Weekly Dispatch, December 4th, 2019
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

Special Dates to Remember

  • Saturday, 12/7 - Ladies Christmas Coffee & Gift Exchange, 10 am at the Hollon's
  • Sunday, 12/15 - Lessons & Carols at 6:30 pm.
  • Monday, 12/16 - Eagle & Child reading C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man
  • 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.

December Birthdays

  • Dec 15 - Megan Shoenfelt
  • Dec 18 - Bronwyn Weaver
  • Dec 19 - Cameron Beer
Dear friends in Christ,

I've been reading a collection of Advent sermons by Fleming Rutledge in the last few weeks, and one of the things I've enjoyed most is the number of poems and hymns scattered throughout. The great poets and hymn writers of our faith had an ability to express the things of God with depth and beauty. Their words can clarify our unspoken thoughts, concerns, and desires and reorder them to align with God's own will. During Advent, especially, we want to be turned towards God and look forward to his coming among us.

Since we all struggle with challenges, disappointments, and loss, I hope this poem by William Cowper will give you a sense of peace that God governs all things and that even our greatest hardships will be turned to good in the end.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs
And works his sovereign will....
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face....
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is his own interpreter
And he will make it plain.

I look forward to seeing you in a few days, as we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent and the coming of the Prince of Peace among us.

Fr. Bryan

P.S. Since we are discussing the Sacraments in catechesis this week, I've copied the section on sacraments from the ACNA's catechism into a blog post, which you will find below if you are curious. I'll be happy to answer any questions that you might have on Sunday.


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 Fr. Sean Ewing at frsean@stjohnsanglican.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.

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Sacraments in the ACNA

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People of St. John's In preparation for a catechetical section on the sacraments, I've copied and pasted the section on sacraments from the ACNA's catechism below. Please feel free to read and bring questions to our session if you have any. Advent Blessings, Bryan+ CONCERNING SACRAMENTS 102. What is a sacrament? A sacrament is an outward and visible sign of an …
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