Sunday Bulletins

Adult Education, Spring 2018

Adult Education, Spring 2018

Adult Education group meets each third Sunday at 10:00 am, concurrent with children’s Sunday School.

We’re listening to and discussing a Rob Bell podcast series on Wisdom. This month, February 18, we’re on part 3. We meet at 10:00 am in the sanctuary. All are welcome!

February, part 3: You the Steward

January, part 2: Welcome to Your Heart
December, part 1: Meet Your Sister

February 18, 2018

February 18, 2018

First Sunday in Lent [Note – Rev. Lyle intended to lead this service on February 4, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.]

For Meditation and Reflection:

“If we choose to be co-creators (and it is a choice; God does not coerce our cooperation) we can help bring into being a world where peace, love, and charity rule, where we actually embody God. We become God’s hands and feet and voices . . . we give God a body in this world . . . we take action on what God wills for us and for the world, and we remember and fulfill our role as co-creators.” (Debra Farrington, Hearing with the Heart)

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Ash Wednesday, 2018

Ash Wednesday service led by David Weintraub, following a community Love Your Neighbor vigil in response to KKK recruitment material being distributed in Lovettsville over the weekend.

First, I want to ask you to do something. It’s not mandatory, but if you are willing to, I want to ask you to remove your shoes. I’ll explain why in a minute.

So, this year the leadership at St. James had the same conversation we have every year.

Somebody says Are we gonna have an Ash Wednesday service this year?

Then, almost everybody groans and somebody says Do we have to? Nobody likes it. And then somebody agrees to lead it because the same three people insist.

I’m one of those three people.

It’s my favorite day, and favorite ritual in the church year. And in doing some reading for this I just found out that one of my favorite teachers, Nadia Bolz-Weber, unsurprisingly it’s her favorite one too. As she points out, nobody looks forward to watching “It’s Ash Wednesday, Charlie Brown!” The culture doesn’t want it. It belongs entirely to the church.

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Standing up for love on Ash Wednesday

Standing up for love on Ash Wednesday

Friends and members of St. James,

You may have already heard the sad news that our little town of Lovettsville has now become a target of the recent Ku Klux Klan recruitment activity. New Town Meadows and other residential neighborhoods were littered with hate propaganda sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.

Some of our neighbors are organizing a visible response so that our whole community, including especially those members who are being targeted, understands that we will stand up to hate and intimidation and will protect those among us most in need of protection.

We will be observing Ash Wednesday at 8:00 pm in the sanctuary. The spirit in which Isaiah calls us to fast – not by being depressed about our human condition, but rather by raising our voices like trumpets for justice – could not be more timely.

The message to St. James with details is below.

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February 11, 2018

February 11, 2018

Transfiguration Sunday February 11, 2018

For Meditation and Reflection
“Inner Presence, Outer Purpose” – By Eckhart Tolle. A New Earth.

“Being at one with what is doesn’t mean you no longer initiate change or become incapable of taking action. But the motivation to take action comes from a deeper level, not from egoic wanting or fearing. Inner alignment with the present moment opens your consciousness and brings it into alignment with the whole, of which the present moment is an integral part. The whole, the totality of life, then acts through you.”

Welcome and Announcements

A warm welcome is extended to all. Especially those who are worshipping at St. James for the first time or who have returned after an absence. Your presence enriches both us and this time of celebration together.

Call to Worship

Pastor: We have come into this place of hope
where our hearts and minds are opened to the future.

People: We have come into this place of justice where we set aside our fear to name freely every oppression.

Pastor: We have come into this place of song where we unite our voices in the somber and the beautiful melodies of life.

People: So let us celebrate this richness and diversity of life.

All: Welcome to worship.

Opening Hymn #73 – Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

Opening Prayer

Unpredictable, irrepressible, dancing, laughing Spirit, when we’re tempted to be cautious and hesitate, draw us forward into the surprising and joyful future you have waiting for us. When we’re tempted to opt for certainty, free our spirits to adventure and risk, as your people have always done. When we’re tempted to be shackled to comfort and conformity, enable us to leave such things behind, call us through your people into the surprise of each new day. Clear our vision, so we may see things, to which we’ve paid no attention in the past. Sharpen our listening, so we may hear pleadings and cries we’ve never heard before. Strengthen our hands, so we may do things we’ve previously not dared try. Put a new spring into our step, so we may follow your leading into new situations. And draw us dancing and laughing into tomorrow. Amen.

