There are so many ways we can name God and none of them capture all there is to know about God, not even close. This week we are going to enter into some of the images of God- the Eternal Dance, the Mystery, the Wonder-Beyond-Words, the Great Spirit, Love, Grace, Mercy. Each window offers a glimpse, a fragment and taste, of the One we call God. Maybe the way we each name the Nameless Eternal expresses as much about us and who God made us to be as it does about God. Why else would Jesus address God with the Aramaic equivalent of “Daddy” or “Papa?” Worship with us Sunday and celebrate the images of God and your connection with them!
We’ve talked about connecting with self, others, and God. This week we draw together all the pieces of connecting in each of our lives. What gives us the most challenges when it comes to connecting? How do we overcome those challenges? That’s our topic Sunday.
So we’ve talked about #Networking for the last three weeks. There are techniques taught by business experts on how to network but what does the experience of connecting really feel like in everyday living? Where does it happen? How can we know if it is really happening? This Sunday we will explore the experience of connection!
Does it blow your mind to think, “The Creative Force behind and within the entire universe loves me and wants to connect with me?” This Sunday we will talk about this mind-blowing reality and its impact on our everyday living.
Jesus told us to “love our neighbors as ourselves;” he was quoting from his own Jewish faith when he said that. Still as we are trying to network and build relationships in the world, we find it difficult to know how to do that. And when we think about networking in the business or personal sense, it is all about navigating making relationships/connections/networks with others. This week we move beyond the self and begin tackling what it means to network with others in a way that honors ourselves and God and the persons with whom we are connecting.
“Networking” is all about making connections and everyone is encouraged to network. This “networking thing is nothing new. What if it is wired into us, it is the very core of who God created us to be, to make connections? This week we begin a series about Making Connections and talk about how we can maintain healthy relationships all around. We begin with how we connect more deeply with ourselves.
Saturday is Rebuilding Together Alexandria! Saint James has fielded a team of 17 to help Mrs. G remain in her home. Please pray for our team! We are still in need of $150 to round out our total team cost of $2,500. If you can help out, mark your check mission, or give online here.
John 20:19-31. The Sunday following Easter is often called “low Sunday” by churchy insiders, mainly because after the big surge of folks on Easter, there is usually a “lull” on the following Sunday. Personally, I don’t think it is low at all. We get to keep talking about the power of life, of living, of Resurrection in our midst! This weekend we will talk about Jesus appearing to his disciples as we seek to build the bridge to our next sermon series entitled Making Connections All Around. Join us for the Jesus Appearance this Sunday
This is a great weekend to rejoice in our Christian faith:
Good Friday Worship. We begin the weekend with Good Friday Worship on Friday evening at 7:30PM in our worship center. We cannot get to the new life of Easter without traveling through the death that Friday brings. Join us as we ponder the meaning of Jesus’ death.
Easter Sunrise Worship. Just as the women did on the first day of the week after Jesus had died, we will gather to worship on the Saint James campus grounds at 6:30AM as the sun rises marking the new day, Easter! It is a simple worship with a few songs, message about new life, and communion. We’ll stand together outside (or you can bring your lawn chair if you would like to sit down). Start your morning/week/year/year with a renewal of your commitment to Life, the same commitment God made obvious in the resurrection.
Easter Celebration Worship. Every Sunday we celebrate the resurrection by gathering for worship at 11:00AM. This week we celebrate the day that began it all- including the inspiration for the early Jesus-followers to focus worship on Sunday, not Saturday.
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Get ready and excited for our Easter Saturday activities! There will be a bounce house, crafts, snack, egg hunt and a bible story. If you would like to help with set-up or clean up, please email Hannah, Hannah@sjumc.net. Save the date: Saturday, April 15th from 11:30am to 1pm, invite your friends AND neighbors! Download the flyer here, or pick one up in the lobby to take home and invite a neighbor!