“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! (1Cor 1:3) 

We have entered the season of Epiphany, the season we celebrate the light that has come into the world, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  But for many this season is a season of darkness as they experience the shorter days, the dullness of the land, and even the loneliness of the winter season.  But we cling to the light that calls us to come and follow, to experience God at work even amidst the darkness, and that promises light in that darkness. 

In our scriptures throughout the coming weeks we will experience the call to discipleship, miraculous healings,  good news for people living on the margins, and the revelation of God’s Son.  This is a season to explore our own baptismal promises to live out a life devoted to following Jesus Christ. 

As we enter into this new season and new year, we are not to linger on the past, but rather we are to focus on Jesus who brings us newness of life through forgiveness, mercy, love, peace, and hope.  We put our focus not on what once was, but what can be for us as individuals and for us as Jesus’ church.  What is God calling St. John’s to be?  How is God calling you to participate in that?    In the coming months, your church leadership will be inviting you into conversation as we reflect on the future of St. John’s and how we meet the needs of our church family and the community that surrounds us.  We hope that you will take this opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas with us. 

May we be brave and courageous as we follow God through the wilderness on this new journey that is set before us!

Peace in Christ Jesus,

 Pastor Karla