Weekly Update | May 7, 2023

Dear Friends In Christ,

Greetings! I have missed you while away at the North American Dean’s Conference and the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles Clergy Conference this past week.

Many deep thanks to Mother Lyn and Deacon Margaret for leading services and preaching. Many of you know, Deacon Margaret had surgery this week. She is home recovering, but will need to rest for a few weeks before she can return. Please pray for Margaret asking God for healing, strength, patience and peace. May she feel our love from near and far.

There are several parish announcements that I wish to share.

On Thursday May 4th, we celebrated the life of Judith Allison Kumar, a long-standing member since the 70’s. Her family attended St. John’s for decades, and her children were baptized and confirmed in our cathedral. While the burial rite is an Easter liturgy, this joy does not make human grief unchristian. The love we have for each other brings great sorrow when we part; however, nothing can separate us for the love of God in Christ.

On Saturday, St. John’s will host a beautiful service to confirm, receive and reaffirm four members of our church, along with over 25 fellow Episcopalians from churches throughout our diocese. Bishop John H. Tylor will preach, and a simply delicious reception will follow.

Mark your calendars now for every Sunday this month!

On 5/14, we will celebrate all mothers who give life, love and nurture us, in appreciation for their presence in our hearts and love.

Next, on 5/21, after our 10 am service, we will give thanks and sing praises for all the volunteers who serve faithfully on Sundays and throughout the week to make church happen with grace, and to glorify God. A special celebratory reception will be given in their honor, and there will be the chance to sign up for ministries that might be of interest to you. I hope you will join us in sharing our deep gratitude.

Then lastly this month, on 5/28, Bishop Taylor will be back with us on Pentecost as the Spirit blows through our church and into our lives, inspiring us once again to grow in faith, to proclaim the Good News of Christ, and to love each other.

Summer is around the corner. While some of our musicians will take a break after Pentecost, it is my hope that we will gather in new ways, as we kindle new relationships and old, and discern where the Spirit is leading us next. I pray you will join us.


Anne Sawyer

Interim Dean & Priest-in-Charge