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We are all familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan. He was the unlikely stranger who gave of his time and resources to rescue a wounded stranger. Jesus’ parable shapes our image of what it means to be a good neighbor and who we define as our neighbor. I think about the various mission efforts here at St. John’s UMC who have the vision to share compassion with our neighbor. One of them is actually titled Neighbor to Neighbor. All that we do in the name of Jesus is vital work and certainly is part of the ministry that Jesus calls us to. I would also suggest that it is literally half of the picture of what it means to be a good neighbor. While we may be good at reaching out to those who live in an under-resourced neighborhood, how good are we are reaching out to the person or family that lives next door or across the street. I’ve come to believe that Jesus wants us to make as much of an impact on our block as we do in other parts of our community. We need to be a good neighbor to those who literally live right next door. In this series, we will be discussing what it means to be a good neighbor and how we can share the love of God with those who live right around us.
You are invited to join us Sundays at 10:45 AM in-person or online for our next worship series title Be A Good Neighbor.
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!
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.
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In a recent conversation I mentioned how Jesus is born every Christmas and dies a few months later on Good Friday. Realistically we know that Jesus was born, lived 30 years before his baptism and commissioning to ministry, and then lived another 3 years before he was crucified by the Romans. While I proposed that we should have a 33-year cycle, no one was listening or interested because annually is the traditional way we remember these events. So each year, we pause on Good Friday to remember the day Jesus was killed. Another thought comes to mind; maybe we should pause and think about this daily, especially in light of the fact that we kill Jesus in different ways nearly every day. How much of Jesus’ lordship do we suppress? How often do we ignore or reject his teachings? Do we still believe in miracles or did those die with him? And what about his love for us and others? If we did an honest assessment of our lives, we would find that many of us kill or at the very least, suppress Jesus’ influence upon our everyday existence. Few of us have given ourselves completely to him. This series will hopefully help us recognize this in our lives but also look to the ways in which the Holy Spirit can revive us as followers of Jesus. The local church is the hope of the world and the church functions at its peak when its people are following the living Lord.
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