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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Becoming People of God: Be the Light and Let it Shine

 
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9
       
The shared themes in these sections are a study in contrasts: silence vs. speaking, seeing vs. blindness, hearing vs. silence, light vs. shadows, calm vs. storm, faithfulness vs. abandonment. More specifically, what is heard or spoken in the midst of what is kept silent; what light or revelation or understanding is found in the midst of what is shadowed or veiled, hidden or confused.
 
What do the encounters with glory call Peter, James, and John to do? What do they call us to do?
If Jesus wouldn’t let the disciples stay on the mountaintop and reminisce about the glorious sight they once encountered there, then we can’t either. This is what it means to go into the mission field.
As we head toward the Lenten season, which commences on Wednesday, lets ponder:
     How will transfiguration lead to transformation in the coming season?
 
9:20 am – Ringing of the Bell
9:30 am – Live and Online Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 am – Friendship Time
 

Worship Guide

  • Rev. Patricia Abell, Pastor
  • Antuan Hairston, Director of Music Ministry
  • Clarice Snyder, Organist/Pianist
  • Nancy Janson, Liturgist Jelinda Blum,
  • Children’s Message Saint James Chancel Choir


Sunday, February 4, 2024

Becoming People of God:  Wings Like Eagles

 
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40; Mark 1:29-39
       

The season of Epiphany slowly moves from the darkness of waiting to the expansive light of awareness. These scriptures tell the story of our call from God and our discipleship journey. We cannot become the people of God without responding to God’s call on our lives.

God’s call informs the readings from both Jonah and Mark. The scriptures taken together reflect human distraction and willfulness and the need to be grounded in God.

We cannot become the people of God without responding to God’s call on our lives. As in music or a dance, think of our journey of becoming the people of God antiphonally (sound in return), we recognize that both God’s call and our response are needed to build the kin-dom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

 
9:20 am – Ringing of the Bell
9:30 am – Live and Online Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 am – Friendship Time
 

Worship Guide

  • Rev. Patricia Abell, Pastor
  • Antuan Hairston, Director of Music Ministry
  • Clarice Snyder, Organist/Pianist
  • Austin Morse, Liturgist
  • Donna Benson, Children’s Message
  • Saint James Chancel Choir


Sunday, January 28, 2024

Becoming People of God:  Among the People

 
SCRIPTURE: Deut 18:15-20 Mark 1:21-28 (CEB)
       

We listened for the voice of God with Samuel, Philip, and Nathanael. With Jonah, Simon, Andrew, James, and John, we received the persistent and grace-filled invitation to participate with God in living out the fullness of God’s kingdom right here and right now. So, what’s next? Where does the path take us now? Discernment. When we discern the movement of God in our individual and communal lives, we are continuing the call-and-response between us and God, depending on God’s grace and guidance to show us where to go, what to do, and who to be. We practice discernment by noticing the places God is at work among us as we are ‘Becoming the People of God’.

 
9:20 am – Ringing of the Bell
9:30 am – Live and Online Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 am – Friendship Time
 

Worship GuideMessage

  • Rev. Patricia Abell, Pastor
  • Antuan Hairston, Director of Music Ministry
  • Clarice Snyder, Organist/Pianist
  • Antuan Hairston, Liturgist
  • Rev. Patricia Abell, Children’s Message
  • Saint James Chancel Choir
  • Laural Clark, Handbell Director
  • Saint James Handbell Choir


Sunday, January 21, 2024

Becoming People of God: Again and Again

 
SCRIPTURE: Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Mark 1:14-20 (CEB)
       

The season of Epiphany slowly moves from the darkness of waiting to the expansive light of awareness. These scriptures tell the story of our call from God and our discipleship journey. We cannot become the people of God without responding to God’s call on our lives.

God’s call informs the readings from both Jonah and Mark. The scriptures taken together reflect human distraction and willfulness and the need to be grounded in God.

We cannot become the people of God without responding to God’s call on our lives. As in music or a dance, think of our journey of becoming the people of God antiphonally (sound in return), we recognize that both God’s call and our response are needed to build the kin-dom of God on earth as it is in heaven.

 
9:20 am – Ringing of the Bell
9:30 am – Live and Online Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 am – Friendship Time
 

Worship GuideMessage

  • Rev. Patricia Abell, Pastor
  • Antuan Hairston, Director of Music Ministry
  • Clarice Snyder, Organist/Pianist
  • Barbara Cook, Liturgist
  • Jelinda Blum, Children’s Message
  • Saint James Chancel Choir


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Becoming People of God: Your Servant is Listening

 
SCRIPTURE:  1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) John 1:43-51 (CEB)
      

We hear God’s word in many ways. In Genesis 1, God speaks and creation begins. Psalm 29 describes God’s voice as a mighty wind. As Jesus rises from the waters of the river Jordan, he hears God speak words of blessing. At the start of a new calendar year, we begin anew. As we celebrate the baptism of the Lord, we celebrate new beginnings, for God is always at work, creating and calling forth blessings.

 
9:20 am – Ringing of the Bell
9:30 am – Live and Online Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 am – Friendship Time
 

Worship GuideMessage

  • Rev. Patricia Abell, Pastor
  • Antuan Hairston, Director of Music Ministry
  • Mary Anne Espenshade, Liturgist
  • Edie Candee, Children’s Message
  • Saint James Chancel Choir


Sunday, January 7, 2024

Becoming People of God: Bread, Bath & More

 
SCRIPTURE:  Genesis 1: 1-5; Mark 1: 4-11
      

We hear God’s word in many ways. In Genesis 1, God speaks and creation begins. Psalm 29 describes God’s voice as a mighty wind. As Jesus rises from the waters of the river Jordan, he hears God speak words of blessing. At the start of a new calendar year, we begin anew. As we celebrate the baptism of the Lord, we celebrate new beginnings, for God is always at work, creating and calling forth blessings.

 
9:20 am – Ringing of the Bell
9:30 am – Live and Online Worship in the Sanctuary
10:30 am – Friendship Time
 

Worship GuideMessage

  • Rev. Patricia Abell, Pastor
  • Antuan Hairston, Director of Music Ministry
  • Jane Ohlmacher, Guest Organist/Pianist
  • Nancy Janson, Liturgist
  • Donna Benson, Children’s Message