12.4.2022

All The Good "Praying in Advent"


Current Worship Series

All The Good

11.27 - 12.25

When we think of Advent, I believe most of us think about the time when Jesus was born; that time some 2,000 plus years ago. We consider Advent and Christmas to be an event in the past that we continue to celebrate today. In this series, we will consider Advent has a proclamation of not only what has transpired, but of what is still to come. The Good News is not simply that Jesus was born in a manger near Bethlehem. The Good News is that Christ will come again. Our Advent worship should be focused on both the past and the future – what was and what is yet to come. While reflecting on the past, we pray for the fulfillment of God’s love made known to us in the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension through the second coming of Jesus.


During this season, we will consider what it means for us to practice Advent by reflecting on what God has done and is yet to do. We will also consider what it looks like for us to pray faithfully while persevering through the now, but not yet. In light of these, we will gain a glimpse of what mercy looks like and how it is intended to be a part of our everyday lives. Culminating on Christmas Day, God will present us with the opportunity for a new beginning in Christ – to live not simply reflecting on the past, but to be alive with hope and expectation of what God is still yet to do.


I invite you to join us this Advent and Christmas season as we consider a Wesleyan way of living into this joyous time. All are welcome to join us for All the Good. - 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


6900 Ward Parkway

Kansas City | MO 64113

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Previous Series

A Living Example

10.30 - 11.20.2022

I am a fan of history. I like reading about historical figures and events. A few years ago, our seniors group did a tour of the World War I museum and one of the couples on the tour bought two books for me. I have read one of them – it was Margaret McMillan’s The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914. It is a fascinating recount of the political, familial, and economic issues that led to World War I. The second book I have not read – yet. What I found most intriguing are all of the ways in which we continue to repeat past errors. Some of the dynamics of the late 1800s to early 1900s are resurfacing in world affairs. You would think that we would be astute enough to learn from past examples.


In some ways, the stories of the scriptures act in the same way. They inform us of human activity, God’s grand scheme, and the diverging plot lines between the two. In the scriptures, we find examples of people who try to live in a way that participates with God’s vision for the world while also seeing examples of those who choose not to. Unfortunately, because of the cultural, social, political, ethnic, and economic differences between their world and ours, we may not gain as much from their example as we would hope. As Paul says, “we see in a mirror dimly,” meaning their example isn’t clear-cut. That is why we need living examples today.


We need people who live with courage, faith, perseverance, and loyalty among other things. We are desperate for living examples that can inform and encourage us to be better than we are now. Our task is to lean into the power of God’s Holy Spirit who can help us find and become living examples who shed hope and light in our world. I invite you to join us for our series, A Living Example as we examine what it means to live with courage, faith, perseverance, and loyalty.  - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman


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