|MINISTRY THIS WEEK
PALM SUNDAY, April 5
9:15 a.m. Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via conference call.
9:30 a.m. High School Bible Class via Google Hangouts
TUESDAY, April 7
10:00 a.m. Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Class via conference call
WEDNESDAY, April 8
5:00 p.m. Youth Group and Confirmation via Google Hangouts
MAUNDY THURSDAY, April 9
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 11
|Why do we call it “Holy Week”?
The week that begins with Palm Sunday is called “Holy Week.” Do you hear an echo from the book of Leviticus?
Leviticus teaches us that God does two things for us. We are by nature sinful and unclean, so God makes us clean. The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Once we have become clean, God makes us holy. He promises, “You shall be holy because I, the LORD your God am holy.”
Christ Jesus suffered, died and rose again in order to make us like Himself. That is why we are honored to be called “Christians.”
YOUR SAINT JAMES OFFERINGS
Thank you for giving online and mailing your offerings to Saint James. If you would like to drop off your offerings, contact Tam in the church office.
LENTEN SELF-DENIAL OFFERINGS
Each year, members of Saint James are invited to set aside a Lenten Self-Denial offering. This year, offerings will be split between Neighbors, Inc. and the Saint James Care Corps. The Church Board has set a goal of $5,000. You can find a Self-Denial envelope in your envelope box or write Self-Denial in the memo line. You may mail your envelope to the church office or you may give online at give.4gvn.us. To date, Self-Denial offerings amount to $3,291.
WOULD YOU LIKE A PHONE CALL?
If you or someone you know would like a phone call from a church member so that you can have someone to visit with, please contact Terese at 651-336-2117
DO YOU NEED ASSISTANCE?
If you are not working during this time and need assistance, please call the church office and we will connect you to someone who can help.
DVDs OF SUNDAY SERVICES
If you would like a DVD(s), please call Tam in the church office at 651-457-9232
If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please call Tam in the church office ator one of the pastors directly:
- Pastor Albrecht
- Pastor Critchley
- Pastor Volker
WHAT IS PASTOR VOLKER DOING?
Some may notice that the conference call information for Pastor Volker’s Sunday morning Bible study is missing. I deliberately removed the information. I am not doing a Sunday morning Bible study call in. Instead I record short devotional thoughts and upload them to the church website.
FULL SAINT JAMES SERVICES NOW ON
- SPNN – Channel 14
Wednesdays – 12:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
- Town Square Television – Channel 16
- Monday – 6:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday – 3:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
- Wednesday – 12:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. & 9:00 p.m.
- Thursday – 6:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
- Friday – 3:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
- Saturday – 12:00 a.m., 9:00 p.m. & 12:00 p.m.
- Sunday – 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Two Ways to Access Pastor Albrecht’s Bible Classes
These instructions work for Sunday morning Bible class and for Tuesday morning Bible class and for Saturday morning Bible class. Lord willing, these numbers should not change from week to week.
Some of you have already joined a Bible class by following these instructions:
- Call 612-509-1531
- When you are asked for the conference you wish to join, dial 99#.
- When you are asked for the password, dial 14215#.
We have heard that some of you have attempted to join the class and have gotten a busy signal. We have discovered that there is a limit of ten callers per session.
A second way to join the discussion is to follow these instructions:
- When you are asked for the PIN, dial 401-952-400#
As you can see, this number is long distance. On most cell phones it will not cost you extra to dial this number. But if you have to pay extra for long distance calls, please call the 612 number listed above.
If you can dial the 929 area code without having to pay extra charges, please use the 929 number and leave the 612 number for those who need it.
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. (Acts 12:5)
I don’t like this. I don’t like going through Holy Week with my family alone. I miss face-to-face interactions, (the three dimensional kind, not the two dimensional ones that I’ve been forced to do). I do like seeing my family more . . . most of the time. It’s sometimes hard to think with so many voices around. I think I’m getting a better view of how many of the people I visited as their pastor must feel every day. Even though I can and do get out of the house, my life sometimes feels like a prison.
Peter was imprisoned many times, usually for reasons that were out of his control. In Acts 12, King Herod imprisons Peter to gain political approval. We are told that Peter is chained up between two soldiers. Technically, Peter isn’t alone, but I imagine he felt lonely. The guards probably weren’t his friends, though we don’t know for sure. One of his friends, James, had just been executed. The rest were hiding.
Acts 12:5 affirms that Peter is in prison, but it also affirms that he wasn’t forgotten. The Church hadn’t forgotten Peter; “ . . . but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” They were busy reminding God about Peter’s condition, as if God needed reminding! God heard their prayer and sent an angel to release Peter from jail.
The congregation of Saint James continues to pray for those who are in various kinds of prisons: inability, sickness, sin, loneliness, depression, worry. By God’s grace, He answers these prayers in His own way: some with physical healing; some with our Phone Angels checking in with them; some in ways we aren’t able to document. The point is, no individual in the Church is alone. We pray for one another and, as God enables us, we care for each other. The Church is One Body ~The Body of Christ. Pastor Volker