Ephesians 3:14-21. We’ve been chatting about transitions and change. Having spent the week in North Carolina at Appalachian Service Project working on folks homes, I will have transitioned twice: once into a different place and then back again. I am looking forward to reflecting together about facing change in everyday and not-so-everyday living.
Get ready to get your brunch on! We need YOU to stay after worship on Sunday, July 26th (12:15pm) to spend time with other folks from Saint James. We will have pancakes, eggs and sausage. Sign up in the lobby to come for brunch and/or to cook, or help with set-up or cleanup. Email Linda Patterson to sign up, Linda@sjumc.net.
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 supply list (pink for 7th grade girl/blue for a 7th grade boy). Supplies are due back to Saint James by Sunday, August 16th. Feel free to include a note for the child and attach the list to the backpack!
Mark 6:6-13. One of the several challenging transitions we face in life involve dealing with rejection and loss. That is what we are talking about this Sunday.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The writer of Ecclesiastes wants us to know that in life there is a time for everything. I’m told that timing is everything. This week I want us to explore together the question and challenge of timing when it comes to transitions and change. What clues can we gain to help us be prepared for transitioning in our personal lives?
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10. This week we begin the Challenge of Transitions Series when we talk about how to deal with all kinds of transitions in life. This week we build our message around a seemingly easy transition when David steps into being King officially. Are there clues about this transition in the text that can help us in our own transitions? Was it really that easy? Sunday we’ll wrestle with this story about King David.
Mark 1:14-15. I don’t think Jesus did too many things by accident nor did the writers of his story, the good news of Jesus. In the book of Mark, these are the very first words that Jesus spoke. That has to be significant, right? What is the significance of these words and do they tell us something about us as his followers today? Of course they do or I would not be talking about those words this week!
Isaiah 43:18-19. God is always doing new and intriguing things, creative things all around us. This weekend, we’ll talk about letting go of the things that hold us back and joining together with God in the creative things God is doing all around.
Mark 4:26-34. I am not always that good with agrarian images, mostly because I have not historically done well with plants. Jesus, however, is right at home with images drawn from the everyday lives of those working closely with the ground. This week’s passage is one of those where Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of God as being like scattered seeds growing in a field. What things can we learn from Jesus’s images about the kind of impact we might make in our daily living? This Sunday we’ll try and address that question.
$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! Thanks to Saint James, WE have raised $410, which will help 41 families in the world. Those nets will be purchased by the United Methodist Church and will be given to families in malaria-infested areas. Thanks for your generosity!