2017.05.18 14:52:44
May 21, 2017

 More Than Jesus and Me

Order of Worship

This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Jim Seaton to the pulpit. Rev. Seaton has served several churches in the California-Pacific Annual Conference including: Christ UMC, FUMC Escondido, La Mesa First UMC and Chapel of the Valley UMC. 
Along with pastoral ministry, Jim is a certified Spiritual Director and member of The Upper Room's Academy for Spiritual Formation. Jim retired from pastoral ministry in 2015 after 40 years in ministry and since then, he and his wife Donna have made San Carlos their church home. Jim and Donna have been married 42 years and have two adult sons, Jeff and Jon. Donna has shared her gifts with our church family by playing piano for the Tuesday Vespers service and serving on the Finance Committee. Jim has taught several courses, presided at the Vespers service and plays drums in the San Carlos Band. 

Jim is a gifted preacher and I am so pleased that he will grace the pulpit this Sunday.  I know you will welcome him warmly. Please see his introduction to this week's text, below.

Rev. Martha Wingfield


In the Gospel of John, chapters 13-17 are often called Jesus' Farewell Discourse to his disciples. He is preparing them for his departure - his betrayal, trial, and crucifixion. But this is not the end message. For Jesus, the whole of these chapters looks to life on the other side of the crucifixion - the resurrection.


The disciples are troubled by Jesus' discourse. "Is he leaving us alone? What will become of us?" In the text for Sunday (John 14:15-21) Jesus addresses their fears. He will ask the Father for another Advocate - the Holy Spirit - to come and be with them. He assures them he will not leave them orphaned but will come to them. And he seeks to ground them in the assurance of his and the Father's love for them.


Yet the disciples are still hesitant. It is all so unusual, so off script from their conventional understanding of God. What will this promised presence of Jesus be like? A mystic union? A cozy, personal comfort (just Jesus and me)? A scary call to follow him?


After 2000 thousand years those of us who seek to follow Jesus are beset by similar questions. Just what is our relationship with Jesus like? Personal? Private? Communal? Mystical? And how does our relationship with Jesus show itself within our culture and world? Principles? Withdrawal? Engagement? Well, we will do some wrestling with these questions on Sunday as we look at "More Than Jesus and Me."

See you in church,


Rev. Jim Seaton


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