Sunday, October 11, 2020
Rejoice in the Lord always

Our church color is still green - for many, many weeks!

Here are the readings for this Sunday:
WELCOME to ST JAMES' ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL!
When we can't gather in person, let's learn and play in a virtual way!
Here's what we're wondering about:
Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
St Paul really wants us to hear what he is saying - he says it twice! How come? Rejoice! Hey - rejoice! Always! (Are you hearing him?)

What is rejoicing? What did you ever rejoice about? What did that feel like?
What would it be like to feel that way - always?

Let your gentleness be known to everyone.
That's an interesting thing to be famous for: gentleness. What type of people are gentle? Sometimes it takes a great deal of strength to be gentle.

The Lord is near.
What do comfort, goodness, joy, peace, and love feel like? Those feelings are some ways to really know that the Lord is near.

And the Lord is near even when you don't feel those things. . . maybe even closer.

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
It's hard not to worry about things. St Paul tells us, don't worry. In fact, don't worry about anything. Pray instead, with gratitude - offer all the thankfulness you have. Talk to God. Ask away! Tell God what you need. What will you ask of God?

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God gives us peace, such a big and amazing peace that we can't even understand it. Your hearts - with all the feels - and your minds - with all the racing thoughts - are kept safe, and full of peace, through Jesus. How does that peace feel?

So rejoice!!! Again, I say: rejoice!
One way to honor God and love our neighbors as ourselves is to learn and think hard about the past. What has been celebrated as "Columbus Day" is becoming recognized as Indigenous Peoples' Day. Here are some ways to learn more:
See this Smithsonian article for "Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020" - interesting ideas for every day!

Read about or listen to an NPR article and interview from October 14, 2019: "Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples' Day?": click here.
Check out this list of "Indigenous Voices for Little Ears: 15 Books about Native American Tradition & History for Children" - recommended!

Pictured: Encounter, by Brittany Luby. Click here to listen to and see the story. 
One way to consider what "native" means is to garden with native species. Visit the US Forest Service's Celebrating Wildflowers, their Just for Kids page, and GrowNativeMass.org. 
How are you? And back-to-school? Send me a note! Tell me - what can St James do for you?

Our Online Sunday School emails (like this one) are continuing, every weekend.

I'm sending prayers for your health and well-being, peace, love - and joy! - Linda