Reflections

Where pop music and theology meet

Reflections is a weekly Saint James offering that will share and overlap with the Saturday Night vibe through which we combine the theology we need with the pop music we love.

Give us 20 minutes—at any time in your week—and we will refresh you with top-artist tunes that connect with a scripture reading of the week and an invitation to reflect on how your God-given gifts are to be used in the world today. Using a couple of internet listening options, a scripture passage, and short teachings and conversational voices we hope to weave you and God into a tightly woven tapestry full of textures and vibrant colors. Enjoy!

Please email Andy Woolworth with your comments, questions and suggestions.

 

Reflections on Coming to Jesus… and BELIEVING

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 6:24-35.
Click here to view Caleb & Kelsey’s Worship Medley including “In Christ Alone”, “Cornerstone”, and “The Solid Rock”

Reflections on Miracles. Do you BELIEVE?

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 6:1-21.
Click here to view When You Believe from the musical The Prince of Egypt.

Reflections on “Let It Go” … and all ALONE

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.
Click here to view Let It Go from the Broadway musical Frozen.

Reflections on Choices and Priorities…led by God

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 6:14-29.
Click here to view Song of Choices and Dreams

Reflections on R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 6:1-13.
Click here to view Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”

Reflections on the Power of Touch and Faith

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 5:21-43.
Click here to view Dan Hills’ “Sometimes When We Touch”

Reflections on Storms of Fear … and Faith in Jesus

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 4:35-41.
Click here to view You’ll Never Walk Alone performed by Natalie Pearson.

Reflections on Parables, Campfires and Wisdom

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer.
This week’s reading is from Mark 4:26-34.
Click here to view If I had a Hammer by Peter, Paul and Mary.

Reflections on Aging, Death … and my 2 Leaders of the Band

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer.
This week’s reading is from 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1.
Click here to view Leader of the Band by Dan Fogelberg

Reflections on O Holy Night … with Nicodemus, Jesus and me

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from John 3:1-17.
Click here to view O Holy Night

Reflections on ding the Holy Spirit … and “Defying Gravity” from Wicked

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15.
Click here to view Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked.

Reflections on God & Devil … and Charlie Daniels

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from John 17:6-19.
Click here to view Charlie Daniels Band with Animation by WhiteBoard Entertainment Studios.

Reflections on Commandments, Community, Love … and Jagy

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from John 15.
Click here to view You’ve Got a Friend in Me.

Reflections: God is Love

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from 1 John 4:7-21.
Click here to view I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston.
Click here to view Bring Me a Higher Love by Whitney Houston.

Reflections on One Flock, One Shepherd and Jefferson Airplane

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of John 10:11-18.
Click here to view Good Shepherd by Jefferson Airplane

Reflections on the Bible, You and U2

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of Luke 24:36 – 48.
Click here to view U2’s “40”

Reflections Doubt, Imagination … and Faith

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of John 20:19 – 31.
Click here to view Winona Judd’s “I can only imagine”

Reflections on Lent, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of John 20:1-18.
Click here Whitney Houston’s Bring Me a Higher Love.

Reflections on Finding the REAL Jesus

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of John 12:12-16.
Click here to view Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw.


Reflections on Lent, Grief and Hope

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of John 20:20-33.
Click here to view One Day More, from “Les Miserables.”

Reflections from the Wilderness with Jesus and my Dad

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of John 3:14-21.
Click here to view You Light Up Life (Kasey Cisyk and Didi Conn 1977)
Click here to view Wild Blue Yonder – Anthem of the US Air Force.

Reflections on Money, “The Cabaret” and Jesus

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and Prayer. This week’s reading is from  the Gospel of John 2:13-22.

Click here to view Maybe This Time sung by Liza Minnelli (Bandstand, 1967).

Reflections on Jesus’ difficult prophecy buoyed by songs from The Greatest Showman.

Click here to view the intro.
Click here for the scripture reading from Mark 8:31-38, reflections and prayer.

Music from The Greatest Showman
Never Enough
This is Me

Reflections on Prayer

February 6, 2021

Click here to view the intro.
Then Came You, Dionne Warwick
Click here for the Gospel reading: Mark 1:29-39.
Click here for the discussion with Fr. David Peck.
I say a little prayer, Dionne Warwick
We need to go back…(and pray), Dionne Warwick

Reflections on the Transfiguration

February 13, 2021

Click here to view the intro.
With a Little Help from my Friends, The Beatles
Click here for the Gospel reading: Mark 9:2-9
Click here for the homily, Part 1.
No Where Man, The Beatles
Click here for the homily, Part 2.
Listen to What the Man Said, The Beatles
Let it Be, The Beatles