Sermon | October 25, 2015

Mark 10-46-52

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Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Mark 10:51-52

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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This Week at St. John’s Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2015

This week at SJB Oct 25, 2015

Thanks to Sheila and Tom Winslow, our COFFEE HOUR hosts Sunday. If you wish to participate in this ministry, please use the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY –November 1, we celebrate our baptismal life in Christ, and also remember those who have gone before us. Once again, the congregation is invited to bring photos or other mementos of dearly departed loved ones, to place on the altar during our morning masses. This provides a wonderful reminder of that “great cloud of witnesses,” which surround us, and join their voices to ours with all the company of heaven Read more

What is an Alongsider?

Alongsider logoNews from the Community of St. John Baptist

By Sr. Eleanor Francis

An Alongsider is a person, male or female, lay or ordained, who lives as a member of a religious community for a temporary length of time. An Alongsider lives, works, and prays with the Sisters at the Convent. The Alongsider may be of any Christian denomination. They may use their time as an Alongsider for sabbatical, spiritual renewal or study, to respond to a specific need, or to take time to discern where their life is leading next. Read more

Sermon | October 18, 2015

Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,  but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”

Mark 10:39-40

The Collect

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession 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.
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Luke 7:21-22

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, tothe poor the gospel is preached.

Share the Joy

Share the JoyLast month, I reflected on Dr. Miller’s thesis in “The Spiritual Child” that faith development is the most critical driver of happiness and success in the lives of young adults. As schools and parishes respond to brain research findings, the connection of faith and joy begs a better understanding of joy. What is joy? How is joy cultivated? Only months ago, after a few parishioners attended a diocesan training on congregational vitality, the Vestry took on a project called “Share the Joy.” Share the Joy project asks you to articulate the joy you find at St. John’s. By sharing your personal joy in being part of a faith community, maybe we’ll come to understand joy in richer and more meaningful ways. Read more

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