|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 Blessedness of Knowing
Greetings in the Name above every name! I pray you are well. As I write these words, we have but a handful of Christmas trees left to sell in the lot but the scent lingers ever so richly. Yes, my favorite time of the year!
On Sunday, during our contemporary service the worship team did a beautiful rendition of Mary, did you know? It is one of my favorite songs for this season, not so much for the melody—although it is lovely—but for the theology. A conversation with a colleague a day later, led me to ponder how much did Mary truly know. In Luke 1:28 we are told that the angel Gabriel paid a visit to Mary and joyfully announced, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you! It was at this time that Mary found out about her pregnancy, and more importantly, about some of what would make the babe in her womb unlike any person ever born.
One can only imagine the perplexity in Mary’s heart and mind. News of the pregnancy alone would have been disturbing. The revelation of the identity of this baby would have sent many a prospective mothers to the nearest mental health facility for a prompt examination. Mary had an awful lot to assimilate, and not much time. Thank God we now have lots more to guide our faith!
We have access to the rest of the story. In Christ we have hope, peace, love and joy. We have the blessedness of knowing, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. During this time of the year, we pause to marvel at the birth of Christ, and in doing so, are renewed in our belief and strengthened in our faith. We are reminded that the same baby that came to transform Mary’s life transforms our lives as we embrace him as Lord and Savior.
In the weeks to follow you will have ample opportunities to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our church will offer two musical presentations, on the 13th and 17th of December. In addition, we will offer our Blue Christmas service on Thursday December 21 at 7:00 p.m. On Christmas Eve, we will gather to worship at 10:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The latter services will offer candle lighting. If you are traveling to be with family and friends, have a grand time and find a house of worship to celebrate as well!
I am thankful for the opportunity to be in ministry here at St. John’s and look forward to another year of fruitful and blessed ministry with you and yours. May God bless you, grant you peace, and fill your heart with joy. May the Holy Spirit surprise you in the New Year!
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)
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