Sunday Bulletins

December 10, 2017

December 10, 2017

Second Sunday in Advent

For Meditation and Reflection:

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

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship ….Advent Candle of Peace

Pastor: As this season of Advent unfolds around us, the silent prayers of peace lie like stars hidden in a clouded night.
People: May we inspire the world with peace.
Pastor: May we touch it to our lives that in every place of stress, frustration, or fear, we might feel the presence of peace easing our hearts and transforming our lives.
People: And may we share its healing power with our children, that they might become the inspiration through which peace makes its way to a new yet-dreamt-of world.
All: May Peace light the world this Christmas. Light candle

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December 3, 2017

December 3, 2017

First Sunday in Advent

Worship Leader: Reverend Samantha Tuttle
Music by Janell Kinzie

For Meditation and Reflection:
As surely as we belong to the universe, we belong together. We join here to transcend the isolated self. To reconnect, to know ourselves to be at home, here on earth, under the stars, linked with each other.

Let us take a moment now to settle into the silence. Hear and feel your quiet breathing. Hear and feel the quiet of this place and this community of people.

In this quiet hour may our spirits be renewed. In this gathering of old and new friends may our minds be open to new truth, and our hearts be receptive to love, as we give thanks for this life we are blessed to share.

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November 19, 2017

November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Sunday Service
Order of Worship on Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Worship Leader: Reverend Mary Mason
Music by Janell Kinzie

Meditation
We gather together to ask for Gods blessings,
to live in community, seeking God’s will.
We come now as sisters and brothers,
confessing the sins that divide and the wrong in us still.
All praise to the Spirit, provider, defender.
You offer us freedom, to follow or stray, empowering all by the hope you engender.
Grant wisdom and courage to follow your way.

– Lavon Bayler

Lighting of the candles
Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship:
Responsive reading Psalm 100, Page 688 black hymnal

Opening Hymn: No 422 Come, O Thankful People, Come

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30; Judges 4

Reflection: DEBORAH the Fiery Prophet

Reflective Hymn: No 423 Great Is Your Faithfulness

Offertory Words
Having received new life through the generosity of God, and the hope that Christ brings, let us give thankfully and abundantly that we may be called God’s generous people.

The Offering and Offertory Music

Responsive Reading:
United Church of Christ statement of faith, Page 885 black hymnal

Pastoral Prayer
Creator God,
You call us to love and serve you with body, mind and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion and receive these petitions on behalf of the needs of the church and the world.

Joys and Concerns

The Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn: No 28 For the Beauty of the Earth

Light carried out to the world

Benediction
The grace of God, the strength of Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, guide and sustain us today and in all our tomorrows.
Amen

Share the peace as we go.

All are invited to stick around for coffee and conversation afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.

November 12, 2017

November 12, 2017

Worship Leader: Rev. Samantha Tuttle
Music by Jesse Scobie

Welcome and Announcements – Welcome to this place of worship, which we make special by our presence. Come into this place, where the ordinary is sanctified, the human is celebrated, the compassionate is expected. Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this time, this life in the presentness of God.

For Meditation and Reflection: We come together from our separate lives, each of us bringing our concerns, our preoccupations, our hopes, and our dreams. We are not yet fully present. The traffic, the last-minute cooking, the final details still cling to us. Our bodies hold the rush of the past few hours. It is now time to let go of these pressures and embrace and become aware of the present moment…When you are ready, repeat silently to yourself: ‘Hineini’ or ‘Here I am’. Hineini is used in the Torah to signify being present in body, mind, and spirit. It means settling into where we are and simply being “here”.

Call to Worship:

Pastor: This time of worship is an invitation to be calm in the midst of the noise of the world and our over-busy lives,

Congregation: to bring together thought and feeling, mind and spirit, and to find some center, some still point, of perspective and peace.

Pastor: We draw near to each other in the presence of a Holy Weaver. That we may see afresh. That we may hear anew. That we may act again with vigor.

Congregation: May there be many new patterns woven among us: patterns of peace between strangers, patterns of love between friends, patterns of hope among the hopeless, patterns of joy among the sorrowful.

