In the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, it takes a “candlestick,” Lumiere, to remind the entire staff that their first concern is for the needs of their guest, Belle. Hospitality is a word we don’t use all that much anymore though it is a core of what makes us people of faith: making room for others, even strangers. This Sunday we’ll explore hospitality to others as well as a hospitality for ourselves.
We have begun a Tuesday night experience of Centering Prayer in our worship center from 7:00PM to 7:30PM. Centering Prayer is sitting quietly in God’s presence with the intention to be completely available. Join us if you’d like to try this experience of going deeper with God. (Pastor James is available in the worship center after 6:30PM until 6:55PM if you have questions about the practice.)
Does God still speak? Who gets to hear the voice and where do they go to hear it? Does everyone get to hear God’s voice and how does the voice sound? And the question in many folks’ mind: “When do ‘I’ get to hear God?” I’m not sure if I can answer all these questions on Sunday but I’m going to give it my best shot… join us then.
Beginning Tuesday, March 7, we invite you to join us in the worship center (5200 Fillmore Avenue) on Tuesday nights at 7:00PM for 30 minutes of Centering Prayer, something that Pastor James has described as “sitting with God.”
“But,” you say, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” Pastor James will be in the worship center from 6:30PM until 6:55PM to coach you. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover a new-to-you discipline that might help you connect more deeply with yourself and God, all at once.
Saint James will be putting together another team for our 4th year to be a part of the Appalachian Service Project in partnership with Arlington Temple UMC to help a senior or family in North Carolina this summer on July 15th-22nd. Cost is expected to be $350 per person + incidentals. Interested in growing your faith AND transforming someone’s home? See Linda (Linda@sjumc.net) for more info.
Imagine helping to make a local senior “like new” again! You can be a part of that chance, by helping in one of three ways: (1) Pray for this chance to help Juanita, an 83 year old senior; (2)Donate above your normal giving (mark House on checks or through your text or online giving. We need $2,500–so far we’ve raised $1,050, let’s keep it going! ); (3) Work that day and join the team! Date of the event is Saturday, April 29th, 7:30am to 5pm. Sign up on the clipboard at the Welcome table to be a part of the team, or email Linda, Linda@sjumc.net.
Acts 10. I often come to my time of prayer with a list in hand. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! After all, the Bible is pretty clear about “letting [my] requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Still, what of these lists and talking to God; how do we do it? When do we do it? What can be on the list? And while we’re at it, what does this passage from Acts 10 have to do with lists and prayer? Join us Sunday to discover that.
Jackson Browne’s song, Running on Empty, has been running through my head all week long as I have been working, praying, and thinking about the message for this Sunday. Preparing for Easter will be in the mix for the next six Sundays; how do we get ready for a celebration of Life when we are, indeed, “running on empty” all the time? Running on empty names the problem we have when we live, burning the candle at both ends and in the middle as well! Interestingly enough, running on empty also names a piece of the solution to preparing for Easter. So, get your game face on and worship with us on Sunday as we learn how to run on empty.
This year we are doing something COMPLETELY different. Rather than a “service” we will have the opportunity for you to drop in on your way to work for a time of prayer, communion, and ashes. Pastor James will be there beginning at 6:00AM until 7:30AM. You can drop by for any length of time. There will be no evening worship experience. Perhaps I will see you there!
This year we will do something different for Ash Wednesday! Rather than an end-of-day worship experience, Pastor James will be in the worship center from 6:00AM (yes, in the morning!) until 7:30AM. You can come by to pray, receive communion, and be marked by ashes if you wish, all before heading on to whatever your day holds.
The theme we will explore in preparation for Easter is Remember Who You Are. Ash Wednesday only marks the beginning!
Drop by on your way to work or school or wherever you might be headed to begin your day.