ADDRESS: 30382 Via Con Dios • Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
PHONE: 949.888.4595

Services: Sunday 8 and 10am, Saturday 5pm
Childcare offered during both Sunday services; Sunday school and Godly Play at the 10am service.

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WEEKLY REMINDERS FOR HOLY WEEK 2019

Your reminders for Holy Week and Easter Day: HOLY WEEK • Maundy Thursday service, April 18, Stripping of the Altar, 5:30 p.m. • Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil begins, about 8 p.m. GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19 • Self-directed meditation on Stations of the Cross, Noon. • Book of Common Prayer, Five Solemn Collects accompanied by brief [....]

WEEKLY REMINDERS FOR MONDAY, APRIL 8 — SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

Yep, it’s Monday, and that means your Weekly Reminders are right here: Monday, April 8: • Caring About Precious Seniors, Park Terrace, 6:30 p.m. • Education for Ministry, Learning Commons, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9: • School Committee, Bishop’s Room, 6 pm. • Bible Fellowship, Learning Commons, 7 p.m. • Festival Singers, Music Room, 7:30 [....]

HERE’S YOUR SPRING VAYA CON DIOS!

Your Spring Vaya is ready! Check out Fr. Christopher’s article on pg. two; the Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Vigil, and Easter service schedule on page four; and many other stories about upcoming events, as well as a few ministry recaps. The Vaya Con Dios celebrates the community and outreach of St. John’s — thank you [....]

WEEKLY REMINDERS: MONDAY, APRIL 1 — SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019

It’s Monday, and time for this week’s reminders: Monday, April 1: • Caring About Precious Seniors, Park Terrace, 6:30 p.m. • Education for Ministry, Learning Commons, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2: • Bible Fellowship, Learning Commons, 7 p.m. • Festival Singers, Music Room, 7:30 p,m. Wednesday, April 3: • Women’s Bible Study, DJ Gomer’s home, [....]

WEEKLY REMINDERS — MONDAY, MARCH 25 – SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019

It’s time for weekly reminders: Monday, March 25: • Prayer Shawl Group, Starbucks @ Lowe’s Ctr, 11:30 a.m. • Caring About Precious Seniors, Park Terrace, 6:30 p.m. • Book It On Mondays!, Loreen G’s home, 7 p.m. • Education for Ministry, Learning Commons, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26: • Bible Fellowship, Learning Commons, 7 p.m. [....]

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They really did! The readers, singers, and support people had a GREAT night of ministry. Way to go, Youth Group members, and adult leaders Mrs. Patti, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Bree, Joe, and Mike.

Spencer was magnificent! And the Youth group rocked it at the Easter Vigil service!

Robin Lowd

The newly baptized are welcomed to the community of Christians worldwide, and to the congregation of St. John’s!
The Great Vigil’s beginning moments move us from Good Friday sorrow into Easter rejoicing. 

Our opening prayer: “Dear Friends in Christ: on this most holy night in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the church invites her members disbursed throughout the world to gather in vigil and prayer. For this is the Passover of the Lord in which, by the hearing his Word and celebrating his Sacraments, we share in his victory over death.”

Unable to be with us this evening? St. John’s two Easter Day services are at 8 and 10 a.m.  Following the last service, the children may participate in The Great Easter Egg Hunt.  See you at St. John’s, where all are welcome!Image attachmentImage attachment
The Great Vigil of Easter begins in five minutes at 7 p.m.! Rev. Karen is ready, Rev. Christopher is ready — we just need you!Image attachment

 

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We’re saving a candle for you! Stop by the fountain basket to get yours.

Easter blessings to all!

On my way!

Woman priest?

A stark and beautiful prayer vigil at St. John’s, RSM, last night followed the community meal and stripping of the altar. 

In south Orange County today? Come to St. John’s for a Good Friday service.Image attachment
The first service of Easter is Holy Saturdays The Great Vigil — the greatest feast and pinnacle of the liturgical year. At St. Johns we gather in the outdoor courtyard at 
7 p.m. to celebrate the Great Light which is to come into the world. The Easter fire and the Paschal candle are lit; we welcome Ashley, Jessica, and Karyl as newly baptized members of the community; all of our baptismal vows are renewed; and then we break bread at the boundary of the Feast of Resurrection.

On Easter morning, April 21, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ with two services: one at 8 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m., with lovely music from the choir at both. The festivities after the second service will continue with the Great Easter Egg Hunt that has for so long been a family favorite here. 

May this invitation to join us remind you that you are an important part of the community of St. John’s and we won’t be the same without you!

 

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We are baptizing Jessica’s and Karyl too!

