At the start of the week before Christmas, I am struck by the way that ministry at St. James engages people. Yesterday was a wonderful celebration. During our regular Sunday worship, our children told the Christmas story through word and song. Under the guidance of Sunday school teachers, parents, and our children’s music leaders - they did an awesome job of leading our worship. This memorable experience touched the hearts of many. I am deeply appreciative of all the efforts that go into our Children’s and youth ministry at St. James. So much goes on that sometimes we don’t always share all the stories. We will try to do better.
Ministry at and through a church depends upon the passion, dedication, and willingness of everyone. From the giving of time, talents, and treasure, we come together to BE the Church - to share the good news that is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Tonight, Tuesday, December 18, from 6:00 TO 7:30 P.M., we will gather to PLAN ministry for the first four months of 2019. Everyone is invited to this event, which is given extra support by our Council. We will imagine together how we might BE CHURCH in this place in the first third of 2019. Bring your ideas, hopes, and dreams for ALL AGES. Our innovative structure allows for ministry to be flexible, open to new ideas, and helps us improve without judgment on what we’ve done before. The way WE DO ministry invites input and dedication from those new to St. James and those who have long make this congregation their church home.
I hope that you can join me. Did I mention - there will be pizza! What a deal!
As always, I look forward to the ministry that God has in store for us all.