January 23, 2022
at 10:00 a.m.
Holy Communion is offered.
Jesus says what must be said, not what some want to hear.
The Christian Church has always struggled to be clear about its agenda and its purpose. Many look to Christian churches for help with physical needs: care for the sick, food for the poor, housing for the homeless. Christians do not hesitate to provide help for those less fortunate; we do this to express our Christian love. Jesus didn’t hesitate either as his healings in today’s Gospel illustrate. But Jesus was clear to identify his primary mission: “proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God.” This remains our agenda, too.
How lovely is your dwelling place,
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the Lord.
Our Way of Worship
Our Sunday worship follows a worship pattern used in Christian churches for almost 1,500 years but in contemporary language and a variety of styles. The entire service is printed in an easy to use folder. We hear readings from the Bible and join together in prayer. We sing psalms and hymns found in a hymnal called Christian Worship which contains hundreds of well-known hymns. The high point of Sunday worship is the message or sermon, a twenty-minute explanation of a reading from the Bible and its meaning for our lives in the 21st century.
Some of our older members dress up for church, but casual dress is perfectly fine. The Lord looks at our hearts and attitudes, not our clothes. Members support the congregation's work with offerings, but guests should not feel obligated to participate. Rest rooms are located in the lower level of the church.
On two Sundays a month we celebrate Holy Communion, a special meal that forgives our sins as we receive the Savior's body and blood in bread and wine. The Bible teaches that receiving Holy Communion with others symbolizes our unity in faith, and so communion is offered to St. John's members and members of our denomination.
Sunday Bible Class
A new Bible Class series begins on January 9, 2022. The course is entitled “The Word of the Lord Spreads” and covers the dramatic and exciting of the growth of the New Testament Church. We’ll review the miracles at Pentecost and then follow St. Peter and St. Paul as they proclaim the good news about Jesus.
Bible Information Classes
Pastor Tiefel is always willing to lead interested friends into a deeper study of the teachings of the Bible. If you are interested in learning more about what God says in his Word, contact him at email@example.com.