We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the innocents in Nice, France. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Adapted by the Rt. Rev. William Franklin from the Collect for the Holy Innocents, BCP p. 238)

My sisters and brothers in Christ:

Reeling from yet another unspeakable act of violence against the people of God, yet sure of our faith in God’s victory over violence, injustice, and death, we worship as usual this weekend: Our convenient community Holy Eucharist service tomorrow (Saturday, July 16) at 5 p.m. and at 8 and 10 a.m. on the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost.

We’ll hear the rich story of Martha and Mary — and like Mary, we’ll sit at the feet of our LORD, basking in his love.

Bishop DianeSo too next Sunday, July 24, when the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce (shown here last summer with Pope Francis at the Vatican) will visit St. John’s to confirm or receive 13 St. John’s youth and grownups in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church at our 10 a.m. service. It will be a glorious morning. If your summer schedule permits, please be with us to welcome the bishop and honor our confirmands, who have worked and studied hard to get ready.

David and wifeSo too next Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m., when we invite you and your friends, neighbors, and family members to be our guests at a fellowship reception and talk by our brother David Stevens about his and his late wife Kathy’s immortal and deeply moving story of faith and love: David nursing her through her battle against cancer, Kathy nursing him after a motorcycle accident left him a quadriplegic. Our wonderful men’s and women’s ministries are providing some snacks and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring beer or wine for your own enjoyment and appetizers to share. RSVP in the narthex this weekend or by writing Gene Giordano at gvgiordano@gmail.com.

angels in the outfieldSo too this Sunday, July 17 at 9 a.m. in the Bishop’s Room, when Linda Allport will lead a discussion about “Angels In The Outfield” (1994), part of our “Summertime Search For God In Baseball Movies.” If you’re having trouble finding the movie on-line or in the garage, Linda scouted it out for you on YouTube, where you can watch for free at this link: http://youtu.be/oyxO2LJBaeA

So too next Sunday, July 24 at 9 a.m. in the Bishop’s Room, when Andy Guilford steps up to the plate to lead a discussion about “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson.

So too when you sign up to give blood on July 24…come to our rescheduled Corazon meeting on Monday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bishop’s Room to learn how to build a house for a family in Mexico…join our amazing St. John’s youth at their annual midsummer dinner on Wednesday, July 20 at 6 p.m. in the Lowe’s Center near Starbucks…you bring food contributions for the Rancho Santa Margarita food pantry this weekend and plan to volunteer on Thursday, July 21 from noon to 5 p.m. (let Roger Bradshaw know you’re coming: parisbradshaws@me.com)…and join the St. John’s caregivers on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m.

So too whenever, in ways small, large, and in between, you acknowledge the love of Christ and #spreadsomelove.

Yours in Christ’s love, mercy, and grace,
Fr. John