Weekly Dispatch, April 13th, 2022
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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 Facebook
  • “Spy” Wednesday Evening Prayer – Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30 PM at Church
  • Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 PM at Church
  • Good Friday – Friday, April 15th at 12:00 PM and 6:30 PM (Church open for prayer, 12pm-3pm)
  • Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 16th at 8:00 PM at Church
  • Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 17th at 10:30 AM at Church (No Catechesis)
  • Eagle and Child - Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 PM at TBA

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

Holy Week is here among us! Last week I shared some descriptions and what you can expect from all the various services we are offering. I encourage you to check it out again and reflect through these things.

The other day I went in for a haircut. I tend to put it off and there is something strangely satisfying about all the hair piling on the floor and a sense of weight lifted off your head (I really needed a haircut). In conversing with my hairdresser, I was describing Holy Week to her, and she had no idea the church practiced these things and how far back these services were held historically. She sometimes attends a non-denominational church and never knew the Church was so active throughout the week.

As we were chatting about these things, I realized Holy Week is something that really needs to be caught versus taught. And that is how we ended the conversation, with the invitation to come and see. This was a similar conversation with the owner of Zepp’s pizza across the street from the church. As I tried explaining the services, he was imagining how it is meant to catch you in the drama of the Gospel. Holy Week services are an incredible opportunity to invite family and friends to catch God’s Plan A of salvation for sinners. It is certainly something to talk about afterwards and to hear how the Spirit might be at work within that person.

Last week I asked various people to be intercessors for Holy Week, and if you are called to pray, please do so. But I asked for prayers for myself, the services, and all those involved because I believe Holy Week is a time when the powers of darkness tend to work overtime. This is the week where the Gospel is explicitly revealed in worship and proclaimed. It is the week by which these events have made us Christians. And it is the week most hated by the evil one.

Keep watch dear flock, pray, and stand firm in the faith once delivered to the saints. Invite others into these services and pray for the LORD to break into all our hearts who takes what is dead and makes alive. Go and tell of this news and invite more to come and see that such a saving grace is for them too.

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

    The Drama of Palm Sunday by Fr. Joe

    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. We began outside processing into the church with palms in hand, reenacting Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem. Yet when we arrived our shouts of welcome to Jesus was turned into cries of His crucifixion. In this short homily, we focus on why Jesus looked toward Jerusalem. It was not for glory, but for the cross and all that it was meant to accomplish for you and me.

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    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 Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis to discuss Lewis' layered text pointing us to the great truths which underlie the Christian faith.
    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.


    As we begin a new season in the Church calendar, Eastertide, we will begin a new catechetical focus. Our focus will be on the sacraments and the sacramental life within the Church expressed in the Anglican Way. We will resume April 24th at 9am.

    Our children will begin a new focus on the post-resurrection encounters from Jesus, the development of the Church and worship, the sacraments, the ascension of Jesus, and culminating with Pentecost.

    Evening Prayer and Bible Study

    As we enter a new season in the life of the Church, we will begin a new pattern of prayer and focused conversations on the Scriptures. Eastertide is often associated with the book of Acts or what’s called the Acts of the Apostles. Acts is a wondrous text to explore and engage to help inspire us in our called ministry together. Please come with a desire to be shaped, formed, and sent out by the Scriptures.

    Easter Lilies

    This is your last chance to make your order for Easter Lilies! If you have not connected with Alyssa, you can email Fr. Joe to make any last-minute orders. You have until Thursday evening to place your order. Thank you for beautifying the Lord’s Table for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday.

    How Can I Serve at St. John's?

    There are plenty of ways to serve at St. John’s and we would love for you to join in on what God is doing in the church. Below you can see all the different ways to serve. No special skills required, simply a willingness to learn and grow in service.

    Acolyte Ministry – Carrying the cross, assisting at the table, and learning more about the Anglican Way.
    Altar Guild – Preparing the Lord’s Table for Holy Communion before the service and developing a sense of holiness in worship.
    Readers – Approaching God’s Word with boldness and declaring it to the people.
    Hospitality – Providing food, setting up and cleaning up the area, and making space for all people to feel welcome and belong. We also hold special events throughout the Church calendar preparing feasts together.
    Gospel Play – Experience catechesis with our children with interactive materials enhancing biblical narratives within the liturgical calendar. It is a lot of fun!
    Ushers/Greeters – Welcome people as they come to church, especially newcomers, handing out bulletins, and passing the plates for the offering.
    Music – We would love to expand our music ministry with your various gifts. Do you play an instrument? Are you a gifted singer? Come join the team!

    We hope to develop these ministries with more lay leadership. In the meantime you can contact Fr. Joe, Dcn. Chad, or Maggie if you interested in participating or even taking leadership in these various ministries.

    Interested in Becoming a Member of St. John’s?

    Fr. Joe would love to take you out for coffee discussing your interest in becoming a member at St. John’s Anglican Church. Membership is wonderful step forward in affirming your sense of calling to the local and even wider church. If you have any interest in becoming a member or seeking discernment of membership, please reach out to Fr. Joe.

    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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