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Friday Devotion – Forgive Often

Posted on May 29, 2020

Good Friday afternoon, St. James family! Our devotion to close out this week is from our Children’s Minister, Jenny Major.  Have a great weekend! *** Forgive Often Greetings from Lexington, Virginia. I’m here celebrating my oldest son Chase’s graduation from Washington and Lee University. There is no official commencement ceremony, but a small group of parents… Read More

Thursday Devotion

Posted on May 28, 2020

Good afternoon, St. James family! Our devotion this Thursday is from our Youth Minister, Rachel Dow-Williams. *** Our staff recently chose these verses from Romans to put on postcards that went out to the neighborhoods surrounding the St. James church building. We put HOPE in big letters on the front of the card! (See the image… Read More

Wednesday Devotion

Posted on May 27, 2020

Good afternoon, St. James family! Our Wednesday devotion is from Gretchen Bowen.  Enjoy and be blessed! *** “Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider, His grace is sufficient for me…” (Words from a praise song – “Jehovah-Jireh” is one of the names of God meaning “My Provider” or “The Lord will provide.”) Many years ago, when I got out of… Read More

Monday Devotion

Posted on May 25, 2020

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24–25) The writer of the letter to the Hebrews has several encouragements in… Read More

Trust in the Lord for all things – the little and the big.

Posted on May 21, 2020

Good afternoon, St. James family! Our devotion today is written by one of our awesome youth group members, Kearsen Self.  Kearsen gives us a great reminder to trust in the Lord for all things–the little and the big. *** This time of quarantine/staying at home is not fun. People tend to be anxious and worry. During… Read More

Wednesday 5-20-2020

Posted on May 20, 2020

Good afternoon, St. James family! Our devotion today was written by Grace Hook, and is a wonderful reminder and testimony to the blessing of worshiping together and the anticipation we have waiting for it again. *** Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My… Read More

Tuesday Devotion

Posted on May 19, 2020

Worshiping God is what we do as Christians at St. James UMC.  If a friend asked you, “What DO Christians believe?” what would you tell them?  Would you break out in a sweat?  Would you quickly dial the Church office and say, “Please, get Bill on the phone for me so he can answer this… Read More

Monday Devotion

Posted on May 18, 2020

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? (Psalm 13:1–2) You might be thinking, perhaps this isn’t a typical verse… Read More

Friday Devotion

Posted on May 15, 2020

Happy weekend, everyone! Our Friday devotion is given by Kinsley and Karah Self.  Kinsley and Karah are rising 7th and 5th graders, respectively, and they are the daughters of Jared and Tracy Self, and granddaughters of Stan and Deborah Self. *** During this quarantine time, our Mom has been doing devotions every morning.  One verse stuck… Read More

Thursday Devotion

Posted on May 14, 2020

Good afternoon, everyone! Today's devotion comes to us from James Curington.  Thanks, James! *** It is amazing to think that only two months ago we were all going about our normal lives not worrying about viruses. One of the things that has stuck out to me about this strange time is how important perspective has become…. Read More

Wednesday Devotion

Posted on May 13, 2020

Good afternoon, St. James family! Today's devotion is from Bill Hollingsworth.  Great encouragement and wisdom from God's word.  Blessings! *** These past weeks have been a time of learning new ways of living and working.  There seems to be a growing temptation to focus on the uncertainty of the months ahead.   Throughout my life,… Read More

Pastor Bill’s Devotion

Posted on May 12, 2020

The Bible as History is a book that contains a true story from WWI about a British brigade major with his men in Palestine on a mission. They had received orders to take a village, guarded by the Turkish army, which stood on a rocky outcropping on the other side of a deep valley. The village was named Micmash, which… Read More

Monday Devotion

Posted on May 11, 2020

Good afternoon, St. James family! Our Monday devotion is shared by Angie Edgar. Angie texted me a couple of weeks ago and gave me permission to share the following and the photo at the bottom. (The sermon Pastor Bill preached that Angie references when he handed out packets of mustard seeds was in September of last… Read More

Rooted and Grounded in Love

Posted on May 8, 2020

Happy Friday, St. James family! Today’s devotion is given to us by Leslie Seuser. *** Rooted and Grounded in Love Last week, our Leadership Council met via Zoom to discuss reopening plans for St. James.  As we began the meeting, Pastor Bill reflected that the churches in the Athens area will not reopen in the same… Read More

Thursday Devotion – Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus

Posted on May 7, 2020

Good afternoon, St. James family! Our devotion today is written by Callie Jo Bowen.  (We dare you not to start humming along while you’re reading.) *** 462. Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus And to take him at his word Just to rest upon his promise And to… Read More