Weekly Dispatch, April 22nd, 2020
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St. John's Weekly Dispatch, v. 2

A Message from Fr. Bryan

Dear Friends in Christ,

Blessings to you on this crisp and Sunny Wednesday morning. I have some good news this morning. Namely, our Bishop, Grant LeMarquand, sent out a pastoral letter to all the clergy of the ADGL just yesterday, and in that letter (which I've attached), he made this comment:

Anglicans are Bible people, but we are also Eucharistic people. I suspect that the most difficult thing for many of us has been the Eucharistic fast that we have been on these last weeks. This week I am giving new instructions for celebrating Holy Communion together which I hope will soon allow all of our people to receive the sacrament under the safest possible conditions.

We have not yet received those instructions, but I am very eager to receive the bishop's recommendations, and I will share them with you as soon as I see them. I have no doubt that he will take the need for safety seriously, so we will consider his suggestions and hopefully find a way to celebrate the Eucharist soon.

For now, we are going to continue meeting as we have been on Wednesdays and Sundays. Although these Zoom meetings leave much to be desired, I have been extremely encouraged by your willing and eager participation in these online gatherings, which allow us to "read, mark, and inwardly digest" God's Word and also share our burdens and joys with each other. I believe that we've actually gotten to know each other a little better during this time, and this has been an unexpected blessing.

I will be sure to place all of the liturgies on our blog for those reading this newsletter who may not receive texts and emails through our Breeze Church Management system. If this includes you, be sure to check the blog before our gathering in order to find both the liturgy and a link to the zoom meeting.

One final matter: I've created a new page on the website titled "St. John's Q&A." I miss the discussions that we have during catechesis and would be very pleased if some of you were to post questions on the form provided on that page. You can ask anything you like, and If you do, I will answer in the form of a blog post or a short video since it is likely that other people have the same questions.

That is all for now. I hope you and your loved ones are holding up well, and if you are not, I hope you will reach out and share your struggles. You are all in our prayers.
Grace & Peace,

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St. John's Temporary Schedule

  • Evening Prayer on Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Spiritual Communion on Sunday Mornings at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom.

Sermon on 1 Peter 1:1-9, by Fr. Bryan

1 Peter
A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Fr. Bryan preaches on 1 Peter 1:1-9 on the Second Sunday of Easter
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"On the Nature of An Apostle," by Fr. Bryan

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A message from the series "Sermons from Lectionary Texts." Fr. Bryan discusses the nature of an Apostle as he prepares a new sermon series of 1 Peter.
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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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