With Thanks for the Journey we Share

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As I begin this week of Thanksgiving celebrations, a sense of gratitude fills my heart.

God's Spirit is alive in the midst of our community of faith and struggle. From the joy that our children bring to worship to the generosity that folks have been displaying in response to Armful of Love and our annual Stewardship Pledge drive - ministry at St. James remains vibrant.

Pastor Mponzi's visit earlier this month reminded us of the blessing that St. James' decades-old relationship in Tanzania brings. Two Sundays ago, we learned from President/CEO Jeff Mortensen of similar blessings brought about through our local partnership with 360 Communities.

Please know of my thanks for you and every disciple of Jesus at St. James Lutheran. Together, God is accomplishing the proclamation of good news in this time and place. Thanks be to God!

With joy in my heart, I share an invitation with you. Starting on Sunday, November 25, we begin a daily four-week devotional series that coincides with the season of Advent. The first week is a Pre-Advent week and helps us get ready for the annual journey of preparation.

Starting on Sunday, December 2, I will preach an Advent sermon series called "Threshold." The sermons (Sundays and Wednesdays), like the daily devotions, look at navigating the transitional moments of life when we find ourselves in a new place. We will be relying on a familiar Advent voice, the prophet Isaiah, for guidance along the way.

My trip to Chaco Canyon and its ancient ruins inspired me to write this series. I am offering it for free to the whole St. James community with thanksgiving for this wonderful journey of ministry on which we find ourselves together. Follow the link below to sign up today.

Blessings to you this week as you celebrate Thanksgiving. As always, I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.