Weekly Dispatch, July 21st, 2021
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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 Zoom
  • Evening Prayer - Wednesdays at 6:30 pm via Zoom
  • Eagle and Child Meeting - Thursday, July 22nd, at 7:00 pm at Dan Semelsberger's House
  • Next Cana Vox Meeting - Friday, July 30th, at 7:30 pm at Church
  • Next Vestry Meeting - Thursday, August 5th, at 6:00 pm at Church
  • Next Men’s Breakfast - TBD in August, at 8:00am at TBD
  • Next Women’s Brunch - TBD in August, at 9:30 am at TBD

A Message from Chad

Dear Friends in Christ,

Happy hump day to everyone! I hope you have all been enjoying your week thus far. I feel like I have gotten to spend a lot more time than usual with many of you over the past week, and I cannot stress how life giving this is to me. St. John's is such a special community, and it is so because Jesus is truly moving and working his plans in our midst each and every time we gather, whether it is for the Eucharist, for a reading group, or even for a meal together. I am so grateful to be a part of a community that is as tight-knit and encouraging as St. John's is each and every week.

So in the theme of gratefulness, I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who signed up to serve this past Sunday. As I combed through the sign-up sheets, I was blown away at how many people signed up for each area of need. As Maggie mentioned Sunday, St. John's certainly does not run itself, and it is thanks to such an engaged and giving community that St. John's is what it is. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your generosity with your time, talent, and effort. I am excited to see how we can grow together as we serve each other in humility and love.

As far as events go, this will be one of our slower weeks this summer. One thing we do have on the schedule is our next Eagle and Child meeting. If you plan to attend, remember that we will meet tomorrow at Daniel Semelsberger's house to discuss "The Bible and Philosophy." If you have not come as of yet and wish to join us, or if you know someone you think might be interested, we would welcome any newcomers who want to read and discuss with us. Feel free to reach out to me and I will be happy to share details and readings.

Finally, I wanted to mention how wonderful it was to have Fr. Joe Gasbarre and his family with us once again this weekend. He enjoyed his time with us and I hope you all enjoyed having him as well. As Bob mentioned, Joe is our leading candidate, so the search committee is going to be working with the bishop and the vestry soon to discern how to move forward from this point. In the meantime, we will continue to host guest preachers and celebrants until we have come to a conclusive decision. Please pray for Joe and his family, as well as for St. John’s, that we might each discern and embrace what God has for us at this time.

As smoothly as our summer is running, and as generous as we have all been with our time, talents, and resources, it can be easy to forget that God is indeed directing all that we do at St. John's. I certainly fall into ruts where I believe that my work is utterly essential for God's work in this world, even at St. John's. Our collect this week shows us that this is not the case by reminding us of who we are: we are a people in need of pity and mercy, and this means that everything we have done as a community has been a function of God's gracious empowerment of our lives together. I look back with gratitude on all of the ways God has formed us and worked through us as a church in our short history. But, God is not finished with us. As you pray the collect for this week, remember that God is continuing to work in us at St. John's, and that it is only when it is him working in us, that we obtain the fullness of his grace and partake in his heavenly treasure. This is a glorious reality, and I hope that this attitude will continue to characterize our way forward as we press on to great things at St. John's in the name of Jesus Christ!

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

God's Peace,
Chad Sanner

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    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Mark 6 contains the repetitious theme of the phrase "desolate places." Fr. Joe Gasbarre preached this weekend on how Jesus meets the hungry crowd of followers as a shepherd, in their own desolate places, and how Jesus extends this same loving guidance to his church.

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    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.

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