Fourth Sunday of Advent

Call to Worship/Lighting the Advent Wreath 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, He said, “Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired,    but a body have You prepared for Me;6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings    You have taken no pleasure.7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God,   

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Third Sunday of Advent

Call to Worship/Lighting the Advent Wreath 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7

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Second Sunday of Advent

Call to Worship/Lighting the Advent Wreath 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that He

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First Sunday of Advent

Call to Worship/Lighting the Advent Wreath 9 For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? 

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Jesus Sends Us Out

Last month, this page contained a devotional about Jesus sending out the Twelve Apostles as told in Mark 6:7-13. Now, we need to consider where God may be sending us to embody the love of Jesus for this world. Even before our mission trip was canceled, there had been conversations about focusing more on our local

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Pastor’s Page August 2020

At this time of the year, I am reminded that August might be the most in-aptly named month of the year. After all, august is an adjective that means: marked by majestic dignity or grandeur. The name implies that this would be the month to celebrate some grand event, movement, or individual, and yet this

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Pastor’s Page July 2020

Last month, I compared last year’s journey with Jesus in the Upper Room in the Gospel of John with this year’s walk with Jesus from Palm Sunday to His Ascension in the Gospel of Matthew. Well, I’m going to do that again this month. Last year, in July’s newsletter, I included the fol- lowing graphic

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The Pastor’s Page June

10 “But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be hum- bled, and he who

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Upcoming Worship

As mentioned on the Pastor Page, our sermons are going to take a turn in the Gospel of Matthew. In February, we are going to travel into chapters 13 and 14. At the end of the month, 26 February to be exact, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday here at the church at 7 PM. Once

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Pastor’s Page February

Do you love Jesus? I know it’s a foolish question. If you are reading this, you are probably a member of St. John’s Church. At the very least, you are a part of this congregation. Otherwise, why would you be reading this at all? And if you are a part of St. John’s ministry, then

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The Pastor’s Page January

BE STILL. What a great command at this time of the year. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being still after all the hustle and bustle of the season. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the Christmas Season. I love the get- togethers and the lights and the visiting of family and friends. I

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Pastor Page December

Last month, we spent our time in worship focusing on gratitude. I discovered there’s an unfortunate downside to doing this—the more one focuses on gratitude, the more one notices how ungrateful people generally are. This reality grieves my heart as the ingrates don’t all live outside of the church. During our time of great thanksgiving

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