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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 17, 2013

Sermon and reflection for Nov. 17, 2013

I’m taking a somewhat new tack this week, less reflection and more description of the sermon (link below). Today was a day to celebrate the promise of a new beginning and the culmination of our life passed but not forgotten. While we know God has been with God's chosen people since the beginning of time, and will be forevermore, it can be difficult to see that in the present moment and when the deck appears to be stacked against us. That is part of the story of Isaiah's 65th chapter and our discussion in Sunday school.

Today's sermon was influenced by the gospel reading (Luke 21:5-19) as that influences the second letter to the Thessalonians 3:6-13 (Do not associate with idlers). I reflected on how the letter to the Thessalonians seems to feed the "American Dream" - you can never have enough and you can always work harder. Yet Jesus tells us that we won't know when the end is near except that it is. Those scripture remind us to do God's work - which in the perspective of the church is to change lives in a way that society does not; by focusing on the complete and fulfilling life with God. I tried to address how we are invited to move from the esoteric statement "to change lives" to a means by which we practically can change lives - by sharing the bounty we have and by sharing our relationship (warts and all) with others.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 65:17-25; Canticle 9; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

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