Ruth 4. As the story of Ruth and Naomi draws to an end, we see Boaz stepping up. He takes responsibility. Can we say, “Happy ending?” What can we glean from the story besides the obvious? Find out Sunday.
Ruth 3. There is a lot going on in our world. I see it in my twitter feed and hear it on the radio. I often wonder if there isn’t a “solution” to “all this mess,” some way to fix all the dysfunction and sadness I see. It isn’t long before I am overwhelmed and determined to keep my head low and go through the motions: get up, shower, eat, go to the office, work, go home, eat, sleep, repeat.
Then I read a story like that of Ruth. No booming God from the mountain, no burning bush, or Red Sea parting. Two widows, one a stranger in the land, trying to make it. God’s grace happens in small ways: in the Law, in the kindness of a stranger, in the interdependence of Ruth and Naomi. In “daring to act” in everyday little ways, God’s goodness breaks in to daily living. That will be what we talk about on Sunday.
This week Saint James impacted children in our community with new backpacks and supplies. 27 children have a great start to their school year through your generosity! Also this week, for Kevin’s birthday, Saint James took him grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. Thanks for helping Kevin through your offerings!
Ruth 2. As our story of Ruth and Naomi continues to unfold, the situation starts to look up for these two women who had lost everything. What might be in store for them? What counts for looking up? We’ll look at the story this weekend.
Ruth 1:1-22. I have always kinda had a soft spot in my heart for the story of Ruth. However the most memorable passage seems to be, “Where you go, I will go.” (In King James English, “Whither thou goest, I will go.”) What is the story of Ruth really all about and what will she teach us this week (and the next three)? You’ll have to listen in this week…
1 John 4:13-21. While fear is a motivator, it is not a great one most of the time. Oh sure, it’s pretty good when a bus is bearing down on you in the middle of traffic and fear gets you to jump out of the way. In the life of faith, not so much. 1 John has some things today about it and we’ll talk about them on Sunday.
1 John 4:7-21. Lots of folks love 1 Corinthians 13, the ” love chapter.” However, this has to be my favorite love section of the Bible because it speaks to me in different ways about God’s love and ours for one another. After a week in Harlan, Kentucky, I feel that I’ve felt just a bit of this story, this passage come to life… Looking forward to talking about love this week with my peeps at Saint James.
JAM (Jesus and Me) will be continuing in the fall. Do you have one Sunday every few weeks that you could share with our youngest Saint Jamesians? This ministry is an active opportunity for kids age 3-6 that will meet during a portion of worship (kids leave worship during the 4th song). The material is active and engaging. Each week we will have a leader and a helper. See Ashley Cox firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
1 John 4:1-6. What an interesting and challenging text this is! In a letter that spends most of its space extolling the virtues of love for God and for neighbor, this section may seem a bit out of place. However, when we realize that a big piece of being a Jesus-follower is making our way through the myriad of points of view regarding what it means to be Christian, it makes sense to warn us to think and test carefully what comes our way. We are meant to use that 3 pound organ between our ears. Come and think with us in worship this Sunday.
Each year, through the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC), Saint James “adopts” local kids and helps them start their school year off right! Consider adopting a child and purchasing a new backpack and school supplies (you can co-adopt with another family here too!). Sign up in the lobby for a specific child, and be sure to take the corresponding supply list. Supplies are due back to Saint James by Sunday, August 10th. Don’t forget to attach the list to the backpack!