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How Do We Manage our Grief?

How Do We Manage our Grief?
 
Grief, sorrow, loss — all topics which are not fun or favorite ones for most of us. Yet as we continue further in our Emotionally Healthy Life series, we must tackle these topics because they are life realities we cannot avoid. In just this past week in ministry, I have officiated at a Memorial Service, been informed of the death of one close to St. James members, and am ministering to another friend who will die very soon. We may not like the topics of grief, sorrow, and loss, but each of these will certainly accompany us on our earthly journey. 
 
And the losses aren’t always about death. They are sometimes about the loss of a dream, the loss of health, of youth, of financial security, a job or as we have experienced at St. James, the loss of an unjust lawsuit or a beloved church building. Some losses are devastating; others are less significant but are still losses nonetheless. How we learn to acknowledge and grieve our losses will make us either better or less effective Christians.  
 
Most of what the culture has taught us about how to grieve our losses has left us more shallow in our humanity and less compassionate with others. The Bible has a different view of losses and teaches us a better way to regard sorrow and loss.
This Sunday we will look at grief and loss in light of Jesus Christ and His way of leading us through our grief so we don’t deny it or get stuck in it.
 
Please join Pastor Todd and me this Sunday as we continue our vibrant series on the Emotionally Healthy Life. I will preach at our two worship services at 8:30 and 11:15 and lead our 10 am workshop on this very important topic. What does this topic mean to you personally and what does it mean to St. James Church?
 
Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Rev. Cathie
Interim Rector


The Message of the Kingdom

The Message of the Kingdom
by Rev. Cathie P. Young
 
 

This past Sunday in our February sermon series on the Kingdom of God, we asked the question, “What is the message of the Kingdom?” First we established that as blood bring life to the body, so communication brings life to the Kingdom of God! The Kingdom message, though certainly communicated through the actions of our lives, is inherently verbal. Jesus preached the Kingdom. (Luke 4:43) Paul proclaimed the Kingdom. (Acts 28:31) We are called to share the message of the Kingdom by communicating it in words with others.


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Kingdom Reflections

Kingdom Reflections
by Pastor Todd Meyer

 
 

On Sunday we thought about the foundational question ‘What is the Kingdom of God?’ The simplified answer: THE AUTHORITY AND REIGN OF GOD.

1. Each of us have been given the same authority that Christ had in the Father (John 14:12).

 

2. We often misplace our affections and try to find our identity and authority in something other than Him. Like Zacchaeus, who at first found his identity and authority in his position and riches (Luke 19), we must fully surrender our identity in order to be identified with Him. Also like Zacchaeus, Jesus is inviting himself into your house. Will you let him in?


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Called to Discipleship

Called to Discipleship
 
by Pastor Todd Meyer
 
 

This Sunday is week 4 in our “Light of the World, Light IN the World” January sermon series and we will be looking at a pivotal moment in the life of the disciples:  the moment they left everything (Matt 4: 12-23).  Last week Rev. Cathie spoke from John 1 and the invitation of Jesus to the disciples to “come and see”.  This week Jesus is asking his disciples, and us, to go a big step further: “come and die”. 


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Look, Come, See

 
Look, Come, See
 
by Rev. Cathie P. Young
 
 

Do you recall how Jesus first encountered those who came to be His disciples?  Maybe you remember the well-known story about Jesus walking on the shoreline and calling the fishermen to leave their nets and come be fishers of men. This Sunday, we look at another story found in John’s Gospel that presents a different kind of encounter with soon-to-be disciples.  Here two seekers followed Jesus from a distance and when He saw them, He asked, “What are you looking for?”

This question “What are you looking for?” is filled with depth and meaning. It makes us search our own hearts as we remember when we first encountered Christ. What were we looking for? And it makes us think of the new and younger generation we seek to bring into St. James. What are they looking for?

Equally important is Jesus’ statement to those two young seekers, “Come and see.” What did you see at St. James when you first came that drew you in to come closer to Jesus Christ? What will a new generation see when they come?  Will what they see draw them closer to Christ?

Join us this Sunday at 7:30, 9 or 11 am as we continue January’s preaching series, “Light of the World; Light IN the Word”. I will be preaching from John 1:29-42. Please take time to read it and be sure to bring your Bible to church this Sunday! See you then.

 
 
 


New Things

“New Things”
 
by Pastor Todd Meyer
 
Have you ever been overwhelmed by a task? My guess is we have all been overwhelmed even by the small tasks we must do like clean the garage, cook for a party you are hosting, or get that stubborn virus off your computer! And there are those larger tasks which can almost cripple us if we think too hard about them: Care for an ailing parent, encourage a child not living up to their potential, start, or end, a career.
 
One of the largest tasks all of us have is to bring Jesus to a world who is desperate without him. Here is the good news: We do not need to be overwhelmed!

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What’s In a Name?

What’s in a Name?
 
by Rev. Cathie P. Young
 
 
 
This Sunday marks the feast of the Holy Name which is recognized on January 1, the eighth day of Christmas.  On December 25 we celebrated Christ’s birth, the Word made flesh, and this Sunday, we remember the name given to Him “by the angel before He was conceived.”  The naming of the Christ child was a very human important moment.

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When Sugarplums Fly…to Mumbai

When Sugarplums Fly…to Mumbai
By Ruth Ellen Johnson
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s hard to let go of things: your to-do list, your checkbook, your past, your youth. But for a parent, it’s gut-wrenching to let go of your kids. And yet we must. From the day they are born, we should be making our job obsolete. Not in loving them but in releasing them. We must start their engines, let them rev then take-off. And crash. And repair. And taxi. Again and again, till one day….they soar.

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