Weekly Dispatch, October 27th, 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, October 28th, 7:00 pm at the Semelsberger's
  • Parents’ Night Out - Friday, October 29th, at 6:00 pm at Church
  • All Hallows Eve Trunk-or-Treat - Sunday, October 31st, at 6:30 pm at Church

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

When asked why Mel Brooks crafted comedies on very taboo and untouchable topics,
he responded by saying that comedy is the best weapon against evil. He argued that comedy and laughter aimed at evil brings a power to dismantle it. While there are many
opinions by Christians regarding the practice of Halloween, some may have stronger
thoughts than others, but in any case, we live our lives as those not under the authority
of the world, the flesh, and the devil. As Paul tells us in Colossians, God has
“delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His
beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:13-14).

This Sunday we will recognize God’s power over darkness with a fun, family event in
the church parking lot called "Trunk or Treat." All ages are welcomed to dress up,
decorate their cars/trunks, and bring some candy to hand out to others. There
will also be a prize for best trunk and costumes! We will begin at 6:30pm with an
abridged form of evening prayer with additional readings and prayers from the Book
of Occasional Services. Then people can visit each other’s trunks for some candy,
fellowship, and the winner of best trunk and costumes will be announced. We hope
you can come, and please invite others. Until then, have a blessed week.

Grace and Peace,
Fr. Joe

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    The Healer of the Blind by Fr. Joe

    A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." This past Sunday the obvious theme throughout our lectionary passages was blindness; both literal and spiritual. In the midst of one man’s blindness, Christ is revealed both to him and to us in our own need of healing and mercy.

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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!

    All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

    The King of Love My Shepherd Is

    Be Still, My Soul

    I Heard the Voice of Jesus

    A Mighty Fortress is Our God

    Join us every second and fourth (usually) Thursday night for our Eagle and Child reading group! This is a group that meets to discuss and apply classic works in Christian theology from the likes of Lewis, Augustine, Bonhoeffer, and other important authors. Currently, we are reading The Love of Wisdom by Andrew Davison to discuss the history of philosophy as it relates to Christian theology and practice.
    Cana Vox is a discussion group that meets every other Friday where those, married or unmarried, who support a classical understanding of marriage can explore the controversial issues in a calm, deliberative setting that is not subject to the hostilities often found in today's public discourse on the topic. We seek to discuss thoughtful and gospel-oriented responses to the confusion surrounding marriage in our culture.

    Catechesis Community Group

    Please prayerfully consider joining our new Cetechesis Community Group. Our plan is to focus on the essentials of the Christian faith and how Anglicans express them. I gave a more extensive description in last week’s Dispatch, but I want to mention it again. We will begin with a one-day retreat on Holy Scripture on Nov. 20th (time and place are TBD). Anyone can be a part of this group, but especially those considering membership to St. John’s and confirmation. If you have any questions about this group, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

    Catechesis: Quick Reminder!

    We continue catechesis for all ages every Sunday. For adults, we are continuing our teaching series on the Articles of Religion (foundational theological documents of the Anglican Church). Fr. Joe will focus on the Anglican theology of the Church, the Church's authority, and her relationship with the historical councils. We will begin at 9am and the coffee will be on!

    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.

    Contact Us

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