10.9.2022

Fruits of Our Labor "Tax Collectors"



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Current Worship Series

Fruits of Our Labor

9.4 - 9.25

A funny thing happens between siblings when they reach the age of having children.  In our household, all of our children are adults and married.  Three of the four couples have children.  The ones who do not have kids can be, shall we say, presumptuous and judgmental about what their nieces and nephews are corrected for and what they get away with.  Needless to say, we have heard on more than one occasion those infamous words, “when we have kids, they will not be allowed to do that!”

 

We learn from examples all around us – there are object lessons before us each moment of nearly every day.  Some things we observe and determine to emulate because it is a good example.  Some, we observe and determine not to repeat for very good reasons.  One of the habits that we profess to be good for the soul is generosity.  There are ample studies and antidotal evidence to prove the fact that generous people are more content with life than people who are not. 

 

From the fruits of our labor, God invites us to give away out tithes and our offerings.  Money is a way of measuring many things including our practice of generosity.  For the next four weeks, we pause to learn lessons about the power generosity can have on our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being while positively affecting the world..   - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman

Belonging

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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Worship

SUNDAY WORSHIP

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

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


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When & Where

SUNDAY WORSHIP

Chapel Worship Service  |  8:30 AM  |  Chapel

Sanctuary Worship Service  | 10:45 AM  |  Sanctuary and Online


FRIDAY WORSHIP

Living Streams | 1:00 PM | Online


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Kansas City | MO 64113

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Previous Series

Yet You Shall Live

9.4 - 9.25.2022

I recently did a Google search and asked the question, “How many people die every second.”  The answer is 1.78 people per second.  At first glance, that does not appear to be statistically significant.  However, when you start doing the math, it may initiate discomfort as reality appears.  Every minute 107 people die, every hour equals 6,390 souls, which means on a daily basis, 53,000 people go to meet their maker.  Whether we want to admit it or not, death is a part of living and we all will have to deal with both the mortality of our loved ones and our own.  I do wish that every single one of us died quietly in our sleep of old age but that is not realistic.  Some of us die from an illness, an accident, disaster, or by our own hand and in the aftermath of our death, we leave others to grieve for us.  Death can be and often is consuming when you are in the midst of it.  Another aspect of death is the space it creates for reflection.  Most of us do not do this until death either is on the horizon or has already passed over us.  Death has already come for my mother and it will soon come for my father as well as both of Margaret’s parents.  Eventually death will come for both of us and then our kids, grandkids, and on through the generations.  It is the cycle of life.  Instead of meeting death with regrets in focus, I want to greet it with joy.  I hold to the vision of living the rest of my life learning more about God’s love for me and others and how I can be a better expression of that.  I want to embrace the rest of my life and death knowing that joy filled the space between.  I hope you are striving for the same thing.  - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman


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