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 10 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: Listening to God

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 16:19 – 31.

Click here to view “Speak Lord, I’m Listening” by John B Miller.



 

Reflections: Honesty and Faithfulness

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 16:1 – 13.

Click here to view “Honest” by Rebel.


Reflections: The Joy of Lost and Found

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 15:1 – 10.

Click here to view “Lost and Found” by Redemption’s.


Reflections: Becoming a Disciple of Christ

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 14:25-33.

Click here to view “Whatever it Takes” by Imagine Dragons.


Reflections: Where will you sit at God’s table?

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Click here to view Zac Brown Band’s “Family Table.”


Reflections: Jesus Brings Division and Not Peace

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 12:49 – 56.

Click here to view “Both Sides Now” by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles.


Reflections: Wait and Be Ready … for the Lord

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 12:32 – 40.

Click here to view “Wait On You” by Elevation Worship & Maverick City.


Reflections: Greed

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 12:13 – 21.

Click here to view Kenny Chesney’s “Rich and Miserable.”


Reflections: Jesus teaches how to pray

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 11:1 – 13.

Click here to view Celine Dion’s and Andrea Bocelli’s “The Prayer.”


Reflections: Listening to Jesus

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 10:38 – 42.

Click here to view Chris McClarney’s “I’m Listening” featuring Hollyn.


Reflections: Being a Good Neighbor

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 10:25 – 37.

Click here to view “Give a Little Love by Noah
and The Whale.”


Reflections: Working in Pairs

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Click here to view Luke Combs’ “Better Together.”


Reflections: Setting our Faces … on the Kingdom of God

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 9:51-62.


Reflections: Casting Out Your Demons

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 8:26-39.

Click here to view Healing by Georgiou Music.


Reflections: Guided by the Spirit of Truth

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 16:12-15.

Click here to view Truth I’m Standing On by Leanna Crawford.


Reflections: Experiencing “group” Holy Spirit moments

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Acts 2:1-21.

Click here to view Australian Flash Mob of Les Misérables’ One Day More


Reflections: That we all may be ONE

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 17:20-26.

Click here to listen to “Two Becoming One,” a Christian wedding song.


Reflections: Finding, Welcoming and Embracing the Holy Spirit

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 14:23-29.

Click here to listen to Bryan & Katie Torwalt – Holy Spirit (Official Live Video)


Reflections: Jesus teaches us how to love

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 13: 31 – 35.

Click here to listen to Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man.”


Reflections: Eternal Life, Heaven … and Mother’s Day

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 10: 22 – 30.

Click here to listen to Wynonna Judd’s “I Can Only Imagine.”

And an additional link – a “Mother’s Day Tribute” by Ashley and Wynonna Judd as their Mom is remembered … and they are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this past week.


Reflections: Listening to Jesus

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 21: 1 – 19.

Click here to listen to “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns.


Reflections: Finding Peace … with Christ

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 20: 19 – 31.

Click here to view Claire Ryann Crosby and her Dad singing “Peace in Christ.”


Reflections: Attending to Jesus … and ALL who have died

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 20: 1 – 18.

Click here to view Cassandra Star and her sister Callahan singing “An Easter Hallelujah.”


Reflections: Celebrating Jesus

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 19:28-40  .

Click here to view “Celebrate Good Times Come On” by Eclipse 6.


Reflections: Gifts to Jesus from Mary, Martha…and Us

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 12:1-8.

Click here to view Blake Shelton’s  and Michael Buble’s “Home.”


Reflections: Repentance

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.

Click here to view Blake Shelton’s “Home.”


Reflections: Jesus, Repentance and the Fig Tree

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer.
This week’s reading is from Luke 13:1-9.

Click here to view “I Repent” by Steve Green.


Reflections: Prophecy, Jesus and Rick

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 13:31-35.

Click here to view “I’m Missing Arms” sung by an America’s Got Talent contestant.


Reflections: Jesus, the Devil and Lent

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 4:1-13.

Click here to view “A Decided Mind” sung by Greg Bettridge.


Reflections: Transfiguration of Jesus … and You

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 9:28-36.

Click here to view Elevation Workshop and Maverick City’s “Talking to Jesus.”


