225-766-4594     230 Renee' Drive   Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

Advent Faith Stories: Stay Awake

Therefore you must also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming a an unexpected hour.(Matthew 24: 44)

If the Son of Man came today . . . now that is a sobering thought. In the last few months we have experienced racial unrest and violence, the natural disaster of flooding, and a toxic and hateful environment fostered by the recent presidential campaign. What is happening to our world? What would Jesus do if His coming occurred in these chaotic times?

Ever the eternal optimist, I find myself bewildered by such negative times.What is meant by the words 'you must also be ready' and 'stay awake'? Feeding and housing flood victims seems the easiest solution of the three major problems mentioned earlier. But how do we react to the racism in our society or the homophobia, nativism and essentially 'fear of everything'? These burdens can be overwhelming. This is truly the time to turn to God and renew our faith in Him.

We don't have to struggle alone. Jesus invites us to come to Him and He will share our burdens. I have found St. John's to be a place of solace in so many ways.In our Sunday school classes, our covenant groups, our Sunday worship times, our Shepherd's Market, as well as our personal relationships, we experience hope. Our family of faith here at St. John's gives me the strength to be strong as we prepare for the future.

In closing I am reassured by the words in Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Bobbi Marino

Share Your Story of Faith!

The Witness committee is looking to record your experiences working with St. John’s ministries or other activities where you’ve experienced God’s presence. We’ll be collecting the stories and sharing them regularly via email, on our website and our newsletter as space allows. You can either send in a short story or just have a conversation with us and we’ll do the writing. Contact Kathy King ( for more information.

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We are a Christian community called to share our gifts through worship, witness and service so that others will know God and become disciples of Jesus Christ.


Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

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230 Renee' Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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