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, November 3, 2013

Reflection and Sermon for November 3

A very blessed All Saints' Sunday to you. Today was a special day for us, besides the visitors in service (4 today) we took time out to unveil the headstone of Bill Potter. While somewhat sad it is nice to bring to closure his burial from October 2012 this morning and to have relatives present to light a candle for him and in his memory. Immediately following the unveiling we had the quarterly Potluck event - a luncheon with lots of food; everything from braised port with chestnut and root vegetables (thank you Steven) to white bean and kale soup with sausage and more desserts and sides than people should be allowed to eat.
Yet, the reason we came together this morning was our worship and reflection on the word. Early in the day we took a hard look at Habakkuk and how we should lament AND be ready for God to respond to our lament if we listen. In worship, the sermon took a look at Zacchaeus and hiding in plain sight. The challenge offered was to ask for insights into those who are "hiding in plain sight" and to ask how we can acknowledge them and their search for affirmation as a child of God and respect them with human dignity.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

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