February 18 - "Child of God: Naming Each Other" (Romans 8:31-39) CEB
In our baptismal rituals, we take a special moment to repeat the precious name of the person being baptized. In a world that seems obsessed with who is “right and wrong”, “good or bad”, “in or out,” or on “this side or that side,” it is a radical endeavor to name each person as “Child of God” - no matter what people say. This, indeed, is where love of the other begins love for the self, as God loves you.
February 25 - "How Long: Renouncing Evil" (Psalm 13)
Over half the liturgical songs of the Israelites were Psalms of Lament. Penned in a time of exile and persecution, these were poets trying to give voice to the pain of the people. Today we lament the injustice of our time and yet, like the Psalms of Lament, we end in praise anyway for “God is good, all the time.” We remember that even and especially in times of despair, through our baptism we are given the “freedom and power to resit evil in all its forms” as we “put our whole trust in God.” How will we put these words into action to show hope to the world?
March 4 - "I Dream of a Church: Christ's Representatives" (Matthew 35:31-40) CEB, Holy Communion
At our baptism, we promise to nurture others and are reminded that we are to “serve as Christ’s representatives in the world.” Today we ask the question, “Do we as the church look and act like Jesus?” Our song of justice today invites us to dream of a church “where justice is flowing with hope and peace to grow in and through our lives and this church?
March 11 - "I Choose Love: Communities of Forgiveness" (Luke 23:32-43)
Each time someone is baptized, the whole church body that gathers also makes vows. One of the things we promise is to be a community of love and forgiveness. Each day we must choose between letting the difficult things about life create resentment in us or allowing the world of forgiveness to make way for love. Our song of justice this week was written as a response to a wonderful act of forgiveness that reminds us of the power of Jesus’ forgiveness, even on the cross.
March 18 - "God Has Work for Us to Do: Faithful Disciples" (Isaiah 58:6-12) CEB
Our featured scripture this week speaks of being a “well-watered garden like a spring of water that won’t run dry.” Baptismal waters continue to feed the streams of justice as we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us every time we set our hands and feet to the work God has for us to do. We are called to be faithful disciples, setting a table and inviting all to the feast.
March 25 (Palm Sunday)- "The Day Is Coming: We Are One" (Isaiah 35:1-3, Matthew 21:1-11) CEB
The entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem was a vision of a coming day when power is displayed not with military might but through the solidarity of all people in the name of love and justice. We pray this day for a time when we are one and we support one another on the road of life, not tear one another down because of differences. We will affirm our oneness with the whole human family this day.
March 29 (Holy Week Vigil) Traveling Companions: Journey to the Water (Passion Narrative and other reading)
Holy Week is a time to mourn when love is crucified on the cross of fear and hate. We bring the story of Jesus into reflection with the story of our world in which this continues. And yet, that is not the end of the story. Our Lenten journey heightens and culminates in a journey to the water of baptismal renewal in the dark of night. The earliest Christian communities saw this time of the year as the ultimate time for baptisms because that was when Christ died and was raised - just as we die to the old and rise again to new life through our baptisms. Drawing on the ancient Vigil ritual that incorporates Light, Water, Word and Table, we will go on a pilgrimage as traveling companions through the community, offering us a deeply moving experience of our faith story then and now.
April 1 (Easter) 7 AM and 10:30 AM- "Welcome, the New Jerusalem" (Jeremiah 31:1-6, Resurrection narrative)
This is the day we proclaim that justice does indeed roll down in a stream of love that cannot be stopped! No matter what, we will continue to work to invite and welcome all people to “a city built on love and light, the new Jerusalem.” For it is in walking together, talking together, and dreaming together that we are all saved from the things of death and made heirs to life as we create a better, safer and more hospitable world.Type your paragraph here.
God's and Our Vision: New Adventures (2017-2020)
St. James will be offering
new initiatives, activities, events and programs for:
people with cancer,
families affected by addiction,
those who will benefit from pet therapy,
and the LGBT community.
Current Worship Series:
Sundays, February 18 - April 1, 2018
"Roll Down, Justice"
As an inclusive community of love and support,
St. James United Church of Christ is a spiritual home for all people
to grow in faith and come together in service.
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Open & Affirming Congregation
In February 2014, the congregation at St. James voted unanimously to become an Open and Affirming Congregation. The St. James ONA Statement begins:
The people of St. James United Church of Christ in Havertown, Pennsylvania, affirm our belief that every person has dignity and worth and is a beloved child of God..... We welcome all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and condemn all acts of violence and discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identification... (click here to read our entire statement)