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August 13, 2017

Jesus at the Home of Martha and Mary
Luke 10:38-42

This is what I imagine Martha was thinking that day.

Jesus is here. In our house. I have been looking forward to his visit. The house is clean. I just need to prepare the meal. I am so glad I get to serve Jesus in this way. But everything has to be perfect. I wish Mary would get in here and help me. That way, I might hear some of Jesus’s teaching, too. It’s not fair that she gets to sit at his feet. I’m going to tell Jesus. He needs to make her come and help me. Surely he sees me in here by myself, doing all the work.

If Martha is anything like me, she’s preparing a feast. And she’s trying to time everything just right—so the food is hot and ready at the same time. She could have opted for pizza and a bagged salad, but what would the others think? Instead, she’s making a beautiful meal for her Savior. I am doing all this for Jesus, after all. Does he know that I’m doing this for Him?

Martha wants to be noticed. She wants to be appreciated. Accepted. Praised, even. At the root of it all is her desire to be known and loved.

I think perhaps the enemy was whispering his lies to Martha that day. She believed Jesus didn’t see her hard at work in the kitchen. She believed she had to perform and achieve to please Jesus.

Jesus sees Martha. He appreciates what she is doing for Him, but what He wants even more is for her to know Him. So He gently corrects her. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered. “You are worried and upset about many things. But few things are needed. Really, only one thing is needed.”

The one thing needed—our greatest possession and the one act of service for our Lord that will never be taken away from us—is the close fellowship with Him that comes only from sitting at His feet and knowing Him more and more.

Jenny Major
Children’s Minister


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

Sunday Worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
 The Rev. Bill Curington

LITURGICAL READINGS for August 13, 2017
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33

THANK YOU FOR SILENCING ELECTRONIC DEVICES DURING THE WORSHIP SERVICES.

Our St. James Prayer Ministers will be available at the Altar immediately following the service to pray with anyone desiring prayer. Ben Whipple—Head Usher, August, 2017


Night of Healing Prayer
Thursday, August 24th 7:00-8:30 PM

St. James United Methodist Church
Everyone is welcome. Come as you are and drop in during these times. You will have individual prayer time (if desired) with two trained prayer ministers for your needs and concerns, with complete confidentiality. There have been many healings and breakthroughs as people met Jesus at these gatherings. 

St. James Prayer Ministers
Any questions, please call the church office 706-548-1680.

Please note…

On Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 2 PM in the Fellowship Hall the following six Vietnam veterans will be presented with Quilts of Valor in honor of their service to our country: Bob Wolf, George Stewart, Billy Galt, Dave Himmelsbach, J.R. Garrett and John Cunningham (from The Light). Friends and relatives are invited to attend the celebration.

Women of St. James—Save the Date!

ABUNDANCE WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
November 3-4, 2017
TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC
For more information, contact Janice Himmelsbach jfhimmels@charter.net or 706-540-6089

Men’s 2017 Watch Conference

Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26, 2017

Friday—5:30 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday—7:30 AM-Noon
Registration deadline: August 17

Where? 

Thomas Cotton Gin (3753 Greensboro Hwy., Watkinsville, GA)

Featuring two dynamic speakers:

Trey Dickerson of Living Logos Ministries
Todd Hunt of Awakening Fires Ministries.

Cost $60 (includes t-shirt, supper Friday night and breakfast Saturday morning.) Fees may be paid at the St. James church office, or drop your check in the offering plate on Sunday. Please put “2017 Men’s Watch Conference” on the memo line of
your check. 

For more information contact Scott Barnett at barnett.scottk@gmail.com or 706-296-5025.

Save the Date

UGA Wesley Foundation Fundraising Dinner
Who: Wesley Alumni, Friends and Parents
When: Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
Where: UGA Tate Student Center, Grand Hall
If you are unable to attend this event but would like to give to Wesley, mail a check to 1196 S. Lumpkin St., Athens, GA 30605, and designate it “Fundraising Dinner.”


WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

  • FELLOWSHIP MEAL, 5:30 p.m. (Fellowship Hall)
  • Menu for WEDNESDAY, August 16
    Chicken Tenders, Green Beans, Macaroni & Cheese, Salad, Rolls, Banana Pudding
  • Cost: $5.00 (kids under 12 eat free)
    We need your dinner reservation by Monday, August 14 (11 a.m.) To make reservations: [1] call the church office (706-548-1680) and leave message on voice mail; [2] email mswift@sjumc.org; or, [3] note number of children & adults by your name on Sunday’s attendance sheets
  • Bible Studies
    • 6:15-7:30 p.m. - The Gospel of John (Rm. 219) Pastor Bill and Tim Savelle will lead this study as you learn about the various themes in the gospel of John.
    • 6:15-7:30 p.m. - Core Christianity (Rm. 220) What do Christians believe, and why does it matter? Join in on an eight-week study as we tackle the essential and basic beliefs that all Christians share. (Facilitated by Glenn Cole.)
  • Children's Ministry
    • 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.—Everyday Heroes (PreK4—5th Grade)
  • Youth Ministry
    • 6:00-7:30 p.m. — WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
  • Music Ministry
    • 7:30 p.m. — Choir (Rm. 213)

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Pastor Artur Pold, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Clois Brown, Katherine Wolf, Betty Chesness, Roger Croy, Sally Stowers, Jerry Chesness, Anna May Cobb, Laura Beck, Tim Savelle, Harriett Garrett

SERVING IN THE MILITARY

Corp. Shay Jennings, Major Brett Thomas, Pvt. Andrew Bryant, 2nd Lt. Wesley M. Hutto, Maj. Nathaniel Chittick

LOOKING AHEAD!

  • August 16—Wednesday Night Activities Resume
  • August 20—Quilts of Valor Presentation
  • August 24—Night of Healing Prayer
  • August 25 & 26—Men’s Watch Conference

Did you miss a Sunday?

Pastor Bill’s sermons are available for download on our Teachings page.


Attendance 



August 6, 2017




Sunday School


134
Worship (8:30)


37
Worship (11:00)


201
Total Worship


238



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$26,529
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$473,292

Have you remembered St. James in your will?


The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

10th Sunday After Pentecost August 13, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

PRELUDE
O Jesus I Have Promised-arr. Don Hustad

GATHERING SONG
Lord, We Come

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole

GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE

HYMN NO. 64
Holy, Holy, Holy

OFFERTORY
Glorify Thy Name-Donna Adkins
Bill Emerson, piano

DOXOLOGY
For thy church, that ever more lifteth holy hands above,
Offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.

READING OF THE WORD
John 10:27-28 (NIV)
Glenn Cole

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH—THE APOSTLES’ CREED (#881) (8:30)

PRAISE SONGS (11:00)

MORNING PRAYER
Bill Emerson

(11:00) Children may be dismissed to Children’s Church in Room 103. Pre-K (4 years old by Sept. 1, 2016) through 3rd Grade.

WE HEAR HIS WORD 

SCRIPTURE
Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

SERMON
“Prophetic Encouragement”

HYMN NO. 451
Be Thou My Vision

COMMUNION

OUR RESPONSE

HYMN NO. 57
O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

SENDING FORTH

CONGREGATIONAL BLESSING
May the Lord, Mighty God, bless and keep you forever, Grant you peace, perfect peace, courage in every endeavor. Lift up your eyes and see His face, know His grace is for you, May the Lord, Mighty God, bless and keep you forever.

POSTLUDE
LaMurl Morris

Altar Color for Sunday, August 13—White

The sanctuary flowers today are given to the glory of God by James and Janie Lineberger in honor of their wedding anniversary on August 14th.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, August 13
    • Worship Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
       8:30 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)
       9:45 a.m. Sunday School
       11:00 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)
    • 12:00 p.m. Prayer Ministry Team (FH)
    • 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Sanct.)
    • 6:00 p.m. Supper Club (The Jimmy)
  • Monday, August 14
    • 6:00 p.m. Praise Team (Sanct.)
  • Tuesday, August 15
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
  • Wednesday, August 16
    • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Fellowship Dinner (FH)
    • 6:00 p.m. WednesdayInTheWord (The Jimmy)
    • 6:15 p.m. Core Christianity (Rm. 220)
    • 6:15 p.m. Gospel of John Bible Study (Rm. 219)
    • 7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal (Rm. 213)
  • Thursday, August 17
    • 6:30 p.m. Finance Committee (Rm. 220)
  • Friday, August 18
  • Saturday, August 19
    • 10:00 a.m. Women Warrior Prayer Time (Sanct.)

 

Key
 FH = Fellowship Hall
 Sanct = Sanctuary
 The Jimmy = House beside St. James (across parking lot)

 

THE LIGHT WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

  • Sunday, August 13
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

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