|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!
Our True All in All
Greetings! A moment ago, as I walked to my truck, the incomparable scent of the Christmas trees greeted me gently. It never gets old. I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did during childhood. This has always been my favorite time of the year. As a child, of course, receiving gifts had a lot to do with it. I looked forward to Christmas day and the abundance of presents that seemed to magically appear under the tree. Then, in our Hispanic tradition, we celebrated the Three Kings day. Every January 6 we celebrated the visit of the magi to the newborn King. As kids, we were showered with gifts again, and began the countdown to Christmas to…receive more gifts. Do you see a pattern? The reason for the season was not the Reason as I know it today.
Long before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah told of the coming birth. He was inspired by God to share, “For a child has been born to us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) The truth contained in this passage is simply amazing. The language is inspiring and comforting; the message life-changing. In Christ we have the best gift we could ever receive or hope for. He squeezed into human form—as Eugene Peterson has said—to dwell among us and to model for us the life of the Kingdom of God. He came to lead us in the reprioritization of our lives. He came to give our lives meaning and true purpose. He came to bring hope, peace, joy and love to us. These are the reasons that make Him the Reason for this great season! It is no wonder the author was inspired to write, “In Christ Alone.”
I want to personally invite you to attend one of our many Advent Season services. On December 22 at 7:00 p.m. we will host a Blue Christmas service. This will be a more contemplative way of celebrating the birth of Christ. Is there any reason life may feel “blue” these days? Please join us then and be encouraged and uplifted. Then on Christmas Eve we will host a 5:30 p.m. contemporary worship experience and an 8:00 p.m. traditional worship experience. In both services we will have a candlelight celebration. Finally, on Christmas morning, we will have a Lessons and Carols worship experience at 10:00 a.m. Come and take advantage of this unique experience of celebrating Christmas on a Sunday morning!
May the Prince of Peace fill your heart and your home with peace this Season. May the Holy Spirit empower you and cause you to have a greater expectation of Him in the New Year. You matter to God more than you can imagine. Let’s take time together to worship Him for who He is, and to celebrate Him for the things He has done! I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your appointed pastor. I am. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
In God’s love,
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.
Closed Friday, Saturday
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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