Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

That’s a phrase that turns up in a number of places in the psalms. I often think of the phrase as I’m preparing to come to church on Sunday here at St. James’. There is much beauty to enjoy in this part of the world, in our historic church building, in the liturgy and music we share. We are blessed with much beauty in our holy place, this sacred ground. (Holiness really suggests something set apart, made special to help us focus on our life with God.)

This June, we begin to offer one more opportunity to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. You may know that for several years, a small group of parishioners have met for worship, Monday through Friday. They say Morning Prayer, gathering in the beauty and holiness of the chapel in our church, guided by the polished liturgy found in the Book of Common Prayer.

For the month of June, we will move that daily observance to Lebanon Chapel in Airlie Gardens, another beautiful, holy place where we can make spiritual connections. The service will be held at 8am, led by members of the congregation. It begins at 8am, and lasts about 20 minutes. We hear some readings from scriptures. We enjoy quiet. We say prayers for our own needs and those of others. It’s a great way to start the day, a way to give thanks for the beauty of God’s creation.

Join us once in a while, or make a commitment to come every weekday in June. We will also be offering an hour of quiet contemplation on the second Saturday morning each month (starting June 10) from 8:30–9:30am, accompanied by beautiful harp music courtesy of Carol Greene. See the Grapevine for more information about these offerings.

And take advantage of this chance to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.


Rev. Jay Sidebotham is Associate Rector at St. James