|St. John's United Methodist Church: Serving All. Following One.||
Welcome to St. John’s United Methodist Church located on Proctor Road in Sarasota, Florida. Under normal circumstances we have three worship services on Sunday mornings – two Traditional and one Contemporary. However, until further notice we will be worshiping online. Scroll down to see more ways to connect with us.
A Word From Pastor Jaime
A Joyous Return
The exact number is 98. That’s the number of days that will have passed from the time we last gathered together for worship, until we meet again on June 21st. And it isn’t just the amount of days, but also, what has taken place in those days. Let’s see: we weren’t able to observe Holy Week as we would have liked. Some 100,000 folks have lost their lives to the COVID-19 just in our nation, while countless others have succumbed to the disease throughout the world. Millions have lost their jobs, and sectors of the global economy have collapsed. In addition, as of last Monday, our nation is mired in turmoil, the result of an act of police brutality in Minneapolis. While some have taken to the streets to respectfully protest and demand justice, others have decided that looting and rioting may better serve their agendas. The images across television and computer screens are quite disconcerting. In short, I am beyond ready to get back to worship the Lord with you and yours!
The words of the psalmist come to mind: “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” (Psalms 122:1, NRSV). It will be a joyous return indeed. I believe that most of us have missed the fellowship, and the sense of what it means to be in corporate worship, with brothers and sisters, family and friends. To be clear, we will have to observe social-distancing, and other guidelines as stipulated by the Florida Conference. For a season—and I hope it is a brief one—worship services may feel a bit different. Yet, we will rejoice in the fact that we will be together. The guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all. I am confident you understand and, together, we will make the best of it for the glory of God.
I invite you to join me in prayer as we prepare to return to in-person worship. Pray for patience, protection and unity of heart. Pray also for all other churches returning to in-person worship as well. Pray for our nation, for peace and order. Prayer will open doors we cannot open on our own and release the power and flow of the Holy Spirit in our midst.
Join us for an evening of outdoor worship and prayer on Saturday June 6th at 6:30 p.m. Bring a chair and join us as we gather in the front by the flagpole to worship and pray. See you then!
Blessings to you and yours this day. We continue joyfully,
Serving All. Following One,
Pastor Jaime Faberllé
6611 Proctor Road
Sarasota, FL 34241
For emergency and pastoral care needs, please call 941-210-9229.
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
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