UDPATE: The recording for the Palm Sunday service is here.

Treasured and loving people of God:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
Look, your king is coming to you,
humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
“Hosanna to the Son of David!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

That is our cry this year: “Hosanna! Blessed are they who come in God’s name!”

• Same cry that has been echoed in our sanctuary since it was built.
• Same cry that has been raised by Episcopalians in Rancho Santa Margarita for 30 years.
• Same cry that has gone up every year since that First Year Jesus returned to Jerusalem in triumph, only to conclude that week in humiliation, suffering and death.

This year shall be long remembered in the history of St. John’s. Not for the beauty of the church, the gatherings during Holy Week, nor the pageantry of Easter, but for the resilience and joy that the Community sustained while outside our Sanctuary when we are busy protecting the health and lives of the most vulnerable people in our world.

How rewarding for me to see that your fidelity to the Gospel has not waned one iota. Your insistence on living out our baptismal covenant ‘by proclaiming by word and example the Good News of God in Christ and by loving your neighbors as yourself’ brings new depth and a stronger identity to us. Caring for those we love and for those we do not know is redefining for us what it means to be ‘church.’ The protective distance we are enforcing around ourselves has not kept us from being close – in fact it is bringing us closer.

THIS SUNDAY, we will worship at 9 a.m. with Morning Prayer and a “Virtual Palm Sunday Procession.Here’s the bulletin we shall use together for this service (with apologies to Cindy and Roger’s always-excellent Sunday bulletin productions). If you wish, you may print it out and keep it in hand, or put it side-by-side with the Zoom meeting on your computer screen. THIS is the link to the Zoom Page for tomorrow.

A REMINDER: All participants (except the readers) will enter the meeting muted and will remain that way until the end. At the end of the service we will have a “Virtual Passing of the Peace” at which time we will unmute all and we can share, talk and revel in the sound of “Church.”

If you haven’t heard, many people have switched how they are staying current with their pledges. Either with PayPal or with Text to Give (Text GIVE to 833.720.2956) or through their banks with “Autopay,” I thank you for making good your vows to the Lord.

ALSO – if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Reverend Karen helping us prepare for the Rites of Palm Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you for Palm Sunday worship.

The Rev. Christopher Potter, Vicar