|St. John's United Methodist Church – Our Purpose: Love, Grow, Serve, Share||
We would like to welcome you to St. John’s United Methodist Church located on Proctor Road in Sarasota, Florida. Currently have three worship services on Sunday mornings – two Traditional and one Contemporary. Our congregation is welcoming and focuses on loving others, growing in Christ, serving Jesus and sharing our faith. You will be able to connect with one of our small groups, whether it is our energetic children, amazing youth, patient adults or caring seniors.
We invite you to join us for one of our worship services or a special event. Hope to see you soon!
The Practice of Gratitude
Greetings, St. John’s Family! I am truly enjoying this change in weather patterns and maybe some of you are as well. Over 350 years ago Carmelite monk Brother Lawrence wrote a book that became a classic and remains so to this day. The book was titled The Practice of the Presence of God and in it Brother Lawrence shares at length about what it means to experience the presence of God regardless of where you are or what you may be doing in your everyday tasks. He argued rather persuasively, that if we pay attention, we can feel God’s presence very, very frequently. The book is a most worthwhile read.
I want to invite you to engage in another type of practice: the practice of gratitude. Yes, you and I have many things to be thankful for. I cannot speak for you, but I am fully aware of my ability at times to gripe, complaint or simply, neglect expressing gratitude to God for all He has done and continues to do. In his letter to the Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote: “ Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NLT) In a few weeks we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day among family, friends and food, lots of food. On that day we will take time to thank God. But, could we pause to say THANK YOU, Lord, as an ongoing exercise? I am wondering out loud!
Our sermon series for November is titled Thankful and we will learn about…gratitude; gratitude for all reasons and in all seasons. You do not want to miss church in November. On the 19th we will host our yearly Thanksgiving dinner followed by a night of worship. Come and bring a friend or two. Your place at the table will be ready by 5:00 p.m.
By the way, THANK YOU for your extravagant generosity toward those in need. As a church, we have had a number of opportunities to help brothers and sisters in distress, and the response has been terrific.
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve among so many great people. I am thankful for the opportunity to pray for you and your family. I am thankful for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. I am thankful for a future filled with hope. I am…thankful!
In God’s love,
P.S. Don’t forget to set your clock back an hour on Saturday before going to bed. Yes, we get some extra sleep. See you bright and early Sunday morning!
Pastoral Care Team
We have launched a team here at St. John's to help with all of our congregational needs.
For emergency and pastoral care needs, please call 941-210-9229.
This is a confidential contact.
6611 Proctor Road
Sarasota, FL 34241
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Emergency & Pastoral Care:
941-210-9229 (confidential contact)
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley
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