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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May is busy in the life of the 21st century church! We celebrate Mother’s Day, graduates, confirmands, and remember military service members who have died. Life was busy in the 1st century church as well. As a shaping and forming community, the Spirit led them into who they would be in a brave new world meeting God’s love revealed in Jesus the Christ. Journey with us through today’s milestones as we learn from the Acts of the Apostles. Sundays, May 1st - June 5th.
During Lent, we return to God through the stories of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, deepening our connection with God’s unconditional love we call grace. Join us in worship as we meditate on Jesus’ lessons that guide our Return to God.
During the season after Epiphany, we encounter story after story of God’s surprises. Join us this January and February in worship as we focus on miracles and surprises and wonders in scripture, and we also give thanks for how God surprises us each day.