The following message was recently in Forward Day by Day. It’s worth your rereading.
"God is not so grand that he does not work with individuals. There’s the story of Saul, to be renamed Paul, whom God made blind so that he might see.
But God is not so small, either, that individuals are the end of the story. Even the dramatic event in which Saul is blinded on his way to Damascus is not about Saul all by himself. Christ’s interest in Saul is that Saul has a purpose for others. Saul’s salvation is in Saul fulfilling his purpose for others.
Faith is not a self-centered love affair between any individual and God, as if there were no one else in the world. Faith begins with the love of God, or rather, with God’s love for the individual. It is never intended to end there. It must show forth in love for others. If it doesn’t, it is God’s love gone wrong by our failure to respond and serve.
Salvation begins with an experience of God, just as it did for Saul. But it is no salvation at all if it doesn’t lead to being an instrument of God’s love far beyond oneself."
As a member of the family of Christ, share your love of God for the growth and ministry of St. James Episcopal Church and School.
Denis and I moved to Alexandria to be closer to family in Leesville. We did not know a soul here except our realtor. Our first priority was to find a church nearby where we would feel welcome, be able to worship, and become a part of a church family. We came from a small town in Arkansas and had to commute forty-five minutes to the nearest church. As you can imagine, we did not participate in many activities. We visited a couple of churches in Alexandria and found St. James. It was amazing!
When we walked into the nave and saw those magnificent windows and heard the choir and organ, we were very impressed. After the service, we were greeted warmly by many members of the congregation. When we left that day we felt we had found our church home. Being able to worship with a group of caring and friendly people has made our transition much easier. The Christian message to serve and give hope to all people radiates throughout the church. We look forward to many years at St. James.
We would like to particularly thank Dave and Judy Curry for taking us on as a project. They are fantastic!