| Weekly Dispatch, August 21st, 2019|
Dates to Remember & Links to RSVP
- Morning Prayer, Every Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
- Weekly Worship, Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
- Mission Council - Tuesday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m.
- Feast of St. Augustine Eucharistic Service, Wednesday August 28th at 6:30 p.m.
- Eagle & Child reading group begins, Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m.
- The Form of Christian Faith, Pt. I, Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m.
- The Form of Christian Faith, Pt. II, Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday morning catechesis begins on Sunday, September 29th at 9:00 a.m.
| The new school year has begun, and it will be nice to return to old routines. At St. John's we have a lot planned for the fall and are especially eager to start a new season of catechesis. We'll have a two part lecture series on September 18th and 25th and then continue on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for 12 weeks. We will have catechesis for the children at 9:00 a.m. as well, so parents please plan to attend and to bring your kids. Everyone is welcomed to join us, but those of you who have not been confirmed (at St. John's or elsewhere) are especially encouraged to participate. The Bishop is planning to visit so that we can have confirmations the Sunday after Easter, next spring. |
| The Anglican rite of confirmation stands somewhere between baptism and ordination. Adult confirmation signifies a christian's readiness to participate in the ministries of the church. Accordingly, the Bishop will lay his hands upon our confirmands during the service, and pray that their ministries among us will be blessed and fruitful. If you would like to know more about the theology of confirmation, I heartily recommend this blog post titled What is Confirmation?|
| I would also recommend reading the post below titled, "Catechesis and Christian Discipleship," since it will help you understand why catechesis has been central for christians from the beginning and why it will always be an important ministry at St. John's. |
| Finally, Fr. Sean has written another post in his ongoing series, "For All the Saints." Anglicans understand that we are not solitary christians but members of a body. This series, and commemoration of saints days in general, is a good reminder that we are members of a body that stretches far back in time. And quite frankly, given the conditions of the world we live in, we need to keep company with the saints!|
| The Feast of St Bernard of Clairvaux|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
| 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.|
| 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.|
For All the Saints: Feast of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
| "Christ Embracing St. Bernard" by Francisco Ribalta Anglicans set aside today, August the 20th, to commemorate the life of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Born in 1090 to a family of minor nobility in Burgundy, France, Bernard's wide-reaching influence transformed not only the Church but also more broadly the western Europe of his day. At the young age of 22, Bernard …|
Catechesis & Christian Discipleship
| This essay was originally published in the C.S. Lewis Institute's online quarterly, "Knowing and Doing." Introduction: If you were asked to articulate the contemporary church’s greatest weakness, what would you say? Would you point to the tendency among so many Christians to continually conform to the surrounding culture on issues like …|
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