828 King's Highway, Suffolk VA 23432

757 255-4168 stjohns1755@verizon.net Worship Service: Sundays at 10:30am
Welcome to St. John's community. We are honored to serve Christ, and to open our doors to all. Please feel free to join us for worship. St. John's can trace its history to the founding of Jamestown. The parish is over 350 years old, and the church building itself has stood for 2 and a half centuries. St. John's saw the American Revolution and served as a camp ground for troops during the Civil War. Through it all, St. John's has been a place of worship and a home for those seeking communion with Christ. St. John's has a rich and abiding history. Today, it is as it was... a place to find and be found by Christ.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sermon for the 7th Sunday after Easter - June 6, 2011

It's been a typical late spring in southside Virginia. Heat, winds, RAIN to beat the band, and general mixed up weather. Things are settling out a little but I sense it will be quite the summer. At church we're in a bit of an odd place - we've just had one of our longest term members pass away on this past Thursday. We found out this morning that Mr. Paul K. Brady has been an official member of the church since June 12, 1927. He lived a long and vital life from September 25, 1914 until this year and lived and worked on many interesting projects: while serving in the Army in WWII he fought at the Battle of the Bulge; while in Suffolk he started a radio business; in 1954 he build Brady's Marina for the City of Suffolk; and in the late 1950s he was a member of the amateur salvage team that raised the tanker the African Queen that was abandoned off the Delmarva peninsula - doing something that professional salvage companies declined to do. Really an interesting story. At church this morning we talked about the life and ministry of Paul Brady and how they've shaped the church that St. John's is today. We also shifted our focus to his upcoming funeral service. We had time to reflect on the implications of our Acts reading today in my sermon entitled “What are we looking for?”


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