Dear St. John’s Family,
This letter comes with prayers for each of you. I get a daily email devotional from the Henri Nouwen Society where they excerpt something from one of his books, letters or sermons. A couple of weeks ago this gem appeared in my inbox and I’d like to share it with you.
Dear Lord, today I thought of the words of Vincent van Gogh: ‘It is true there is an ebb and flow, but the sea remains the sea.’ You are the sea. Although I experience many ups and downs in my emotions and often feel great shifts and changes in my inner life, you remain the same. Your sameness is not the sameness of a rock, but the sameness of a faithful lover. Out of your love I came to life, by your love I am sustained, and to your love I am always called back. There are days of sadness and days of joy; there are feelings of guilt and feelings of gratitude; there are moments of failure and moments of success; but all of them are embraced by your unwavering love. . . . O Lord, sea of love and goodness, let me not fear too much the storms and winds of my daily life, and let me know there is ebb and flow but the sea remains the sea. Amen.
St. John’s continues to pray daily via ZOOM as a community. To ensure participants’ online security, we don’t publish the ZOOM link; if you didn’t 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.
Our online worship schedule:
• 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.
Weather permitting, and when we have at least 20 reservations, we gather in person at St. John’s in the courtyard at 6:30 p.m. for Saturday Eucharist. Please make your reservations before Friday afternoon on the home page.
We have an online Bible Fellowship on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. — all are welcome. Find us here.
Plans are underway to start the Adult Formation program again in a few weeks. Watch for the upcoming letter and for an online announcement for details. If interested, you would be well prepared if you bought a copy of and read the book, “I’m Still Here; Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. I have read it and highly recommend it.
As always, Rev. Christopher has office hours on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.
My office hours are on Thursday morning at 10:00 and the newish link is here.
Our office hours are meant for general communication for any who come by. If you need to speak to either Rev. Christopher or me on a private basis, email us and we can find some common time: Rev. Christopher, Rev. Karen.
May each of us, as we continue living through these unsettling times, experience God’s unwavering love for us.