Author: annetippett

Self-Description as a Form of Prayer

Self-Description as a Form of Prayer   “Say your prayers”, we are told from the time we are old enough to toddle around. We say blessings before we eat. We listen to prayers in worship and give voice to our concerns, our thanksgivings, our wants and needs. Our parents kneel beside our beds when we […]

Go to Egypt

    Every other year at this time our daily lectionary readings take us through the Joseph saga. He is the 11th and favorite son of Jacob. His brothers are jealous of him, sell him into slavery, and let their father believe he is dead. Joseph is taken to Egypt and sold again but experiences […]

Daily Bread 

Daily Bread  “Give us this day our daily bread.” We ask for that daily bread every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer. We say it so often we may not even hear what we’re asking for. Daily bread. Not bread for a lifetime, or a year, not even a week. Daily bread. We ask God […]

The Grocery Store

The Grocery Store   Do you need anything at the grocery store?  Mary Ward does most of the grocery shopping in our household and will periodically ask me that question. I’ll think of what we have on hand, things I might have a little craving for or some item I have used up, and tell […]

Buying Time

Buying Time Conflict is dangerous and holy. Dangerous because we can get hurt and cause harm to others. Holy because it can lead to a brand new awareness of God’s presence and the power of transformation. Every day is full of friction. Can we learn to embrace it for its value? Or do we just […]

New Crop

At our Vestry Retreat our Senior Warden, Jimmy McLemore, used an image to describe our current transitional phase at St. John’s as we prepare for the calling of our next rector. While Jimmy is a lawyer, he comes from a long line of farmers. “The way I figure it,” he said, “is that 25 years […]

LENT 2020

LENT 2020 I invite you, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. (BCP, page 264) Ash Wednesday, February 26 – Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist 7:00 am; 12:05 pm; […]

Moving On

Moving On Mark 1.29-39 tells the story of Jesus healing Simon’s mother-in-law and then being overrun by people who also want to receive healing from him. The story says that by sunset that day the whole city was gathered around the door where Jesus was staying. “He cured many who were sick with various diseases, […]

Vestry, Staff, Parish

Vestry, Staff, Parish At our Annual Parish Meeting on January 26, 7 people were elected to serve a 3 year term on the Vestry. From the outstanding slate of nominees, containing supremely qualified candidates, these 7 now join the Vestry: Betsy Cannon Cissy Johnson Brice Johnston J.R. Marshall Scott Mitchell Dudley Perry Will Hill Tankersley […]