Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21. Sometimes when bad things happen, we “wish” we had never been born! We are definitely not interested in hearing easy answers or false “words of comfort.” We must struggle on our own and work through it. But starting out with deep frustration and struggle and questioning God and maybe everyone else, now that is perfectly natural. This week we talk about dealing with struggle and disappointment.
Job 1:1-22. The story of Job is the story of struggle, suffering, self-discovery, God-discovery, and change. It is not an easy story and often folks try to sum in up in simple sentences like “the suffering of Job” or the “patience of Job” though he doesn’t seem particularly patient to me. This week we will tackle the beginnings of this story and the scene that it sets. It is helpful when we are looking at a story to understand who the players are and backdrop of the story. Suffering and struggle are challenging for us to get our minds around so this week will be the first of six weeks looking for God in all of life’s nooks and crannies.
Acts 9:1-6, (7-20). You never know who you might meet on the road. For Saul (later known as Paul) he met Jesus! Who might you meet on the road? I guess you’ll find out this Sunday. Join us for worship at 11-ish online or in person.
Luke 19:1-10. We have explored how perfectionism leads to procrastination, self-loathing, constant judging of self and others, and other personal challenges. We wondered together if understanding our identity and our mission would help us move beyond perfectionism. This week we close out our series with a conversation about living the life, being set free through our connection with Jesus, and his “no-need-to-be-perfect” calling. Come join us or listen in online!
On Thursday, June 16th, James and Linda will be headed to Roanoke for Annual Conference, the annual meeting of Virginia United Methodists. We’d like to take non-perishable food to help fill Feeding America Southwest. Please consider bringing 1 or 2 items for James and Linda to carry to conference. We are looking for cereal, rice, peanut butter, or easy open cans (pop-tops for homeless individuals). All donations should be brought to Saint James by THIS Sunday!
Last week we wondered together how we ever got to a point of believing that God expected us to be perfect. We wondered further about our own striving after perfection, an unattainable goal. God saw all of creation and said, “Good.” Even “very good.” The question becomes what can we appropriately expect from ourselves and how do we steer clear of perfectionism? This week we will talk about understanding ourselves through the eyes of God and being who God would have us be.