April 13, 2017

My sisters and brothers in Christ:

Maundy Thursday blessings! Click here to read a Letter from Tim England 4-2017 with news about our new vicar.

Speaking of transitions, tonight at 7 p.m., withour Holy Eucharist service and the stripping of the altar, we embark on the series of liturgies the church calls the Paschal Triduum (for “three days”): First our services tonight, then on Good Friday at 7 p.m. (when we contemplate a world without our God in Christ, which is to say a world in utter chaos), and finally on Easter. Our Easter services: The Great Vigil at 7 p.m. on Saturday, featuring the youth of St. John’s, and on Easter Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. — identical services with glorious music and breathtaking flowers, including the world-famous St. John’s flowering cross. (Actually, just two differences: No incense at 8 a.m., and yes, we have an Easter egg hunt after the 10 a.m.)

Please walk with our Lord and your St. John’s brothers and sisters for as much of the Triduum as your hearts and schedules permit.

On Easter Sunday, we prayerfully and lovingly invite all St. John’s members (especially participants in the liturgies, choir members, and members of the Altar Guild) to help us practice hospitality to visitors and less-frequent members by using the back parking lot. The gate will be open beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday. You can access the back lot by turning right on Via Con Dios (in front of the church driveway). Continue to the end of the street, make a left, and follow the driveway.

An important note about tonight’s ministry after our Maundy Thursday service: Because of some last-minute cancellations, Linda Allport could still use a few good witnesses for the all-night prayer vigil. If you are able to volunteer, or add some time to your existing commitment, please call or write Linda at (949) 981-3404 or lsallport@cox.net.

Looking ahead to Eastertide, two special announcements.

First, our own Melissa Weidner, organist and keyboard technician extraordinaire, will perform a series of concerts throughout the season of Easter on the 52-bell carillon on the campus of Christ Cathedral (Roman Catholic) in Orange. Each of Melissa’s concerts will take place on a Wednesday (April 19 and 26 and May 3, 17, 24, and 31) from 12:40-1 p.m. (There will also be a concert on May 10, but Melissa won’t be at the keyboard that day.) They are free and open to the public. Concertgoers can bring their lunches and enjoy picnicking on the Christ Cathedral lawns. Food trucks will be on hand as well.

Second, on behalf of our own Dot Leach, president of the Interfaith Council of Greater Rancho Santa Margarita, a reminder about the second of theOrange County Interfaith Network’s series of conversations about interfaith and intercultural understanding. Entitled “Orange County’s Struggles With Diversity,” it will take place next Thursday April 20 from 7-9 p.m. at the Church of the Foothills (UCC), 19211 Dodge Ave., Santa Ana. More details are at the link below. Mark your calendar as well for the third installment, “Demolishing Fear – Building Community,” on Tuesday, May 2 from 7-9 p.m. on the campus of Chapman University.


Yours in Christ’s undying love,

Fr. John