Message: What Was I Scared Of?

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We are currently offering hybrid worship here at St. John's. You are welcome to join us in-person or watch online. Please click the link below for a description of our In-Person Worship Guidlines updated as of 8.2.2021.


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New Worship Series

Killing Jesus

8.8 - 8.29.2021

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.


You are invited to join us Sundays at 10:45 AM in-person or online for our next worship series title Killing Jesus.


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!


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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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Living Streams is our weekly worship experience focusing on the practices of story sharing, centering prayer, and communion.  


Cheri Leigh



When & Where


Worship Service | 10:45 AM | Sanctuary and Online


Living Streams | 1:00 PM | Online

6900 Ward Parkway

Kansas City | MO 64113


Previous Series

Jesus Said

6.20 - 7.18.2021

I recall years ago seeing a bumper sticker that said “The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.” At one point in culture the Bible was like E. F. Hutton, when it was quoted, everyone stopped and listened. It is an understatement to say this is no longer the case. Partly it is because we have access to other voices. It seems that many people listen to television personalities, radio, or even the written word more than God’s Word. We entertain these voices and often allow them to have significant sway over our own opinions and actions.

Jesus wasn’t a shy person – actually he was quite vocal. His words had a weight to them. They could be encouraging, a warning, freeing, or convicting among other things. Most of all, his words were to be taken seriously and where appropriate, acted upon. As it has across the centuries, this applies to today. Jesus said many important and life affirming things; those words are still true and relevant for us.

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