September 9th, 2015
Praise and Prayers
We give praise for a wonderful Sunday Worship service.
Artis Spencer gives praise for his mother, Evelyn Spencer celebrating her 91st birthday!
Mary Lynn Luke gives praise for her brother's wedding this past weekend!
Shiree and Herb Nation are giving praise for Austin Nation and Olivia Parrott on their engagement!
Shiree and Herb Nation are giving praise for Lauren and Adam Nation, who are expecting their 1st child, making Shiree and Herb grandparents.
Barbara Finlayson is asking to please keep Jim Finlayson in your prayers as he recovers at home.
The Brinson's are asking for prayers for Leslie Ward during cancer treatment and for Betty Yandle who is in Rehab.
The Wednesday Morning Breakfast Crew asks for prayers for Ken Slaughter's family, Ken passed away last week.
Joel Crissman is asking for prayers for Wayne Lewis, Cindy Brewbaker and Al Cote as they all battle cancer.
Please lift Cathy Carlos in prayers, her cancer is advancing and only expecting a 6 month life span.
Anne Guest is recovering in the hospital from and infection.
Worship Service Time Announcements
This Sunday, September the 13th our 8:30am Worship Service will move up half an hour to a start time of 9:00am. We look forward to seeing everyone there are this new more convenient time. We're hoping this change will give everyone an extra bit of time to get to church as well as streamline our advertising as a 9:00,10:00, and 11:00 worship time church.
Marriage Enrichment Group
This Sunday, September 13th, at 5:00PM—7:00PM in the Sanctuary we’re starting our Marriage Enrichment Group. From newlyweds to empty nesters and blended families, anyone is invited to become a part of our monthly couples group. A typical evening includes light food, introduction to an insightful and fun couple’s exercise, and then a short time of reflection and discussion. RSVP for Childcare. Contact Rev. Zack Martin for more info at 770-388-7438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New to Crossroads UMC? Come join us in the Sanctuary on September 13th and 20th at 10:00am and then September 27th at 9:00am for our introductory course. Rev. Zack Martin leads these classes to give visitors and long-time attendees an overview of our church. We'll cover United Methodist beliefs and practices, Christian history, and programs at Crossroads UMC. You'll get a tour of the facilities as well! Join us for a fun and informative time together. Whether you're new to the faith, new to Crossroads UMC, or just need a refresher in the basics you'll find something in our time together.
Wednesday Night Supper - " Balancing the SeeSaw"
Crossroads UMC and The Varsity. Is there a better combination? Join us Sunday, September 27 at 10 a.m. for worship followed by lunch catered by The Varsity food truck. A $5.00 ticket includes two entrees, one side, drink & dessert. What a deal—wonderful worship, greasy goodness, friends and fellowship! Bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers for Varsity Friends & Family Day at Crossroads! Tickets are on sale now during the week by contacting Rustie in the church office.
How to Kill your Faith--James 2:1-17
The letter from James teaches us how to apply our faith in the real world. We believe in Jesus, but we are judged by how we follow Jesus. A famous quote from this letter is “Faith without works is dead.”(2:17)
The writer lists many behaviors that kill our faith: not being patient, not praying, he warns us about the perils of wealth, boasting, loving the things of this world too much, and gossip. Favoritism and not loving your neighbor—especially the poor—is a huge issue for James in today's lesson.
The letter highlights the practice of favoritism toward the rich at the church. “For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, "Have a seat here, please," while to the one who is poor you say, "Stand there," or, "Sit at my feet," have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?(2:2-5) We are not acting like the family of God. God loves everyone impartially.
Church members and pastors alike are guilty of this. We are administrators of a church and we are disciples trying to follow Christ. In our human way of thinking, we believe rich members pay the bills for the institution and the poorer ones can’t help out. Favoritism and partiality cause us to value the poor less.
James letter helps us evaluate some areas in our lives where we could do better, especially in the care of the poor. Above all things, James writes, “obey the royal law…Love your neighbor as yourself.”(2:8) No matter what they look like or how much money they make, in God’s eye’s they are God’s children.
Next Sunday: The most important question you'll ever answer--Mark 8:27-38
(8:30 worship moves to 9:00am)