8.14.2022

Series: Preaching Pixar

Sermon Title: Finding Nemo



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Current Worship Series

Jesus Asked

7.24 - 8.28

I have never really given much thought to the ways in which the gospels portray the dialogues Jesus has with others.  Read a parallel of the four gospels and they account for things like common stories shared by two or more writers, parables, miracles, teachings, and more.  Something I’ve taken for granted is that Jesus was good at making the most of opportunities to share an object lesson.  He rarely missed one of those.  But something I have not paid attention to are the moments when Jesus asked a question.  Maybe it is because he was so busy answering everyone else’s questions.  Be that as it may, there are moments when Jesus asked questions – timely questions.  He confronted people who were seeking something, he checked to see who they understood him to be, asked them why they worried, and what happened to their faith.  Unfortunately, even though we are students of these stories, it appears that we have not grown that much since the disciples.  Jesus could probably ask us these same questions and like the disciples, we might struggle to answer.  I invite you to join us for our summer series where we consider how we would answer the questions Jesus asked. - 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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Previous Series

Jesus Loves Me

6.26 - 7.17.2022

One of the simplest songs that we teach kids in Sunday school or children’s church is “Jesus Loves Me.”  Karl Barth did a lecture tour in the United States in the early 1960s.  In 1962, he lectured at the University of Chicago and at the end of the lecture, there was a designated time for Q&A.  One student asked Barth if he could summarize his whole life’s work in theology in a sentence.  Barth reportedly said, “Yes, I can.  In the words of a song I learned at my mother’s knee: ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.’”  Unfortunately, we live in a world that tries its best to rip us from this reality.  Because we are flawed people who feel things like shame, marginalization, anger, or doubt, we also feel unlovable.  However, the gospel reminds us that God can overcome any obstacle that we think can separate us from the love of God made know in Christ Jesus.  I invite you to join us for this series as we seek to break through the barriers that keep us from experiencing the full depth of God’s love expressed to us in Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman


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