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June 4, 2017

I was just thinking. by Pastor David Butler Herald June 2017

“I was just thinking …” Recently Dan and Ilene Lackland, Gayle Hilton, and I had the opportunity to represent St. John’s at the South Carolina Synod Assembly held in Charleston at the Marriott Hotel on Lockwood Drive.  It is always an honor to represent our church at the Synod Assemblies but this year it was […]

March 1, 2017

Did You Know by Pastor David Butler March 2017

“Did You Know?” Almost every year I spend a full class discussing the church seasons with my catechism students. They always appear interested and a bit surprised that the church has seasons that are not Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter. Instead we talk about Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost. Pentecost is the longest […]

May 7, 2016

Welcome to Church by Pastor David Butler May 2016

“Welcome to Church” Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19 NRSV) For many reasons baptism has been on my mind. Perhaps because we have […]

January 5, 2016

A New Year Always Brings Changes – Pastor David Butler 1.2016

“A New Year Always Brings Changes” Grace and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. It’s always interesting to come to the end of one year and enter a new year. There are inherent risks associated with a new year. Perhaps I am a dinosaur, but I still write checks to […]

December 9, 2015

Making Your Decision by Pastor David Butler 12.2015

“Making Your Decision!” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” … The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and […]

October 10, 2015

Challenging Verses by Pastor David Butler October 2015

Challenging Verses Every now and then our Sunday lectionary takes us into the New Testament letter of James.  James is a rather short book of the Bible and we could easily read through it in a single session.  However, the lectionary spreads the readings across a number of weeks.  On one hand, this is helpful […]

September 3, 2015

Expectations by Pastor David Butler September 2015

Expectations A number of years ago I celebrated a baptism that caused me to think about what happens to a person after they have been baptized. Perhaps you have heard the story, but just in case you haven’t, I want to share it briefly with you now. The baptism took place over fifteen years ago. […]

July 4, 2015

Being Anchored In Good and Bad Times by Pastor David Butler

“Being Anchored In Good and Bad Times” Recently I had the opportunity to spend a week sailing through the crystal clear waters surrounding the Virgin Islands. And it wasn’t just sailing but living on the sailboat all week. Many would consider this a wonderfully, stress free way to spend a few days, but I assure […]

February 5, 2015

Looking Around Our Church by Pastor Butler

“Looking Around Our Church” I always use January as a time for personal reflection; you know, the kind where you look back at last year, look forward to the year ahead, while also looking at exactly where you are at this very moment. We do that at St. John’s too! We look at our present […]

January 7, 2015

“… and a Happy New Year” by Pastor David Butler

  “… and a Happy New Year” During the month of December we heard and sang many songs and carols: some proclaiming the birth of a Savior, others hoping for a winter wonderland, and a few wishing us a Merry Christmas. In fact, the carol “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” has reportedly been sung […]

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