July Events at St. John's

Summer hours: Sunday Mass at 8 and 10:00 am Adult Christian Eduction, Sundays at 9:00 am Office closed Fridays July – August No Tuesday & Wednesday services in August Summer Sunday Celebration: The summer mass schedule begins today, Sunday, July 7, as we return to Eucharist in the round for our Summer Sunday Celebrations! Masses on Sunday will be at 8 & 10 a.m., throughout the months of July, August, and September. Adult Christian Education will meet at 9 a.m. when scheduled. July 14 - Aug 4 | Sundays | 9:00 a.m. Adult VBS: Our Summer Sunday Celebrations will once again include an Adult Vacation Bible School (check the details here!). This year we will explore the Letter to the Colossians. O

A Prayer for the Nation

The prayer for our nation in the Book of Common Prayer asks God for the gift of zeal for justice. As we celebrate Independence Day this coming week along with a landmark anniversary in civil rights marked by the Stonewall rebellion, we must continue to pray that we might have zeal for justice -- that we might have a passion for the work of God's Kingdom, the vision of a land of freedom and peace, where all have a place and can live as they are created to be. The vision of the Kingdom of God is not about tolerance; it's about needing one another, needing the gifts we bring to the table in our great and multi-hued diversity. That's the vision of the prophets and the vision of Jesus as he imagi

Voyage to Colossae at Adult VBS

Our Summer Sunday Celebrations will once again include an Adult Vacation Bible School. This year we will explore the Letter to the Colossians. One of the shortest books in the New Testament, this letter was written to an early Christian community in the City of Colossae and probably written by Paul. Who wrote this letter and why is still a subject of debate. The letter focuses on Jesus as Lord of the cosmos above all the powers of the world and empire, and it gives us some challenging moral instruction as to how we should live as citizens of God's Kingdom. It provides us hope for God's new world order even in the face of dark times -- not such a bad theme for our own day. Since the letter is

The Exodus after Stonewall

The exodus from Egypt is the central event of the Hebrew Bible. Even when the people of Israel are taken away as captives in Babylon generations later, they looked back to their freedom from slavery in Egypt as a sign of hope that God would again be faithful and release them from bondage. The exodus is the event the writers of the New Testament looked to as well in describing what freedom in Christ was all about. We too have been brought out of the bondage of sin and have become part of God's new creation. It is no wonder then that when Christians have experienced all sorts of oppression, we too use the language of exodus to fuel our desire for liberation and our work for justice. This was t

Like a child at home...

Sunday our culture celebrates Father’s Day and the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday. While this day may invite us to bring our memories of our own childhoods-- or to make them if we are fathers of our own children-- Trinity Sunday may bring less earthbound thoughts to mind. It’s the day, we are told, we celebrate less an event than a doctrine. Yet Trinity Sunday tells its own story. Indeed, the story of a Creator Parent who goes out searching in the garden of creation calling out to find us-- "Where are you?" It's the story of the Son coming forth from the Father into a far-off country, seeking out lost daughters and sons to bring them to a banquet back at home. It’s the story of the Spirit

World-shaking Power

Before nine o'clock in the morning a small group of people gathered in a room in Jerusalem experienced a life-changing, world-shaking experience. It was the Feast of Shavuot, or Pentecost -- the spring harvest festival and also the commemoration of God's giving the law on Mt. Sinai, recounted in the Book of Exodus. Those few followers of Jesus who gathered in that room in Jerusalem had experienced the loss of Jesus on Good Friday, the joy of his resurrection, and now, after his departure from them, felt again a loss, a lack of direction, until they received the amazing gift of the power of the risen Jesus through the Holy Spirit. They experienced it as fire and shaking, as if they couldn't c

Pride Sunday June 30

Pride Sunday, June 30 Join St. John’s on Sunday, June 30, at the 11:00 a.m. mass to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall with guest preacher Rev. Christopher Montella and music offering from the LA Trans Chorus. Trans Chorus of Los Angeles is leading the way in the choral world by being visible, bold and proud! We are a chorus of transgender, gender non-conforming/gender non-binary & intersex Individuals using our voices to bring awareness, understanding, power and VICTORY for the Trans Community. We want every trans identified individual to hear and appreciate the lyrics of our signature song, “YOU HAVE MORE FRIENDS THAN YOU KNOW!” The Rev. Christopher Montella (

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