Scripture Reading: Mark 9:2-9

Sermon: The Evolutionary Effect of Light – by Rev. Samantha Tuttle

Responsive Sharing

Reflective Hymn: #584 – I Am the Light of the World

The Offerings and Offertory Music

Doxology: #780

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

The Lord’s Prayer (Traditional, with “debts”)

Closing Hymn: #82 – Go, My Children, with My Blessing

Blessing and Sending:

May we be wholly present in our own lives, ready to be surprised by the wonder of each ordinary moment. May the light around us guide our footsteps. May God’s breath stream within us. May God’s breath renew us. May God’s breath invigorate us. Go in peace, and may the peace of God go with you.

Sharing the Peace as we go…….And we hope you can join us for post-worship coffee and conversation in Fellowship Hall.

Announcements

Childcare is now available during services at St. James. Thank you to Greta Harteis and Katie Sulek for your generous and caring work.

This Sunday February 11th:

The Church Council will meet before worship at 9:30am in the Fellowship Hall.

Next Sunday, February 18th:

Sunday School (Adult and Children) on Febrary 18 at 10AM. Every third Sunday, children meet in the Fellowship Hall with Robin Scott. Adults meet in the Sanctuary with David Weintraub. We are currently listening to and discussing a Rob Bell podcast series.

Jammin’ at James open mike is happening February 18 with Dinner at 5:30, Music 6:30 – 8:30. Max Honn and Michael O’Brian, lead a monthly jam session. All musicians and music fans are invited to come dig the great acoustics in the St. James sanctuary!

Lovettesville Historical Society is meeting on February 18th at 2:00pm.

Worship next Sunday, will be led by Rev. Samantha Tuttle.

February 25th, worship will be led by Rev. Mike Lyle.

Our Statement of Faith

We gather in worship as an inclusive community, an open & affirming community of faith that transcends any distinctions based on gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, or religion.
Our formal worship flows into a living worship of love and support for one another as we pursue ways to reflect God’s reign of mercy, justice, and peace in our community and throughout the world… along with a continuing search for ways to celebrate the goodness of life together ……and always reaching out to draw others, with total inclusiveness, into this communal experience.

February 4, 2018

February 4, 2018

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

For Meditation and Reflection:

“If we choose to be co-creators (and it is a choice; God does not coerce our cooperation) we can help bring into being a world where peace, love, and charity rule, where we actually embody God. We become God’s hands and feet and voices . . . we give God a body in this world . . . we take action on what God wills for us and for the world, and we remember and fulfill our role as co-creators.” (Debra Farrington, Hearing with the Heart)

Welcome and Announcements

Opening Prayer (Pastor)

Responsive Call to Worship (Traditional Monastic Liturgy)

Pastor: We wait for the word of the Lord as we wait for the rains.
People: and our God shall come down upon us like gentle dew.
Pastor: The hills and the mountains will be singing praise to God.
People: Every tree in the forest will be clapping its hands.
The Lord will come and rule for ever.
Alleluia.

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January 28, 2018

January 28, 2018

Fourth Sunday After the Epiphany
Worship led by the Reverend Dr. Michael Lyle
Music by Keith and Jennifer Taylor

For Meditation and Reflection:
“It is absolutely essential for the Church and for the credibility of her message that she herself live and testify to mercy. Her language and her gestures must transmit mercy, so as to touch the hearts of all people and inspire them once more to find the road that leads to God.
. . . In order to be capable of mercy, therefore, we must first of all dispose ourselves to listen to the Word of God. This means rediscovering the value of silence in order to meditate on the Word that comes to us. In this way, it will be possible to contemplate God’s mercy and adopt it as our lifestyle.” – Pope Francis

Welcome and Announcements
Opening Prayer/Invocation
(Pastor)

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January 21, 2018

January 21, 2018

St. James United Church of Christ
Third Sunday After Epiphany January 21, 2018

For Meditation and Reflection
“So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, to part of it.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

Welcome and Announcements

A warm welcome is extended to all. Especially those who are worshipping at St. James for the first time or who have returned after an absence. Your presence both enriches us and this time of cele-bration together.

