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Speaker: Rev. Thomas G. James

Pastor Thomas has been the Lead Pastor at WSUMC since July 2015. He has a B.S. in Psychology from Ferrum College and an M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Stand by Me Rev. Thomas G. James January 23, 2022 Watch

In his hymn “Stand by Me,” the Rev. Dr. Charles A. Tinley offers a reminder of the promise and invitation to God that through the hardest times of life, God will be there to be by our side. As referenced with Paul and Silas, even when the hardship comes from the brute force of nationalism using unjust incarceration because of the work of salvation in the community, God will be by our side. In the face of persecution, stand by me.

We Need More Good Wine Rev. Thomas G. James January 16, 2022 Watch

Jesus’ first miracle in Cana of Galilee is one of his most well known. But the changing of water into wine is not just some cool parlor trick. Like many of God’s life giving moments, the wedding guests don’t even acknowledge the glory of God in their midst. Perhaps we need some more good wine so that we might appreciate the beauty of God’s glory revealed in Christ.

A New Beginning Rev. Thomas G. James January 9, 2022 Watch

Wesley’s Covenant Prayer: I am no longer my own. I am yours alone. Put me into what you will. Rank me with those you will. Put me to use for you. Put me to suffering for you. Let me be employed for you. Let me be laid aside for you. Let me be lifted high for you. Let me be brought low for you. Let me be full or let me be empty. Let me have all things or let me have nothing. With a willing heart, I freely give everything to your pleasure and use.

Mary Rev. Thomas G. James December 24, 2021 Watch

Sometimes it feels like we still find it hard to make space for this child’s birth. We are so caught up in the political undertakings of our day that we just don’t have room for the proclamation of one who declares worth among the most vulnerable and unwanted of society. But as Mary proclaims, and the shepherds testify, the good news of Jesus Christ is not for any particular fraction of the community, but for all of it. It is only the good news of Christ if it is good news for all people.

Bathsheba Rev. Thomas G. James December 19, 2021 Watch

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we will hear the story of Bathsheba. It can a triggering story, especially for those who have shared Bathsheba’s pain. But Bathsheba’s inclusion in the genealogy of Jesus is a reminder of the promise of Christ, who comes to shed light on the brokenness of humanity’s grasp at power. And it’s a reminder that sin does not have the final say for who we are in God’s love.

Ruth Rev. Thomas G. James December 12, 2021 Watch

On this Third Sunday of Advent, we are learning from and about Ruth, who is the third woman named in Jesus’ family tree (Matthew 1:1-17). Ruth the Moabite is a powerful reminder that God’s love is expansive, inviting and including in the story of Christ any and all who seek the well-being and shalom of the community. One need not even change their cultural or ethnic identity to be part of God’s family.

Rahab Rev. Thomas G. James December 5, 2021 Watch

This Advent season, we are learning about the five women named in Jesus’ family tree in Matthew 1:1-17. The second woman is Rahab, mother of Boaz. A Canaanite living in the city of Jericho, Rahab is often remembered for her illicit business. However, her trust and belief in the power of God, along with her dedication to her community, are a witness to her presence in Jesus’ genealogy. Her story is a proclamation that God can use any one of us, even using the worst of us, in the holy work of redemption.