St. James Memorial Episcopal Church was first opened for services on May 1, 1864; the first permanent structure of any kind and as such has become the oldest place of continuing worship in the city. Colonel Edwin L. Drake was the first warden and treasurer of the church and the names of the first governing bodies of the church read like a roster of prominent citizens of this community, indicating that the church had an integral part in the development of the city. To quote Dr. Purdon, the first rector, the building of St. James Church was, "a trial of faith in the midst of doubters." It was he who inspired faith in the future of Titusville in the hearts of so many of the leading citizens of that day. From the inspiration of this beginning, St. James Church has been a source of spiritual growth in good times and not so good times, from inception to present, expressing the love of God through word and deed.
St James Episcopal Church Clergy, Staff and Bishop's Committee
A Word from the Vicar
Advent is upon us. In a short video entitled, “Advent in Two Minutes,” Advent is described as a time of ‘expectant waiting, hopeful anticipation, and joyful preparation.’ And indeed that is our prayer in the collect for the fourth Sunday of Advent. In a fruitful Advent season, our inward disposition towards preparing for the coming of the Messiah will guide and give balance to the many opportunities for waiting, anticipating and preparing for Christmas Day.
Primary to that is faithful attendance at worship where through the quiet hymnody and purposeful liturgy we are able to quiet our souls and listen ever so intently for the voice of God. This year we will hold the much loved tradition of the Christmas pageant on the third Sunday of Advent and on the fourth Sunday of Advent we will have a visit from Joseph who will share his story of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus.
Less quietly but no less joyfully, we will celebrate our shared lives together through a visit from St. Nicholas on December 3rd and our annual Boar’s feast on December 10th. Also, following the feast, we will make Gingerbread Houses. Both of these are great events in which to interact with our parish family in meaningful ways. If you don’t have children, borrow some!
When Advent draws to a close on Christmas Eve, may we all find ourselves prepared to receive the Messiah once again.
Director of Music
The Bishop’s Committee is the elected governing body of the congregation. Along with the Vicar, the Bishop’s Committee is composed of elected members from the congregation, representing a diverse set of skills and gifts for leadership. In the Episcopal Church, the Bishop’s Committee has responsibility for the “temporal affairs” of the congregation, including the care of our buildings and finances, as well as choosing individuals to fill leadership roles in the congregation, and setting the vision for the congregation, along with the Vicar.