Micah 6:8. Part 3 of our three-part series finds us in the last clause of this scripture: To walk humbly with your God. Having just tackled justice and mercy, this one may seem slightly less challenging or perhaps, if you’re not so humble, much more difficult. This week we are going to try and decipher what “walking with God” might look like in our daily lives and what doing so in a “humble” way might also look like. We might just find some surprises!
Micah 6:8. It would seem to go without saying that we ought to “love mercy.” In spite of what might feel obvious, Micah feels the need to emphasize this. Could it be that we need to be reminded to “love mercy” or, as the Common English Bible puts it, “embrace faithful love?” Last week we found there was so much more to doing justice than we had previously thought and perhaps we face another challenge this week with mercy/faithful love. Perhaps what we need to do is approach this week’s piece of Micah 6:8 with an open mind and see what the Lord requires…
The annual Pancake Dinner is set for Tuesday, February 17th, 6-7:30pm. Please sign up in the lobby so we have plenty of pancakes, sausage and eggs for the night! We encourage you to invite friends or neighbors! Questions, email Linda@sjumc.net. We need cooks, help with setup and cleanup!
When we hear three simple things that God asks of us in Micah 6:8, the first we hear is to do justly. Sounds simple enough but what really does the Bible mean when it asks us to do justly? Is this a new theme in Micah or is this a recurring theme throughout the Bible? Don’t we have a “justice system” for just this purpose? Am I meant to take justice into my own hands? These questions will offer focus to the message for Sunday morning.
Micah 6:8 tells us:
He has told you, human one, what is good and
what the Lord requires from you:
to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God. (CEB)
Beginning Sunday, January 11, we will think together about Micah 6:8 and the implications of living a Godly if “irreligious” life. God seems generally disinterested in religion and generally interested in relationships and connections and so for three weeks (1/11, 1/18, and 1/25), we will take each of the subclauses as the basis for our understanding of a far reaching connection to God in every aspect of our lives. Join us for each of these engaging explorations of the Bible story through the eyes and summation of Micah.
Our next opportunity to feed local seniors at the Ladrey House, 300 Wythe Avenue in Old Town is Saturday, January 31st. Join other folks from Saint James as we pack and deliver food to homebound seniors! Plan to arrive at Ladrey House (plenty of street parking) by 8:30am, and you should be finished by 11am! See Linda Patterson, or email her at Linda@sjumc.net to find out more.
Help make breakfast happen for local families by purchasing and donating one bottle of complete pancake mix (the kind that only needs water) and one bottle of syrup. Saint James would like to collect 50 sets to donate! See their website for more info about this great organization, www.ALIVE-inc.org.
1 Corinthians 2:9-13. How do we work with God to bring into being God’s will for us? What is covenant and how might our United Methodist roots (and founder, John Wesley) teach us today? How could “submitting to covenant with God” bring out the best in us? Come, expecting to be engaged by the worship experience as we consider together what 2015 might hold for each of us!
Matthew 3:1-12. It is almost the new year. Can you believe 2015 is just days away? Believe it or not, we have a few day left to review and prepare for the coming year. Sunday’s message will focus on being prepared for 2015. Join us in person or online for this important topic.
What are you doing on Saturday, December 27th? How about helping to feed folks in need? We still need a few 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! See Linda Patterson or Bill McNaught for more info!