Sunday, February 14, 2021:

"Shone In Our Hearts"

WELCOME to ST JAMES'
ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL!

Here are the readings for this Sunday:
Here's what we're wondering about:
2 Corinthians 4:6

 For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’,
who has shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

How do you feel about the dark (the absence of light)?
What does light do, that the darkness cannot?
What is it like, when light comes into darkness?

What happens in your heart?
What does it mean, to have a light shone in our hearts?
Why does God do that?

If you don't know things, then what?
What does having knowledge - knowing things - do?

How does your heart feel, knowing that the face (and all) of Jesus shines the glory of God!

What can you do, what should you do, with a heart that is bright and enlightened, empowered with the love of God through Jesus?

How will you let your light shine?
"This Little Light of Mine" - I'm gonna let it shine!

Read this insightful article from NPR, and listen to several versions of this classic song, one of many "songs that rouse, unite, celebrate and call to action" - about which NPR writes: "Whether or not you believe the song is blessed, it's obvious this American anthem sparks a powerful feeling, which has made so many who sing it feel a little less alone and a little more free."
Make a heart night light (a shadow box craft)!

With craft sticks, glue, paper, and a dollar-store nightlight, here's a nightlight that's adaptable. The heart silhouette is certainly comforting in the darkness (& especially nice for Valentine's Day)!

Let me know if you need supplies; we can help!
You are invited to pick up a bagful of items to help celebrate Ash Wednesday and a holy Lent!

Look for a forthcoming email from our parish with info, or send me an email.

You'll find blessed ashes, prayers, a "counting your blessings" activity, your own little desert (!), a banner craft, and coloring & journaling pages.
This Sunday, February 14, is Valentine's Day!

Learn about St Valentine: here's a list of facts. Did you know he's the patron saint of beekeepers?


Here's a Valentine for you, my dear!
The LAST Sunday after the Epiphany! Next week = Lent

Coming soon - a special family email about Ash Wednesday and Lent. Meanwhile, enjoy the last days of the Epiphany season (and maybe plan a pancake supper or even a whole day of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, Feb 16!).

Love - Linda