7/21 Worship Theme- The Lord’s Prayer: Our Daily Bread

Luke 11:2-4. We are continuing our journey through The Lord’s Prayer with reflections about what the phrase, “Give us the bread we need for today,” means. This week Linda Patterson will be sharing reflections from the perspective of a person of faith and the leader of an organization that provides food and other services to people in Lorton, Virginia. Join us Sunday for a deeper look at what it means to have our daily bread.

8/14 Worship Theme- The Lord’s Prayer: Kingdom Come

Luke 11:2-4. So we’ve talked a bit about who we’re talking to in the Lord’s Prayer (Father/Abba/Daddy) and the tension between how very close God is as well as how beyond Mystery God is. This week we move on to talk about the second phrase of Luke’s version, asking that God’s Kingdom come. Just what does that mean and what would it look like if God answered our prayer? Or has God already answered the prayer if we open our hearts and eyes? Or is it something else altogether? Sunday, we will seek some answers to what we’re praying for in this second phrase.

Back to School for Wesley Housing

Saint James will be partnering with Wesley Housing to provide middle school backpacks. If you are willing to donated $28 to purchase a middle school pack, or purchase the following items for a middle school pack, please sign up on the sheet at the welcome table or email Linda. Thanks to Bill and Sharon for dropping off. We could still use a few more packs!! Questions? Reach out to Linda, Linda@sjumc.net. To access the list, click here!

8/7 Worship Theme- The Lord’s Prayer: Father

Luke 11:2-4. “Father, your Name be revered.” No, that may not be the phrase you’re used to at the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer but it is there in Luke’s version. Sunday, we begin a series of reflections on each phrase in this commonly used prayer. Why does it matter that Jesus’ model begins by calling God “Father?” Then it immediately jumps to God’s Name being revered. We will explore this phrase Sunday and wonder together about what it says to us.

7/31 Worship Theme- What Will Job Leave with Us?

Job 42:7-17. It has now been almost 6 weeks with Job and we ask, “What may we take from this story of pain and struggle and loss and uncertainty?” What do these last verses tell us about the struggle, about emerging on the other side, and about who we are? It is a surprising twist when God calls out the “religious, righteous friends” of Job and essentially puts their future in Job’s hands. I am looking forward to bringing this series home Sunday. Join us as we finish Job on a high note!

7/17 Worship Theme- Sometimes You Get What You Ask For

Job 31:35-37; 38:1-11.  After many days of calling out to God, of demanding a face-to-face, Job gets what he asked for. God shows up for the that conversation.  And we get to overhear the conversation! What will we learn about who God is and how we can related to God from this interaction? You’ll have to wait until this Sunday to discover that. Join us online or in person at 11-ish on Sunday morning.

Partnering with Springdale House

Wesley Housing operates a 6 person group home near us! We would like to “adopt” this home and help out the residents with cleaning of the common areas, celebrate their birthdays and holidays with them. Interested in meeting new folks who could use our help? Sign up on the sheet to help our new friends at Springdale (right off Lacy Boulevard). We will be working at Springdale on Saturday, August 13th. Contact Linda with questions, Linda@sjumc.net and to sign up to help! It will be fun and help these wonderful seniors!!

7/10 Worship Theme- When You Reach the Pit, Every Way is Up. Right?

Job 14:7-15; 19:23-27. Things are bad for our hero, Job. After suffering great loss, Job has three friends show up to console him; consolation turns into irritation and then to accusation. With friends like this, who needs enemies? This week we see Job reach the end of rope but not give up. What is the meaning of this life? That will be our focus on Sunday!

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