My sisters and brothers in Christ:

We worship as usual this weekend: Our convenient community Holy Eucharist service on Saturday (April 30) at 5 p.m. and on the Sixth Sunday of Easter at 8 and 10 a.m. We’ll hear Jesus tell his friends, “[T]he Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

That’s why Christians are lifelong learners, why we’re always in formation in the faith. We need the Holy Spirit to teach us continually about applying Jesus Christ’s changeless principles (“love one another,” for instance) in changing, challenging times.

christianislamIn these days, and especially this election year, the Holy Spirit invites God’s people to richer, deeper interfaith understanding. That’s why St. John’s and our own Rev. Dr. Gerald Larson (a Presbyterian pastor, author or editor of 12 books and over 100 scholarly articles, a distinguished professor emeritus at Indian University at Bloomington and UC Santa Barbara, and currently a research professor at UC Irvine) are offering a three-week class on Islam beginning this Sunday, May 1 at 9 a.m. in the Bishop’s Room.

This Sunday, Gerry will review the Abrahamic roots of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. On May 8, he’ll survey global Islam from Mecca to the Islamic State. For May 15, he has arranged a distinguished guest speaker: Sheikh Yassir Fazaga, religious leader of the Orange County Islamic Federation.

Please join us for this world-class program, and bring your questions. Because of the limited time and the breadth of his subject, Gerry will begin each class promptly at 9 a.m.

Yours in Christ’s love,
Fr. John

P.S.: All are invited to Celebrations of Life this weekend for Don Gaggiano (Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m.) and Erick Schrum (Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m.). Please keep Don and Erick’s families in your prayers this weekend and as they continue to remember and mourn in the days and weeks ahead.

AnnieP.P.S.: “The sun will come out tomorrow!” That we know for sure, by the grace of God. We probably know the tune by heart, too. There’s still time to plan to see the St. John’s School production of “Annie” in the Cardinal Gym tonight (Thursday, April 28) at 4:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. On-line ticket sales have ended, but $12 bleacher seats will be available at the door.