Some of you may recognize “Let’s Get Together” as the name of a song sung by the Hayley Mills “twins” in The Parent Trap (original 1961 Disney version). The movie (remade in 1998 with a young Lindsay Lohan in the leading role) revolves around twins separated nearly at birth by their divorcing parents, each of whom takes one of the girls. The twins meet quite by accident at the same summer camp and hatch a plot to bring the divorced parents back together.
It seems to me there are some key lessons about church to be gleaned from the theme of “getting together,” more often cited as “building community.” Is there anything to be said for “community” that can help us connect with our personal and gathered identities at Saint James? We will turn to the Bible and the wisdom of the “twins” to draw some lessons for personal growth and connection today.
We start the week-long Alexandria District prayer vigil on Sunday night at midnight and continuing until 2:00AM Monday. Pastor James will be in the worship center starting at 11:45PM Sunday, April 2. All are invited to come by to pray during that two hour window of time or pray in place. Come and pray for as long (or short) as you would like. As we are ending, other churches in the district will pick up the “baton” and pray throughout the week in two hour increments.
LCAC is running very low on pasta and pasta sauce. Can you help out and bring either by tomorrow? Plastic jars or cans of pasta sauce are preferred (Hunts or Wegman’s both offer low cost sauce). Thank you!!
Looking for a way to grow in your faith? Maybe learn a bit and have some laughs too? Women of Saint James are invited (your friends too) to join together once a month on Wednesdays for dessert, coffee/tea and some conversation. We will be using Anne Lamott’s new book called “Hallelujah Anyway, Rediscovering Mercy” and the book of Esther. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, April 12th from 7:30-9pm at the Mission House. Interested? Email Linda, Linda@sjumc.net or see her for more info.
In the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, it takes a “candlestick,” Lumiere, to remind the entire staff that their first concern is for the needs of their guest, Belle. Hospitality is a word we don’t use all that much anymore though it is a core of what makes us people of faith: making room for others, even strangers. This Sunday we’ll explore hospitality to others as well as a hospitality for ourselves.
We have begun a Tuesday night experience of Centering Prayer in our worship center from 7:00PM to 7:30PM. Centering Prayer is sitting quietly in God’s presence with the intention to be completely available. Join us if you’d like to try this experience of going deeper with God. (Pastor James is available in the worship center after 6:30PM until 6:55PM if you have questions about the practice.)
Does God still speak? Who gets to hear the voice and where do they go to hear it? Does everyone get to hear God’s voice and how does the voice sound? And the question in many folks’ mind: “When do ‘I’ get to hear God?” I’m not sure if I can answer all these questions on Sunday but I’m going to give it my best shot… join us then.
Beginning Tuesday, March 7, we invite you to join us in the worship center (5200 Fillmore Avenue) on Tuesday nights at 7:00PM for 30 minutes of Centering Prayer, something that Pastor James has described as “sitting with God.”
“But,” you say, “I don’t know what I’m doing.” Pastor James will be in the worship center from 6:30PM until 6:55PM to coach you. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover a new-to-you discipline that might help you connect more deeply with yourself and God, all at once.
Saint James will be putting together another team for our 4th year to be a part of the Appalachian Service Project in partnership with Arlington Temple UMC to help a senior or family in North Carolina this summer on July 15th-22nd. Cost is expected to be $350 per person + incidentals. Interested in growing your faith AND transforming someone’s home? See Linda (Linda@sjumc.net) for more info.
Acts 10. I often come to my time of prayer with a list in hand. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! After all, the Bible is pretty clear about “letting [my] requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Still, what of these lists and talking to God; how do we do it? When do we do it? What can be on the list? And while we’re at it, what does this passage from Acts 10 have to do with lists and prayer? Join us Sunday to discover that.