Weekly Dispatch, May 19th, 2021
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

St. John's Schedule

  • Holy Eucharist - Sundays at 10:30 am at the Church and via Zoom
  • Evening Prayer - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
  • Cana Vox Meeting - May 28th, at 7:30 at the Church

A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

We baptized James Terry into the faith this past Sunday, and it was a beautiful service. This coming Sunday, May 23rd, we will celebrate Pentecost, which means that we are transitioning into a new liturgical season. Pentecost is sometimes called the church's birthday, and there is some truth in that. However, it is also true that the church was anticipated in the Old Testament, inagurated by Jesus Christ when he gathered the twelve, is animated by the Holy Spirit, and will be glorified at the great wedding supper of the Lamb. The church - as God's people - has been central to God's redemptive plan from the beginning. There is no christianity apart from Christ's body, the church.

This Sunday we will read from Genesis 11 about the confusion of languages and creation of nations at the Tower of Babel. Then we will read from Acts chapter two where the Holy Spirit comes upon the Jews gathered in Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost from all over the diaspora. The Feast of Pentecost was a celebration of the Abrahamic Covenant and God's promise to bless and bring the nations back together after their dispersion at Babel. Thus, when the Spirit descends on the Jewish followers of Jesus, and they are able to speak in foreign tongues, it is a sign that God's covenant with Abraham is being fulfilled in His church. The church is created for the healing of the nations. That was always the meaning of Pentecost, and it is the beating heart of our mission on earth. So as we come to church this Sunday and see the red banners and vestments, let's remember where the Holy Spirit is leading us.

Also, we are getting the Eagle & Child reading group started again and plan to meet on Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at my house. If you plan to join us, watch for a notification about our book selection or send me an email.

I hope you all enjoy the beautiful summer-like weather! See you Sunday.

Grace and Peace,

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