New Year's Eve in December!

Saturday is New Year's Eve! Well, maybe not on most calendars, but it is the start of the new church year. Advent looks forward to the coming of Christ into the world and also to his second coming in glory. The cycle of the year helps us to tell our story again. We remember that Jesus comes into the world to begin the work of God's Kingdom. That's the theme we have been thinking about in the past several weeks as our stewardship campaign focused on the first words of Jesus in Mark's Gospel; Jesus came into Galilee announcing God’s good news, saying, “Now is the right time! Here comes God’s Kingdom. Open your hearts, change your lives and believe the Good News!” (Mark 1:14b-15). Jesus’ messag

"What is truth?"

On March 23, 1743 England’s King George II is believed to have attended a performance of George Friedrich Handel’s Messiah. As the famed Hallelujah Chorus began, tradition says the king rose to his feet and by custom, all in attendance also rose. Why would the king stand? Some say he had grown tired, others that he was moved. Neither of these explanations makes sense in that a king would neither be so rude as to stand to leave in the middle of a performance, nor would he be so demonstrative in his emotions. The king stood, because he made a political and spiritual point – he was under the authority of the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords. While we don’t know for sure whether this story

"Each and all of us will one day share with Christ in his death"

Last week we reflected on our mortality as a key theme of this season from All Saints through the end of the Church year, next week, the Feast of Christ the King (November 25). On that day we dedicate the new funeral pall to which many people in our congregation have contributed. The pall is a beautiful large cloth that covers the casket of the deceased during the funeral. No flowers or other things are placed on the body because the pall represents the garment we received on the day of our baptism and it makes a profound statement as to the life we share in Christ. As St. Paul says, “for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor G

December Events at St. John's

Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening Eucharist: Join us Wednesday nights in Advent to celebrate the mass with special guest speakers from among our congregation. Sundays | 9:15 a.m. Christian Education at 9:15: Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning to uncover or reveal. Apocalyptic literature, such as the Book of Revelation, also called The Apocalypse, uses fanciful imagery to convey a deep meaning. Ironically, these images seem to cover up the true meaning rather than uncover it. Our culture is fascinated by apocalyptic imagery. Come see how the real Apocalypse can give us hope instead of despair! Fr. Mark Kowalewski leads this forum every Sunday at 9:15 through December 9. A list of readi

"One day we will return to the earth..."

The feast of All Saints begins a short season of the year culminating in the last Sunday of our liturgical year where we celebrate the Kingship of Christ. Both these feast days, and this season direct our attention to those who now dwell in hope for the reign of Christ to come as well as Christ's coming in glory when earth and heaven will be joined at the end of all time. Yet there is another theme of this season -- our own mortality. Like those who have gone before us, we too live in the "in between" time and will one day dwell with all the saints. In the commendation of the dead in the funeral service of the Book of Common Prayer we pray: "You only are immortal, the creator and maker of ma

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