Bishop’s Visitation, Sunday, May 31

Bishop’s Visitation and PARISH BBQ and Potluck

One Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015, 11:45 a.m.

Jumping Castle, Games and Fun

Burgers and Hotdogs will be provided.
Last names A-M to Bring Dessert
N-Z to Salads.

Reminders for this week

Tuesday, May 26
Yoga, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Hospitality Room
Good Grief, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hospitality Room

Wednesday, May 27
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Friday, May 29
Soul Kitchen, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Narthex & Kitchen

Sunday, May 31-One Service Only at 10:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, 10:30 a.m., Church, The Rt. Rev. David Rice Presiding
BBQ & Annual Picnic, 11:45 a.m., Narthex and Lawn
St. John’s Bell’s Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m., Church

Monday, June 1
Bible Study Group, 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m., Hospitality Room

Tuesday, June 2
Yoga, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Hospitality Room
Good Grief, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Hospitality Room

Wednesday, June 3
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Friday, June 5
Committal Service for Rosemary Bandelin, 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 7 – Graduation Sunday
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Church
Piano Recital, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Church
St. John’s Bells Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m., Church

Sermon from 5/24/2015

The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
Sunday, May 24, 2015
The Day of Pentecost
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 05 24 Pentecost EHB

Contemplation and Conversation, Thursday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.

All are welcome to gather with this group which will be meeting once this month. The group gathers with an opening prayer which is then followed by a series of readings on a specific theme. We listen and/or sing to a chant, and then keep silence for about fifteen minutes Conversation about our prayer life follows. Facilitators are Elaine Breckenridge and Carol Foote.

Celtic Eucharist for St. John the Baptist Day , Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.

On June 24, at 7:00 p.m. there will be an offering of a Celtic Eucharist, using contemporary Celtic prayers and thanksgivings. The theme of the Eucharist is “Fire and Love” as we focus on the ministry of John the Baptist. There will be sung chants and acoustic music. We will acknowledge creation and offer prayers of thanksgiving for the sun and the season. The Eucharist is celebrated in the round and all are invited to stand around the table. Following the service, (Delta breeze permitting) we will enjoy a small bonfire outdoors. A potluck party follows. Please bring a beverage or snack to share.

Sermon from 5/17/2015

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
The Seventh Sunday of Easter:
The Sunday after Ascension Day
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 05 17 Easter 7 EHB

Contemplation and Conversation, Thursday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m.

All are invited to the next Contemplation and Conversation meeting which will be a week from this Thursday, May 21. The topic is “stability” and includes a reading from one the Desert Mothers.

“Deacons in Our World Today”

“Deacons in Our World Today” – Sunday, May 24, 11:45
Video and presentation.
The Rev. Carolyn Woodall, one of the Vocational Deacons in our Diocese, will be with us on Sunday, May 24, following the second service. She will be presenting “Deacons In Our World Today,” a presentation which will explain the Diaconate and share with you the lives and ministries of the modern Vocational Deacon.

Sermon from 5/10/2015

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Sunday, May 10, 2015
The Sixth Sunday of EasterListen to this… Sermon 2015 05 10 Easter 6 EHB

 

Earthquake Relief Needed for the People of Nepal

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on the morning of April 25. The UN estimates that eight million people been affected – more than a quarter of the population. Nearly 5,000 deaths have been confirmed, with over 10,000 injured. Many villages near the epicenter were totally destroyed.
Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) is partnering with the ACT Alliance in Nepal to help meet urgent needs such as food, clean water and shelter, as well as support for assessment and search and rescue teams. Following the initial relief phase, this ERD’s Nepal Relief fund will continue to support longer-term recovery efforts with local partners. Please give generously – before the earthquake, Nepal was among the poorest nations in the world, with few resources to cope with a disaster of this scale.
Donations can be made directly on ERD’s web site, https://www.episcopalrelief.org/NepalRelief;
by phone at 1-855-312-HEAL; or by sending a check to
Episcopal Relief & Development
P.O. Box 7058
Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

 

Sermon from 5/3/15

The Rev. Randy A. Knutson
The Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 3, 2015
Listen to this…Sermon 2015 05 03 Easter 5 RAK

I am.
I am that I am.
This has been the strongest, shortest way in the scriptures for God to describe God. So it is a surprise, and yet not, when Jesus, in the Gospel of John, defines himself this way seven times. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, I am the Good Shepherd and then this way, in todays Gospel, the last of these in John: I am the Vine. It is perhaps the most earthy of these, not so theoretical. It is an idea with history and a connection to nature, to growing and farming. It also has a long history as a biblical image, almost. The image of the vineyard in the Old Testament refers to Israel as the vineyard God will tend, guard and keep. God will nurture it and keep it. When God’s Chosen fall away, the vineyard also is not protected and it is over run and falls away. There are many commentaries about this vineyard image, but in this statement from John’s Gospel, Jesus claims himself to be the very vine and those that would follow him in the Way, the branches, springing from this vine. This is a new, more vital, direct connection that Jesus is talking about by saying I am the Vine.
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