Mark 4:35-41. A new series begins this week and I’m really excited as we look for God and a connection to the Eternal in various forms of Beauty. What is beautiful for you? Begin to imagine how beauty might be a window into God’s heart for you. This week we’ll look at beauty in the artwork of Rembrandt van Rijn. Will this piece of art help us see something in Jesus we didn’t before?
Luke 15:1-10. This is the story about how lots of folks were drawing near to Jesus (Yeshua in Aramaic/Hebrew) and religious folks were miffed. Jesus tells several parables about finding that which is lost. What do you think these stories are about? We will talk about it on Sunday!
Matthew 6:25-34. Learning to live in the moment, this very moment, is a very challenging undertaking. It seems even more so today since we can be sitting at the dinner table while perusing our email, our Facebook feed, our twitter feed, or our texts- maybe even all of them simultaneously! Yet we only really have this moment- what is past is past and what is yet to come isn’t here either. Now. Be here now. But how do we do that? Sunday we are going to look at the benefits and challenges of living in the moment with hints about how to do it. Join us.
Luke 11:2-4. “And lead us away from temptation…” This weekend we closeout our series on The Lord’s Prayer with a look on what it means to not be led into temptation. What tempts you? What does it mean when we pray not to be tempted? This series has really been a challenge to our sometimes-mumbling-together the prayer Jesus taught the disciples (heads up: “disciples” includes us!). Join us Sunday in person, or if you’re out of town, join us online for a message about temptation!
We were saddened to learn of the sudden death of Michael A. Smith, a former member of Saint James and of our pastoral staff. More information regarding the arrangements will follow; Michael was serving in the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church. He is survived by Kristen, his wife, and Brice, his son. Please pray for the family.
Here in Fairfax County, 63,000 people do not know where their next meal is coming from. Saint James is hoping to put together a team of folks who will spend a couple of hours helping to feed families through the Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC)’s Complete the Circle event on Sunday, November 6th, 1-2:30pm to raise awareness and fight hunger in our community. We will join together with hundreds of other groups and community members of all ages on a field in Lorton to create a “living image” that will be photographed from the sky. Team members will donate $5 to be a part of Saint James’ team, and bring either dried beans or bagged rice (on 11/6). Items collected will “complete the circle” of giving by framing the sky photo image and feeding our neighbors in need. A family-friendly celebration with refreshments and live music are a part of the festivities as well. See Linda Patterson or email her, Linda@sjumc.net to commit to the team! Commitments are required by Sunday, September 25th to get our name on the t-shirts.
Luke 11:2-4. Oh, the things that hold us back and keep us from moving forward. Forgiveness is a tall order. Yet forgiveness is a key request that is part of the Lord’s Prayer is about just that: being forgiven as we forgive. This week we will look at this very phrase in the Lord’s Prayer. Join us to hear about it!
THANK YOU Saint James! You gave our friends at Rising Hope 29 pounds of coffee and 50 undershirts. We may never meet folks who will benefit from the gifts. Rising Hope staff were thrilled and said the coffee would last their pantry for more than a month and the shirts would help numerous men.
A special thank you to for the back to school support for Wesley Housing children. Twenty-two children will be prepared for school thanks to Saint James!
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.
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.