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Our Key Text

Galatians 5:19-25

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

St. James Presbyterian Church

310 McNaughton Avenue West Chatham Ontario N7L 1R9

Email: office@stjameschatham.com

Phone: 519-352-1240

April 8th

“Flesh And Spirit”

Galatians 5:19-25, John 14:15-21, 1 Corinthians 13

Humans have been described as Spiritual beings having an earthly experience.  We are, in many ways not of this earth. Conceived, created and created by a being of pure Spirit, Wisdom and Love, we are indeed not simply of this earth. Yet we are only a dust and dirt expression of God’s image, we are not entirely the Spirit, Wisdom and Love of the one who created us. When we are disconnected from our Creator, we are less than perfect. Through Jesus we have the opportunity to approach perfection; He opens the door to God’s Spirit, empowering and equipping us to live on earth in a way that lets us know and honour our Heavenly, Spiritual Creator.

April 15th

“The Serious Business Of Joy”

Psalm 30

It’s fun to have fun and to be happy, but it’s not always easy. Hectic and busy lives mean that folks don’t always have or take time to enjoy themselves. Crises and worries seem to make joy impossible or inappropriate. And sometimes we act like we’re happy even though we aren’t. Joy is serious business. It takes real effort to break away from busy-ness to make room for relaxed play. It takes a conscious effort to get a grasp of the things that worry us and see them in a different light that lets us deal with them in a positive and joyful way. And sometimes it takes a very honest look at ourselves to see whether we’re really happy or not. Joy can’t be taken for granted. Sure, sometimes it happens spontaneously, but more often than not, it’s serious business.

April 22nd

“Keep Calm And Carry On”

Isaiah 11:1-6

Life was once brutish and short; strangers were to be feared; the future was only as far as the food lasted. War was needed and strangers suspect; only the strong survived and the weak either perished or were enslaved. As time has passed, society has become more civilized. War is only a last resort; slavery is largely abhorred. There is room for the odd stranger. But still, strength is prized and the weak an the different are marginalized, a pattern that seems unbreakable. Jesus seeks to break the mold. God’s Spirit’s of Kindness and Goodness point to a different way that goes against the grain. Yet if we are to be true to God, then the way of kindness and goodness aren’t just different ways; they are the only way.

April 29th

“Don’t Just Do It”

Philippians 4:1-13

A certain shoe manufacturer hit advertising gold with the simple slogan “Just Do It”. Just by their shoes and get to whatever it is that needs doing with that particular pair of shoes. Forget your procrastination; forget the people that say you can’t succeed; forget your excuses; just do it. Great stuff. Advertising gold that hit on people’s awareness of how they themselves were the reason they weren’t doing what they wanted to.

But sometimes jumping right in isn’t such a good idea. Sometimes it takes thought and planning to achieve our goals; sometimes it takes self-control to keep from hurting ourselves or causing grief to others; sometimes it takes a little patience and time before we’re able to do what we want or get where we’re going; sometimes God’s Spirit is calling us to be careful and to “Don’t Just Do It!”.

May 6th, St. James’ Anniversary Sunday

“Change Is Good. You Go First!”

Luke 18:18-23

Luke 19:1-10

Who was the first person that thought eating something as ugly as a lobster was a good idea? Who jumped the first somersault? Why do people prefer to talk or text on their phones rather than having real conversations with others? Things change. New ideas come into play. We learn to go beyond our perceived limits to see what’s possible. Old ways are abandoned because everyone else is doing it. Change happens, and often it takes just one person to do something for the first time. Are you that person?

May 13th

“Breaking The Mold”

Matthew 5:1-12

Life was once brutish and short; strangers were to be feared; the future was only as far as the food lasted. War was needed and strangers suspect; only the strong survived and the weak either perished or were enslaved. As time has passed, society has become more civilized. War is only a last resort; slavery is largely abhorred. There is room for the odd stranger. But still, strength is prized and the weak an the different are marginalized, a pattern that seems unbreakable. Jesus seeks to break the mold. God’s Spirit’s of Kindness and Goodness point to a different way that goes against the grain. Yet if we are to be true to God, then the way of kindness and goodness aren’t just different ways; they are the only way.

May 20th

“Pentecost Sunday”

Acts 2:1-11

One of the great fears of wealth and success is that a person will be changed. The saying “Power Corrupts; Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely” speaks to the worst case scenario of a person changing. Give power over others, people are at risk of becoming tyrants or dictators and often lose sight of who they once were and what really matters. The secret to success is being faithful to yourself and the values you hold dear, whether it’s fame, fortune or power, given that one is a good and honest person.

When God’s Spirit empowered believers to speak in different languages they were given great power. They could have used their linguistic skills to influence others and change their personal lot in life. Instead, they were faithful to the Gift-giver and used their new-found abilities to spread the Good News of the Gospel.