February 7th, 2021 by John Strobl

The flower chart is up.  Flowers may be given in donation individually or as a group, in memory or in thanksgiving.

We are truly blessed to have God’s Altar so beautifully adorned each week.  Please sign-up (with your phone number) on a date you wish to observe.

You may use any florist you want.  Call the church office at 294-6225 with any questions or email your questions to stjamesgoshen@frontier.com or office@stjamesgoshen.org

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April 1st, 2013 by John Strobl


What makes Episcopalians episcopal_shield Window(also called Anglicans) different from other churches? The Episcopal Church has the distinction of being both catholic and protestant. It is catholic in its faith tradition, liturgy, and sacramental life while being protestant in some of its polity, or governance. Toward the end of the 16th century, an Anglican priest named Richard Hooker wrote a book called The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, which remains influential today. In it, Hooker said that Christians should look for guidance not from the pope or only from the Bible but from the ‘three-legged stool’ of tradition, scripture and reason.

It is this and “experience” informed by reason that sets us apart. Hooker argued that while the Scriptures are to be the primary source of authority, they are not to be isolated from reason and tradition. These three sources of authority don’t exist independently, but comprise a single authority of thee intersecting sources, the Holy Scriptures being the normative authority, with reason and tradition being necessary interpretative authoritative tools.

The poet and priest John Donne called the Episcopal path a “middle way,” steering a course between the extremes in his day between Roman Catholicism (no reform) and the new Protestantism (extreme reform). This middle way has sometimes been misunderstood as fence sitting. Actually, the intent is to achieve a comprehensive and balanced approach that draws wisdom from every side and includes the insights of others.

Thus the Episcopal community is a “big tent” where everyone’s views are welcome and we often agree to disagree, looking to the example of Christ’s love as the tie that binds us all together.

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January 7th, 2011 by John Strobl

We believe

Saint James’ is a member of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and we are united with fellow Episcopal and Anglican churches in the world-wide Anglican Communion.

We believe in a Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, which means we believe in one God of creation and redemption who is a living and self-revealing God and who has most supremely revealed himself in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Guided by the tradition of the church, we seek to follow that which God has chiefly used to disclose who he is – Holy Scripture. Thus, as a community of believers, we seek to consistently be humble before God and His revealed word.

Our beliefs can be summed up in two creeds which are recited by the congregation during worship services: The Nicene Creed and The Apostles’ Creed, both found in The Book of Common Prayer (1979).

The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is the most universally accepted profession of the Christian Faith. It is affirmed by most Protestant denominations, as well as by the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Church. It was adopted by the Council at Nicaea in 325 AD and was revised again to its present form by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD. It has served as an affirmation of belief by Christians over the centuries and is an essential part of what we confess we believe when we gather for worship at St. James.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Apostles’ Creed

We also profess the Apostles’ Creed which serves as the basic creed of Reformed churches and which derives its name from its antiquity. Its origin dates back to within a lifetime of the last of the New Testament writings.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


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November 20th, 2009 by John Strobl

St. James’ Parish Office Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday      9:00am – 2:00p.m.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Phone:(845) 294-6225          Fax:  (845) 294-8794

Mail:  St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1 St. James Place, Goshen, N. Y. 10924

Email: stjamesgoshen@frontier.com

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November 18th, 2009 by John Strobl

Major Apostle Saint James

St. James’ patron saint is Saint James the Apostle. Saint James is commemorated on July 25 of every year and St. James’ Day is celebrated, here at St. James’, on the Sunday closest to July 25.

The following is taken from The Proper for the Lesser Feasts and Fasts :

“James, the brother of John, is often known as James the Greater, to distinguish him from the other Apostle of the same name, commemorated in the calendar with Philip, and also from James ‘the brother of our Lord.’ He was the son of a prosperous Galilean fisherman, son of Zebedee, and with his brother John left his home and his trade in obedience to the call of Christ. With Peter and John, he seems to have belonged to an especially privileged group, whom Jesus chose to be witnesses of the Transfiguration, the raising of Jarius’ daughter, and the agony in the garden.

Apparently, James’ shared John’s hot-headed disposition, and Jesus nicknamed the brothers ‘Boanerges’ (Aramaic for ‘Sons of Thunder’). James’ expressed willingness to share the cup of Christ was realized in being the first of the Apostles to die for him. As the Acts of the Apostles records, ‘About that time Herod the King laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the Church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword’ (Acts 12:1-2).

According to an old tradition, the body of James was taken to Compostela, Spain, which has been a shrine for pilgrims for centuries. Among the Spaniards, James is one of the most popular saints. In the Middle Ages, under the title of Santiago (Spanish for ‘St. James’) de Compostela, his aid was especially invoked in battle against the Moors.”

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