Welcome to St. John's Church
May 17, 2013
My sisters and brothers in Christ:
Join us for worship this weekend as we celebrate Pentecost, the birthday of Christ's Church, giving thanks for the Holy Spirit and all brave lectors called to read Acts 2:1-21 with its tongue-tying references to Elamites, Cappadocia, Pontus, Phrygia, Pamphylia, and Cyrene. Services are Sunday, May 19 at 8 and 10 a.m. and tomorrow, Saturday at 5 p.m., our convenient community Holy Eucharist.
And remember: Please wear red for Pentecost!
As Eastertide comes to an end, you're invited to our concluding discussion of Christianity's pivotal moment. Led by our own Jeff Allport, we've been studying Resurrection from the perspectives of scripture, tradition, recent archaeological finds, and our own hearts and minds. Your discussion has been a highlight of the series, so please join us once again this Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Bishop's Room. Childcare is available.
All are welcome on Sunday at 2 p.m. in our church for "Celebration of Everlasting Love," a stirring musical and dramatic rendition of Jesus Christ's last days on earth featuring Lisa Naulls, alto section leader of the St. John's Choir. (Lisa is shown here rehearsing some of the other St. John's music ministers who will perform.) The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken in support of the event's host, Willie Naulls Ministries. Light refreshments will be served after the concert.
From Easter to Pentecost and on to Christmas: The St. John's Two Christmases Pilgrimagesets off from Los Angeles on Dec. 27 and returns Jan. 8, 2014, enabling pilgrims to experience the Eastern Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 6 in Bethlehem's historic Church of the Nativity plus many other sacred and historic sites in Israel and the West Bank. We also plan a visit to the famed rose-red city at Petra, Jordan (shown here). I'll write soon with additional details, including the deposit deadline, to those on our "interested" list. If you haven't expressed interest yet but would like to receive the e-mail, just let me know by replying to this one.
Yours in Christ's love,
P.S.: On Saturday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m. at a festive lunch in the Cardinal gym, we'll say "muchas gracias" to our fathers, sons, brothers, and friends. All are welcome, including friends, relatives, and neighbors we haven't met yet, making this another red-letter evangelism opportunity. The red-hot details can be found at this link.
Please share it abundantly!
Your morning and evening prayer
Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.