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.
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.
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!
1 Peter 1:13-16. Perhaps the most difficult fruit of the Spirit is self-control; it may also be a lynchpin to the others as well. This week we’ll finish the SpiritGarden series. Self-control is challenging on the best days but what about when everything is coming unglued? Join us this Sunday as we talk about how we might encourage the growth of self-control in our lives.
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)!
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.
Isaiah 58:6-12. We turn our attention to discovering just what the spiritual fruit “goodness” is and how we can see the fruit as it grows in our lives. Do you hope to exhibit “goodness” in your everyday living? This Sunday we will talk about what that could look like and how we can push back against the bad in our world.