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Day of Pentecost

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Acts 2:21

How do we call on the name of the Lord? God has given us Baptism.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

On May 15, the Day of Pentecost, John-Barron, Silvia, Jacob, and Sandor, all baptized members of the church, are going to stand before the altar and make a public profession of the faith into which they were baptized, underscoring God’s action in their Baptism.

Whenever we have a Baptism, or an affirmation of Baptism, we are renewing God’s church and remembering the first Day of Pentecost. For in Baptism, God pours out His Holy Spirit through the words, water and faith of all who gather.
In Holy Baptism, our gracious heavenly Father liberates us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are born children of a fallen humanity; in the waters of Baptism we are reborn children of God an inheritors of eternal life. By water and the Holy Spirit we are made members of the Church which is the body of Christ. As we live with him and with his people, we grow in faith, love, and obedience to the will of God.

On the Day of Pentecost, I will ask John-Barron, Silvia, Jacob, and Sandor after they profess the faith in which they were baptized the following: Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in Holy Baptism: to live among God’s faithful people, to hear his Word, and share in his supper, to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people, following the example of our Lord Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?

We will pray:
Gracious Lord, through water and the Spirit you have made John-Barron, Silvia, Jacob, and Sandor your own. You forgave them all their sins and brought them to newness of life. Continue to strength them with the Holy Spirit, and daily increase in them your gifts of grace: the spirit of wis-dom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, spirit of know-ledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

On Pentecost, remember the day you became a part of God’s church through the words, water and faith of your Baptism. Finally, as John-Barron, Silvia, Jacob, and Sandor kneel, I will lay hands on each asking our Father in heaven, for Jesus sake, to stir up in each the gift of the Holy Spirit, confirm their faith, empower them in serving, give them patience in suf-fering, and bring them everlasting life.

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

In Christ,

Pastor Ernie


news & events

June 5First Sunday

First Sunday is June 5th. We will gather in fellowship hall from 5 to 6 pm for a casual, relaxed hour of eating, singing, reading scripture and praying to connect and grow as a community. Bring your favorite bible, sandwiches for your family and a few to spare. St. John’s is providing chips and soft drinks.

June 9Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, May 12th at 7:00 AM at Gregg’s BBQ in Statesville.

June 11Community Breakfast

8 AM—10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations to benefit local charities.

June 18Spa Day

Spa Day: 8:30 am-1:00 pm – Fellowship Hall and Classroom; Designed by the Master Designer

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Sunday, May 22

9:30 am Sunday School
10:30 am Worship

Monday, May 23

5:30 pm Young Life (Scout Hut)

Tuesday, May 24

7:00 pm Yokefellow Meeting

Wednesday, May 25

6:00 pm Youth
6:00 pm Handbells
7:00 pm Chancel Choir

Thursday, May 26

12:00 pm Lunch, Scripture & Prayer
6:00 pm Civitans

Sunday, May 29

9:30 am Sunday School
10:30 am Worship

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day

Office closed





 

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