01 Feb: News for February 3

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 5 Jesus: Matthew 6 In this Epiphany season of revelation, we are in Act 5 about Jesus. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus preaches about prayer and our worry over security. Question: Rather than being focused on earthly measures of success and happiness, where (and what) is your treasure? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2

25 Jan: News for January 27

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 5 Jesus: Matthew 6 This is Epiphany Season and we are in Act 5 about Jesus. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus blesses unlikely people and reframes his audience’s understanding of the law because Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and uses us as light to the world. Question: How do you need to be blessed & restored today? How are you being light to the world in your daily life? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2

18 Jan: News for January 20

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 5 Jesus: Matthew 4 This is the season Epiphany, and we are in Act 5 about Jesus. When temptation offers us riches, power, and prestige, we must remember the word of the Lord. Jesus’ blessing and ministry comes out of his time of trial. Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2 Council Leaders Retreat 2019 minutes

11 Jan: News for January 13

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 5 Jesus: Matthew 2 In this Epiphany season of revelation, we are in Act 5 about Jesus. The prophet, John, fearlessly proclaims the greatness of Christ from the wilderness. In Jesus’ baptism, he is confirmed as the beloved Son of God and we are reminded that the gifts of God are often found outside our structures of tradition and power. Question: How do we step out of our building to connect with people on the margins? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2 Council Leaders Retreat 2019

04 Jan: News for January 6

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 5 Jesus: Matthew 2 This is Epiphany Sunday and we are in Act 5 about Jesus. Jesus’ birth begins fulfilling the promise of God. The visit of the wise men remind us that God’s promise is for all people and God’s gifts are meant to be shared even with those who seem like outsiders. Question: Who might God be sending you to visit with the gift of Christ? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2

28 Dec: News for December 30

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 5 Jesus: Matthew 1 This week the genealogy of Jesus shows us quite the family tree! It’s as if the writer of Matthew did ancestry.com and found Jesus’ family is not perfect. God is in the story of our family, warts, blessings and all! God knows everyone by name. Names are important. Let’s see how Jesus fits into the larger story of Israel and therefore the larger story of God. Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2

14 Dec: News for December 16

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 4 ISRAEL: Habakkuk 1 We are at Act 4: Israel & the Prophets. Last week we heard the prophet Jeremiah remind people in worship to hear the Word of the Lord and act for justice. This week we hear from Habakkuk, the lesser known prophet who reminds us: Even when we see injustice in the world, God is still at work in the world. God does not turn a blind eye to pain and suffering but is working out a larger plan. Question of the week: What injustices are you crying out to God about now? How might God be trying to use you as a tool in God’s larger plan? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2

07 Dec: News for December 9

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 4 ISRAEL: Jeremiah 7:1-7 We are at Act 4: Israel & the Prophets. Last week we heard the prophet Isaiah remind us that God will turn our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks, that we may be workers in the garden of creation again. This week we hear the prophet Jeremiah report a scathing observation from God: We cannot claim to be God’s people without seeking justice. What does it mean to seek justice…for someone else? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2

30 Nov: News for December 2

Theme of the Day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 4 ISRAEL: Isaiah 2:1-4 We are at Act 4: Israel & the Prophets. Last week we heard the prophet Micah remind us what God wants for Christmas: justice, kindness and to walk humbly with God. This week we hear from the prophet Isaiah. God invites us to be workers in creation restored. How can we participate in this vision? What is the difference between cultivating and consuming? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2

21 Nov: News for November 25

Theme of the day TODAY we Join the Story on Act 4 ISRAEL: Micah 5 We are at Act 4: Israel & the Prophets Last week we heard about Queen Esther risking wealth and position that others may live. This week we hear how God promises to restore us and our world. What do you want for Christmas? What does God want? How can we walk with God through Advent? Bulletin Calendar Prayer List St. John’s Weekly SJW Insert Pages 1-2 11-25-18v2