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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.


Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ,

While we rush towards Christmas, we're also waiting for the coming of Christ! Consider how the birth of Jesus was good news for all people: It was good news to shepherds (the blue collar people of the day). It was good news to wise men (the seekers and sojourners of the day). It was good news to Mary & Joseph-that what the angels had told them was true! It was a thrill for old Anna and Simeon, getting to hold the baby in the Temple. It was only bad news to a paranoid king, who felt threatened...threatened enough to make some brutal and terrible choices.

Now consider how the birth of Jesus is still good news for all people: For those feeling overwhelmed, he arrives gently. For those who have felt abandoned, he comes to dwell with us. For those who thought God was far away, he shows God to be near. For the mighty and proud, he challenges them not to be so full of themselves. For the homeless, we remember at times that Jesus had "nowhere to lay his head". For migrants and refugees, the holy family's need to flee for safety might inspire hope and compassion. For us who are comfortable in the suburbs, in our relationships, in our work, Jesus' coming is a reminder of how with great blessings come great responsibility.

Part of our job in this Advent and Christmas season is to make sure the good news still gets to all people! Word of mouth, deeds of kindness, generous contributions, caring connections, fearless advocacy will all help. Celebrate that the birth of Jesus is so wonderful and so ordinary at the same time!

-Pastor Paul

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