Weekly Dispatch, November 17th, 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
  • Eagle and Child Meeting - Thursday, November 18th, at 7:00 pm at the Bergdorf's
  • Catechesis Retreat on Holy Scripture - Saturday, November 20th at Loyola
    Retreat House (700 Killinger Road Clinton, Ohio 44216)
  • Catechesis Community Group - Wednesday, December 1st, at 7:00 pm at TBD
  • Ladies' Christmas Social - Saturday, December 4th, 3:00 pm at the Boston's

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

This Sunday wraps up our series on Generosity culminating with Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the Christian year. These past two weeks we focused on the generosity in the form of treasure and talents, looking upon Christ whose very nature is generosity and by whose grace generous hearts are formed within us. If you are trying to discern what your gifts might be, let’s get together to chat and pray for what the LORD might be doing within you and among His Church.

Our third reflection on generosity will regard our time. As our treasures and talents, which He gives to us and we give back to Him, belong to the LORD, so it is with time. All of time belongs to the LORD for He is King over all, in all, and through all. How fitting it will be to wonder about these things on Christ the King Sunday.

During this series, we have formed St. John’s first Finance Committee to begin to live out how our generosity might function on the ground with the oversight of the Vestry. Our hope is that this will further inspire you towards a greater generosity with your treasure, talents, and time. As we explore more possibilities in ministry together, I pray the Holy Spirit give you wisdom and courage to walk together with St. John’s. For it is by the Spirit that we live, and move, and have our being.

Grace and Peace,
Fr. Joe

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    Being Generous With Our Talents by Fr. Joe

    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Last Sunday was part two of our sermon series on Generosity. We focused on the nature of talents, or gifts, given to us by the Holy Spirit. As we wonder about God’s gifts given to us, we are called to see these gifts used in the Church and alongside her mission for the Gospel to move forward. Pray for the Spirit to reveal the gifts He has given, or perhaps will give you, and take the risk of using them in His Church.

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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!

    Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

    O Worship the King

    O Church Arise

    Amazing Grace

    Crown Him With Many Crowns

    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.

    Advent Opportunities to Serve

    Advent Wreath – The Advent Wreath contains five candles (3 blue, 1 pink, and one large white) each representing a Sunday in Advent moving towards Christmas with the lighting of the Christ candle (large white one). At the beginning of each service, we would like to invite our children and their parents to light each candle in accordance to the day, and offer a Scripture and prayer to the lighting. These will be provided for you. If you are interested, please contact Fr. Joe.

    Cover Art – We would like to invite our children to design the front cover of our order of worship each week throughout Advent. If you enjoy drawing and coloring, please see Fr. Joe and he will give you more instructions.

    As we better organize ourselves for the season, there will be more opportunities to come. Stay tuned for the next Dispatch!

    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.

    Sunday Catechesis Update

    This Sunday concludes our series on the 39 Articles of Religion. I would like to thank Dr. David Beer for organizing and teaching the bulk of this series. We are grateful for the gifts the Spirit has given him in the area of teaching. As we approach a new season with Advent, we will start a new series for Sunday Catechesis. We will focus on the Church calendar, the adjustments of our liturgy for new seasons such as Advent, and how we might better enter the season of Advent emphasizing the collects of the season. We hope these emphases will shape you in your Christian walk and enhance your participation within the life of the Church. We will begin this focus on November 28th at 9am. Please come with curiosity of mind and openness of heart.

    As the adults begin a new series leaning towards Advent, we are hoping for a similar emphasis with our children. Our desire is for the whole family of God to be catechized in the faith once delivered and to be given resources to live into the faith on the ground.

    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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