October Worship Series: Sacraments Our Worship Theme for October is “Sacraments.” We will be taking a deeper look at the things we do in worship that are “extra special” to our faith tradition. The definition of sacrament is: an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. They are moments that are especially…

September Worship Series: Krazy Kinfolk Bible stories of two fathers highlight the role of parental authority, helping us try to understand the love of a parent for a child. Father Knows Best: the story of Jephthah (Judges 11:34-40), a bad father who sacrifices his daughter to fulfill a foolish vow (used as a boast to…

In a spirit of cooperation, the three arms of St. John’s have come together with a plan to maximize the potential of the sanctuary for all three groups, while at the same time, filling the need for some much needed repairs and upgrades to the space. The plan involves removing the current pews, resurfacing the…

On July 12, 2015, some 18 years after first becoming a Reconciling Congregation in the United Methodist Church, after much conversation and prayer, our St. John’s on the Lake UMC congregation reached a full consensus to make our Sanctuary open for all weddings, including same-sex marriages, recently ruled Legal and Constitutional by the US Supreme…

Over my lifetime, I and my family, like many of yours, have advocated for and participated in various equality and protests movements in our land, including Civil Rights in the 50’s and 60’s, anti-war protests of the 60’s and 70’s, the Equal Rights movement of the 70’s, and now Marriage Equality of today. So today’s…

August Worship Series: Hollywood Theology Most of us come out of a really good movie feeling that we are somehow changed after having experienced that particular artistic project. That often includes knowing things you might not have know before, or understanding concepts you hadn’t before; recognizing characters in ourselves, our families, or the world at…

July Worship Series: Revolutions July typically begins with much thought and discussion around our American Revolution. We will be taking the entire month to explore issues surrounding revolutions of all kinds! Our songs, our words, and our lessons will all revolve around the affects and effects of revolutions of thought, politics, and deed.

Just as every other group in the ancient middle east had folklore surrounding a “world wide flood,” so did the Jews. As a matter of fact they had two! Both the nor the/ kingdom (Israel)and the Southern kingdom (Judah) had stories that, while similar in important issues, are somewhat different in the details. During the…

Recent UMC headlines tell some of the story—Pastor defrocked by United Methodist officials; Pastor faces credentials loss over gay weddings; UMC suspends minister for performing same-sex union; Rift grows for United Methodists; Bishop drops case on gay marriage; Kansas UMC Bishop pledges hundreds of trials. Schism—it’s such a loaded word! Methodists are really struggling with…

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