Weekly Dispatch, September 8th, 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, September 9th at 7:00 pm at the Semelsberger's
  • Parents’ Night Out - Friday, September 10th, at 6:00 pm at Church
  • Cana Vox Meeting - Friday, September 17th, at 7:30 pm at Church
  • Men’s Breakfast - Saturday, Sept 18th, at 8:00 am at the Russell’s
  • Women’s Get-Together - Saturday, Sept 25th, at TBD
  • Next Vestry Meeting - Thursday, October 12th, at 6:00 pm at Church

A Message from Chad

Dear Friends in Christ,

I hope that you are all doing well. I find that this is somewhat of a restless time of year for me. I am over the summer, and I am prepared for the fall to come, but it always seems that summer wants to hang on just a little longer than I desire. But fall will be here soon enough, along with many other events at and through St. John's, so be on the look out in the near future in these dispatches as they are announced.

As far as this week is concerned, there is not too much new information to give to all of you. I will note for anyone regularly attending Cana Vox that the date has been pushed back one week to the 17th, and will no longer overlap with our Parent's Night Out on the 10th. That said, if there are any brave souls willing to volunteer to help Maggie out with childcare on Friday the 10th, she could certainly use the help. Parent's night out was conceived as a way to help support our parents, even if it just means taking the kids for a few hours on a Friday night. However, we want to make this a night the kids can always look forward to as well, and the more help we get, the better we can achieve that goal. If you think you can help out, reach our to either Maggie or I to talk about how you can help to serve our wonderful children.

As I was reflecting on our worship this Sunday evening, I recalled that most of our congregation was present this Sunday. For those of you who were not able to be there this weekend, you were surely missed. However, I couldn't help but notice that with most everyone there, there was a kind of energy there that reminded me of some of the earliest days of our life together at St. John's. I found myself looking back with nostalgia on how far the Lord has brought us. With Fr. Joe arriving this week, we are truly heading into an exciting time in our fellowship, and we have so many reasons to be confident in the direction in which our Lord is continuing to lead us. In praying our collect this week, I find myself thankful for where we have been led thus far; for the many ways that God has brought our little church through all kinds of trials and tests over these last four years. Every church experiences them, but it is only the churches that cling to the grace and mercy of our Lord that are able to weather the storms that come across our path. I pray that we would continue to be a church that, in the power and providential care of our Lord, remains resilient and always ready to reflect the love which Jesus Christ has shown us. And as we head into this new chapter in the life of St. John's, I would ask that you would pray with me that the Lord would continue to lead us in his grace, purifying our hearts and minds that we might worship him in spirit and in truth.

O Lord God, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

God's Peace,
Chad Sanner

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    On Being a Doer of the Word by Chad Sanner

    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Protestants have dealt with a perennial tension in appropriating the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, exemplified in the works of Martin Luther, with the book of James. In his sermon on Sunday, Chad Sanner sought to bring clarity to how James' emphasis on the "doing" of the word fits into this ordering of salvation, and how driving a wedge between right doctrine and and right doing can lead to a hypocritical church which may have doctrinal knowledge of God, and yet a heart which is not truly transformed by God's grace.

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    This Sunday's Hymns

    This section of the dispatch contains samples of hymns and other music that we will be singing the this 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. Happy singing!

    O Worship the King

    Take Up Your Cross

    Behold the Lamb

    Praise to the Lord

    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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