A Word From Our Pastor
May God’s grace and peace be with you and yours! My family and I are new to the Saint John’s Church family, but I am already filled with joy to meet so many people here seeking to fulfill what God is calling them to do with their lives. We have many blessings, and will do our best to use them for the Glory of God, by the Grace of God. Whether we see and understand God’s plan or not, we will trust in God as we live out our lives in Christ together.
We are a church with many ministries in the community, but also a church of contemplation and study, and there is a welcome place for every newcomer here. There is a place here for those who are ready to more intentionally take back up their spiritual walks again as well. My role is to preach and teach the Good News of Jesus Christ, to faithfully offer the sacraments, and to ensure that the people here are equipped to do two things: to share the Good News as well and to lead lives of purpose according to God’s will. I’m called to a ministry of Word, Sacrament and Service.
That Good News is that you are deeply and abidingly loved by God, a love given by grace, and which frees you from anything that would hold you back from living out your holy life according to God’s plan for it. We are each called to love and trust in God, and to love one another. Beyond that, who knows? God’s plans for each of us are unique and wonderful. You have a calling too. Let’s explore it.
As I write this the Coronavirus-19 contagion is forcing us to curtail our gatherings. Please join us in praying for God’s healing for our broken world, for our ill brothers and sisters, and for the safety of all those who run to the contagion when it is their duty to do so. While you pray for others, and care for others, please also take good and wise care of yourself as you are able.
We may not be able to gather, but I can say in the meantime that all are welcome at our services, when we have them. They bring together traditional and contemporary aspects of worship and music precisely because the people that gather are each enriched by God, and each respond to God’s blessings, in a variety of ways. Everyone should leave worship thinking about something meaningful, and humming something that will help them during the week, but it does not have to be the same thoughts and songs. There is something for each of us, because we are not trying to find the one thing that fits all of us. By respectfully appealing to the experiences and senses of all the people in our community, which a small town church should do, we also happen to learn how to live and learn together, growing in Christ, which is what churches everywhere ought to do. Our sermons try to put the bible texts into the contexts of our lives, and we gather in part because we learn from each other’s lives in our worship, fellowships, studies, and ministries.
In the meantime, until the pandemic ends and you can join us as we worship, if you are interested in learning more about St John’s Lutheran Church in Dime Box, Texas, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 979-884-4321. Please be well.
Thanks and Godspeed,
– Pastor Joe Leavengood