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Sunday Morning Services  Serving Schedule  |  About the Holy Eucharist  |  Funerals and Memorials  |  Altar Flowers


Worship Services At St. James

Altar at St. JamesWe welcome you to worship at St. James Episcopal Church. May you know the joy and peace of God among us. All are invited to receive communion, including children, at the discretion of their parents.


If you do not have a church home, we invite you to join us at St. James.


On Sunday mornings, our 8 AM service is a Rite I service, a quiet, contemplative service with no music; it is the classic service of the church. The less-formal Rite II, at 9:15 AM, includes music (hymns and sacred music), and worshippers are guided by a program and the Book of Common Prayer. A sermon is delivered at both services. 


Blessing pets at St. James Church

Special services during the seasons of Advent, Lent, and during Holy Week celebrate the life of Jesus and our religious life together. Click here for special services during the current season, listed on the calendar pages.


Click here for information about celebrating a wedding at St. James. 



The church produces and maintains a serving schedule for its various ministries, including Lay Eucharistic Ministers (servers), Readers, Ushers and Greeters. See the sidebar to the right for a description of these ministries. If you are already a volunteer in one of these ministries, you may view the current schedule, update your profile, request substitutions and accept sub requests through the Ministry Scheduler Pro terminal by clicking here. You will need your user name and password to enter. Click on the "Full Schedule" tab for viewing. A printed copy of the schedule is available through the office for those without internet access.


The Holy Eucharist

In the Episcopal Church the Eucharist is the primary act of worship. Here at St. James, Holy Eucharist is celebrated at every Sunday worship service and at special services held seasonally.


The scriptures record that the sacrament of Holy Eucharist was instituted by Jesus at a meal with his disciples. He identified the bread with his body and the wine with his blood—a new covenant—and instructed his disciples to eat and drink in remembrance of him. In the Episcopal Church we believe that Christ is made present to us in this sacrament, and we are united with him in his sacrifice.


The Holy Eucharist is a special means of grace, and a source not only of pardon and solace, but also of strength and renewal. As Eucharistic Prayer C (Book of Common Prayer, The Holy Eucharist: Rite II, p. 372) states, we pray: “Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal. Let the grace of this Holy Communion make us one body, one spirit in Christ, that we may worthily serve the world in his name.”

Funerals and Memorials

We celebrate the lives of all people, whether or not they are members of our parish. Please call the church office, 575-758-2790, to discuss arrangements for a service honoring a loved one.

Click here for a printable PDF file describing the St. James columbarium.

Altar Flowers

A local florist provides flowers each Sunday during the year (except during Lent). Anyone wishing to donate flowers as a memorial for a loved one or in celebration of a birth, anniversary, or birthday may do so by signing the Altar Flower Chart (located on the bulletin board in the parish hall) for the date chosen, and writing a check to St. James with a notation that it is for altar flowers. Contributors should specify the celebration or remembrance as it is to appear in the Sunday bulletin. The cost for flowers is $50.00. 


After Sunday services, the altar flowers are taken by members of the pastoral care committee to parishioners who are sick at home or in the hospital.



Opportunities to Serve

Here is a listing of the many ways you can use your talent and experience at St. James.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) are trained according to diocesan requirements and are licensed by the bishop. They assist the priest at the altar during worship (bearing the chalice, reading the prayers, lighting candles, and accepting the offering).

Lou Sturbois,


Lectors read the lessons at worship on Sunday mornings and special services. They are not required to be licensed, but do receive some training.

Lou Sturbois,


Ushers are scheduled for each worship service. They greet people as they arrive, distribute bulletins, and assist anyone who needs help to and from worship. One usher is assigned the 8 AM service and two the 9:15 AM service on Sundays.

Lou Sturbois,


Acolytes light the candles, carry the cross in procession, and serve the priest at the altar during the Holy Eucharist. At St. James, acolytes must be at least 7 years old. Acolyte training is offered several times a year.

Church office, 575-758-2790

The Choir

The 9:15 AM choir consists of about twenty people who offer their rich voices to lead the congregation in hymns and all service music. Rehearsals are Fridays at 5 PM and again on Sunday morning at 8:30 AM before the service. The choir sings for other special worship services too, and many of our singers are members of the Taos Community Chorus. Some members, with other parishioners, also are in the bell choir, which makes beautiful music during special services and events.

Erick Brunner,

Altar Guild

These dedicated volunteers work behind the scenes to make sure the altar is sparkling clean and properly set. They place the flowers, set out elements for the Eucharist, wash and iron linens, clean and polish serving pieces, and generally make sure God's house is clean and ready for company. Duties are rotated among members of the guild.

Charlene Cain,