The Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
July 26, 2020
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like . . .

Abundant blessings to you, dear St. John’s family! I pray that your week has been filled with the fullness of God’s love.
As we prepare to worship together this Sunday (worship bulletin), I’d like you to do a little private reflection. Our Gospel reading from Matthew gives us multiple parables this week and Jesus begins each one with, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like…” Without peeking at the readings, how would you complete that statement? In your lived experience, what does the reign of God look like, right now, in this moment?

As you know, we are preparing for our outdoor, carefully planned, socially-distanced service on August 1. All of the 34 reservations are in and we are excited to join those of you who are coming to our first, in-person service since the middle of March. Look for an email toward the end of the week regarding what you need to bring and what to expect. If you wish to attend in subsequent weeks, there will be an email soon from our amazing Church Administrator, Cindy Drennan, which will direct you to registration for the August 8 service. Please do remember, no one should feel any pressure to attend. All of our regularly scheduled ZOOM services will still take place!

And by the way, if you would like to be a reader at a Sunday service, please email Jennifer Miramontes and she will add you to the reader’s list.

If you would like to help lead one of our other Daily Office services, please contact me or, after July 31, Reverend Christopher.

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 worship links; if you did not receive the church-wide email from me with the links, and would like to attend services, please email me and I’ll add you to the e-blast, and send you the links.

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.

Beginning in August, Rev. Christopher’s office hours will return on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and can be accessed here.

My office hours are on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and can be accessed here.

Please note that these meetings are a place for you to do a virtual drop-by to say, “Hi,” or to ask any question on your mind. This will not be a confidential setting. If you wish to have personal time with us, simply speak to us about this and we can calendar with you.

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

With gratitude and love, Rev. Karen+