Pastor’s Message – August 28, 2018

September Worship Series: PRACTICALITY (A Study of James)

Our lives are full of stories of unsolicited advice. Most likely our teachers, parents, and grandparents have given us practical wisdom over the years in the form of popular phrases. For example:
Watch your mouth…
Don’t judge a book by its cover…
Burning bridges is not a good idea…

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that the most practical of advice has biblical roots. As Christians, obeying these commands should be the natural fruit of a relationship with Jesus Christ. Yet we are tempted and tried and find ourselves pulled away from the fruits of the Spirit. One of the best books of the Bible to draw us back on the track of lovingkindness is the letter of James. James uses simple metaphors, much like Jesus’ parables, to teach us how to live in harmony with God and each other. We will spend the month of September with this practical, short, and wise book of the New Testament. Though the titles of this sermon may seem simple, the Spirit’s lessons in James are deep.

I look forward to exploring God’s Word this month as we grow and learn together. It is an honor to serve as your pastor!
all good things to each of you,
Pastor Darian

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, September 2, 2018 Lectionary Texts For Sunday, September 9, 2018
Song of Songs 2:8-13                                       Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23
Psalm 45                                                            Psalm 125
James 1:17-27                                                   James 2:1-10, 14-17
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23                                 Mark 7:24-37

SYMPATHY…We extend sympathy to George Purnell and his family on the death of his father, Mr. Hugh Purnell who passed away on Tuesday, August 21 in Tupelo. Services were on Tuesday, August 28.

AND THE LORD ADDED…We welcome Mae Ellen Sugg into the membership and fellowship of FUMC. Mae was baptized on Sunday, August 26.

There will not be a newsletter the week of September 3rd. Happy Labor Day from the FUMC staff.

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