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ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT WITH OUR EPISCOPAL COMMUNITY ABOUND THIS WEEKEND

Here’s the lineup: Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m., is our regular evening worship ZOOM gathering for St. John’s. You’ll have the link in the e-blast Rev. Christopher sent Saturday, June 20. If you didn’t receive that email, contact him here, and he’ll send you the link: cpotter@stjohns-es.org. + + + + + + + Sunday, […]

WORSHIP SERVICE DETAILS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 21 THROUGH SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 2020

Do you remember the song, “Where Did Our Love Go?” by The Supremes? Released in 1964, it became part of my playlist — you know, the kind you put on your 4-inch reel-to-reel recorder after holding the microphone too close to the radio speaker? If you don’t recall (or weren’t around for its initial release), […]

WORSHIP SERVICE DETAILS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 14 THROUGH SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2020

Happy Saturday, and Blessings on this, the upcoming Second Week after Pentecost. Performing my morning constitution in my close-knit neighborhood, I crossed paths today with a couple of women and a child in a stroller. They were well dressed. Perhaps a couple with child, or a mother and child walking with a neighbor – it […]

WORSHIP SERVICE DETAILS FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 7 THROUGH SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020

Trinity Sunday: A Day of Hope June 7, 2020 What a gorgeous depiction of the Trinity. The serenity of the faces; the love that binds them; the sublime relationship between the three; the equanimity of person; the omniscient look in their eyes; the hope of the universe reflected in their hands. Only — and most […]

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE ST. JOHN’S YOUTH GROUP

Tonight’s Middle School and High School Youth Group meetings dovetailed the opening collect of Psalm 23, offered by co-leaders Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Pentecost Day sermon “Pentecost in a Pandemic”. Psalm 23’s message is that God is good. ALWAYS. PB Curry’s sermon theme was about making room for one another […]

WORSHIP SERVICE DETAILS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 31 THROUGH SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020

Pentecost May 31, 2020 By Rev. Christopher Potter, Vicar “Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things…” Collect for Pentecost May the Spirit of God, who flooded Jesus’ heart with love for all people on earth, be just as invasive in ours! So much going on. So much news, […]

LET US PRAY FOR OUR NATION IN CRISIS

                                  Heavenly Father, our nation is in crisis. We pray for your intervention so that going forward there may not be any more deaths, nor unprovoked physical attacks; we pray for positive change in our country going forward that […]

UPDATE: YOUTH GROUPS GOING STRONG DESPITE LOCKDOWN CHALLENGES!

Our Youth Group meetings took a page from this week’s Memorial Day observance and asked YG members this question “Who would you honor on Memorial Day?” The answers varied: Grandmother, Grandfather, Dad, Mom, rapper — but the uniting factor was the impact each one had on individual YG members. One member learned from her Dad […]

WORSHIP SERVICE DETAILS FOR SUNDAY, MAY 24 THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020

Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 24, 2020 — the Sunday after the Ascension Caught Between Heaven and Earth We celebrated the Ascension last week. The celebration “makes real” the transition from a ‘God with us’ to a ‘God within us,’ empowering us to do the things that Jesus did — and far greater than he […]

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT IN YOUTH GROUP: UPDATE!

Sometimes Youth Group is about just being present. And so it was last night, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, when middle schoolers and high school Youth Group members got together in their respective meetings to connect after a week apart. So, what happened? Lots of laughter, poking fun, encouragement, games, and more laughter and poking fun. […]

HERE’S HOW TO WORSHIP AT ST. JOHN’S THIS WEEK

While we observe the shelter-in-place guidelines, St. John’s is worshiping online via Zoom:      • 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. To ensure participants’ online security, we don’t publish the Zoom link; if you […]

REV. CHRISTOPHER POTTER’S MISSIVE FOR SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 17, 2020 Christopher Potter+ St. John’s Vicar I didn’t grow up on a farm. I can count probably on one hand the number of live chickens I’ve encountered in my life. One recollection about chickens comes from an industrial egg-laying farm where monthly my father would take me when I […]

UPDATE! OUR EXTREMELY ADAPTABLE YOUTH GROUP

You may not know this but the St. John’s Youth Group, and its leaders, are EXTREMELY adaptable. In January — before the Coronavirus disruption — the YG launched a new approach to ministry. Did you read about it in the newsletter? We’re loading the article below. In essence, the new approach offered multiple opportunities to […]