Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - the Second Sunday in Lent - February 25 - comes from Mark.   

This week, Pastor Walt will be leading two discussions of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday Morning - Preacher's Bible Study will be meeting to do the same at 9:00 a.m. at St. James in the Koinonia Room. 

 

Mark 8:31-38

31[Jesus] began to teach them 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.32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But 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.”
  34He 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. 35For 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. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those 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.”

 

Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - the First Sunday in Lent - February 18 - comes from Mark.   

This week, Pastor Walt will be leading two discussions of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday Morning - Preacher's Bible Study will be meeting to do the same at 9:00 a.m. at St. James in the Koinonia Room. 

 

Mark 1:9-15

9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And 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. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

  12And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

  14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

 

Ash Wednesday Worship times at St. James

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St. James marks the start of the Lenten season on Ash Wednesday, February 14, with two opportunities for you to worship.  

Noon -  spoken worship with ashes and Eucharist.

7:30 p.m. - full liturgy with ashes and Eucharist.

 

All who seek the presence of God are invited to receive communion at St. James.

The ashes used in these Ash Wednesday worships were made using the palms from last year's Palm/Passion Sunday during a Confirmation Winter Retreat that focused on the Sin of Racism and God's Gift of Diversity.  

In Case You Missed Sunday's Sermon

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Do you find yourself ill or have a loved one who is battling sickness?  How do we read and understand the stories in the Bible that talk about healing?  Do miracles still happen today and what do we do when they don't?

In this sermon, based on Mark 1: 29-34, Pastor Walt explores the relationship between healing and the good news of Jesus.   

Jesus heals a variety of ailments as a sign of the present kingdom of God and to demonstrate in a life-changing way the desire of God to restore a broken creation. 

We are invited to head in the same direction of compassion and hospitality as we find ourselves and our community is broken and in need of healing.   What is more, in our sickness and broken lives we are invited to trust in God's presence to bring about the kind of healing and restoration that passes all understanding.

Read more about and listen to the sermon (click here)

Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - Transfiguration Sunday - February 11 - comes from Mark.   

This week, Pastor Walt will be leading two discussions of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday Morning - Preacher's Bible Study will be meeting to do the same at 9:00 a.m. at St. James in the Koinonia Room. 

 

Mark 9:2-9

2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

  9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

 

Lenten Daily Devotions announced

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Throughout the season of Lent - which begins on February 14 - Pastor Walt will be sharing a daily devotional as part of a three-step spiritual growth initiative.  In just fifteen minutes a day, you can grow in your faith.  More information to come on how you can get connected - stay tuned.   

You can sign up for a daily email link to this Lent devotional series - free of charge.

Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - the Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany- February 4 - comes from Mark.   

This week, Pastor Walt will be leading two discussions of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday Morning - Preacher's Bible Study will be meeting to do the same at 9:00 a.m. at St. James in the Koinonia Room. 

 

Mark 1:29-39

29As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
 32That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
 35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

 

Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - the Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany- January 28 - comes from Mark.   

Due to a Lenten Planning retreat, Pastor Walt will be leading only one discussion of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

This week - January 25 - the Preachers Bible Study is canceled.  

 

Mark 1:21-28

21[Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

 

Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - the Third Sunday After the Epiphany- January 21 - comes from Mark.   Pastor Walt leads two weekly discussions of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the gospel that will serve as the preaching text for next Sunday.  

Mark 1:14-20

14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

  16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

 

Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - Second Sunday After the Epiphany- January 14 - comes from John.   Pastor Walt leads two weekly discussions of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the gospel that will serve as the preaching text for next Sunday.  

John 1:43-51

43The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” 46Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” 48Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” 51And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”

 

Study Sunday's Gospel at St. James

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The Gospel for this coming week - Baptism of our Lord - January 7 - comes from Mark.   Pastor Walt leads two weekly discussions of this preaching text.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the Christmas story.  

Mark 1:4-11

4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 9In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And 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. 11And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

 

Study the Christmas Gospel from Luke at St. James

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The Gospel of Luke tells the Christmas story in a way that has deeply touched the hearts of Christians throughout the ages.  

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the Christmas story.  

Luke 2: 1-20

1In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
 14"Glory to God in the highest heaven,
 and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Thanks Kids

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Worship on Sunday, December 17 was led by children and youth from our Sunday School, confirmation, and SPARK ministries.  Through their prayers, readings, and actions they told the Christmas story.   We are grateful for their leadership and presence.  We also share our thanks for the teachers, mentors, and staff that helped to organize, encourage, and support our children in their efforts. 

Study the Gospel for this coming Sunday, December 17, at St. James

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This coming Sunday, December 17, the Third Sunday of Advent, the gospel that the Lectionary assigns comes from the Gospel of John.     

On Thursday Morning - Rise and Bible will be reading and studying this text (7:30 to 8:30 a.m.) at Jo Jo's Rise and Wine, Burnsville.

Also on Thursday morning - the Preachers Bible Study will be meeting (9:00 to 10:30 a.m.) at St. James in the Koinonia Room.

You are invited to attend one of these studies to dig deeper into the upcoming Sunday's gospel scripture.  

John 1:6-8, 19-28

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

 19This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, “I am not the Messiah.” 21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22Then they said to him, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23He said, 
“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ ”
as the prophet Isaiah said.
 24Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, “Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?” 26John answered them, “I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.” 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.