By Susan Shinn Turner Along with the 11 am livestream worship service and the 9:27 in-person worship, a third worship opportunity is now available at St. John’s. A mid-week communion service began on July 22. The 30-minute service takes place at 12:15 pm in the chapel, and is especially designed for older members. Strict guidelines…

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Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art; Thou my best thought, by day or by night; Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light. (Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymn #793) By Rob Durocher, deaconMinister of Worship and the Arts Over a thousand years ago and…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Finally! It’s Graduation Sunday for St. John’s Class of 2020! Our congregation’s high-school seniors will receive recognition during the 11 am service on Sunday, August 2, wearing their caps and gowns (and masks!), representing nearly every high school in Rowan County. Annual scholarship recipients also will be announced, according to Pastor…

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By Rob Durocher Minister of Worship and the Arts, Deacon These last few weeks our worship staff and pastors have been diligently working together sorting through and planning for re-entry to worship. We together (like you) continue to deal with life, ministry and worship in continual transition with COVID-19 and a tense social-political climate, and…

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By Rob Durocher Before the Christian church was established, Pentecost (Shavuot – The Feast of Weeks) was a Jewish holiday held 50 days or 7 weeks after Passover. This was one of three major festivals celebrated during the Jewish year lifting up Thanksgiving for the harvest. Although Pentecost from the Greek pentekoste means ‘fiftieth’, for the…

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By Susan Shinn Turner In partnership with the Center for Faith & the Arts, St. John’s will host a community Love Feast & Candle Service, at 6:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Faith Center. Sherry Mason Brown, a St. John’s member who was Moravian most of her adult life, is leading the effort. Her…

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By Susan Shinn Turner The St. John’s Men’s Chorus will present its spring concert, “Peace, Prayer, and Healing,” at 4 pm Sunday, May 20, in the Sanctuary. It’s the men’s second concert with their new director, Jason Harwood. “The Christmas concert definitely made me feel that sense of accomplishment,” Jason says. “It was a great…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Lyra, an a cappella vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia, will again visit St. John’s for the 11 am worship service on April 29. “We are excited and privileged to have Lyra return to us for the third time in five years,” says Rob Durocher, minister of music and deacon. “We…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Aaron Shust, a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter, will perform a live acoustic concert at 7 pm, April 15 in the Faith Center. “I cannot wait to see him again! I have seen Aaron Shust in concert twice now. Each time is completely different, and each one even more amazing than…

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By Susan Shinn Turner Last fall, Davis Brown debuted his Symphony No. 1 with the Salisbury Symphony in a concert at St. John’s. This month, Davis — who’s been a composer for more than 40 years — will present a concert of original contemporary Christian music. The free event will take place in the Faith…

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