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This Week's Focus

November 19, 2017

In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

The great hymn “Amazing Grace” summarizes biblical faith well: “Grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” If grace reveals that joy is a gift, then prayer is the Lord’s gracious means through which he daily sustains that joy.

We sometimes believe we are independent, self-sufficient people. Our tired minds, aching backs, and callous hands that produced a successful career and a comfortable home seem to affirm that myth. But what if corporate restructuring takes away the paycheck, or terminal illness robs our strength and vitality? Anxiety, worry, and fear set in, taking the place of our pride.

Life comes from the Lord, and so does daily help. We come to the Lord through prayer, and the fruit of prayer is peace. Yet prayer is not a mantra, and we can’t use it to try to manipulate God. Prayer is a divine gift to strengthen the bonds of love between us and God. The act of prayer itself affirms our dependence on him for peace and joy.

Peace is knowing that death is overcome by resurrection, falsehood by truth, confusion by wisdom, hatred by love. This is the joyful fruit of believers who seek the Lord! Then, when all else has failed, we can still say, “I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:18).

*From the devotion “Prayerful Joy” by Calvin Hoogendoorn found at today.reframemedia.com.


PREPARING FOR SUNDAY MORNING

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

LITURGICAL READINGS for November 19, 2017
Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

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.  Jim Hathcote—Head Usher, November, 2017


St. James Kids

Big Church Activity Folders are available at the front-left corner of the sanctuary.
Folders are color-coded as follows: Red – 4th and 5th Green – 2nd and 3rd Blue – Kindergarten and 1st Purple – Preschool
Please return folders at close of service.

Ladies of St. James—Mark Your Calendars!!

  • Tuesday, December 12 (6:00 PM) Ornament Swap at Cracker Barrel

Operation Christmas Child - The Power of a Simple Gift

Operation Christmas Child is an easy, fun and rewarding opportunity for members of St. James to help share the love of Jesus with children throughout the world. Directions, boxes and labels are available at several locations around the church. Please fill your box with small gifts of school supplies, toys, candy, etc. and return your box to the church by the 11 am service on Sunday, November 19th. Include a $9 donation to Samaritan’s Purse with your box to handle shipping and delivery. Please note that there are a few changes for 2017 including a $2 per box increase in donation; and boxes should no longer contain any candy or toothpaste due to regulations of some of the countries where boxes are delivered. Find more information and suggestions about what to pack in your boxes visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org.


The St. James UMC church office will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, November 22nd and 23rd, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.


Men’s Gathering

Tuesday, November 21 6:30 P.M.
Location-The Jimmy
Men, join us every Tuesday evening for a time of prayer and fellowship.

Looking to Make St. James Your Church Home?

If you are considering joining St. James and making this congregation your church home, please contact our Executive Minister, Glenn Cole, to find out the next steps into membership. You can reach Glenn at the church office at 706-548-1680 or by email at gcole@sjumc.org, or meet him at the front of the sanctuary after any of our worship services.


We are missing several folding tables from our Fellowship Hall. If you know the whereabouts of any of these, please return them to the church.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT OPPORTUNITIES

There will be no Wednesday night activities this week.

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

Faye Boyd, Marlene Bryan, Sally Stowers, Amie Arnold, Bette Daniels, Clois Brown, Katherine Wolf, Jerry Chesness, Anna May Cobb, Laura Beck, Betty Chesness

SERVING IN THE MILITARY

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

LOOKING AHEAD!

  • December 3—Greening of the Church (5:00 pm)
  • December 12—Ladies Ornament Swap at Cracker Barrel (6:00 pm)
  • December 17—”Seeking the Savior” Family Event (6:00 pm)
  • December 24—Christmas Eve Service with St. Thomas Anglican Church (6:00 pm)

Did you miss a Sunday?

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


Attendance 



November 12, 2017




Sunday School


133
Worship (8:30)


45
Worship (11:00)


169
Total Worship


214



 Offering
General/Operating Fund Offering


$19,194
General/Operating Fund Offering (YTD)


$666,304

Have you remembered St. James in your will?


The Worship of God

8:30 and 11:00 a.m.

24th Sunday After Pentecost November 19, 2017

WE GATHER TO ACCLAIM HIM

PRE-SERVICE MUSIC

GATHER FOR WORSHIP
Harvest Carol-arr. Wihla Hudson

GATHERING SONG NO. 102
Now Thank We All Our God

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Glenn Cole

GREETING TIME

WE WORSHIP HIM WITH PRAISE

HYMN NO. 694
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

DEVOTION
Glenn Cole

PRAISE SONGS (11:00)

READING OF THE WORD
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Colossians 3:15-17
Kin McKinnon

MORNING PRAYER
Kin McKinnon

Children may be dismissed to Children’s Church in Room 103. Pre-K (3 years old by Sept. 1, 2017) through 3rd Grade.

OFFERTORY
Thanks Be to God
St. James Choir

DOXOLOGY
Come lift your hearts on high, Alleluia Amen.
Let praises fill the sky, Alleluia Amen.
Here, now our offering, with joyful hearts we bring,
For evermore we sing, Alleluia Amen.

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

DEVOTION
Austin Hunter

OUR RESPONSE

HYMN NO. 89
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

SENDING FORTH
Glenn Cole

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
We Thy People Praise Thee-ST. ANTHONY CHORALE
LaMurl Morris

Altar Color for Sunday, November 19—Green

The sanctuary flowers today are given to the glory of God by Matt and Cindy Robbins.



 

WEEKLY ACTIVITIES AT ST. JAMES

  • Sunday, November 19
    • Worship Services at 11:00 a.m.
      8:30 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)

      9:45 a.m. Sunday School
      11:00 a.m. Worship (Sanct.)
    • 5:00 p.m. St. Thomas Anglican Church (Sanct.)
  • Monday, November 20
  • Tuesday, November 21
    • 7:30 a.m. Men’s Bible Study (Rm. 220)
    • 6:30 p.m. Men’s Gathering (The Jimmy)
  • Wednesday, November 22
    • The St. James church office will be closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Thursday, November 23
    • The St. James church office will be closed due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Friday, November 24
  • Saturday, November 25

 

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

 

THE LIGHT WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

  • Sunday, November 19
    • 10:30 a.m. Sunday School
    • 11:30 a.m. Worship Service

 

Focus

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