Fall 2019 Sunday Morning Service Schedule
Welcome Fall 2019
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1,2
These are favorite verses of mine, written at a turning point in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Having described in the first 11 chapters the marvel of God’s grace, extended to all, Paul then shifts to describe the ways we should live in light of that grace. He talks about what it means to be formed. On the one hand, we can easily be conformed to this world. We can alternatively be transformed by the renewing of our minds. But one way or another, we’re going to be formed. We will be formed by our friends, our neighbors, our schools, our workplaces, our media, our sources of entertainment.
And then there’s the church. By God’s grace, we come together to be formed, indeed transformed, into people who reflect more deeply the love of God known to us in Jesus. From one perspective, everything we do at St. James’ is formation, calling us to be the body of Christ through worship, fellowship, outreach to people in need, service in ministries like altar guild or ushers, service on committees that keep this place running. All of those offerings, many of which are quite sacrificial in nature, are part of formation.
But we want to highlight in this brochure the God-given opportunities to gather and be learners (another word for disciples). A good deal of the material inside will talk about what we will do on Sunday mornings, for folks of all ages, meeting at 10:15 each week. We will have offerings for young children and teenagers. For adults, we’ll offer a class in the Lippitt Room, with a series of lectures and discussions on various issues. We will also have a weekly bible study on the gospel du jour. And there will be an opportunity for small group discussion on matters of faith.
Other small groups will meet during the week in a variety of settings meant to help us go deeper. In this time of transition in our parish, a time of recommitment to this community marked by grace, it is important that we come together to be formed, indeed to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
Please read, mark and inwardly digest this brochure. Pray about how God might be calling you to grow in faith this Fall. And join us in this formative process. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham