Sunday, December 16, 2018
ST. JAMES’ SERVICE TIMES:
7:30 am Holy Eucharist Rite I
8:40 am & 11:05 am Holy Eucharist
Fill out and wear a nametag! Sharpies and nametag stickers are everywhere.
For your convenience, we now have seat cushions located in the back pews of the church. Assistive hearing devices, large print copies of the Book of Common Prayer, and prayer shawls to keep you warm, are also located in the Narthex.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10am
Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John: How the Gospels differ and complement each other, with the Rev. Jamie McElroy, in Gray Hall, Room 103.
‘The end is just the beginning.’ This line is taken from the prose of T.S. Eliot (a faithful Anglican himself) and it tells an illogical yet definite truth. Ends are just beginnings to something new. In today’s Old Testament lesson, the prophet Isaiah (12:1-6), is looking beyond the exile Israel currently finds herself in and instead focuses on the joy awaiting them after the end of their journey. And that end will be the beginning. What is or has come to an end in our lives? And what beginning is God the Holy Spirit inviting us to? See you Sunday, Father Seth+
10 am in Fowler Hall with Donuts and Fellowship!
Youth Sunday School Class:
Advent is a season of waiting and preparation. Waiting, however, is not always easy to do, especially when we are waiting for something good. But if we try hard enough, we can find joy and hope in waiting. The anticipation improves the sweetness of what is to come. This is certainly the case in our scripture for today. Our reading comes Isaiah, during a time when the prophet is warning the Israelites that if they do not change their ways they will face God’s judgment. Our reading, however, focuses when all may experience the incoming peace of the kingdom of God.
For Isaiah, this is both spiritual and political, preaching hope in a divided world that has precious little hope in it. It is a message of things to come in a world that cannot look past the end of the day. It is a call for joy in a world of despair. It is a call to action. Seeing as we live in a time far past that of Isaiah, what does this passage mean for us? Is there any less a call to preach and live hope, joy, and love in today’s world? These are the questions we can ask ourselves during our time of preparation. Come this Sunday as we talk about joy, both now in the waiting and in the time to come when all is made one in the new life to come.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for Children: 9:50 – 10:50 am
5 pm Service: Christmas Pageant
Plan to support our children by making this part of your Advent preparations for Christmas! Mary and Joseph, shepherds and a host of angels will proclaim Christ born in Bethlehem.
Christmas Memorial Greenery & Flowers
We will list in the Christmas services leaflets & the Sunday after Christmas leaflets the names of those who give the greenery & flowers to decorate our Church for Christmas services and the names of those in whose memory this is done.
If you would like to make a Christmas Greenery & Flower Memorial this year, please click here to fill out the online form or click here to print out the Christmas Eve Flowers order form 2018 to return to the Church Office. If you are using the printed form, please make checks payable to St. James’ Church and mark them “Christmas Flowers” and mail to: 3921 Oak Ridge Dr., Jackson, 39216, or, you may place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning clearly marked “Christmas Flowers”.
Please submit your requests by Monday, Dec 17.