Christians readily affirm, based on clear New Testament teachings, that a relationship with God is a gift that cannot be earned and is not caused by any merit we might possess. Nevertheless, as the writer of The Letter of James emphasizes, our conduct as followers of Christ does matter a great deal. Whether in our dealings with people who are different from ourselves in any way, giving our account of events (telling the truth), or using words in careless and destructive ways, this brief letter has a great deal to say about how our “works” reflect our most strongly held Christian beliefs.

In September we look together at the practical application of this connection between faith and works in morning worship. Join us each week as we think about “Faith and Works: Lessons from the Book of James.”

September 2  (Communion)

“Hearers and Doers of the Word”
James 1:17-27

September 9  (Dr. Loyd Allen preaching)

September 16

“Words of Destruction”
James 3:1-12

September 23

“Being False to the Truth”
James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a

September 30

“Praying in Faith”
James 5:13-20

The first Sunday in October is recognized by many Christian Churches as World Communion Sunday. There is something profound in knowing that, in the midst of so much discord both within the Churches of Christ and the world at large, that Christians around the world are celebrating the gift of the Supper that Christ gave to his disciples just after he had prayed that they might be one just as he and the Father were one. I look forward to that day. The meditation is entitled “Discerning the Body,” based on 1 Corinthians 11:27-33.

You are all discerning and attentive listeners to the sermons each week. It’s a pleasure to be able to share a message based on a Scriptural text in the desire to find meaning applicable to our daily lives. I look forward to being with you each and every Sunday.