As people who claim to be Christians, prayer should be an important part of our everyday lives. It should be as natural as waking, sleeping, eating, showering, and working. It should be an intentional time of reflection, conversation, and deep listening to God. But often it is something that is rushed like a quick prayer before a test or a court appearance; maybe something we utter before seeing a doctor or a specialist. Mostly in times of trouble and despair, we utter a prayer. When Jesus was asked by his disciples to teach them to pray, he instructed them in the pray that is now a common part of our worship. The concern is that our corporate prayer has become a meaningless and rote prayer. In this series we will strive to better understand what Jesus was teaching in this model prayer and how it is still relevant to our lives. Our aim is that as we learn to pray, we will “Pray This Way.” - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman
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.
Living Streams is our weekly worship
experience focusing on the practices of story sharing, centering prayer, and
Chapel Worship Service | 8:30 AM | Chapel
Sanctuary Worship Service | 10:45 AM | Sanctuary and Online
Living Streams | 1:00 PM | Online
6900 Ward Parkway
Kansas City | MO 64113
Jesus was well aware of what awaited him in his final journey to Jerusalem. There was mounting tensions between him and the religious establishment – they literally wanted him dead. Soon there would be political tensions between Jesus and the Roman authorities which would be natural when the crowds call a backwoods prophet “king.” With all of this amassing, you may wonder why it was that Jesus still journeyed to Jerusalem. In this Lenten and Easter series we will look at events and places in Jesus life that can help us understand the nature of his mission and ministry. Hopefully in gaining this understanding, we might receive new insights into our calling to be an active part of our local community. It boiled down to Jesus’ willingness to follow God wherever that may lead. We will wrestle with the idea of where our Jerusalem is and our willingness to go. - Rev. Dr. Jim Hoffman
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