Weekly Dispatch, March 24th, 2021
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

St. John's Schedule

  • Evening Prayer - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
  • Holy Eucharist - Sundays at 10:30 at Church and via Zoom
  • Second Cana Vox Meeting - March 26th, at 7:30 at Church
  • Palm Sunday - March 28th 10:30 at Church and via Zoom
  • Maundy Thursday - April 1st, 7:00 pm at Church and via Zoom
  • Good Friday - April 2nd, at 7:00 pm at Church and via Zoom
  • Easter Sunday - April 4th, at 10:30 at Church and via Zoom
  • Urban Ark Meal Prep - Sunday, April 18th

A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

It is a beautiful day, and it feels - to this Anglican Priest - a little like the calm before a storm. However, it's a good storm coming, and I am especially grateful that we are able to celebrate Holy Week and Easter together this year. Please do pay attention to the dates and times for our Holy Week celebrations above. Both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will begin at 7:00 p.m., and as I've mentioned before, these services are not only beautiful and profound, but they make the celebration of Christ's resurrection on Easter morning even richer. The week begins this coming Sunday, as we celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Christ's passion. The palm fronds have already arrived, and it will be a wonderful, dramatic celebration that forces us to confront our own culpability in Christ's sacrifice. Malcolm Guite's Palm Sunday sonnet captures the essence of the day well:

Now to the gate of my Jerusalem,
The seething holy city of my heart,
The saviour comes. But will I welcome him?
Oh crowds of easy feelings make a start;
They raise their hands, get caught up in the singing,
And think the battle won. Too soon they’ll find
The challenge, the reversal he is bringing
Changes their tune. I know what lies behind
The surface flourish that so quickly fades;
Self-interest, and fearful guardedness,
The hardness of the heart, its barricades,
And at the core, the dreadful emptiness
Of a perverted temple. Jesus come
Break my resistance and make me your home.

Given the fact that next week is Holy Week, Chad and the Canavox group are meeting again this Friday, March 26th, at 7:30 pm at the church. After this week, they will switch back to every other Friday. Everyone who attended that gathering had wonderful things to say, and the discussions evidently continued until around 10:30 pm. If you have an interest in the CanaVox program, be sure to let Chad know at chad.sanner@tsm.edu, since newcomers will always be welcomed.

Finally, if you would like to sit back and enjoy some beautiful classical music, follow this link for a series of performances by our own Dr. Maira Liliestedt and the Alliance Symphony. You can find the first concert along with the whole series here and a write-up in the Canton Repository here.

Enjoy the warm weather, and have a blessed week.

Grace & Peace,

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