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 have 2 blended services at 9:00 & 11:00 a.m. on campus. You may continue to watch online. Our live-stream will be the 9:00 a.m. service.
A Word From Pastor Jaime
Step by Step
Every session brings with it a new surprise. As you well know, some surprises are pleasant and a welcome departure from the routine, others, not so much. Some Fridays go very smoothly. Yet, every now and then, a Friday session produces a great deal of pain, reminding me of why I am in physical therapy. By now, I have gotten to know some of the other patients receiving care and have learned about their injuries as well. They too have learned about mine. Since I have been going for three months, some of those patients have progressed in their recovery enough to not require treatment anymore. Every now and then a new face shows up. Remarkably, every one of us is taking measured steps toward health and wholeness.
When I started doing physical therapy, I was a tad envious of those who seemed further along their journey than me. I was barely walking and, in much pain, while they were already able to drive to the sessions and required minimal assistance. On one occasion the therapist seemed to have read my mind and encouraged me by telling me that “soon enough you will be able to do that if you continue to work hard.” At once I ceased comparing myself to everyone else and embraced my own journey. Well, God has been more than faithful!
See, we go through a similar process in our relationship with Jesus. Some may be further along the journey. Others may just be getting started. But what truly matters is that we are in the race; we live step by step and we grow daily. Therefore, we do not look around and compare. We rejoice in what God has already done in our lives, while simultaneously remaining hungry for more. The apostle Paul wrote about pressing toward the goal “forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13). If you have spent much time lately looking back, or even find yourself “stuck” in place, I encourage to press on toward the goal, even if by taking baby steps!
Join us on Sunday for worship in person at 9:00 am and 11:00 am or watch the livestream at 9:00 am by going on our site (www.stjohns-sarasota.com). I have gained a new appreciation for Christian fellowship and community and know many others have as well. Blessings and peace to you and yours. Always,
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.