There are few places in the United States that experience winter as we do in Alaska. The cold temperatures, the dry snow, and the long, dark nights all make for a life experience few others have. The Alaskan winters can also be challenging. During the long dark Alaska winters we take strength in and we want to share Jesus, “the light of the world.” (John 8:12) Come and join us in worship, Bible Study, Fellowship and Service Opportunities as we share God’s light and love in a dark world.
Lent is early this year. Because Easter Falls on March 27, Ash Wednesday is February 10. That date is coming quickly. How are you planning to observe Lent this year? During Lent Christians remember the sacrificial life, the suffering and death of Jesus, who saved us from our sin. The gift of our Lord is so great and so important that we should never forget what He did. Yet, because we hear so often about Jesus suffering and death, we can forget or take this gift lightly, or for granted.
Therefore, over the centuries many Christians have found it helpful to their faith to make special effort to focus on the love and sacrifice of Jesus. Special worship services are often held. Some also practice a type of fasting as they give something up for Lent. We have held special Wednesday Mid-Week Lenten services at 6:30 p.m. for many years. This year’s theme is “A Constant
Struggle - People of Grace in a World of Sin.” We will examine the truths of Romans 5-10. Hopefully we will grow as we face the reality of the Christian life and struggle.
There is also a sermon series planned this year for Sundays, “THE SACRIFICE OF PRAISE - Principles of Worship.” Since worship is a way that we give praise or honor to someone other than ourselves, we praise and honor our Lord and our Savior, it is a sacrifice. We will consider this sacrifice and our worship.
Jesus tells us "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Following Jesus calls for a sacrifice, or has a cost. But the rewards of following are much greater than the cost. Hopefully our worship services at St. John this Lent, and your own personal time with the Lord, will help you grow in receiving and appreciating the gift of Jesus’ sacrificial, saving love.
Pastor Jonathan Rockey