Luke 22:47-53. Just what is transparency and does it have a basis in our Bible stories? How do we cultivate a life of transparency? Is it really important? This Sunday we will take a look at being more transparent!
If you are anything like me, sometimes you get tired of hearing about core values; I’ve been taught that a key to organizational health is clearly stated core values along with a specific mission and a grand vision statement. Discerning mission/vision/values can be helpful but only if they become a measure of the life of the organization.
In the spirit of “paying attention” to our core values, we will spend the first four weeks of November talking about the four core values of Saint James, core values that have a place in our faith community and in our personal lives. These are our topics:
Join us starting November 2 as we look for life lessons among our core values. “This is how we roll…”
You’ll remember that last week we talked about all being part of a team. This week we take up understanding the many parts and beginning to catch a glimpse of the all those “spiritual gifts” God is passing along to us.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27. “God’s generosity” invites each of us to “make our mark” and thereby “leave a legacy.” Watching football, I often hear the commentators talking about a coach’s philosophy. When I look to bring together the series we’ve been pursuing, I am wondering about God’s philosophy; I see it play out in the Corinthians passage. God wants to cover all the bases (I know it’s a baseball metaphor!). We’ll talk about that this weekend in worship.
Last week we talked about “making a mark.” This week we move on to talk about what it looks like to leave a legacy. What is it of us that will carry forward, that will remain after we are gone? We are taking a look at David, a shepherd boy and general and king. When think of David I am reminded that chasing after God’s heart doesn’t require my being perfect, that I am broken just like David, and that my legacy is not predicated on being perfect. So what legacy are you leaving?
Would you like to develop some deeper relationships with other folks at Saint James? We are exploring the possibility of setting up some dinner teams (6-8 folks) with the plan to gather for dinner (out or at homes), spend some time talking about a topic, and growing deeper in our relationships. Groups would plan to gather every 3 weeks or so. Interested in being a part of a group? See Linda or contact her at Linda@sjumc.net.
I think it is natural to wonder about purpose, direction, and meaning in life. It seems that the message we receive repeatedly throughout our lives is that we have to find our purpose. As folks who manage all that God has given us, what are some of the key principles to guide our “making a mark?”