Weekly Dispatch, May 26th, 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
  • Eagle and Child Meeting - June 1st, at 7:00 at Fr. Bryan's House
  • Vestry Meeting - June 3rd at 6:00 pm at the Church

A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

We are now in the Pentecost season, and this coming Sunday we will celebrate the Holy Trinity. It is important to remember, however, that we celebrate the Trinity every Sunday and everyday of our lives. Trinity Sunday is merely an opportunity for us to reflect upon the reality of God's Triune presence and redeeming work in all things. One of my favorite quotations from C.S. Lewis deals with the fact that the Trinity is not a mere speculation. Rather, it is a way of understanding the totality of Christian experience. Some of you will have heard this before. In the following passage, Lewis considers the Triune nature of all Christian prayer:

You may ask, “if we cannot imagine a three-personal Being, what is the good of talking about Him?” Well, there isn’t any good talking about Him. The thing that matters is being actually drawn into that three-personal life, and that may begin any time – tonight, if you like. What I mean is this. An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get into touch with God. But if a Christian, he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Man who was God – that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray, praying for him. You see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying – the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him which is pushing him on – the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal. So that the whole three-fold life of the three personal being is actually going on in that ordinary little bedroom where an ordinary Christian is saying his prayers.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 143

As we gather together this Sunday, let's remember that God the Father is both the source and goal of all things. Jesus the son is the road or the bridge that we must, and by God's grace, can travel to reach the Father. The Holy Spirit places, in us, the desire to reach our destination, and He empowers us to get there.

See you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,

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