St. James UMC E-Weekly 03.15.2023
This Sunday at our 8:00 and 9:30 am services
Michele will be sharing her message
"Eyes Wide Shut"
Connected community means looking past what we"know" to be able to "see" What/who is right in front of us.
11:00 am service
Matt will be sharing his message
"Show Me your Friends"
John 9:1-12 (NRSV)
Dinner will start at 5:30, followed by a pastor-led bible study. At that time, the children and youth will break off into a group to worship and learn more about God's word.
The Church will be providing the dinners.
If you wish to bring a dessert to share, there is always room for more.
It's the 4th Wednesday, and that means it is potluck night.
Please bring a dish to share with everyone. We average between 30-50 people.
Are you enjoying the dinners on Wednesday nights? Please consider bringing a free-will donation to help offset the cost of the meal.
A Realistic Appraisal of Serving Others
Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong! Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:17–18)
We Americans like things to be logical and fair. We not only like that, we operate our lives on that basis. Logic and fairness are big guns in our society.
Meaning this: if I do what is right, good will come to me, and if I do what is wrong, bad things will happen to me. Right brings rewards, and wrong brings consequences. That's a very logical and fair axiom of life, but there's only one problem with it. It isn't always true. Life doesn't work out quite that well.
There isn't a person reading these words who hasn't had the tables turned. All of us have had the unhappy and unfortunate experience of doing what is right, yet we suffered for it. And we have also done what is wrong on a few occasions without being punished. The latter, we can handle rather easily . . . but the former is a tough pill to swallow.
I don't find it a nagging problem, for example, to drive 75 miles an hour on the highway and get away with it. Normally, I don't lie awake through the night feeling bad because an officer failed to give me a ticket—even though, in all fairness, I deserved one. But you let one of those guys ticket me when I have done nothing wrong, and I'm fit to be tied! And so are you. We hate being ripped off. Consequences belong to wrong actions. When they attach themselves to right actions, we struggle with resentment and anger.
I wish I could say that the only place such things happen is in our driving, but I cannot. They also happen in our serving in ministry.
~by Pastor Chuck Swindoll~