|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!
Simple and Profound
Greetings in the Name above all names! After my two week doctoral residency in Orlando, I am glad to be home; glad to be back among family, and certainly glad to be back at church. Christian community has been central to my growth as a follower of Jesus. Even before entering full time ministry, I longed to be in church on Sunday morning, among brothers and sisters. So…when I am not here, I truly miss being here. I am thankful to serve among gifted and committed leaders that provided direction during my absence. Major kudos to Krista Mulhollen and Jacque and Lacy Ray!
The logical expectation would be that spending two weeks buried in books and among other Christian leaders and seminary professors, would result in some learning. And it did. I learned about ethnocentrism, and anthropology, about engaging in the practice of cultural exegesis and of the importance of having a strong hermeneutical matrix. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Maybe next time you would want to join our cohort…just teasing! We also got to attend a worship service at a church north of Orlando with an average weekly worship attendance of over 12,000. All things considered, a very fruitful two weeks.
The climax of our time of study happened for me on the last day. In fact, it took place during our very last devotion. Our professor simply took us to Matthew 28:18-20. Most of you reading this have come across the passage before: The Great Commission. Yet, as Dr. Gober read the end of verse 20, something broke within me. The verse reads, “…and remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (NRSV) I have examined these words hundreds of times in my life. However, I desperately needed to be reminded of this very simple and profound truth. I don’t know if it ever happens to you, but at times, in the midst of life and busyness, it is relatively easy to lose sight of this amazing fact. God is always with us. The promise of Emmanuel is as tangible as it has ever been. The God you and I worship is a promise-keeping God!
I invite you to receive this encouragement as a true gift from God. He remains madly in love with you and yours, and continues to invite us to join Him in the transformation of the world. Let’s continue learning together about habits and practices that help us grow in our faith. I hope to see you Sunday!
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.
Closed Friday, Saturday
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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