Weekly Dispatch, November 3rd, 2021
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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
  • Next Vestry Meeting - Thursday, November 11th, at 6:00 pm at Church
  • Catechesis Retreat on Holy Scripture - Saturday, November 20th at TBD
  • Catechesis Community Group - Wednesday, December 1st, at 7:00 pm at TBD

A Message from Fr. Joe

Dear Friends in Christ,

As I was preparing this week’s dispatch, I realized there were so many great things I wanted to communicate to you. Do you know what sliders are? They are smaller sandwiches of which you typically order three different kinds for your meal. I find this week to be a “slider” dispatch.

Ask the Rector
This Sunday, at the conclusion of worship, the congregation is invited to stick around and ask the rector anything (within reason of course). Children will be invited to ask first, then they will be dismissed with Maggie upstairs for games and snacks. The adults will then give their questions. Please bring your curiosity!

Sermon Series
We are three weeks away from Advent! Wow. Beginning this Sunday, we will have a three-week sermon series on generosity. Our God is far more generous than we can imagine, and by His grace He enables His generosity to be expressed through us. This includes our treasures, talents, and time. We pray the Holy Spirit will shape our hearts to reflect creatively our own generosity in His Church.

Catechesis Retreat – Holy Scripture
We are excited to have our first catechesis retreat focused on the Holy Scriptures. We will prayerfully engage the bigger story of the Bible, the centrality of the Gospel, and how Anglicans approach the Scriptures in worship. All are welcome to join, but especially those joining our catechesis community group. The retreat is on Saturday, Nov. 20th, and we are close to nailing down a location. Please RSVP by sending me an email with interest.

Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes Synod
Once a year, all the churches connected to the diocese come together in worship, fellowship, ministry development, and the business of the Church. I will be away this week for this gathering and will return for Sunday worship. Please pray for your diocese, our bishop, and especially for one of our own, Chad Sanner. Lord willing, Chad will be ordained to the transitional diaconate. This means he will eventually be ordained a priest. We are very excited for Chad and pray the LORD prepares his heart for such a wonderful day in the life of the Church.

I very much look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Fr. Joe

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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!

    For All the Saints

    Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

    Jerusalem, My Happy Home

    Oh, How Good It Is

    Lift High the Cross

    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: Quick Reminder!

    Please join us for Sunday morning catechesis for all ages. Adults will continue to discuss the 39 Articles of Religion focusing on the sacraments this week. The coffee is 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 Fr. Joe

    I am here for you. If you would like to grab some coffee or other beverages, or would like a home visit, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: frjoe@stjohnscanton.org

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