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The worship style St. John is known for with biblically-sound real life messages, band and vocal music that enhance worship and the message while maintaining a focus on the sacred and encouraging you on your LIFEjourney with Christ.

9:00am* and 10:45am*|Sanctuary


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*Children's Ministry options are available for children from birth through fifth grade at the times marked.  Children are always welcome to worship with their families. A Parents' Room is also available if you need to step out for a moment.



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8th Grade Night for VB Team

The St. John 8th graders and their parents were honored before their last home volleyball game on Tuesday evening.  Thank you ladies for your leadership, dedication, and hard work at St. John.



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Edify: The Loneliest Number

The group, “Three Dog Night,” was one of the top rock-and-roll bands during my college years. The lyrics and the haunting sound of their song “One,” struck a chord that still resonates every time I hear it.

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do.
Two can be as bad as one;
It's the loneliest number since the number one.

Everybody needs somebody. But not just anybody. As the song says, “Two can be as bad as one.”  They need someone to love who also loves them. Someone who has their best interest at heart. Someone who cares.    

It is not good for anyone to be alone. A person’s need for love is one of the reasons God created marriage. A healthy marriage is the ultimate expression of love. God used marriage as a metaphor to describe His love for the church.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”  …For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. Ephesians 5

But not everyone marries, and it is no sin to remain single. Being single is not a lesser status, nor does it limit the ability of a person to love and be loved. The apostle Paul was never married. He even said being single was to his advantage in Christian service. (1 Corinthians 7). Regardless, Paul still needed to be loved and to love others. One of the best examples of affection in the Bible is a description of the relationship between Paul and a few Christians in Ephesus.

When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt down with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
Acts 20

This is the church at its best, a family of brothers and sisters that love and care for each other. There are limits to the number of close relationships one person can effectively maintain. But there are no limits to the multiplying power of love when all Christians accept God’s created design for us to “…be someone to someone else in an intentional relationship.”  If each of us formed a few meaningful, God-pleasing, relationships with other people, no one would feel unloved, unwanted, or unimportant. And our lives would be richer for it.   

From the beginning God declared, “It is not good for anyone to be alone.” Solomon explained the truth of God’s expectation;

“There was a man living all alone;
    he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
    yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
    “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
    a miserable business!

Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
    But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Ecclesiastes 4

When our sons were very young, I would routinely pin their arms to the floor and nuzzle their necks until they screamed. Instead of demanding they declare, “Uncle,” I’d make them answer the question, “Who do you love?  Who do you love?  Who do you love?”  And I would not quit tickling them until they yelled, “You! I love you!” It’s a strong memory between us, but I don’t think forced affection is what God had in mind when He said,

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.
1 John 4

If God had loved us only from a distance it would not have been true love. God loved us in a very tangible way. Jesus was sent to earth, walked among us, died for us, and by His resurrection, conquered death so that we could be reunited with Him for eternity in heaven.

If we love only in theory and not in reality, it is not love. It is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiKcd7yPLdU

The Scripture

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 
1 Corinthians 13

      • Which quality of love is most appealing to you? Why?
      • The Bible says, “Love is the fulfillment of God’s law.” Explain.
      • The Bible also says, “God is love.” Reread the passage and replace the world love with the word God. Is that how you think of God or do perceive Him differently?


Survey Question

 When it comes to true friends, is your life

A. sadly lacking.
B. overflowing
C. too task-oriented and I need to be more relational.

Take the survey and leave a comment on the subject of prayer and your personal experience.


If you were unable to attend services last weekend and would like to listen to the message, visit our homepage at stjstl.net and click on Media at the top right of the web page. Growing Deeper, a Bible study, written to accompany the message series is also available to download.

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The Prayer

Father in heaven; fill my heart with a greater capacity to love others, even those who seek my harm. Help me to be more like You, demonstrating unconditional love towards others without condoning wrong and hurtful behavior. And Lord, if I can be so bold, bring into my life others who look past my faults, my failures, and my past to demonstrate true love and encouragement in life. I am grateful for Your steadfast love and constant presence in my life Lord. Overcome my doubt and increase my faith through Jesus Christ, my Lord; Amen.

Brief Notes

NEXT: Lean in | Step up | Break Out
If you haven't heard about NEXT, take a moment to watch this video and find out what lies ahead for St. John over the next two years.

Now is the time to begin “leaning in” to what God has for us next. To help you, we’ve designed a three session NEXTgroup curriculum that we want every person who calls St. John home to work through.
Already in a LIFEgroup/small group? No problem, talk to your leader. He/she is already making plans to lead your group through the study.
Not in a group? Join a short-term, 3 session NEXTgroup and lean in with others. Find a NEXTgroup here.

Family Forward Movie Night at St. John
Save the Date: Finding Dory on Sunday, November 20 at 4:00pm. Free admission. Doors open at 3:30pm Activities, photo-ops, character meet greets and raffle starting at 3:30pm.

Thanksgiving Food Collection Bags
Pick up your Thanksgiving food collection bag the weekend of October 29 & 30 and November 5 & 6. You can also find the list here.

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Stephen Hower, Pastor


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