We are currently offering hybrid worship here at St. John's. You are welcome to join us in-person or watch online. This is a tentative plan; if Kansas City’s health department changes guidelines and adds new restrictions, then we may need to go back to virtual-only.
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Jesus spent three years engaging the crowds. Each had their agenda and need. Some wanted to shape Jesus into their image and the leader they were hoping for. Some wanted to see if they would rise in power and status with Jesus. Others came for more basic needs like healing or a blessing. The gospel writer tells us that when Jesus saw the crowds, he had great compassion for them and he engaged their needs. The church may exist within walls that are spiritual and physical, but they are supposed to be permeable. During the season of Lent and Easter we will venture into the realm of openness and inclusion. Not in the social sciences language, but the language of tradition and faith. Jesus is one who still meets needs today and the church should be the bridge that brings the needy and the great provider together.
All of us seek and want to find a place where we are welcomed and can belong. Some feel like they can belong anywhere; others question if they belong, even in a local church. We, the people of St. John’s, want you to know that all are welcome here! We want to emphasize that everyone ~ and we mean everyone ~ can come and belong here. St. John’s United Methodist church proclaims God’s unconditional love and grace that is for everyone. We celebrate and welcome the diversity of God’s family. Thus, we are open to all who are seeking after God and desire to be in unity with others. So, there it is. You are welcome here!
SUNDAY WORSHIP (ONLINE and IN-PERSON)
We strive to offer inspiring and excellent classical traditional worship. Our choir-led service is filled with stirring music, sermons, stories, and opportunities for spiritual growth all led by our laity and pastoral staff. We believe anyone attending worship will be stimulated emotionally, physically, and spiritually for the purpose of leading a holistic and faith-filled life.
LIVING STREAMS (VIRTUAL MEETING)
Living Streams is our weekly worship
experience focusing on the practices of story sharing, centering prayer, and
As we enter 2021 we bring with it some of the luggage of 2020. We are still in the midst of a pandemic that has dramatically altered many of our lives. We’ve endured a hurtful presidential and congressional campaign and election season. We’ve missed seeing our church community, we’ve lost one Lent and Easter Season, Advent, and Christmas. We will probably lose our second Lent and Easter season due to continued necessity to guard against spread of COVID. It’s a different world, a different normal, and things will probably not go back to business as usual. The Gospel of Mark tells us stories of people who had their normal changed by Jesus and it was for the better. The hope of the gospel is that our lives can adjust and change for the better – our new normal can be something ensnared in God’s good will and vision.
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