Weekly Dispatch, August 18th, 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
  • Charity Concert - Friday, August 20th, at 7:00pm at Church
  • Charity Concert - Saturday, August 21st, at 4:30pm at Church
  • Eagle and Child Meeting - Thursday, August 26th at 7:00 pm at Joshua Boquist’s House
  • Cana Vox Meeting - Friday, August 27th, at 7:30 pm at Church
  • Parents’ Night Out - Friday, August 27th, at 6:00 pm at Church

A Message from Chad

Dear Friends in Christ,

As many of you know at this point, we will be receiving a new rector (and his wonderful family) into our midst in just a few short weeks. In case you missed it, be sure to look through your spam folders for an email sent out late last week with a letter from Fr. Joe Gasbarre. They are beginning the moving process and are excited to be with us soon. This has been the culmination of a long and involved process including many different people, a lot of time, and a lot of careful consideration and prayer. It is a joyous thing for it to be coming to a close and it is also a wonderful new chapter which lies ahead for our community. I would ask that you might join me in continued prayer for the Gasbarre family as they uproot their life from Savannah, GA to be with us in Canton. I would also ask that you might consider helping to ease the burden of their move by signing up to provide them with a meal after their move up here. There will be a number of things which they will need to figure out and settle as they arrive (storage facility, school admissions, finding doctors, etc.), so they will need help wherever they can get it. If you are interested in this opportunity to serve the Gasbarre family in this transition, Elizabeth Beer has set up a meal train which you can sign up for here. Of course there are other ways to support them as well, and if you have further questions about how that might be, feel free to reach out to me for more information. Joe and Alyssa greatly appreciate the help!

We do not have any official church meetings to be aware of this week, but do keep an eye out for the Charity Concerts our own Maria Liliestedt is hosting at St. John's this Friday and Saturday. These will be the last two, so if you are able to make it, it will be a wonderful event for both adults and children to be a part of.

Finally, I wanted to bring an interesting article to your attention this week. Towards the beginning of May, the Presbyterian pastor Tim Keller, whom many of you undoubtedly know, wrote an article on The Fading of Forgiveness. In it he makes the observation that our culture has, in some sense, turned into an honor/shame culture where honor is derived from degrees of victimhood, and in which honor can only grow in the shaming of oppressors. In this climate, he notes that "forgiveness is seen now as radically unjust and impractical, as short-circuiting the ability of victims to gain honour and virtue as others rise to defend them." In other words, forgiveness now has an attenuated role in our culture, being seen more as a sign of self-loathing and moral weakness rather than the natural outcome of a humble posture before an ever-forgiving God. There is much more that is said that I simply do not have the time or space to comment on, but Keller's main observation really does strike at the heart of our collect this week. While we certainly believe that Christianity provides the foundation for moral truth in our society, we must remember that it is "God's perpetual mercy" which makes us capable moral agents. The writer of our collect rightly notes that we are frail human beings whose nature makes us more likely to fail in our moral striving, rather than to succeed, especially when we reject God's help. We need the mercy of God offered by Jesus Christ on the cross, and we need it constantly if we are to be people who can live according to God's will. As Fr. Bryan mentioned on Sunday, this is what we come to the table to receive when we gather for the Eucharist, and praise be to God that this forgiveness is on offer to us in a very real way each and every week at the Lord's table. So as you pray this week, be mindful of this forgiveness which we have been offered to us in Christ, and receive it as God's gift which, far from being hurtful to us, is really most profitable for our salvation.

Keep your Church, O Lord, by your perpetual mercy; and because without you the frailty of our nature causes us to fall, keep us from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable for our salvation; 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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    This Sunday's Hymns

    This is a new section of the dispatch which will contain samples of hymns and other music that we will be singing the following Sunday. If you come across any hymns you are not familiar, these will be helpful for you to review so that you may sing with greater confidence and attention each Sunday. This weeks selection will also include a new Psalm setting which we will try this week. Happy singing!

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    The Church's One Foundation


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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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