Bible Verse of the Day

Matthew 2:4-6
“When he had called together all the people?s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ?In Bethlehem in Judea,? they replied, ?for this is what the prophet has written: ??But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.??”

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AYP May 2015

Grace, mercy and peace be with you all. Amen.

Wow… seems like summer is here already… gone are the piles of snow, and the cold weather, and arrived is the lawn mowing, and the warmer weather.

Thus far, Jesus was born, and Jesus died. Jesus was raised, and Jesus will ascend on May 14th. These moments in Christ's life take up so much of our time and attention the first half of the church year that summer becomes a blessed space to attend to Christ's life and teaching. That's what we do these summer months, continuing into the fall. We spend time with the life and teaching of Jesus.

Not that the life and teaching of Jesus are ever separated from his birth, death, resurrection, and ascension. To the contrary, in the Gospel of Mark the narrative of his life and his teachings is so thoroughly eschatological that it is impossible to separate his life from its anticipated eschatological fulfillment. Even a central event such as the transfiguration both prefigures the resurrection and signifies it in the middle of the gospel itself.

But here at St. John’s we have a lot going on. Summer in the past has been a time when everything slows down, and there is not much going on… Not any more! Between the Car Show, the Garden Gala, Picnics, Softball, Camping, summer camp fires, Vacation Bible School and everything else, we have a lot happening.

I want to make sure that everyone knows to keep us, the congregation of St. John’s, in your prayers as we continue on our mission of spreading the Gospel of Christ. And just because we don’t see you in church on Sunday, please know that we are still praying for you, as you are praying for us. Please also keep track of your calendar, and put the dates of our activities in, as it will be great to see you, even if it is not on a Sunday!

Enjoy the warm weather and the time with family. They are both precious.

Pastor Paul D. Hansen

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 May 2015 23:17