by the Rev. Karen Maurer, Associate Vicar

[Note: In-person worship only July 18; no livestream this Sunday]

A long time ago, I learned a beautiful Hymn from our Hymnal. You know how certain tunes just stay with you and find their way into your soul? H644, My Shepherd Will Supply My Need, is one of those for me. It was written by Isaac Watts as a paraphrase of the 23rd Psalm and is set to a lovely American folk melody! I was going to just excerpt a portion of the lyric, but I couldn’t choose just one verse, so here it is in its entirety.

1. My Shepherd will supply my need;
Jehovah is His Name;
In pastures fresh He makes me feed
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wand’ring spirit back
When I forsake His ways,
And leads me, for His mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

2. When I walk thru the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows;
Thine oil anoints my head.

3. The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be mine abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest
(While others go and come),
No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.

There is not much to add to the beauty of the 23rd Psalm. The highly respected Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann has said that commenting on this psalm is “almost pretentious.” If Brueggemann feels that way about commenting on it, I’m a little hesitant to say much more! What I would like to do is commend these lyrics to you and encourage you to give it a listen.

This Sunday is Education For Ministry Sunday. We will be celebrating this marvelous program (and those who have graduated after exploring their relationship with God for these past four years), that offers a wonderful opportunity for lay persons to learn, grow and delve deeply into their lives with God. Our own BJ Sullivan will be preaching. You will not want to miss this!

Please note: There will be no ZOOM service option this week as Russ is taking a much-needed break. I am sorry if this inconveniences you, but I sure hope to see you in Church! There is plenty of room to remain socially-distanced and we are reminding attendees to respect the options that are available in greeting one another: shake hands, hug, bow or wave with no stigma attached to your personal choice.

One other note: for the past month, we’ve been enjoying a wonderful coffee hour on the lower courtyard. The seating is comfy, there is plenty of shade and if affords a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and to shepherd (see what I did there?) newcomers! Please stop by after the service and be sure you thank Dena and Gary Graves for getting this ministry going once again!

With love, Karen+

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Your Worship Bulletin for Sunday, July18

Help St. John’s be Eco-Friendly . . . In order to help St. John’s save on paper and toner, please print the bulletin at home or use your device to follow along during the service.

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If you’ve ever thought about being an acolyte, we have acolyte families — a chance to serve at church on Sundays with members of your family. Parent and child, grandparent and child, spouses, siblings, you get the idea. An easy training session and you’re on your way to serving as part of the Altar ministry. No age limit, although our younger members should be old enough to carry something (cross, gospel book, or candle). If you’re interested in serving, contact Patti Peebles, ppeebles@stjohns-es.org.

Here’s the At-A-Glance of What’s Happening at St. John’s; get all the details — contacts, deadlines, events — here:
+ Saturday evening In-person worship is at 5 p.m. today. Join us!
+The new “Forward Day by Day” now available in the Narthex. A $1 donation to help offset costs is suggested.
+ You can drop food donations for RSM Cares Food Pantry at church Monday through Friday during office hours. Next distribution is July 21.
+ Godly Play, Sunday School, and the Nursery are open to receive your children!
+ Join us for coffee after the Sunday service on the lower courtyard (Learning Commons Courtyard) which is the perfect spot to hold coffee hour where tables, comfortable seating, and shade abound. We even have an elevator you can use to get there!
+ Join the Altar Guild! Learn more, by contacting Christy Morinello.
+ Youth Group meets next on ZOOM July 21 at 7 p.m. Contact Patti Peebles for more info.
+  BOOK IT ON MONDAYS! next meets Monday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m. Our book is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Details in the News.
+ Women’s Hybrid Bible Study on Wednesday mornings, 10:15 – 11:30 a.m. at DJ Gomer’s home. Hybrid = in-person and on ZOOM.
+ Women’s luncheon, “Sisters Who Converse”, is Saturday, July 24, 11:30 a.m. at Tutto Fresco, RSM. Last day to sign up is Tuesday, July 20. Drop off your check at the Church Office or use PayPal.
+  Harry Elliott’s memorial service is Wednesday, July 28, 2 p.m.

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We’re back on campus:
Clergy and staff are back in the Church Office. Schedule a time to come to the church office and meet face-to-face. Contact Rev. Christopher or 949.888.4568, or Rev. Karen or 949.888.4595, x239.

In-Person Worship Schedule:
• Evening Prayer or Compline ZOOM services continue to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.
• Sunday morning worship will be held in-person at church and on ZOOM at 9 a.m. (But not today, July 18!)
• Saturday in-person worship in the church TODAY at 5 p.m.

We’ll see you at St. John’s!