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God has blessed St. John’s since 1862 with faithful members, pastors, and newcomers. We’re a congregation of sinners and saints of all ages. Our worship blends traditional and contemporary, with opportunities for growth, fellowship, and service. We extend Christ’s welcome to all who seek to worship, know, and serve the Lord.

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Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ:

You know how doctors or judges sometimes "play God"? Well, I got to "play God" the other day in a small, life-and-death way: I stopped on Highway NN, at slight risk to myself, to help a painted turtle across the road, which was a sitting duck for the many cars that were bearing down on it at 60 mph.

I don't often picture myself as "playing God", but as a kid I did aspire to be a hero! I pictured myself carrying someone out of a burning building or some daring act like that. So far, I haven't had to do that. But, you and I often have the chance to throw someone a lifeline. You and I have the opportunity to take risks for the sake of others. You and I have been taught to value human lives and to value all of God's creation in a way that not everyone has. And when others-including those who are supposed to lead -turn their backs on "the least of these" we get to step in. We get to speak up. We get to pray. We get to be advocates. We get to interrupt what we're doing, and do the Christ-like thing.

And in the midst of that, we are not so much "playing God" as we are representing God, and carrying on the work of the Risen Lord, which is always life-saving and life-giving and life-affirming. Thank you for doing what you can do to care for others; to care for neighbors; to care for "the least of these"; and to care for this good earth! These are concrete ways we help others see Jesus, so that they too might experience life in his name!

-Pastor Paul

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