A Season of Renewal

"Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became a custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time when converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism... The whole congregation was put in mind of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith." (The Book of Common Prayer, Invitation to a Holy Lent, p. 265) The priest speaks these words on Ash Wednesday to remind us all of the season we are beginning. Each week during Lent the candidates in the Basic Christian Formation Program will come before the con

A Dramatic Change in Tone

This weekend marks the last Sunday in the Epiphany Season. We listen to the Gospel reading of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain top where his disciple's see him in dazzling brightness. That story forms a hinge in the Gospels. After this encounter with mystery, Jesus starts on his journey to Jerusalem where he will meet his death. The coming days are a hinge moment for us too in our liturgical life. Tuesday, we hope everyone in our St. John's community will gather for our annual Mardi Gras celebration. After our festive meal, the tone will change. As is our custom, we will burn the palms from last year-- so make sure you bring yours from home! We will begin to reflect on those things we

Lent 2020 at St. John's

Lent at St. John’s Mite Boxes: Mite boxes will be made available beginning Shrove Tuesday. Take one home, and through the season of Lent use it to collect the savings from your fast. Return it on Palm Sunday as a special gift. Ash Wednesday: There will be three masses on Ash Wednesday, February 26, at 7am, 12:15pm, and 7pm. Ashes to go will be available on the Adams Blvd plaza between the 7am and noon services. Stations of the Cross: Wednesday nights at 6:30, beginning March 13. The Wednesday services will also feature mediations from the Writers’ Group: Julia Robinson Shimizu on Repentance, Kim Speese-Zeno on Mercy and Grace, Bob Bowen on Humility, Jessica Jew on Loss, and Felicia Gaddis on

Surely Kin To Me

In the course of the Christian year, we Episcopalians reaffirm our baptismal covenant. A covenant is not a contract-- it's an open-ended commitment between God, and us, and one another. The basis of that covenant is our belief that every person is created in the image of God, and that we all share the life of the same savior Jesus Christ who died for us and rose again, and now empowers us with the same Holy Spirit. It's out of that belief that we then affirm that we will strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being. It was that basic belief founded in the covenant we make in our common baptism that inspired Absalom Jones not to accept second stat

Who is The Rt. Rev. Carl Wright?

The Rt. Rev. Carl Walter Wright VII Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries The Right Reverend Carl Walter Wright, 60, is the Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries of The Episcopal Church. He will be our guest preacher at both services on Sunday morning, February 16th, for the Feast of Absalom Jones. In addition to that, he will be leading a class between services at 9:15 a.m., addressing his role and the issues he faces as Bishop to the Armed Forces. Come ready to engage and learn about this fascinating position in your Episcopal Church! A native of Baltimore, Maryland and cradle Episcopalian, Wright was elected Bishop Suffragan at the Fall 2016 H

Good News, Good Neighbors

As we get ready this weekend to welcome Episcopal Peace Fellowship (EPF) Executive Director, Melanie Merkle Atha to St. John's this weekend, we are reflecting on engaging issues of peace and justice as integral to the Gospel mission of Jesus. For the past 80 years, EPF has engaged in the work of peacemaking. Now especially they focus on gun violence prevention, immigration, Palestine/Israel relations, and environmental protection. Those are all key issues in our day. How can we engage with the Episcopal Church, our diocese, and our congregation in advocacy around these issues? More concretely, which of these issues can we address in our own neighborhood and in what ways? We have been asking

Mardi Gras & Ash Wednesday 2020

February 25 | Tuesday | 6:30 p.m. Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras Join us at 6:30 on Tuesday night, February 25. Evening prayer followed by New Orleans style Mardi Gras dinner. The evening concludes with a service of prayer and burning palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Bring last year’s palms for burning! February 26 | Wednesday | 7:00 a.m.; 12:15 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Mass and distribution of ashes as we enter the Lenten season. There will be three masses on Ash Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. Ashes-to-go will be available on the Adams Blvd plaza between the 7:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. services.

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