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