Pastor: And may we be brokers of a spirit of new hope with all people, to the ways we cope with life, to the ways we embrace the present, and the ways we think about the future.

All: Welcome to worship.

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November 5, 2017

November 5, 2017

St. James United Church of Christ
Order of Worship on Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Worship Leader – Rev. Samantha Tuttle
All Saints Sunday

For Reflection
As surely as we belong to the universe, we belong together. We join here to transcend the isolated self. To reconnect, to know ourselves to be at home, here on earth, under the stars, linked with each other.

Let us take a moment now to settle into the silence. Hear and feel your quiet breathing. Hear and feel the quiet of this place and this community of people. In this quiet hour may our spirits be renewed. In this gathering of old and new friends may our minds be open to new truth, and our hearts be receptive to love, as we give thanks for this life we are blessed to share.

Welcome & Announcements
A warm welcome is extended to all. Your presence both enriches us and this time of celebration together.

Responsive Call to Worship
Pastor: We come from different places to this sacred place of communal caring and celebration.
People: Sharing life’s journey with others is always a privilege.
Pastor: We are enriched by the company of each other, and are drawn closer to the heart of love in this time of worship.
People: May this gathering be touched with tenderness, refreshing us anew by the grace that encompasses this day.
All: Welcome to worship.

Opening Hymn: #4 – Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

Opening Meditation

Let us take a moment to settle into the silence.
(Silence)
As we sit in the quiet, feel the life that stretches between us, filling this place. Feel the opening of all the windows of our beings, as we reach outward to the life around us, beyond this place, throughout all creation.
(Silence)
In silence now, we bring to our minds’ eye the people who have loved us and continue to love us: people who are not here with us today, but whose love we carry with us…people who are there every day, and whose care and love we sometimes take for granted…people who might be within our circle of love…could we but extend our circle a little further…In silence now, we hold these people in our hearts.
(Silence)
May our hearts be opened to all whose names and faces have crossed our minds: that old wounds may be healed, that constant joys may be celebrated, and that the love we share with the people in our lives may be our abiding teacher.
Amen.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:6

Sermon by Rev. Samantha Tuttle – “Holiday Navigation” (Part 1)

Responsive Sharing

The Offerings and Offertory Music

We are surrounded by the beauty of the Earth. We are supported by the abundance of the Earth. In thankful response let us share our offerings as part of our celebration of life in this place.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns
And remembering those who have gone before us.

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

Holy Communion and Communion Music

Closing Hymn: #539 – Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant?

(Verses 1-4 and 6)

Blessing and Sending
May the places where you walk become sacred spaces of the Holy God…
The places where you take your stand be signposts to the love of Christ…
The places where you rest be filled with the renewing grace of the Spirit.
Go in peace, and may the peace of God go with you.

Sharing the Peace as we go…
After worship, we hope you can join us for Communion Sunday Brunch next door in the Fellowship Hall.

Thought for the Day/Week
It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble, it’s what you know for sure, that just ain’t so. – Mark Twain

Announcements:

This Sunday, November 5th – Our musician is Jess Scobie. We thank him for sharing his talents with us.
Sunday November 12th – Rev. Samantha Tuttle will lead service and, as we head into the holidays, continuing teaching “Holiday Navigation”
Sunday November 19th – Rev. Mike Lyle will lead service.
Sunday November 26th – Churchwide Thanksgiving. Join us in the Fellowship Hall to share Thanksgiving leftovers 11AM – 12:30PM. The sanctuary will be open for private prayer.

Starting November 19th – Children’s Education at 10 AM for 4 -12-year-olds with Robin Scott. Robin is excited to begin leading Sunday School for youngsters once a month. Next date: December 17th.

Our beautiful Saint James T-shirts are available to all. Of fine quality and union made, the suggested donation is $20.

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.

