Pastor Jim's wife Marge placing the stole for the first time.
Ordination and installation
Ordained and installed by President Dr Jon Diefenthaler and Circuit Counselor Dr Michael Ramey
The family uncle Harry, Timothy, wife Marge, Pastor Jim, Erica, Nakoya, Nicholas
A venerated tradition Holly Tea
Our Emeritus organist John at one of the most historic organs in York.
Some of our youth group after their outstanding presentation.
Coffee House Praise and Worship with Work In Progress
Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, President The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Speaking on non-abstaining Homosexuals being ordained pastors
August 24, 2009
Statement of the president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in response to certain actions of the 2009 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The two largest Lutheran church bodies in the United States are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with 4.8 million members and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) with 2.4 million members.
On Friday, Aug. 21, the Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to open the ministry of the ELCA to gay and lesbian pastors and other professional workers living in “committed relationships.” In an earlier action, the assembly approved a resolution that commits the ELCA “to finding ways to allow congregations that choose to do so to recognize, support, and hold publicly accountable life-long, monogamous, same-gender relationships.”
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has repeatedly affirmed as its own position the historical understanding of the Christian church that the Bible condemns homosexual behavior as “intrinsically sinful.” It is therefore contrary to the will of the Creator and constitutes sin against the commandments of God (Lev. 18:22, 24,20:13; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; 1 Tim 1:9-10; and Rom. 1:26, 27).
Addressing the ELCA assembly on Saturday, Aug. 22, I responded to their aforementioned actions, stating: “The decisions by this assembly to grant non-celibate homosexual ministers the privilege of serving as rostered leaders in the ELCA and the affirmation of same-gender unions as pleasing to God will undoubtedly cause additional stress and disharmony within the ELCA. It will also negatively affect the relationships between our two church bodies. The current division between our churches threatens to become a chasm. This grieves my heart and the hearts of all in the ELCA, the LCMS, and other Christian church bodies throughout the world who do not see these decisions as compatible with the Word of God, or in agreement with the consensus of 2,000 years of Christian theological affirmation regarding what Scripture teaches about human sexuality. Simply stated, this matter is fundamentally related to significant differences in how we [our two church bodies] understand the authority of Holy Scripture and the interpretation of God’s revealed and infallible Word.”
Doctrinal decisions adopted already in 2001 led the LCMS, in sincere humility and love, to declare that we could no longer consider the ELCA “to be an orthodox Lutheran church body” (2001 Res 3-21A). Sadly, the decisions of this past week to ignore biblical teaching on human sexuality have reinforced that conclusion. We respect the desire to follow conscience in moral decision making, but conscience may not overrule the Word of God.
We recognize that many brothers and sisters within the ELCA, both clergy and lay, are committed to remaining faithful to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, are committed to the authority of Holy Scripture, and strongly oppose these actions. To them we offer our assurance of loving encouragement together with our willingness to provide appropriate support in their efforts to remain faithful to the Word of God and the historic teachings of the Lutheran church and all other Christian churches for the past 2,000 years.
Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick, President The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
"Transforming lives through Christ's love ... in time ... for eternity ..." John 3:16-17
[Editor’s Note: A complete draft of President Kieschnick’s address to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly is posted on the LCMS Web site at www.lcms.org .]
Vacation Bible School 2009 First St. John's
The Vacation Bible School theme for 2009 was "Crocodile Rock" and was so much fun. The children and adults were blessed greatly and enjoyed the activities. It gave them something positive to do and most importantly they learned of the Love of God through Jesus Christ. THE PICTURES WILL APPEAR SLOWLY, THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE. Vacation Bible School for 2010 will be announced.
If we have been blessed with good strong bodies we should do our best to keep them well conditioned
Check out Vicar Jim in the following video on kickboxing at First St JOhn's. Great job to Doug Bouman at the York Dispatch: link from www.videoyork.com
Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries
Evangelism, a new approach?
The kickboxing class made it into the Southeast District Evangelism newsletter and also on to YouTube:
This is a great story and faith-sharing activity. Vicar Jim Driskell from First St. John's in York, PA not only got an article in the York Dispatch about his outreach, but he is on YOUTube. Take a look at how he is using kickboxing training sessions held weekly at the church. This unique outreach is bringing in people to experience exercise, life philosophy, and a strong Christian witness. (This was on the LCMS Southeast District website) Check out: Vicar Jim Driskell
Award Winning Sandwich Creator
Our very own Joyce Moul's Italian BLT took runner up award in a nationwide sandwich creation contest conducted by "Healthy Cooking" magazine. Check out the July 2009 issue page 29 with the details. Sounds good and it's healthy?! Kudos to Joyce!
Take me out to the ballgame
Kickin' back in the cheap seats with my brothers and sisters in Jesus
Vicar Jim at end of bike ride
Vicar Jim completes 38 mile bike ride for the benefit of York Health Foundation's Healthy Community Pharmacy. Nancy Hildebrand was recruiting people to run/bike or run and bike. It was exciting the first hour was a down pour with thunder and lightning, nothing like getting electrocuted on a bike. Kids don't try this at home, vicar is just crazy.
Going green at First St John's
Big Sis little brother and sister, here to get some bargains and cookies, ok more the cookies than anything, great message Sis
Lots of good retro stuff to check out, come on girls
Today's Devotional on Evangelism and Discipleship
Devotional for October 15, 2009 Vicar Jim Driskell First St John’s Lutheran Church York, Pa.
“Genuine harmony between me and other people or between me and nature can exist only if I feel no need to exploit and to dominate the rest of creation for my own security, in a search for meaning for my life, or in an effort to establish the worth of my own identity.” (Dr. Robert Kolb Speaking the Gospel Today pp 46-47) If I go to my brother and sister led by the Holy Spirit to share redemption in Christ, will I go with the attitude that I have to beat them down in order for them to know what I’m saying to them? No, I don’t have to dominate them, I don’t have to try to exploit what they’re missing I should be faithful to the Spirit’s leading. If they don’t recognize the truth is it up to me to force them to? I can’t drag them into the kingdom and I can’t let this be an ego concern, simply a faith concern. My identity is in Christ, not in other people. It is certainly best for someone else to recognize the Savior, but if they don’t accept that need, it isn’t my loss. You can’t make it an issue of mowing people down, Jesus didn’t and neither can I. I might like to, to add a notch to my Bible, but it’s the working of the Holy Spirit not me.
Prayer: Help me to know the difference between my failure in witnessing and the times when the other person simply is not going to recognize their need. My nature pushes me to win, to enhance my ego, to build my ministry, whatever the motivation is. Please help to me to love and enhance the other person and through that they won’t have to contend with my evil nature but know that Christ is their Savior. All those who let ego get in the way said AMEN.
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