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Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. ~ 1 John 1:3-4

by Rev. Hilary Marchbanks on June 06, 2023

Getting to Know You

The song "Getting to Know You" from "The King and I" is a popular musical theater tune by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The new governess, Anna, sings it as she is getting acquainted with the king’s children. Can you believe I got into college on a musical theater scholarship? The fact that I *used* to be able to dance and sing simultaneously might be the most fun fact about me. If you weren't already aware, you just got to know me a little more.

In May, our worship series was focused on questions. Where are you from? What do you need? Where do we go from here? This series was introduced in hopes we might get to know one another better, consider where God is leading us, and discern what God is placing on our hearts as a community.

The hymn "The Summons" by John Bell is perhaps the most well-known piece by Bell. The song asks a series of 13 questions, perhaps a record of the most questions asked in one hymn! It’s a common song to sing when in discernment about where God is calling us next. The song asks powerful prophetic questions, encouraging us to not only ask questions of each other but to listen to which questions God asks us. When I sing that song, I feel like God is asking us questions. At Saint John’s, God has asked us important questions for 75 years, which has led us into prophetic, justice-seeking ministries, and I am so grateful.

This summer, we welcome an intern funded by the Rio Texas Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry Intern Program. Our intern is Raja Banks, who recently graduated from Huston-Tillotson. Here are a few questions we asked to get to know him before you all meet him at Saint John’s on Sunday. Maybe you have something in common with him!

Grace and peace,


Getting to know Raja Banks

Q: Where are you from?
A: East Texas

Q: What was your major at Huston-Tillotson?
A: Business Management

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Strength training, boxing

Q: What is your favorite book of the Bible?
A: I and II Samuel

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: The Book of Eli

Q: What do you hope to gain out of your internship this summer?
A: Greater perspective.

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