Weekly Dispatch, August 25th, 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, 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,

Greetings to you all on this hot and humid week. I hope that you all are managing to stay cool, and if you work outside like I do, hydrated as well. There are only a few things to attend to this week, so I will be brief.

First, be sure to look out for a bin in the back of the church in the next couple of weeks for food donations. We are collecting food to stock the pantry of our new rector, Fr. Joe Gasbarre, and his family for their initial transition to North Canton from Savannah, Georgia. This food will be given to them on their arrival so that they have one less necessity to attend to as they figure out schools, doctors, childcare, and everything else that comes with moving multiple states away. We also still have a few spots open on the Take Them a Meal sign up sheet. If you would be willing to provide a meal for them in the initial weeks of their transition, September 8th and 17th are still open. You can sign up for those here.

Second and finally, take note of the new section in our dispatch titled "This Sunday's Music" below. This will be a regular feature of the dispatch going forward, and it is meant to broaden the range of our musical selections for Sunday worship, as well as to make us more confident singers, by giving us a way to prepare for the music each Sunday. It will be a wonderful tool for us moving forward to make our worship that much more beautiful when we gather together.

Our collect from last week was a petition to the Lord on behalf of ourselves for the protection that his perpetual mercy provides. This week's collect is very similar, however, instead of asking for God's mercy for our own protection, we ask for God's mercy to protect and uphold his Church. Even as the Church is made up of individuals, this collect rightly recognizes that we are also "one body in Christ." Not only are we members of Christ, but in Romans 12 Paul notes that we are also members of one another. This means that our life together is not merely a sum of individuals, whose life would not be affected by the sickness or mistreatment of any one of its members. Rather, we are meant to see that the life and faith of each individual is integral to the whole of our community, and ultimately, to ourselves as well. So pray with our collect from last week that God would protect you personally from harm and sin in his mercy, but consider this week also how God's mercy is needed to preserve our communal life, as integral members of Christ and of one another, that his Church might flourish on this earth.

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; 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 with, 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 the new Psalm setting we used this past Sunday. Happy singing!

    Joy to the World

    Take My Life, and Let it Be Consecrated Lord to Thee

    Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

    All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

    Psalm Chant Demo

    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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