5:30 p.m. Pageant and Communion
This year’s early Christmas Eve Eucharist, celebrated at 5:30 p.m. on December 24, will again involve a simple pageant as the Liturgy of the Word prior to Holy Communion. All children are invited to participate in this special pageant. There are no rehearsals for our simple pageant but children wishing to participate in the Christmas Story on December 24 will be able to pick up their costumes after the Sunday 10:30 liturgy. They will also be able to pick them up on Christmas Eve at 4:30 — an hour or so before the time the service begins. Please join us for the early Christmas Eve Eucharist at 5:30.
10:30 p.m. Festive Music and Communion
The late Christmas Eve Eucharist begins on December 24 at 10:30 p.m. with a choral and carol prelude featuring choir anthems and congregational carol singing. The Eucharist will begin with a special entrance rite at approximately 10:50 p.m. The church will be dark as we hear John’s famous prologue read. The Christ candle on the Advent wreath will be lit and Christ’s light will be spread among congregants holding hand held candles while Creator of the Stars of Night is chanted. By candle light we will sing Silent Night together and then comes the Christmas proclamation that Christ is born! The candles will be extinguished as we rise to sing, Oh come all ye faithful. The Eucharist will be celebrated with joy and wonder. St. John’s is blessed with an excellent music program. I hope all will join us at 10:30 but do plan to be seated by 10:50 if you wish to sing Silent Night by candle light.
10:30 a.m. Carols and Communion Wednesday, December 25, 2013:
St. John’s Ringers (Handbells), Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Youth Group , Dec. 22 & 29, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Hosp. Room
Choir Practice, Dec. 18 , 7:00 p.m.
Choristers, Dec. 18, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve Services, December 24, 5:30 p.m. Pageant and 10:30 p.m. Music
Christmas Day Service, December 25, 10:30 a.m.
NO Thursday, December 26, 12:15 p.m. Chapel Service – Service Cancelled
Church Office Closed, December 25, 26, 27, January 1 and 2
December 15, 2013
A Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
Listen to this…Sermon 2013.12.15. EHB
St. John’s Church – Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2013
The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7,18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12
Listen to this… Sermon 2013.12.08 EHB
December 8, 2013 Sermon
A few years ago I was conducting a children’s chapel service at the church where I was serving. As we were deep into the season of Advent, I asked the children to name out loud who we were waiting for. And I was so impressed that everyone shouted Jesus and not the other guy. “ Yes”, I thought our Christian education program was taking root. So, encouraged I pressed on. “And what is this church season of waiting called?” I asked. Silence. More silence. At last a hand went up, “Yes” I said hopefully. The reply came loud and clear: “Advil!”
Yes, it is easy to confuse the seasons of Advent and Advil. How can we experience this holy season of Advent instead of the hectic season of Advil?
John the Baptist can show us the way. He has always been my hero. I have always longed for someone to make an appropriate Advent set, like all those nativity sets made for Christmas, but this one featuring John the Baptist and not the baby Jesus. Can’t you see it– a figurine of John the Baptist, dressed in his camel’s hair and leather belt.
For those who would like to preview the lectionary for Sunday, December 15, the scriptures are: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:4-9; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11
Join us on Thursday, November 28 at 9:00 a.m. our Thanksgiving Day Services. Readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 100; Philippians 4:4-9; John 6:25-35
The Arts at St. John’s will host two Grammy-Award winning guitarists and a national-award winning vocalist in a holiday concert on Sunday, December 15, at 3:00 p.m.
Grammy-Award winning guitarists Mark Hanson and Doug Smith, and Young Audiences national artist of the year Greta Pedersen present a concert of holiday classics using acoustic guitars, dulcimer, recorder, ukulele, and a variety of other instruments. Their music is heard in films and on nationally syndicated programs, including Martha Stewart Living, NPR, Twister and August Ruth. They will play and sing Christmas favorites in ways you’ve never experienced; from “Masters in This Hall” to “Jingle Bell Rock”. A Great concert for the whole family. Tickets will be $10 at the door. For More about Mark Hanson, see accentonmusic.com and video clips on YouTube!
St. John’s Church – 26rd Sunday after Pentecost
November 17, 2013
Pastor Jim Stickney
Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19
Listen to this…Sermon 2013.11.17 JS
In celebration of Pastor Jim’s interim service at St. John’s, his return to retirement AND his birthday, there will be a potluck luncheon after the 10:30am service on Sunday, November 24th. It will immediately follow the 10:30am service (approx.12pm/Noon), so even if you attend the 8am service, DO plan on coming back!
Those with A – K last names, please bring – a salad; bread; side dish OR dessert
Those with L – Z last names, please bring an entrée to share. Beverages will be provided. A sign-up sheet is on the ministry table. We will have “open mic” time so plan to share your thoughts and stories.
In December 2000, St. John’s celebrated the
completion of our current church building—
one that, at last, was large enough to hold
all of us, to support us in glorious worship,
and allow us to continue to grow. It was the
culmination of many years of dreaming,
praying, working… of many people stepping
out in faith, to commit to our future, to
commit to generations yet to come.
See our flyer here… Case-LodiCAStJohnsFinal