Weekly Dispatch, November 10th, 2021
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

St. John's Schedule

  • Catechesis Hour - Sundays at 9:00 am before Church
  • Holy Eucharist - Sundays at 10:30 am at Church and via Zoom
  • Evening Prayer - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
  • Next Vestry Meeting - Thursday, November 11th, at 6:00 pm at Church
  • Altar Guild/Acolyte Training - Saturday, November 13th, at 10:00 am at Church
  • Cana Vox Meeting - Saturday, November 13th, at 1:00 pm at Maggie's
  • Eagle and Child Meeting - Thursday, November 18th, at 7:00 pm at TBD
  • Catechesis Retreat on Holy Scripture - Saturday, November 20th at TBD
  • Catechesis Community Group - Wednesday, December 1st, at 7:00 pm at TBD

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

This past Sunday we began our sermon series on generosity by focusing on our treasures. This Sunday we will focus on our talents, or the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be generous in our talents? One of the opportunities to serve at St. John’s is through our altar guild and acolyte ministry. This ministry includes preparing the Lord’s Table for worship and clearing the altar space for next week.
When I first attended an Anglican Church, my first act of service was with the altar guild, and I absolutely loved it. This was because in the preparation of the table, I felt a deeper connection to our common worship. It was a new kind of participation in worship for me, and one where I was not expecting the Holy Spirit to draw closer to me in my service. But that is exactly what he did. I also learned more about the Anglican Way and why we do what we do in our liturgy. It was a kind of learning through participation versus receiving a bunch of information all at once. The acolyte ministry was also a deeply formative experience for me. It was very similar to altar guild in that I grew within the Anglican tradition through participation, and therefore, deepened my faith in our LORD.

If you are at all interested in serving this way, we are having a training day, which involves both the practical and theological aspects of these ministries. We are gathering at the church this Saturday, the 13th, at 10am. It shouldn’t last more than an hour. I especially would like to invite our children who may have interest in participation. The more our children are involved in worship, the more they can feel connected Christ and His Body. If you can’t make it, but are still interested, please contact me and we will make it happen. I hope to see as many of you as possible there!

Until then, blessing for your week. See you then!

Grace and Peace,
Fr. Joe

If you would like to support St. John's during this time, you can give online by clicking the button below. You may also send a check to the following address:

PO BOX 36591, CANTON OH 44735

    Being Generous With Our Treasure by Fr. Joe

    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." We celebrated with great gusto the Sunday After All Saints Day kicking off our three-week sermon series on Generosity. The focus for this sermon was on our treasures. Preaching on money is not something most people want to hear, yet when we hear it through the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ there can be joy in our giving. Therefore, the grounding of our generosity must be in our self-giving Messiah whose generosity is always grander than what we can offer.

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    This Sunday's Hymns

    This section of the dispatch contains samples of hymns and other music that we will be singing the this Sunday. If you come across any hymns you are not familiar with, these will be helpful for you to review so that you may sing with greater confidence and attention each Sunday. Happy singing!

    Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning

    Come Down, O Love Divine

    Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

    How Deep the Father's Love for Us


    Join us every second and fourth (usually) Thursday night for our Eagle and Child reading group! This is a group that meets to discuss and apply classic works in Christian theology from the likes of Lewis, Augustine, Bonhoeffer, and other important authors. Currently, we are reading The Love of Wisdom by Andrew Davison to discuss the history of philosophy as it relates to Christian theology and practice.
    Cana Vox is a discussion group that meets every other Friday where those, married or unmarried, who support a classical understanding of marriage can explore the controversial issues in a calm, deliberative setting that is not subject to the hostilities often found in today's public discourse on the topic. We seek to discuss thoughtful and gospel-oriented responses to the confusion surrounding marriage in our culture.

    Catechesis Retreat on Holy Scripture

    We are very much looking forward to our retreat on Holy Scripture at the Loyola Retreat House in Clinton, OH. It will be on November 20th, 9am-12pm with lunch provided. If you are interested, you need to contact me this week so that we can best prepare. Make sure to bring your Bible and writing utensils. This is open to everyone, but especially those participating in the Catechesis Community Group.

    Catechesis: Quick Reminder!

    We continue to discuss the 39 Articles with only two weeks left! This week will be on the subject of Church discipline. Be on the lookout for our new Sunday Catechesis for Advent. It’s almost here!

    The Daily Office

    Interested in a simple way to pray the daily office from the Book of Common Prayer? Follow this link for text and audio versions of the morning, noon, and evening prayer services taken directly from the 2019 ACNA BCP.

    Contact Fr. Joe

    I am here for you. If you would like to grab some coffee or other beverages, or would like a home visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: frjoe@stjohnscanton.org

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