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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 Paying Attention
Greetings in the Name of Jesus! It has only been a month since our last article. Yet, it
feels much longer, doesn’t it? Let’s see, we have witnessed a few storms, a couple of earthquakes, and a senseless act of violence on Sunday in Las Vegas. These occurrences seem to bring life to a halt, followed by times of reflection and careful thought. Eventually, most people’s lives return to what is considered normal. Others aren’t so fortunate.
The last few weeks have made me ponder something I heard from an esteemed seminary professor long ago. Dr. Harper told us young seminarians that life in Christ is primarily about “paying attention.” Paying attention to what? you might ask. Well, paying attention, or simply being aware of what God is doing all around us in order to join Him in mission to the world. I invite you to “pay attention”, especially during times of trials, to see how you may be of use to God. Never underestimate what the Lord may do through you to bring hope and peace to another person’s life—yes, I mean each and every one of you!
Upon calling Joshua to take Moses’ mantle in ministry, God gave him a very specific directive. The Lord said, “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) That same Lord issues the same instruction to us this day. Critical times demand Spirit-empowered, confident followers of Christ willing to “pay attention”, and respond accordingly. Thank you very much for “paying attention” in response to the church’s call to support hurricane victims by donating to UMCOR. Your generosity amounted to $5,719. Praise God! Soon I will share with you about assisting our friends in Puerto Rico, starting to recover from a devastating visit by Hurricane Maria.
After a tremendous time learning about Jonah, our new sermon series for October is titled Fearless. Allow this to be a personal invitation to come and explore together what it means to lead a life void of fear and anxiety in Christ. The series begins October 15th and runs through October 29.
I am thankful for your ministry and commitment to Christ. I look forward to the next two months, as we gear up for Advent. Stay tuned. God is very much at work. Peace!
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.
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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