Job Opening for a Music Director
St. James United Church of Christ, an Open and Affirming UCC congregation, seeks an experienced, skillful, creative individual to lead the joyful expression of worship through music. The part-time Music Director will collaborate with the Pastor, Choir, and others to shape a blended music program for worship in this small, intergenerational congregation. See full job description for details.
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)
Current Worship Series:
Sundays, April 8 - May 27, 2018
"Get out of bed, Jerusalem! Wake up. Put your face in the sunlight…The whole earth is wrapped in darkness, all people sunk in deep darkness, but God rises on you, God's sunrise glory breaks over you." (Isaiah 60:1-6)
April 8 - "Tombs and Cocoons" (John 20:1-18), Holy Communion
The butterfly has long been a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus as well as the resurrection of believers as we emerge from the power of death. In this Easter season, we will examine our own transformations from cocoons and tombs to the unfurled beauty of all God calls us to be.
April 15 - "Coming Out: Leaving Comfortable Places" (Luke 1:26-38)
At some point, we cannot contain ourselves – the selves God has created us to be. Coming out as people and as a church from what we have known into a new identity is filled with anxiety, unknowing and hope. The caterpillar’s instincts about cocooning-entering the nurturing dark of gestation – is paralleled in the story of Mary’s pregnancy, the dark of the tomb and our own willingness for transformation. All along the way we hear this repeated, “do not be afraid.” Click to read sermon.
April 22 - "Open: Into the Light" (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-27)
Sacred traditions and texts are filled with stories of those who opened to new life and purpose. The story of faith is not one of arrival, but of journey. The new butterfly’s struggle to push out of its confines produces a fissure that cannot be undone. We look to the willingness of Abraham and Sarah to take on new names, a new family and a new mission for their lives. Let us open into the light of a new day.
April 29 - "Unwrap: Waking Up" (John 11:1-44)
In the opening of the tomb of Lazarus, in the unwrapping of his funeral clothes, the community had to face their unknowing – and perhaps disbelief – and trust that the resurrection Jesus had facilitated was real. The range of emotions was vast. As the butterfly’s cozy environment cracks further open still, it is the participation of the whole community that will make change possible – waking up, rolling away the stone, unwrapping what will be.
May 6 - "Unfold: Claiming New Possibilities" (Luke 1:5-25; 57-66), Holy Communion
Once out of the cocoon, the new butterfly has much to do to prepare for flight. Wing are not yet ready. Small and undernourished, they long for expansion – to move beyond this awkward in-between-ness. When the angel informs Zachariah that the unexpected child they were gifted in old age would be named John, they were literally speechless. This was not a traditional name, no one that would be “namesake.” This was a new thing. Are we willing to let God’s possibilities nurture and fill us in ways we never imagined?
May 13 - "Let Go: Leaving Behind What We Don't Need" (Exodus 16)
Stretching to the fullness of new potential, the butterfly begins to sense the calling to new heights. Expansion of wings, however, means something profound-it cannot ever go back into the cocoon. Not even if it wanted to. The Israelites that left Egypt were aching for freedom and yet when faced with the disorientation of all that was new and unfamiliar, many began crying to go back. Letting go of the past requires deep trust in the God who has promised to be with us always.
May 20 (Pentecost) "Fly: Daring New Heights" (Mark 2:1-5)
Finally the moment has arrived! The butterfly launches into its new environment – the heights that are now possible through transformation into what it was always meant to be. Nothing will hold it back. When the crowds made it impossible for the friends of the paralytic to get him to Jesus, they broke through the roof of the home where Jesus was. We too, can be roof-breakers, we can “raise the roof” into new ways of moving and being in the world. What was bound has been freed! Let us boldly look like, act like, know ourselves to be the healed and freed people we truly are!
May 27 – “Journey: The Places We Will Go" (Acts 10:34-36)
O h, the colors, the beauty, the unabashed and exuberant expression of all that we are together! This celebration is like none other – brought to its fullest embodiment as we emerge and dare new heights! In the emerging of the church in the book of Acts, a series of events in the life of Peter lead him to the understanding that God shows no partiality and all are welcome in this journey of new life in Christ. Upon this rock, the Spirit builds a church that offers hope to the hopeless, strength for the weary and new life to those who think theirs is over. Upon these things, this church will continue this mission to a world that so desperately needs a people who know power of transformation!
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.
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.
St. James United Church of Christ
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