October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017

Order of Worship on Sunday, October 22, 2017

Worship Leader – Mark Dewey
Music Leader – Alex Thomas

For Meditation and Reflection

“If we are absolutely grounded in the love of God, which protects us from nothing even as it sustains us in everything, then we can face all things with courage and tenderness, and we can touch the hurting places in others and ourselves with love.”
– Richard Rohr

Welcome, Announcements, and Introduction

Responsive Call to Worship: Isaiah 45 and Psalm 96

Leader: Thus says the Lord:
All: I will go before you and level the mountains;
Leader: I will break through the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron;
All: I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places;
Leader: So you may know that it is I, The Lord, who calls you by your name.
All: Let the sea roar, and all that fills it.
Leader: Let the field exult, and everything in it.
All: Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy!
Leader: And let us sing with joy and thanksgiving for the love of God which protects us from nothing, even as it sustains us in everything.

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October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017

Worship leader: Rev. Samantha Tuttle
Music provided by Oli Covington

Welcome and Announcements – Welcome to this place of worship, which we make special by our presence. Come into this place, where the ordinary is sanctified, the human is celebrated, the compassionate is expected. Let us celebrate the richness and diversity of this time, this life in the presentness of God.

Call to Worship:

Pastor: We gather at this time and in this place to celebrate the mystery of life.
Congregation: We commit to moving beyond our previous selves and to continue emerging into persons and into a community dedicated to enhancing this world.
Pastor: We affirm the worth of all, and commit ourselves to honoring the sacred in all.
Congregation: We seek to open ourselves to be more in tune, more involved with each other and the world.
Pastor: We commit ourselves to learning, changing, thinking again…deconstructing our faith and daring again to imagine how faith and risk lead us to each other,
Congregation: engaging us all in the depths and dimensions of what it means to be human, to be neighbor, to love, to include, to laugh, to be free.
All: Welcome to worship.

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October 8, 2017

October 8, 2017

Order of Worship on Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Worship Leader – Rev. Michael Lyle

For Meditation and Reflection:
Jesus was brought up in Nazareth of Galilee. This land, though despised by the more purely Jewish inhabitants of Judea because its people were of mixed racial stock, was loyal to the Jewish religion and traditions, the home of a hardy, self-respecting population, and particularly pervaded by the messianic hope. Here Jesus grew to manhood through years of unrecorded experience.
– From A History of the Christian Church

The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives. – Isaiah 61: 1-2

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October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

St. James United Church of Christ
Order of Worship on Sunday, October 1st, 2017
World Communion Sunday

For Meditation and Reflection:
As surely as we belong to the universe, we belong together. We join here to transcend the isolated self. To reconnect, to know ourselves to be at home, here on earth, under the stars, linked with each other.
Let us take a moment now to settle into the silence. Hear and feel your quiet breathing. Hear and feel the quiet of this place and this community of people. In this quiet hour may our spirits be renewed. In this gathering of old and new friends may our minds be open to new truth, and our hearts be receptive to love, as we give thanks for this life we are blessed to share.

Welcome and Announcements – A warm welcome is extended to all. Your presence both enriches us and this time of celebration together.

Call to Worship
Pastor: May we greet one another with open hearts and minds;
People: inspire each other to consider new questions
Pastor: seek deeper meaning;
People: and cultivate both wisdom and compassion.
Pastor: May this time together empower us to take some steps
People: so all our living is transforming
All: and the yearning of our hearts become reality

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September 24, 2017

September 24, 2017

Order of Worship on Sunday, September 24, 2017:
Blessing of the Animals

Worship Leader: Rev. Guy S. Johnson
Lay Leader: Janell Kinzie

For Meditation and Reflection
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
– Anatole France

Welcome music provided by Oli Covington.

Welcome and Announcements

Opening Prayer

Opening Hymn: For the Beauty of the Earth
“For the beauty of the earth
For the splendor of the skies.
For God’s love, which from our birth,
Over and around us lies.
Refrain: God of all, to you we raise,
This our hymn of grateful praise.
For the joy of human love,
Animals that we love too.
For your grace here and above,
Shown in all we say and do.
Refrain
For the good that love inspires,
For a world where none exclude,
For a faith that never tires,
And for every heart renewed.
Refrain

Today’s Scripture Readings:

Genesis 1:22-24
Mark 11:1-3

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