This is St. John's United Church of Christ
Rev. Donald D. Jones, Pastor
9971 Plum Hill Church Rd Nashville, IL 62263
Plum Hill Township, IL
Summer Worship 9:00 am (Sunday School in Recess until August 19, 2018)
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Pastor's Notes: Above All Else, Jesus is a Shepherd
Sunday Worship: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 22, 2018 9:00 am
We gather in this place to worship together; to pray together and to praise the God of our faith, because this is our community gathering point; our sanctuary. For no other reason, than we are God’s people and we need a place which is special; a place to express our faith and a place to grow our community; a place where we feel we are safe and protected.That is why we are here today. Join with me as we sing the praises of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The One which creates, the One which redeems and the One which sustains us. Amen.
Reading from the Gospel: Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56
"In My Room"
What first caught my attention when reading today’s lesson was the apparent gap in the lectionary reading, literally a space between activities of Jesus, his disciples, his many followers, and the insistent public. What is equally apparent is the frantic pace of Jesus’ ministry as he welcomed the disciples back from their mission (you recall when he sent them out in pairs with little more than their sandals.) Recognizing their need for solitude and rest, he said: “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.” As I hear these words from scripture, I am reminded of the pleading lyrics of Brian Wilson’s classic song, “In My Room”. It reflects an adolescent propensity to withdraw, (There’s a world where I can go, to tell my secrets to, in this world I lock out all my worries and fears; [and] I won’t be afraid) which is precisely what Jesus and his disciples desired, but they were caught short by overwhelming crowds. I’m sure each of you have a special place where you go to “get away from it all”, (“man-cave, or “femme den” or “she shed") only to be pulled back and drawn back, as we like to say, “to reality” and the hectic pace of your day to day life activities.