Join us for the 5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Meal which celebrates our release from slavery of every kind. It also:
• brings to life the actions Jesus took with his disciples at the Last Supper;
• makes new the Covenant between God and us and marks us as God’s beloved and empowered people through the blood of His son;
• it takes into account the ongoing saving acts of Jesus in our community in our day. We list these acts and celebrate them for what they do: they make us participants in Jesus’s work spreading the news of God’s reconciliation with the world;
• and it is a look at our salvation history — a review of our present participation with the Gospel, and looks toward our progress towards the Reign of God.

After the meal, we'll clear our tables and our minds, and pray while the stripping, clearing, and washing of the altar takes place. Here, in an undertaking of sacramental proportions, we prepare Jesus’s body and the tomb for burial, and our minds and souls for death. For those who wish to pass this night in vigil, the church will be available for this.

The services of Good Friday will be held twice that day:
• The Noon to 3 p.m. service is a self-directed meditation on the Stations of the Cross. Quiet music and low lighting will help set the mood. Come and leave as you are able.
• The 7 p.m. service comes from The Book of Common Prayer, where our prayers are focused by five solemn Collects. This year, we will have additional voices of five members of our community who will reflect briefly on these Collects and how their lives are informed by them. An act of veneration will include bringing the stones (rocks) that you have been carrying all season and placing them in a common vase.
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Join us for the 5:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday Meal which celebrates our release from slavery of every kind. It also:
   • brings to life the actions Jesus took with his disciples at the Last Supper;
    • makes new the Covenant between God and us and marks us as God’s beloved and empowered people through the blood of His son; 
   • it takes into account the ongoing saving acts of Jesus in our community in our day. We list these acts and celebrate them for what they do: they make us participants in Jesus’s work spreading the news of God’s reconciliation with the world;
   • and it is a look at our salvation history — a review of our present participation with the Gospel, and looks toward our progress towards the Reign of God.

After the meal, well clear our tables and our minds, and pray while the stripping, clearing, and washing of the altar takes place. Here, in an undertaking of sacramental proportions, we prepare Jesus’s body and the tomb for burial, and our minds and souls for death. For those who wish to pass this night in vigil, the church will be available for this.

The services of Good Friday will be held twice that day: 
   • The Noon to 3 p.m. service is a self-directed meditation on the Stations of the Cross. Quiet music and low lighting will help set the mood. Come and leave as you are able.
   • The 7 p.m. service comes from The Book of Common Prayer, where our prayers are focused by five solemn Collects. This year, we will have additional voices of five members of our community who will reflect briefly on these Collects and how their lives are informed by them. An act of veneration will include bringing the stones (rocks) that you have been carrying all season and placing them in a common vase.

Our prayer this week is actually several prayers, each appropriate for the days of Holy Week, Holy Saturday, and Easter

• Maundy Thursday:
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before
he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in
remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy
mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

• Good Friday:
Almighty God, we pray You graciously to behold this your
family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

• Holy Saturday:
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of Your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with Him the coming of the third day, and rise with Him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

• Easter Day:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Father, we who have been redeemed by Him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, humbly give thanks to You. We receive Your Holy Spirit, and embrace Jesus Christ, your Son, as our Savior and Lord. Help us to love and serve Him all the days of our lives. Amen.
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Our prayer this week is actually several prayers, each appropriate for the days of Holy Week, Holy Saturday, and Easter

   • Maundy Thursday:
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before
he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in
remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy
mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

   • Good Friday:
Almighty God, we pray You graciously to behold this your
family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

   • Holy Saturday:
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of Your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with Him the coming of the third day, and rise with Him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

•  Easter Day:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of Your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Father, we who have been redeemed by Him, and made a new people by water and the Spirit, humbly give thanks to You. We receive Your Holy Spirit, and embrace Jesus Christ, your Son, as our Savior and Lord. Help us to love and serve Him all the days of our lives. Amen.
Your reminders for Holy Week and Easter Day:

HOLY WEEK
   • Maundy Thursday service, April 18, Stripping of the Altar, 5:30 p.m.
   • Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil begins, about 8 p.m.

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19
   • Self-directed meditation on Stations of the Cross, Noon.
   • Book of Common Prayer, Five Solemn Collects accompanied by brief discussions by five church members, 7 p.m.

HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 20
   • The Great Vigil of Easter with Baptisms, begins in the courtyard, 7 p.m.

EASTER DAY, APRIL 21
~bring a flower to church if you would like to decorate the flower cross~
   • 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Festival Holy
Eucharist.
   • Easter Egg Hunt, following the 10 a.m. service.
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