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, September 22, 2013

Reflection for Sep. 22, 2013

Greetings as September draws to a close and fall begins, today was wonderful at St. John’s. There was a good turn out as we continued our study of Jeremiah and delved into the pain that Jeremiah felt as he realized that the Israelites were going to fall through their own choice. The image of Jeremiah stands in contrast to society where people often say “they got what they deserved” when bad happens to someone.
In worship we looked at the “simple” statement that God exists in us and in creation and through God's existence we are drawn to reaction and emotion. We find ourselves driven to express that emotion when we observe the inconsistencies of life as believers or as people who live in community. God encourages us to be truthful about our emotions and to share them. In response to that truthfulness we are also encouraged to always look for God's reflection in all we do and see. Our life with God demands us to look forward, to realize we will have to address tough questions (The Washington Navy Yard), to live where we cannot simply give the same pat answer, and most importantly - to build bridges for others to see God in their lives.
How are you encouraged to live a faithful life in the tension of God's world and human fallibility? Some thoughts can be found in today's sermon.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1; Psalm 79:1-9; 1 Timothy 2:1-7; Luke 16:1-13

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