Weekly Dispatch, December 18th, 2019
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

Special Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, 12/19 - Parents Night Out at Church - 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/24 - Christmas Eve Service at 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, 12/30 - Eagle & Child at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 1/7 - Mission Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

December Birthdays

  • Dec 15 - Megan Shoenfelt
  • Dec 18 - Bronwyn Weaver
  • Dec 19 - Cameron Beer


  • Dec 17 - Dan & Shannon Bittaker
Dear friends in Christ,

The last few weeks have been extremely busy but also rich and rewarding. It was great to have Bishop John Miller with us this past Sunday for worship, so be sure to listen to his sermon below if you were not able to attend church. Our children's Christmas pageant and service of Lessons and Carols were also wonderful with close to 60 people - including many first time visitors - in attendance. We will certainly repeat this beautiful Anglican tradition every year.

Don't forget that we are hosting our first Parent's Night Out this Thursday, December 19th, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Parents, please drop your kids off at the church and take some time for yourselves! The kids will be well cared for with plenty of adult supervision including Bronwyn Weaver, Bob Archibald, Maggie Archibald, Suzanne Hollon & Claire Hollon. At this time, Parent's Night Out is offered to members/regular attenders of St. John's only until more adults can be trained in our MinistrySafe program for children.

Also, please be sure to attend our Christmas Eve service at 5:00 p.m. on December 24th. If you would like to invite others, then you can click on this link, have a look at our facebook event post, and share it with your friends.

Finally, be sure to check out the two new blog posts below. The first is a short meditation on one of my favorite Christmas paintings by the eccentric 20th-century English artist, Sir Stanley Spencer. The second is the first in a new series that I am calling Anglican Basics. It answers the question, why do we call Anglican pastors, priests?

I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday, as we wrap up Advent 2019.

Grace & Peace,

P.S. For those of you who've been attending catechesis, we will make up our last session sometime after the new year, so stay tuned.

How You Can Pray This Week

If you were not in church on Sunday and would like to see the weekly prayer requests, please send an email to frbryan@stjohnscanton.org.

Pray 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 morning, noon, and evening prayer. The site is hosted by our friend, Fr. Michael Jarrett.

Our Latest Sermon

Our Latest Sermon
St. John's is a community where ordinary people are changed by the grace and goodness of Jesus Christ to become faithful members of His church and humble servants to a hurting world. We remain grounded in Jesus Christ by centering our life together in His Word & Sacraments. Click on the link below to hear our latest sermon.
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Jesus' Birth Changes Everything

Jesus' Birth Changes Everything
The image featured in this post is from the famous, and highly complicated, 20th-century English artist, Sir Stanley Spencer. The work is titled Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia. I first encountered this painting reading a book by a Cambridge theologian named Michael Banner. It has stuck with me ever since, and I often think of …
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Why call Anglican pastors, priests?

Why call Anglican pastors, priests?
Priesthood in the Old and New Testaments A priest in the Old Testament is simply a mediator between God and the people of God. Likewise, the people of Israel, collectively, can be called "priests" since they are called by God to mediate salvation to the nations. We see this in Exodus 19:5-6, where God tells Moses to address the people …
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