Children’s Chapel March 3rd

Bring your children to the 10:15am service then Kari-Ann Lynne and Angie Volpa will lead them to the main building for a Bible story, songs and activities. They return to the church at the Peace.  Tiny ones are welcome in the Nursery.

Pathways to Generosity Second Sunday (2nd Lent)

Mark 8:31-38

Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Deer Creek Chamber Choir Concert – March 3

Annual concert at St. James by the Deer Creek Chorale Chamber Choir is at 3pm in the church. A coffee and dessert reception will follow. No tickets required.

Pathways to Generosity – Brochure (Overview)

St. James Pathways Brochure Final

Pathways to Generosity First Sunday

Mark 1:9-15.   (Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent)

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Ash Wednesday 2024

Matthew 6:1-6,16-21

Jesus said, “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Pathways to Generosity: Pray

You are encouraged to pray each day on our Lenten Pathways to Generosity. Use this time to pray for our church, congregation, and community.

 ~ Pray for God’s guidance in your spiritual journey

 ~ Pray for guidance of our ministries and wisdom in creating new ministries

 ~ Pray for our clergy and their families

 ~ Pray for our church staff and volunteers

 ~ Pray for our congregation

 ~ Pray that we welcome visitors and those seeking to know Christ

 ~ Pray for our neighbors and community and our outreach to those in need

 ~ Pray that the spirit of generosity will grow throughout our congregation 

God, help me to see all the blessings in my life.  I come to you with an open and grateful heart.  Teach me to be a good steward of all that I have.  Open my eyes and my heart to see all the opportunities around me.  Fill my heart and let me respond in every situation with an attitude of worship and a spirit of generosity. Renew my faith as I ask,

“God, where do you want me to be in My giving?”  Amen.

Parish Lenten Devotion

Download a pdf of the devotional book we are reading together during Lent on our Pathways to Generosity.

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Bishop Sutton Visited February 11th

We welcomed Bishop Sutton and Archdeacon Elder on Sunday.

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