A message from St. John’s associate Vicar, the Rev. Karen Maurer:

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, 2020

Greetings, dear people of St. John’s! May the God who made us bring us joy in the knowledge that we are profoundly and eternally loved!

As Psalm 139 so beautifully states, the love of God for each of us begins before we are born. It is, in fact, everlasting! In the psalmist’s beautiful reflection, we learn that there is nowhere we can go to escape God’s loving gaze, nothing we can do to flee from God’s presence. We are known, intimately, by our Creator who is with us through every hardship, in every moment of celebration, whether our journey causes us to “climb up to heaven,” or “make the grave our bed.” God is with us. We are known, loved and cherished. My prayer is that every single one of us may live fully into this truth.

As most of you have heard by now, Rev. Christopher is on a much-needed vacation. As we pray for a fruitful time of rest and relaxation for him, may we continue to enjoy our community through daily prayer, fellowship and reflection.

I’m sure you have also heard the news (via Rev. Christopher’s email dated July 16): we are adding an IN-PERSON service beginning Saturday, August 1st at 5 p.m.

Your Bishop’s Committee and the sub-committee charged with exploring the possibility of worshipping together again, has prayerfully decided to offer this opportunity for those who are physically well and able to attend an outdoor, carefully planned, socially distanced service. You will receive more information as August 1 approaches regarding what is needed for you to attend. The reservation system for this service will “go live” on our church website Monday, July 20, https://www.stjohnsrsm.org

If you wish to come, please check the website on Monday and follow the prompts to sign up! We can take no more than 34 people and we do need some volunteers so that all of the requirements to meet safely are covered.

Please feel free to contact me kmaurer@stjohns-es.org or Cindy Drennan at ca@stjohns-es.org if you are able to volunteer on August 1, remembering that volunteers must also register to attend. Please know, no one should feel any pressure to attend. All of our regularly scheduled Zoom services will still take place! If you would like to be a reader at a Sunday service, please email Jennifer Miramontes via this email: church@stjohns-es.org.

While we observe the shelter-in-place guidelines, St. John’s is worshiping online via ZOOM:

• Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we pray Morning Prayer at 9 a.m.
• Nighttime Prayer is prayed on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
• Bible Fellowship (open to all) continues on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

To ensure participants’ online security, we don’t publish the Zoom link; if you did not receive the church-wide email from Rev. Christopher and Rev. Karen with the links, and would like to attend services, please email Rev. Karen and she’ll add you to the e-blast, and send you the links: kmaurer@stjohns-es.org

We’ve posted all Zoom services since mid-March under the “Miss a Service?” button on the website’s home page. Search for a service you missed and get caught up. Go have a look: https://www.stjohnsrsm.org

Here is the worship bulletin for Sunday, July 19, 2020.

I look forward to seeing you and worshipping with you this Sunday and in the days to come.

May God bless and keep you!