Call to Worship

Pastor: How good it is to be alive! To feel the beat of our own hearts, the pulsing of life in our veins, the rhythm of our breathing.

People: So we come into this time of worship, of prayer and reflection with gratitude for the gift of life this day.

Pastor: In a universe so vast, may we be helped to sustain a good sense of who we are, and a good sense of worth in ourselves.

People: When time and events and people go by so fast, help us to know the power in pausing, and in pausing, help us to find our life renewed.

All: As we come and as we go, we pray that each of us, in our own small inner world, will know that we have been in a sacred place, fully present, to listen for and experience the Divine presence in our midst.

Opening Hymn #528 – You Are the Seed

Opening Prayer

We gather in this sacred place to honor and affirm life. We come to consider again being the change we wish to see in the world. This morning we celebrate the unfolding of the universe,
and our ability and possibilities for creating brighter and gentler futures for our communities. The symbols of life are all around us: light and noise, infants and adults, birds and animals, colors and movement, words of goodwill, songs of joy. May we recognize these symbols as life affirming. May we seek to renew them every-day. May we be inspired to share them generously. As we meet and as we prepare to depart may we again commit as individuals and as a community to the values and ideals that would contribute to the transformation of this world. May each of us undertake again the appraisal and joy of living out what is dear to us, and what truly advances and invites compassion, grace, forgiveness, kindness, justice and love to flourish and transform.

Scripture Readings: James 1:17-27, Matthew 7:24-29

Sermon: The Art of Listening – by Rev. Samantha Tuttle

Responsive Sharing

Reflective Hymn: #531 God, Speak to Me, That I May Speak

The Offerings and Offertory Music

Sharing of Joys and Concerns

The Lord’s Prayer (Traditional, with “debts”)

Closing Hymn: #538 – Standing at the Future’s Threshold

Blessing and Sending:

The God we worship is never confined to this holy place.
So go and travel with the God who is found in ordinary and surpris-ing places. Go in peace, and may the peace of God go with you.

Sharing the Peace as we go…….And we hope you can join us for post-worship coffee and conversation in Fellowship Hall.

Announcements

Sunday School, (Adult and Children) today at 10:00 A.M. Adults in the sanctuary and children in the Fellowship Hall.

Thank you to Michael O’Brien for providing our music this morning. Thank you for sharing your gift with us!

We are continuing our Giving Tree collection of donations of clean blankets for people to take what they need and give what they can.

Jammin’ With James will not be held in January.

Worship next Sunday, will be led by Rev. Michael Lyle.

Our Statement of Faith

We gather in worship as an inclusive community, an open & affirming community of faith that transcends any distinctions based on gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, or religion.

Our formal worship flows into a living worship of love and support for one another as we pursue ways to reflect God’s reign of mercy, justice, and peace in our community and throughout the world…

along with a continuing search for ways to celebrate the goodness of life together ……and always reaching out to draw others, with total inclusiveness, into this communal experience.

January 7, 2018

January 7, 2018

The Epiphany of the Lord

For Meditation and Reflection:

Carol of the Epiphany
(John Bell, The Iona Community, Scotland)

I sought him dressed in finest clothes
where money talks and status grows
but poor and wealth he never chose
it seemed he lived in poverty

I sought him in the safest place
removed from crime or cheap disgrace
but safety never knew his face
it seemed he lived in jeopardy

I sought him where the spotlights glare
where crowds collect and critics stare
but no one knew his presence there
it seemed he lived in obscurity

then in the streets we heard the word
that seemed for all the world absurd
that those who could no gifts afford
were entertaining Christ the Lord

and so distinct from all we’d planned
among the poorest of the land
we did what few might understand
we touched God in a baby’s hand

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December 17, 2017

December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent
Worship Led by the Rev. Michael Lyle

For Meditation and Reflection:

He comes this year into a world of suffering, disillusionment, polarization and broken hearts, a world much in darkness.
It is the world of the Bethlehem cave two thousand years ago, the world as humankind has always known it.
I recently visited that cave, a shrine now, and saw in the eyes of the Palestinian people (in whose territory it sits), the ageless human story of struggle and pain. And I, along with my fellow pilgrims, could have confessed my own brokenness and longing.
We anticipate his coming this Advent in solidarity with all people of every place and time. We need him desperately.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. Enter our weary hearts and make of them what you will. Make us into temples of your merciful love.

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