5/31 Worship- SpiritGarden: Gentleness

Mark 5:25-34. Gentleness has the ring of “wimpiness” which is not a good characterization at all. Gentleness has more of a balanced, “power-under-control” kind of feel when it comes to the Bible. We are in the home stretch of the SpiritGarden series; as a fruit of the Spirit, we could all do with a little more gentleness. Come and hear about it (or listen online)!

5/24 Worship- SpiritGarden: Faithfulness

Ruth 1:16-17, 2:10-12, 3:1-10. Faithfulness requires a longterm approach in a short-term world. When others may be looking for the quick fix, a person of faithfulness looks at the long haul. As we grow the spiritual fruit of faithfulness in our lives, we find ourselves remaining true to God and others in our lives by the grace of God. Faithfulness does not spring up overnight but grows over a lifetime of commitment and connection with God in the Holy Spirit. Join us this weekend as we take seriously the long view God wants for us in faithfulness.

$10 Saves a Life (and you can help!)

$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! 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. Saint James has raised enough funds for 32 nets to date! Can you help?

5/10 Worship- SpiritGarden: Kindness

Luke 6:27-36.  On first glance, kindness may not seem to have the same panache as love, joy, peace and patience but as we will see, kindness is a fruit of the Spirit that stretches us in relating to one another in everyday living. Maybe “random acts of kindness” are exactly what the Spirit hopes for as part of our fruitful living! Come and hear about it Sunday.

5/3 Worship- SpiritGarden: Patience

James 5:7-8. Patience is a virtue or so we are told. It is an elusive virtue at best. Maybe it is not elusive for all of us but certainly it is for some of us.

Patience is also a fruit of the Spirit. What that means is that through an ever growing relationship with God through Jesus, the Spirit will grow us into patience; at least, we can grow into patience. Fruit grows through careful tending and pruning and transformation. That is how patience grows in us as a fruit of the Spirit. Sunday we will talk about patience, what it is and how we might tend to this fruit in our lives.

4/26 Worship- SpiritGarden: Peace

John 14:23-27. Peace. Just what is peace and how can we find it in our lives? And what is peace as a fruit of the Spirit? I had some really interesting pushback conversations this week about the fruits of the Spirit and where they come from. This week we will visit a bit with the idea of what this #SpiritGarden is, what are fruits of the Spirit versus gifts of the Spirit, and then take on the topic of peace.

4/19 Worship- #SpiritGarden: Joy

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.

4/12 Worship- #SpiritGarden: Love

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.

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