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Holy Week Memories

Do you have memories of past Easters? I have a few.

When I was pastoring a church in southeast Texas, near the Louisiana/Texas border, it was their custom to hold an Easter Sunrise service on the large ball field behind the church. I remember making a decision to move the service to a cemetery about a mile from church. We held it close enough to a mausoleum so we could connect power for the PA system and keyboard. It is one of those memories that lingers.

Even in southeast Texas, Easter mornings could be cool and damp, just enough to be unpleasant. Some of the members brought a truck-load of metal folding chairs to the site for those who did not think to bring their lawn chairs. I remember how cold those chairs felt. I remember arriving in the dark, and beginning the service just as the sun was coming up. I remember how surprised I was that so many people attended the service, even members of the community who had heard about our crazy plan. It just seemed to be the right place to be for a celebration of a resurrection from the dead.

I also remember overhearing a conversation that my older son had with his younger brother about wearing cowboy boots. Jacob asked Joshua, “How do you know if you have them on the right feet?” Josh didn’t hesitate. “If it hurts, you have it wrong.” I smiled quietly and weighed the wisdom in his counsel.

“If it hurts you have it wrong.” Some Christians feel that way about death in the light of Easter. As if there should be no sorrow because we know the truth of Jesus’ words,

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Yes Lord, we believe! Yes Lord, I know that death is just the pathway to life eternal. BUT, but, but, but… but there is still this ache in my heart over the death of those I have loved on earth. Christians might be tempted to say, “If it hurts, you have it wrong.” But I don’t think that is a true reflection of God’s attitude about death, even the death of a Christian.

Paul, the Christian leader God chose to travel the world and bring the truth of God’s love to non-Jewish people, once wrote:

“We do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.”

Notice, Paul did not say, “If it hurts, you have it wrong.” Death hurts. Death has a sting to it. Even though I know I will see my father and my younger brother again in heaven. Even though I am glad their suffering on earth has ended and they were released from their pain. Even though I believe they are experience what the prophet David called, “fullness of joy.” I still miss them. When I think of them, there is still a tender spot in my heart that will never completely heal. I think that is proper. I believe some sadness is even God’s will for the most important relationships on earth. Paul did not say Christians have no grief. He said, “We do not grieve like others who have no hope.”

I know that my Redeemer lives. I know a day is coming when I will be with Jesus and see my loved ones, or He will return to earth bringing with Him those who have fallen asleep in Him. If I’m honest, I need to “own” my sadness. My sadness is not for them and what “might have been.” Nothing they might have experienced on earth can compare to the glory and joy and completeness they experience with God in heaven. My sadness is personal pity which should have its limits.

I have a friend who volunteers at our reception desk. She has been through some tough medical issues, even diagnosed with life-threatening cancer. She’s taught me a lot about handling bad news. She has a three day rule. She allows self-pity for three days after receiving bad news, and then goes into challenge mode. Nothing good will come from constant self pity and she’s smart enough to know that. She grieves, but not like the rest who have no hope.

Are you still grieving loss? Loss from death, loss from a debilitating disease or accident? Loss of income? Loss of importance? Loss of a friend? Loss of perceived value? Loss of your youth? Loss of distance on your golf-drive?…(just checking to see if you were still reading)

You have the right to grieve, just not like those who have no hope. Remember the words of Jesus, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


The Scripture

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:17.

  • What loss have you suffered that bothers you the most?
  • What do you think of the 3-day pity party rule?
  • What difference does the victory of Jesus make in overcoming loss?

Survey

Does Easter make you…

A. Heartbroken over those you have lost?
B. Joyful over the victory from the grave?
C. Full from Easter Dinner?
D. Long for the Masters Golf Tournament?

Click here to answer the question and to leave a comment about your own Easter memories.


Online

If you were unable to attend services last week or would like to hear a message based on Matthew’s account of Jesus birth, visit our website at www.stjstl.net and click on a teaching link. A Bible study is also available for you to download.


LIVEstreaming

St. John Church is now live streaming Sunday service at 9:15am and 11:00am.
Join us at http://www.stjstl.net/media/live-stream/


A Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to earth as a baby so many years ago. Thank you that He paid the punishment for my sins by dying on the cross. And thank you that He rose again to prove that death was truly defeated. I place my trust in You to be my Savior. Guide me through the dark times of my life and give me courage to live for You. Amen


Prayer Requests

In need of prayer? E-mail your prayer request to and our staff, our prayer partners, and the people of St. John will pray for you. Or consider joining our Prayer Ministry by either being on a team that meets once a month, or by receiving prayer requests through our email prayer chain.


