1 Samuel 16:1-13. The first sermon in a new series, this sermon sets the stage for looking at our personal stories against the backdrop of the Bible story of David. Think there is no comparison? After all, David was a “man after God’s own heart.” Those are pretty large shoes to fit. Of course, this is the same David who was also a murderer and adulterer. Certainly, we don’t see ourselves in those shoes! Perhaps we will find we have more in common than not… join us in worship to hear about your story and David’s story.
What’s next, you say? It’s all about the story, YOUR story. Are you satisfied with your story? Is there a way to tweak the story, improve the narrative? Already wondering what the series could have to do with the life you’re living? Over the next four weeks, we’ll be talking about:
- Living Your Best Story
- Character Development
- Conflict & Resolution
Join us for this new series!
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…
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.