This Week at St. John’s | August 30, 2015

Psalm 89:36Thanks to Janet and Bob Loy, our COFFEE HOUR hosts Sunday. If you wish to participate in this ministry, please use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

VACATION RENTAL FUNDRAISER for Social Ministries has begun and continues through September.  Emails about these properties are being sent to all parishioners and brochures are available in the Narthex. Contact each property owner on the brochure to set dates of usage and determine your donation to St. John the Baptist. Donations must be made before October 1, 2015. Read more

St. John’s Music Ministry

Gather Give GrowI am thrilled about how the music program at St. John’s has contributed to its growth and vibrancy over the years. From Haydn to the Beatles, from Mozart to Queen, we work hard to make sure our music reaches the hearts and minds of our parishioners and guests. In 2015, we introduced an Artists in Residence program that includes up-and-coming local singers. By adding four section leaders/ soloists to our choir (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), the impact of our musical offerings grew exponentially. Read more

Sermon August 23, 2015

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The recorded sermon for August 23rd is unavailable.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

 Collect

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. Read more

Recovery Sunday August 16, 2015

Recovery Sunday August 16, 2015

This Sunday is our annual Recovery Sunday. Every year we celebrate the courage of those who have suffered the bonds of a destructive addition and found a way to break free. In stead of a sermon, we have an open mic where people give testimony of the power of God in their lives. This year’s testimonials focused on how the people in an addicts life  have been impacted by the addiction and the recovery. Due to the highly personal nature of this process, the testimonials were not recorded.

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Rite 3

Rite 3Rite 3 services will be very similar to what we used to do at 9:15 on the first Sunday of the month. They will be geared towards all ages, meaning that:

  • The service will be shorter in length,
  • The music will be more upbeat and fun,
  • Often featuring youth musicians,
  • The preaching will be more interactive and sensory,
  • The Offertory music will often feature music from our pop culture that relates to the themes of the day,
  • The Eucharistic Prayer will come from “Enriching Our Worship” or other supplemental sources, and folks of all ages will take a more active role in being worship leaders.

Whereas, nursery care will be available on these days, there will not be other Church School classes scheduled, and kids of all ages are encouraged to be present and participating in the worship service.

Our hope is that these Rite 3 Sundays will provide a wonderful evangelistic opportunity for parishioners to invite some of their “spiritual seeking” friends (and their children)to join them for a fun, inviting, and uplifting worship experience. How wonderful if all of us start asking, “Who will I invite to come with me to the Rite 3 service this month?!” (Of course, if an unchanging, more staid worship experience is your thing, don’t forget that the 8:00 a.m. masses are a wonderfully devout, quiet, and spiritually edifying way to start your Sunday!)

St. John’s is continually living into our tag line “Where tradition welcomes diversity.” I look forward to all the newness and diversity that will join our tradition this fall!

Hope you are enjoying the summer, and don’t forget God loves to be worshipped, even in July and August!!!!

Dates of Rite 3 Services This Fall:

September 20, 2015 – OES Celebration Sunday
October 18, 2015 – Feast of St. Luke the Physician
November 15, 2015 – Stewardship New Consecration Sunday
December 20, 2015 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

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