Welcome to St. James Episcopal Church. Established on the green in Woodstock, Vermont in 1827, St. James is a parish of the Episcopal
Diocese of Vermont, a part of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
Worship with Us
We are a community of people who come together to worship God in the Episcopal tradition. Through Jesus Christ, and in unity with the Holy Spirit, we seek renewal and growth as we worship God, serve each other and serve our wider community.
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II
Evening Prayer is held every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please join us.