Reflections: Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr. and Loving Your Enemies

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 6:27-38.

Click here to view Martin Luther king Jr.’s sermon on loving your enemies.


Reflections: Jesus heals the multitudes … and you and me

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is
from Luke 6:17-26.

Click here to view Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World.”


Reflections: Jesus fishes with disciples…and us!

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 5:1-11.

Click here to view Trace Adkins’ “Just Fishin.”


Reflections: Hopes … and Faith in Jesus

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 4:21-30.

Click here to view TheNCrew’s “In Christ Alone.”


Reflections: Jesus teaches … and we all begin to believe!

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 4:14-21.

Click here to view Austin French’s “Why God?”


Reflections on Weddings

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 2:1-11

Click here to view Anthem Lights’ “Wedding Medley.”


Reflections on Words of Affirmation

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Click here to view Josh Groban’s “Believe.”


Reflections on the Wisemen

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Matthew 2:1-12

Click here to view “When We Seek Him” by Shawna Edwards and Angie Killian.


Reflections on Silent Night for Jesus and Rick

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John’s Gospel 1:1-18.

Click here to view “Silent Night” by Tommee Profitt featuring Fleurie.


Reflections Imagining Jesus with John the Baptist . . . 
and with Brother Rick

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke’s Gospel 1:39-45(46-55).

Click here Wynonna Judd’s “I Can Only Imagine.”


Reflections on Advent, John the Baptist and Brother Rick

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 3:7-18.

Click here to view Tommee Profitt’s “O Holy Night.”


Reflections on John the Baptist Preparing Us for Advent

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 3:1-6.

Click here to view Jordan Feliz’s “The River.”


Reflections on Preparing for Advent

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Luke 21:25-36.

Click here to view Pentatonix’s “Where Are You, Christmas?”


Reflections on Jesus and Truth

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from John 18:33-37.

Click here to view Leanna Crawford’s “Truth I’m Standing On.”


Reflections on Following Our Plan… or God’s?

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 13:1-8.

Click here to view Carole King’s “Where You Lead.”


Reflections on Two Copper Coins

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 12:38-44.

Click here to view “Street Video.”


Reflections on Loving God and Our Neighbor

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 12:28-34.

Click here to view Rhonda Vincent’s “You Don’t Love God If You Don’t Love Your Neighbor.”


Reflections on Faith Healing the Blind, Including Us

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 10:35-45.

Click here to view Jimmy Cliff’s “I Can See Clearly Now.”


Reflections on Jesus and Servanthood

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 10:35-45.

Click here to view Deborah Baseil’s “My Good and Faithful Servant.”


Reflections on Jesus and Money

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 10:17-31.

Click here to view Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind.”


Reflections on Jesus, Divorce, Children, and the Kingdom of God

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 10:2-16.

Click here to view Martina McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes.”


Reflections on Jesus and Children

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 9:38-50.
Click here to view The Crosbys’ “Peace in Christ.”


Reflections on Jesus and Children

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 9:30-37.
Click here to view Mr Rogers’ “Children Can.”


Reflections on 9/11 and the Apostles Seeking the Eternal

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 8:27-38.
Click here to view Francesca Battistelli’s “Messiah.”


Reflections on Miracles

Click here to view the first intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Mark 7:24-37.
Click here to view Elevation Worship & Maverick City’s “Million Little Miracles.”

Click here to view the second intro, scripture, reflections and prayer.

Click here to view LeeAnn Rimes’ “Unchained Melody.”


Reflections on Prioritizing the Commandments of God

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from  Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.
Click here to view Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Follow.”


Reflections on the Armor of God

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Ephesians 6:10-20.
Click here to view Casting Crowns’ “Voice of Truth.”


Reflections on Gratitude & My 2 Dads

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Ephesians 5:15-20.
Click here to view Nimo Patel & Daniel Nahmod’s “Grateful.”


Reflections on Imitating God

Click here to view the intro, scripture, reflections and prayer. This week’s reading is from Ephesians 4:25-5:2.
Click here to view Bethany Jennings’ “To Be Like Jesus.”


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 performing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” 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” and “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