Easter Pastor's Message

 

 “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”  (Psalm 118:24). 

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Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Welcome to worship here at St. John’s on this Easter weekend. Whether you are a first-time guest, a family member visiting from far away, or a long-time disciple, we are glad you are here! Today we celebrate the life-transforming news that death does not win. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God wins, transforming the power of sin into the freedom of forgiveness, transforming the power of death into the promise of eternal life, transforming the power of evil into the mission of love. Because of what God has done for us in Jesus, life will never again be the same. We are now a transformed people, freed to live transformed lives. 

If you do not yet have a church home or if you are returning this weekend after a time away, we rejoice in your presence and invite you to make us home. We would love to welcome you into the life-transforming grace that is celebrated and lived out in and through our congregation day in and day out. 

Each weekend, we rejoice in God’s life-transforming grace through our four worship experiences – a relaxed, traditional worship service each Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m., traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m., and a contemporary Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. in our Parish Life Center (PLC). A staffed nursery for children ages birth-4 years old is provided for all of our worship services, as well as other congregational events. 

In addition to our Sunday morning learning opportunities, we have many opportunities to grow in faith throughout the week, including Bible Studies, Small Groups, our new relational Connect Ministry, active Children and Youth Ministries, and a rich music ministry. Our St. John’s Preschool offers a quality Christian education for 2 ½ through 4-year-olds and serves nearly 200 students each week. Registration for the fall is now open if you are interested in getting your child involved. 

Lastly, St. John’s is a congregation that intentionally seeks to care both for those inside the congregation as well as those beyond our walls in our community and around the world. Just a few of our many caring and outreach ministries include Stephen Ministry, partnerships with Harvard Park and DuBois Elementary schools, Cancer Companions, our annual mission trip to Appalachia, College Connections Ministry, and actively supporting the Grace Food Pantry in downtown Springfield. Having been transformed by God’s grace, we seek to let God’s grace transform others through us. 

Again, we are glad you are here. We invite you to make us your faith home. If we can answer any questions, provide additional information, or help you get connected, please ask. We are excited to visit with you about how God’s grace transforms us for the sake of transforming the world. 

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! 

Transformed by Grace +

Pastor Greg