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Advent 2023: Generation to Generation ...

This Advent season, we will explore the theme of generations, not just within our own families and communities, but also in the biblical account of Jesus’ birth. From the prophecies of Isaiah to the witness of Matthew, we will learn how generations viewed the coming of the Messiah.

The Way Church Works: Spiritual Mechanics

What happens under the hood at Saint John’s? During October’s stewardship emphasis, we will look at the nuts and bolts of the Saint John’s machine. Join us in October as we consider how the spark of the spirit and the energy of our gifts fuel God’s work for the church. We’ll highlight how the Spirit drives the business of the Church, and how your financial gifts contribute to making that movement happen. 


Recall a time when you felt a renewed sense of clarity. Was there a season when God initiated a turning point for you? In August and September, we will gather around stories of turning points in our Biblical witness, describing times when minds were renewed and changed. From Moses, to the ancient Israelites, to the prophet Micah, to yes – even Jesus –  these stories share ways folks' minds were changed, and ways our Bible invites us to examine and explore. How might our perspectives shift? Join us in worship!

Genesis: The Mini-Series

Think about the latest show you binge-watched on TV or the last book you just couldn’t put down. Well, guess what? The book of Genesis brings that much drama and more. Join us this summer as we enter this great story following God’s covenant, God’s people, and all the twists and turns in between.

I've Been Meaning To Ask

Some of the best conversations start with good questions—questions we’ve been meaning to ask, questions that keep us curious, and questions that lead us deeper into courage and connection. Over five weeks, we will gather around five guiding questions: Where are you from? Where does it hurt? What do you need? What joy do you bring? Where do we go from here? As you can see, these questions aren’t surface-level; they invite us to tell our stories, share our pain, care for one another, and dream about a beautiful future together.

Conversations that Change the World

This Lenten season, Saint John’s will examine individual conversations people had with Jesus and how we can listen to what Christ says to us today. Join us on a 1st century and 21st century journey of change, challenge, and comfort – for these are the conversations that change the world.

Illuminating Resilience

This Epiphany season, we focus on how the church can be resilient and bless a world that needs resilience. Through the Adaptive Muscles, as discerned by Texas Methodist Foundation, we will shine a light on ways we can discern purpose, grieve well, expand imagination, walk alongside our neighbors, and distribute power. Be encouraged by the intentional, spiritual, and fun groups leading in worship this season.

Messages from Angels

There is a continuous presence each Advent as we read about Jesus’ birth in Luke and Matthew: the presence of God’s messengers called Angels. Through encounters with Zechariah, Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds, we hear the angels share the blessed story of Emmanuel, God with Us.

Join us for all your favorite Advent and Christmas traditions. This year, we listen closely for Messages from Angels.

Together for Joy

In October, we focus on stories of God rejoicing in creation and relationship. Our annual reminder of financial giving and generosity will be a call to gather our resources together to share that joy.

Unpacking Our Words

Christianity has a long history and a vast vernacular. What are the origins of our faith's words? In August and September, we will talk about the vocabulary that makes us scratch our heads (or shake our heads!). Join us as we turn to scripture and the Spirit's leading to see where we can newly find God's hope in old phrases.

Freeing Jesus

When people join Saint John’s in membership, we ask them questions of faith and service. For the faith question, we ask about their faith in Jesus as savior, brother, Lord, and friend – for Christ moves in our midst and in our lives in a variety of ways. Starting Sunday morning June 19th, we will begin a worship series on Diana Butler Bass’ book Freeing Jesus, which discusses who Jesus is in scripture, history, and our lives. You can join Hilary and Shelley in an online book study on Freeing Jesus Mondays July 11th - August 1st if you want to dig deeper. There will be a daytime and an evening class, and you can register at stjohnsaustin.org/announcements