OSJ Liturgy

OSJ (UK) does not prescribe any single form of liturgy as being superior to another, and that even includes our own examples (see 'Printable Services').  

Liturgies/services are prescribed purely on the basis of being appropriate to the situation and need.

This is what the Order of St James 'Rule of Simplicity' states:

Liturgy, the sacraments and worship.

Regrettably, denominations have caused and still cause divisions and barriers within the body of Christ.  This is not compatible with the example and ministry of Christ as outlined in the Gospels or the words of St Paul regarding the one-ness of the body of Christ (the one true and unified church) as found in 1 Corinthians 12 for example.  

The Order and its members will continue to ignore and break through the barriers the denominational churches have created by taking the unconditional love of God to wherever it is needed.   This will be done in a way which brings glory to God, strengthens and makes whole the body and is done within the bonds of Christian love and in obedience to the will of God.

Every effort should be made by all members to meet the discerned needs of all those they come into contact with, whatever their personal denominational affiliations.
A member’s own personal preferences are to be regarded as of no account when it comes to ministry.  Christ met our needs unconditionally and all members will reflect that grace in their dealings with others.  Members may however pass work on to other members of the Order if they feel that they cannot give 100% support to any requests made.

Since the Order is not bound by denominational traditions, its members are free to access and use whatever forms of sacramental or other liturgies that are appropriate to the needs of the people they serve.  

The exclusive promotion of any one denominational form of liturgy or practice within the Order is contrary to the founding principles of the Order and is expressly forbidden.   

Similarly, the Order will not be bound by any traditions or canons of ‘the church’ that deny access to the sacraments or liturgy to any person who approaches them with respect and in faith, however limited.  If these two conditions are met, all are free to receive any of the sacraments of the church and shall not be denied them.

Because of the servant nature of Christ as exemplified by the washing of the disciples’ feet, (ordained) members may out of humility adopt the practice of taking their communion of both kinds after all others have received.