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.