The Church Exists for Non-Members

In this Lenten series, we’ve been looking at principles and practices that are essential in rebuilding our Church and our parishes. We’ve talked discipleship as the central mission of our parish; about the need for a persistent faith; and the need to step out of our pews to serve one another and to serve outside the church walls. Today we are speaking about the most fundamental necessary change, which is a change in attitude, perspective or thinking of who the Church is for. Pastor Timothy Keller says that the Church is the only organization in the world that exists for non-members. The Church exists for those who are far from our Heavenly Father, who are far from our Savior, who we some

Rebuilt Week # 3. We Are All Called to Serve: Service and Missions.

In this series we’ve been looking at principles of a healthy and growing churches, and this week we’re looking at service: in general, we are defining “ministry” as anything inside the church, and “mission” as anything outside the church. We are all called to serve. This weekend we heard the Call of Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3), and while we might believe in God’s power, we might not think that God actually will intervene in my own life. Let’s look at four aspects of Moses’ life that we all can relate to, when it comes down to answering God’s call to serve others. At the beginning of Moses’ story, he is abandoned and rejected even by his own parents (Exodus 2:1-2). Many of us

Rebuilt Week 2: Stepping Out of Our Comfort Zone

Last week we talked about the core mission of our church, to make disciples. It’s always going to be tempting to make church about everything but this core mission. This week we’re going to look at something vital both for personal growth and church growth. For small group discussion, read Matthew 14:22-30, the story of Peter walking on water. Notice that Peter hears Jesus’ voice, and then discerns it: “if it is you …” Think of this as a metaphor for growing in a relationship with God: constantly discerning in prayer, and keeping our eyes and ears open to Jesus’ call, his direction. From time to time, all of us will be called to step out of our comfort zones – Jesus is going to ask us

Rebuilt Week 1: Why do We Do What We Do?

Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus gave the Church a great mission statement, the reason for why the Church was founded and exists now. In Matthew 28, Jesus has risen from the dead, and the Eleven go to Galilee. We hear: The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them. When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted. Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me” (28:16-17). Jesus in his death and resurrection regained what had been lost by Adam, and now deputizes the Apostles, and the Church for all ages, with this same authority and power. Jesus goes on: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all

The Road to Resurrection Begins

Dear brothers and sisters, I was blessed to experience a wonderful retreat this past week where I felt renewed in God’s light and warmth and rested in his love. In this time in which some people have expressed their distrust of the institutional church, I recommend to you two organizations for your support, first the Institute of Priestly Formation (IPF for short, who sponsored my retreat) who are dedicated to the renewal of the Church through the spiritual formation of seminarians: When I was a seminarian, I spent two life-changing summers with IPF in Omaha, NE that have had a tremendous impact on the person and priest I am today. Second, the location of my

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Church of St. John 

Love God, Love People, Make Disciples

Church of St. John

570-223-9144 Ext. #2

5171 Milford Rd.

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