What is the reason for what we do at Saint James? We talk about changing the world but what about ourselves? How do we get ready for the challenges of everyday living? How can we be HeartReady for our relationships with each other, with God? This week we will re-discover the practice of prayer in our daily lives.
Plan on sticking around after worship on Sunday, March 29th (12:15pm) as we share a meal together! Have a suggestion for food, or willing to help setup or cleanup? See Linda Patterson or email Linda@sjumc.net. Sign up in the lobby so we know the count for food, FRIENDS are welcome!
The walks are shoveled and treated. We are ready to worship. Please use your own discretion- we want you to be safe!
We were not delighted to have to postpone the Pancake Dinner but safety came first! Well, now pancakes are coming immediately after worship (or pretty close) on Sunday, February 22 at 12:15PM in the fellowship hall! Join us for pancakes! If you weren’t signed up already, just let us know you’re coming so we can be sure to have enough waiting! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve been hearing a lot over these last several years about getting heart healthy. A healthy heart seems kind of important to live a full life. Well, I am coming to think that living a full life, a whole life, involves getting our hearts ready. How do we do that? Over the five weeks beginning March 1, we will look at developing practices that will get us more HeartReady: Fast, Pray, Serve, Forgive, Live. We hope you’ll join us on this journey of faith toward Easter!
2 Corinthians 11:23-30; 12:8-10. We have been exploring how we might live a better story, perhaps a “stronger” story. We’ve been learning from the life of David about his various challenges. To close out the series, we are taking a quick look at a guy named Paul from the early church. If the point of any story is character transformation, conflict is the catalyst. The development of our character is directly proportional to our response to conflict. This weekend, we tackle conflict and transformation with an eye to a new series about getting HeartReady!
I wanted to clarify tonight’s worship and let you know that it is still happening. The sidewalks are clear and dry; the parking lot has been partially plowed -a neighbor had chosen to park in the lot so part of the lot was skipped.
As regards the worship style, there will be meditative music playing beginning at 5:30PM. You may arrive at any time in the 1-1/2 hour window of time to pray, receive communion, and receive ashes on your forehead, all at your own pace and timing. Pastor James will be there to serve communion, pray with you (if you would like), and “impose” ashes on your forehead.
BTW, thanks Monica for asking about tonight’s format- I think it helps to clarify for everyone!
1 Samuel 24:1-7. What are your ambitions? I ask because sometimes our ambitions tell us more about our story than anything else. David has ambitions, ones that seem to be affirmed by God. Will he do anything to attain those ambitions? Will we? What is the right thing to do and how can we be certain our ambitions align with what God might want for us? We will talk about it Sunday in worship.
This year we are worshiping a little differently for Ash Wednesday, February 18. You may drop by the worship center at Saint James any time between 5:30PM and 7:00PM for prayer, ashes, and communion. Pastor James will be there during that time. Drop in.