Category: Previous Messages from the Rector

Memorial Day

Memorial Day   If I was speaking to a group of young people in a room who were interested in military service, I would be compelled to tell them, “You are more statistically likely to die by suicide as an active duty member or military veteran, than you are likely to be killed in combat.”  […]

Pentecost

Pentecost by John Birch   When was the last time that we heard the wind of your Spirit roar through this place? When was the last time your fire lit up this room? When was the last time we took you at your word and met together in expectation of your Spirit filling this place, […]

COVID Protocol Update

Dear Friends, I am writing to give you an update on our COVID protocols. In light of 1) the increasing percentage of St. John’s parishioners being full vaccinated, 2) reviewing the latest CDC and local guidelines and, 3) additional conversations with Bishop Glenda Curry, we will begin to make the following changes over the next few weeks: […]

Choir Rebuilding

Choir Rebuilding The first story I remember my Grandmother reading to me was the story of the Little Red Hen.  The story goes that the hen was making bread.   She asked all the barnyard animals who was going to help her sow the wheat. ‘Not I’ they all said.  Harvest the wheat.  ‘Not I’ […]

Easter Sunday

I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19   To be reminded that God is always doing a new thing that brings life out of death, that brings hope out of […]

Living Fast

The Fast Life Fast from judging others; Feast on Christ dwelling in them. Fast from fear of illness; Feast on the healing power of God. Fast from words that pollute; Feast on speech that purifies. Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude. Fast from anger; Feast on patience. Fast from pessimism; Feast on hope. Fast from […]

Highlights from the Annual Meeting 

Highlights from the Annual Meeting St. John’s Episcopal Church January 24, 2021   Our treasurer Richard Bradford reported  that overall financial health of the parish was quite favorable, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Parishioner giving proved to be strong and generous Richard present the 2021 budget which had been approved by the Vestry […]

A Light

Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the […]

Lessons & Carols

The services of worship we use are very few:  Eucharist, Morning & Evening Prayer, Compline, Marriage, Burial, Ordination.   These are ancient rites whose forms have stood the test of sanctity over long expanses of time because of the meaning they convey.  Their meanings are only experienced by those who participate in them and are […]