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

Faith Stories: Pray Without Ceasing

While working in the yard, I heard the yardman next door raking and humming. I opened the gate and asked Wesley, a special name to a Methodist like me, what he was doing. He answered that he was praying and that he loved to pray.

I was a bit taken back but answered, “Well, the Bible says to pray without ceasing.” We both went back to what we were doing, but I pondered on what he did not say. He did not say he was praying while he worked or working while he prayed. He simply said he was praying. That was what was important.

His humming changed to singing the words, “Praise God” over and over. For the next couple of hours, I avoided using power tools so I could hear him and quietly join in his adoration. Finally, he yelled over the fence asking if I needed any help. I told him no thanks, but I thought to myself how much he had already helped me by reminding me of the words I had read earlier in the week inCelebration of Discipline. Richard J. Foster wrote, “…we have not worshiped the Lord until Spirit touches spirit.”

Jane Crowl

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.

  Be Welcomed. Be Loved.

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

(Note New Mailing Address)
230 Renee' Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

  Phone : 225-766-4594
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  Office hours : Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fri, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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