October 10, 2015

My sisters and brothers in Christ:

We worship as usual this weekend: Our convenient community Holy Eucharist service this afternoon (Saturday, Oct. 10) at 5 p.m. and on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost at 8 and 10 a.m. We’ll hear James’s classic exhortation to be doers and not just hearers of God’s Word. We’ll also explore the story of Mary the hearer and Martha the doer. Healthy relationships, from marriages to the workplace, require everyone to do plenty of each!

On Sunday, we’ll also celebrate our largest ministry, St. John’s Episcopal School, as part of National Episcopal Schools Week. A St. John’s middle school choir will present a congregation-pleasing favorite, “10,000 Reasons,” as the offertory anthem. Dr. Susan Key will bring her flute and join us for the prelude. After church, head of school Michael Pratt and his colleagues will be available to answer questions about our innovative independent school and provide guided tours, including National Park Service-style passports that we’ll stamp for the kids along the way. If you or those you know and love are interested in St. John’s for the 2016-17 school year (if not sooner!), Sunday would be the perfect introduction, so please help spread the word.

seventhgrade2015Here’s one of my favorite sights as a seventh grade religion teacher: St. John’s students, Bibles open, working quietly on the day’s lesson!

During the 9 a.m. Christian formation hour, Pam Kelley and I will facilitate the opening installment of a new occasional discussion series entitled “What Does A Christian Do?” Everyone agrees that our society and culture could use more civility. As James warns us, “Your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” And yet the issues we disagree abut are often vitally important and naturally provoke strong feelings. On Sunday, we’ll see what biblical and Christian ethics teach about how to debate and disagree while remaining in community and love. Please join us!

And after the second service, please join us in the multipurpose room for the first of two 2016 stewardship meetings. As usual, your parish leaders will review the year’s events and finances, talk about our hopes and dreams for next year, get your ideas, and distribute pledge cards. Our second meeting is in two weeks, on Sunday, Oct. 25, also at around 11:30 a.m. Each meeting will take about 45 minutes and include a light lunch. We ask each St. John’s member please to attend one or the other.

Yours in Christ’s love,
Fr. John