For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
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
I 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
The recorded sermon for August 23rd is unavailable. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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
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.
St. John’s annual gathering-in of school supplies for Western Farm Workers of America begins Sunday, August 2, continuing through August 23. The list of needed supplies is available in the Narthex. Bi-Mart is offering 30% off on their supply of backpacks. EDUCATION is the most significant factor predicting success in life, together with a spiritual upbringing. Read more
Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh. Read more
The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. Read more
Nothing stays the same forever, and some things change back to the way they used to be. After years of beginning our principal service on Sunday mornings at 10:15 , we will be switching back to the time it was previously begun, namely 10:00 a.m. starting on Sunday September 13. Read more
- 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