|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!
Off the Boat and Into the Deep
Hello, beloved. I pray you are well and enjoying summertime with family and friends. A few weeks ago we had VBS, and in a few more weeks our kids go back to school. Where has time gone?
Growing up, one of my favorite people in the whole world was Jacques Cousteau.
Yes, the old French researcher, diver and overall oceanographic extraordinaire, was one of my heroes. I could sit in front of the television set for hours on end watching him and his team, explore the deepest and remotest part of the ocean. His boat, the Calypso, navigated all sorts of maritime conditions to transport them, and us, to the heart of the sea. I once heard him say that approximately only 11% of the world’s oceans have been explored. In essence, there is a lot more we don’t know and have never experienced. I have since been fascinated by depth—there are many things in the deep that will never be found in shallow water. To see the really terrific stuff, we must go way below the surface!
Likewise, in our relationship with Jesus, we must desire to go below the surface to encounter the good, sustaining nourishment He offers. It is in those places where our feet are not touching the bottom that we experience Him the closest. Jesus knew that in the boat his disciples would only capture but a portion of what He was trying to impart to them. The invitation to Peter to get out of the boat and walk on water (Matthew 14:22-33) was more about faith, and less about… water! May we, as a community of faith, discover more and more of God’s depth for our lives, as we step, individually and corporately out of the boat and into the deep!
Join us on Sundays in July for our sermon series Oddballs. We are looking at some of the Bible’s strange stories and believing that even in these unique narratives we can find transforming truth for our lives and experience growth in our faith. Never neglect to add your prayer concerns in the attendance card. We are praying faithfully and seeing God do great things.
Lastly, I am thankful to have completed my second year of ministry at St. John’s. It has enriched my life to serve among so many wonderful people. Julie, Grace, Daniel and I look forward to serving with you as long as God would have us do that. Together, we serve a mighty God. Blessings to you and yours in the days ahead!
Trusting the One,
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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