Weekly Dispatch, July 28th, 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
  • Cana Vox Meeting - Friday, July 30th, at 7:30 pm at Church
  • Eagle and Child - Thursday, August 5th, at 7:00 pm at The Bittaker’s House
  • Ladies Night Out - Friday Evening, August 6th, at TBD
  • Vestry Meeting - Thursday, August 12th, at 6:00 pm at Church
  • Men’s Breakfast - Saturday, August 14th, at 8:00 am at The Archibald's Farm
  • Parents’ Night Out - Friday, August 27th, at 6:00 pm at Church
  • Women’s Brunch - Details for August are TBD

A Message from Chad

Dear Friends in Christ,

I trust that you are all having a good week. As I have mentioned to many of you, my summer is finally slowing down and it has been nice to finally get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather a little more. I hope you have all had opportunities to do the same as well!

There is not too much to announce this week as far as events go. Cana Vox will meet this Friday at the church to discuss marriage communication. As many of you know, this group has been meeting to discuss the importance of marriage, and by extension, the family unit in our culture. If this is important topic of discussion to you and you would like to join or know anyone who would, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

For the Ladies of St. Johns, note that the next Ladies' Gathering will be on the evening of Friday, August 6th. The location is yet to be determined, but if you are interested, you can gather more details from Elizabeth Beer. Also be mindful of our regular Women's Brunches. The next one should be announced soon, so keep an eye out for details concerning that gathering as well.

To close, I want to offer a few words about prayer. I have found it interesting that one of the most common fears I come across in many of my friends is a fear of praying in front of others, or even of praying at all. One reason for this fear is the worry that they might unknowingly "say the wrong thing" when praying, or even that their prayer may be rejected by God because they are too unworthy to ask him for anything. I can certainly empathize with this concern. However, in reading our Proper 12 collect this week, we are reminded that no matter whether you are a seasoned priest, or a brand new Christian, there is always a chance that we may say "the wrong thing," but we need not fear this reality. What this collect reminds us of is that even though it is a general tendency among all of us to do this in prayer, Jesus stands between us and the Father intercede for us when we pray. In other words, even when we unknowingly ask for things we shouldn't, or for things we fear that we don't deserve, Jesus knows how to perfect these imperfect prayers before the Father, and in his great love for us, this is exactly what he does when we pray. God stands ready to hear our prayers because they become the prayers of his beloved Son, through whom he extends his love to us. No matter who we are, this is a tremendous encouragement, and I hope that it helps to encourage you, even just a little more, as you pray the collects and bring your petitions to God this week in the Daily Office.

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

Have a blessed rest of your week. I will see you Sunday!

God's Peace,
Chad Sanner

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