Psalm 30. There are times when we feel deep joy in our lives; there are also times when joy eludes us altogether. If one of the fruits of the Spirit is joy, then how do we cultivate that fruit? How do we live with an enduring joy that can transcend the less-than-joy-filled moments? This week we continue our series on fruit of the Spirit with a conversation about joy.
1 John 4:7-20. We are beginning a new series about the fruit of the Spirit. The first of those fruits is indeed “love.” I know we talk about love a lot but why not one more time? What does it look like when followers of Jesus produce fruit, in this instance the fruit of love. Join us to learn more how to begin producing the fruit of the Spirit in your #SpiritGarden.
Have you been wondering what is going on with the possible sale and move of Saint James? You didn’t even know that was in the works? Sunday, April 12, join us in the sanctuary immediately after worship to hear an update on the process and to ask any questions you may have.
John 20:1-20. God’s Credentials. More than once in my life I’ve wondered over my credentials: various pieces of paper that say what I’ve accomplished and asserting my qualifications. Jesus did not receive any pieces of paper in his earthly life of which I’m aware. Does that mean Jesus had no credentials, no proof of who he was and that for which he stood? Easter Sunday at Sunrise Worship (6:30AM) and Celebration Worship (11:00AM) we will talk about God’s credentials and what that might mean for us.
Psalm 22. “My God, my God, why….” This question has escaped my lips several times in my own life. Certainly, my question has never been asked in the same circumstances that the gospel writer tells us Jesus asked it. I suspect most of us who in some way believe in God have asked the question, “Why?” Good Friday, Pastor James will reflect on what this question might mean for us. Join us at 7:30PM in the worship center.
We have a great opportunity to be a presence in our community. Saint James’ Church Council has felt called to be present in several activities with T.C. Williams High School. We are again a sponsor for the Varsity Baseball team. Saint James has a banner at Simpson Field and we hope to have folks from Saint James at the games.
As a part of this, Saint James will run three games (Duck Pond, Feed the Elephant and the Lollipop tree) at the T.C Williams Titan Expo, a family-friendly carnival fundraiser that helps vocation students with scholarships after graduation. Save Sunday, May 3rd from 1-4pm to attend the event (free admission). Sign up in the lobby to help with the games! See Linda Patterson for more info, or email Linda@sjumc.net.
What are you doing on Saturday, May 30th? How about helping to feed folks in need? We need 10 folks to help serve lunch at SOME (So Others Might Eat). We will meet at Saint James by 9:45am and will be finished at 1:15pm. Dress comfortably, bring a baseball hat, and be prepared to be on your feet for our time at SOME. Sign up in the Lobby. You must be 13 to help out!
$10 can buy many things in our world today, but we are challenged at Saint James to give $10 (or more) per family to save a life! On Easter Sunday (you can do this anytime in April) families will be given a mini-M&M container. You can enjoy the sweets and then fill it with quarters (which will total $10). Your $10 will be used to buy a net which will be sent to a village somewhere in the world through the United Methodist Church. The net will be given to a child or family member to protect them from malaria. Your $10 will save a life!! Don’t miss this chance to help someone else in God’s world.
Over the years this topic has struck home with the widest group of folks to whom I’ve spoken. Lives are sometimes shaped by forgiveness or the lack thereof. We struggle to forgive ourselves, people who we perceive have wronged us, or even God. It is challenging in the other direction to admit when we are wrong and seek forgiveness from others. Healthy relationships with God and one another are predicated on forgiveness. That sounds true but where do we go for the clues about how to do this. This week expect no trivial, throw-away answers; forgiveness is not easy for any of us.
We are in the homestretch with the HeartReady Series with one two sermons including this Sunday’s. Join us as we think about what is important for our God-connection and our people-connections.