|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!
In Full Gear
Greetings in the name of the Risen One! The Lenten season has passed and what a season it was. I am so thankful for the countless expressions of God’s grace toward us. Not only did we have a great time from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday, but also had the grand privilege of baptizing 5 people and of welcoming 10 students into the church’s membership last Sunday. Praise God for the things He has done!
Now we gear up for a summer full of opportunities and excitement. Students and teachers are wrapping up the school year and it seems like everyone is a bit tired. Are you? This morning, as I spent time with the Lord, something was laid upon my heart: the importance of being fully prepared and adequately dressed with the full armor of God. See, at times like these when God is moving, and we may be experiencing some fatigue, the enemy tends to capitalize on opportunities to try to bring about discouragement. We need not to fret.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul provides clear instruction as to how to get dressed for what we may face on a daily basis as we walk with Jesus. First he says, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” (6:10) Paul is essentially reminding us that the power to stand against what life may send our way ALWAYS comes from God. He continues by describing in some detail the accessories that must be put on every day. He writes about the belt of truth, the body armor of God’s righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. (vv. 13-17) In short, the advice is to be in full gear! To be clear, the idea is not to live scared, but rather to face life every day prepared with the weapons that God has already made available to us. Dwell on this for a moment…
We surely love seeing you and your family on Sunday mornings. This Sunday we continue a new series titled Radical. We will look at some radical prayers in the Bible and how these prayers impacted the lives of many.
May God continue to bless you! I am thankful for the opportunity to serve as your pastor, and look forward to even more from God in the months ahead.
In Christ’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.
“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.
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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