SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014
Sunday School at 9am
Worship at 10:30 am
Sermon “Talkback” following worship
ASH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
12 Noon Worship (with imposition of ashes)
followed by The Largest Table Community Meal
6pm Taizé Worship (with imposition of ashes)
Dear Members and Friends of St John’s,
The Columbus Dispatch article (Heating device in tent kills homeless person) begins: “A homeless person burned to death when a small heating device exploded in a tent in Italian Village last night.” That “homeless person” was a man named Manny, one of our regulars at The Largest Table community meal each week at St John’s. Kent Beittel, the Executive Director of The Open Shelter, told us the sad news that the man was Manny. Manny was burned to death in the outside tent he called “home” when the propane canister he was using to stay warm exploded.
Our greatest call as Christians is to serve the least, the last, and the lost – to serve people like Manny. God has called St John’s to be “A Beacon of Hope in the Heart of the City,” and we are working harder than ever to answer God’s call. Despite the cold, snow, and ice, many of you have been coming to church regularly this winter – to worship and learn during the special preaching series entitled “What on Earth am I Here For?, and to worship and serve on Wednesdays for The Largest Tablecommunity meal with our homeless and marginally housed neighbors. This commitment makes a difference in our world – it makes a difference to people like Manny, who depend upon our church for a warm meal, loving conversation, inspiring worship, inviting relationship, and a place to call “home” in an otherwise harsh world.
On Sunday we will explore our last call from God in our special preaching and teaching series “What on Earth am I Here For?, based on Pastor Rick Warren’s book of the same title, which is the 10th Anniversary edition of his book “The Purpose Driven Life” – a book that was the best-selling non-fiction book of all time, second only to the Bible. This Sunday my sermon is entitled Called to be Sent, as we explore Jesus’ mission model to reach out beyond our own doors to help others experience God’s grace.
We will also continue our study of “What on Earth Am I Here For?” during our 9amAdult education hour with a videotape from Pastor Rick Warren, followed by discussion based on the Study Guide for the series. Extra copies of the book and educational materials are available. You are welcome to attend this final class, whether you’ve attended another week or not! Following the worship service, we will have a sermon “talkback” time for an hour to discuss the concepts raised during the sermon. This week’s sermon talkback will be held in the Christian Education Conference room. Wednesday, March 5 is Ash Wednesday. We will offer the imposition of ashes at our 12 noon worship service, followed by The Largest Table community meal. Many will remember Manny at that service. Then in the evening, we will have a second service, the Taizé Worship service, to begin our Lenten season at St John’s. Our Lenten Devotional books have arrived and will be ready for distribution next week.
In prayer and with thanksgiving for each of you,