Brief Notes

Click on the links below to find out more about these events on our campus:

Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School Registration Open

Extreme VBS Registration Open

Blood Drive on Sunday, April 14

Friday Frenzie


Stephen Hower, Pastor

Challenging the status quo to awaken an appreciation for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:13,14
(and to lower my golf score)

   

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Dear St. John Families,

Happy Spring!  I pray this letter finds you experiencing the abundance of God’s abiding grace as you journey toward the cross.  We are Easter people!  As we claim that, we are blessed to be a blessing to others.

It is indeed a blessing to serve with the people of this learning community.  Spring break gave me the time and space to reflect on the past several months.  I am in awe of the way God has allowed me to be in ministry through the multi-faceted role of school principal.  Whether it’s a courageous conversation providing feedback to an apprehensive yet appreciative teacher, a tearful moment prompting prayer with a grieving yet grateful parent, or a skinned knee requiring as much reassurance as bandaging for a vulnerable child, pressing into the mess with you is a privilege. 

As I’ve been saying all year long, I must observe what is in order to make any recommendations about what might need to be for our future.  Some modifications can be immediate, others can be incremental, but most require a great deal of analysis and relationship building prior to any substantive and sustainable change.  There is no shortage of things to observe and analyze in this dynamic school ministry with so many people and programs.  A few priorities already in motion are the integration of improved safety procedures, exploration of learning management systems, revision of the science curriculum and implementation of a teacher evaluation protocol.

The Administrative Team’s informed decision making is helped when people share their credible concerns and significant celebrations.  Please know that my door remains open.  The culture we desire to intentionally cultivate is one where individuals with the resolution impact are empowered to take action.  For instance, teachers deserve the opportunity to be in direct dialog with you as parents and adjust interactions with your children based on raised awareness.   Making assumptions can become a barrier to effective communication.  If you have to assume anything, assume you will encounter professionalism and cooperation.  Assume that we all want what is best for children and can work together to achieve that aim.  Gossip is another barrier to effective communication.  While it can be challenging to maintain appropriate boundaries in a close community such as ours, engaging a teacher in conversations about things beyond the educator’s immediate range of influence with your child in his or her classroom puts that professional in a compromising position.  Engaging fellow parents in hearsay or passing on rumor runs the risk of perpetuating misinformation and negative energy.  Communicating positively and proactively contributes to the betterment of our school community.

Feedback is fuel, and surveys are one way to take a barometer reading on how things are going from your perspective.  We are currently working to revamp the parent survey.  First, we want you to have it before the end of the school year so your brain is in school rather than summer mode when you sit down to fill out the survey questions.  Second, we want you to be assured that the feedback is strictly anonymous unless you choose to identify yourself.  We also want to streamline the format in a way that allows you to maximize input with a minimal investment of your time.  When you receive the link and request to fill out the digital survey in the next few weeks, please do take a few minutes to share your thoughts.

As we consider our financial position as a school, we desire to make tuition exceptionally affordable, salaries very competitive and materials readily available.  Even with a keen eye to budgetary stewardship, the school relies on a certain level of enrollment and donor contributions.  The funding gap has yet to be filled to cover this year’s operating budget, never mind special (and crucial) projects like replacing the gymnasium bleachers or upgrading the wireless network connections.  If you have yet to give to our 2012-13 annual fund campaign, now is the time to help us conclude this year in good shape.  We still need to raise at least $50,000.  Please read the heartfelt message from our family in focus that is coming home in your child’s folder.  Please pray about it, think who you might ask to stand in the gap with you and give generously before the end of April.

Many of you gave generously to the school dinner auction.  Thank you so much.  While an amazing team of parent volunteers made that event possible, one woman went well above and beyond to coordinate all of the various details.  Please thank Beth Andrews when you see her.  One of the other changes I hope to make for next year is to move the annual fund’s main push to the fall so we do not overlap with the excitement surrounding the auction.  While they support the same cause, I do understand the preference for distinct giving opportunities.  With the auction’s tradition of being in the spring, do not be surprised when we gear up to begin filling the financial gap for the 2013-14 budget in the fall.

As we continue to keep our hearts and minds on things above, let’s finish this school year strong.

Christ is risen!  Glory be to God!

Peace and Joy,

Heidi Hays

Principal, St. John School

 

 

 

 

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