Weekly Dispatch, March 4th, 2020
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

Special Dates to Remember

  • Monday, 3/16 - Eagle & Child at 6:30 pm
  • Sunday, 3/15 - Bittaker Baby Shower after Church
  • Thursday, 4/9 - Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, 4/10 - Good Friday service at 6:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday, 4/12 - Potluck & easter egg hunt after Church (at the Hollon's)
  • Sunday, 4/19 - Confirmations and Visitation from Archbishop Foley Beach
  • Check the bulletin for birthdays!
Dear friends in Christ,

We had a wonderful Ash Wednesday service last week and are now through the first Sunday of Lent. Our Eagle & Child reading of Malcolm Guite's collection of poetry has been very well received, and there is still time to order the book if you've not had a chance to do so. Guite has chosen one poem for each day of lent, and each poem is followed by very helpful commentary. Thus, the book is both a lenten devotional and a fun exercise in learning to appreciate poetry.

If you've been participating in adult catechesis, then you may want to prepare for this coming Sunday by reading questions 268-289 which cover the first through the third commandments. We meet at the church at 9:00 am on Sundays, and participants are encouraged to read ahead and come prepared with comments and questions.

Since several of you have asked about the Anglican Rite of Reconciliation, you may want to read my brief blog post on the subject below. Confession of sin to a brother or sister is a powerful practice, and I do commend it.

Reading through some of the "occasional prayers" from our prayerbook, I came across the following collect, which seems appropriate for this season. I hope you will pray it for yourself and on behalf of St. John's, during the week ahead.

Lord Jesus, Master Carpenter of Nazareth, on the Cross through wood and nails you wrought our full salvation: Wield well your tools in this, your workshop, that we who come to you rough-hewn may be fashioned into a truer beauty by your hand; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, world without end. Amen.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

The Peace of Christ,


On Confession & Reconciliation

On Confession & Reconciliation
In the last month, several members of St. John's have expressed interest in the Rite of Reconciliation of Penitents, which you can find in your prayerbooks on page 223. This is the Anglican equivalent of the Roman Catholic sacrament of Confession, though we do not consider it a "sacrament." Rather, it is a sacramental rite like marriage, burial of the …
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"The Temptations of Christ," by Bryan Hollon

A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Fr. Bryan preaches on Matthew 4: 1-11 and the temptations of Christ.
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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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