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Herald Articles by Pastor Butler
October 3, 2020

A Lot Has Changed by Pastor David Butler

“A Lot Has Changed!” This month “The Herald” returns in both print and electronic versions. As I think about this, what strikes me first is how much has changed since we mailed out the last version. Let’s take a moment to talk about all that has changed and a few things that will soon be […]

May 5, 2020

What Are We Missing Most? by Pastor David Butler

“What Are We Missing Most?” Recently, our Stewardship Chairperson, Tom Springer, sent out a note to the congregation asking how each of us was being a good steward during these difficult times of social distancing. A part of his letter asked for members of the congregation to share how they might be helping others during […]

March 8, 2020

Cleaning Out Our Clutter So We See the Cross – March Herald Article by Pastor Butler

“Cleaning Out Our Clutter So We See the Cross” Many of you will remember that last February my father died. An unexpected fall in the bathroom and five days later my father died. It came as a shock, for while he was 91 years old, his health was good even if he was a bit […]

January 29, 2020

“The Joy In Being A Part Of The Body Of Christ” Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

The Herald February 2020 “The Joy In Being A Part Of The Body Of Christ “  This year St. John’s will be the location for eight couples professing their love for each other as they take their marriage vows. Even for us, this number of weddings is more than normal. Aside from all the planning […]

November 27, 2019

“God is with us.” A message from Pastor David Butler

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”  (Matthew 1:23)   God is with us. What wonderful good news. The God of creation, the God of history, the God of salvation, and the God who claims us as His children, is with […]

October 31, 2019

“Let’s Be Real!” Herald Article by Pastor David Butler, November 2019

“Let’s Be Real!” I wonder if any of us saw it, and if we saw it, how many of us took the time to read the article published by the Post and Courier on Sunday, October 20, 2019. In big letters, it began “Poll, More Americans eschew religious affiliation.” When I see articles like this, […]

October 2, 2019

Being a Part of the Family – Pastor David Butler, October 2019

Last month we celebrated the sacrament of Holy Baptism with two young children in our congregation. Baptisms are always a highlight of the worship service as the baptismal candidate is brought forward and presented for the sacrament, where they become a child of God, an inheritor of eternal life, a member of the church and […]

April 14, 2019

Looking at Easter from the Empty Tomb – April 2019 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Looking at Easter from the Empty Tomb” For many of us, years ago at Baptism we became Christian and the pastor marked our foreheads with oil in the sign of the cross. Since Baptism, we have lived with that cross on our foreheads as a marker that we have been claimed and sealed and belong […]

January 30, 2019

“Starting Over” February Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Starting Over!” There is an interesting tradition observed on February 2 known as Groundhog Day. The tradition began in the early 1800’s and involves predicting an early Spring or longer Winter solely based on whether the groundhog sees it’s shadow or not. Studies have shown that the accuracy of Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions is somewhere in […]

January 11, 2019

“Seeing and Responding to Christ” January 2019 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Seeing and Responding to Christ” Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ (Matthew 25) Over my years in ministry, I have served two churches that were located within the city limits […]

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