| Weekly Dispatch, September 11th, 2019|
Dates to Remember & Links to RSVP
- Morning Prayer, Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m.
- Weekly Worship, Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
- Eagle & Child, Monday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
- The Form of Christian Faith, Pt. I, Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m.
- The Form of Christian Faith, Pt. II, Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday morning catechesis begins on Sunday, September 29th at 9:00 a.m.
| The Fall season is well underway. Students and teachers are back to school, football and other fall sports are in full swing, and the people of St. John's are as busy as ever. Let's not let the busyness of the season keep us from resting in the goodness of God and celebrating all the gifts He provides. You have probably heard that a spirit of "gratitude" is key to overall satisfaction in life. Christians, above all people, have everything to be grateful for, so take some time and meditate on this prayer of Thanksgiving, found on page 681 of our new prayerbook. |
| Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us at tasks that demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments that satisfy and delight us. We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone. Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he conquered death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.|
| Please remember that we are kicking-off our catechetical season with two Wednesday night lectures on the 18th and 25th. We should have a significant number of people not associated with St. John's at those lectures, so please do your best to come and welcome our guests and spend some time meditating on the revelation of God during the presentation.|
| Also, we have gotten a special, discounted rate from the publisher and are able to purchase the book, Confessing the Faith: Anglican Doctrine, for only $5 each instead of $21.99. If you plan to participate in catechesis, please click the following link where you can order the book if you wish, and RSVP: Catechesis Sign-Up Form.|
How You Can Pray This Week
| If you were not in church on Sunday and would like to see the weekly prayer requests, please send an email to Fr. Sean Ewing at email@example.com.|
| 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 morning, noon, and evening prayer. The site is hosted by our friend, Fr. Michael Jarrett.|
| St. John's is a community where ordinary people are changed by the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ to become faithful members of His church and humble servants to a hurting world. We remain grounded in Jesus Christ by centering our life together in His Word & Sacraments. Click on the link below to hear our latest sermon.|
For All the Saints: Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop of Contsantinople and Teacher of the Faith
| He's the saint with the golden mouth (Chrysostom means "golden mouthed" in Greek). His many gifts to the Church include theological writings, commentaries on Scripture, liturgies, and a wealth of sermons. He was bold, calling out the abuse of authority in the Church and Empire. Anglicans celebrate his life on September 13th. Here is why: His Life John was born …|
To Worship is to Bow Down
| Evangelical Christians are often confused about the nature and purpose of worship. Some of the young people that I encounter hear the word and their minds go to dark, crowded rooms with a praise band performing emotionally charged songs before a swooning audience. They imagine their own role in terms of conjuring up feelings of praise and then expressing those …|
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