Christmas Season Celebrations

Christmas Eve, December 24
5:30 p.m. Pageant & Eucharist
9:45 p.m. Musical Prelude
10:00 p.m. Festival Eucharist

Christmas Day, December 25
10:00 a.m. Carols and Eucharist

First Sunday after Christmas, December 28
10:00 a.m. Baptism and Eucharist

Sunday, January 4
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Epiphany Sunday Observed

Tuesday, January 6
7:00 p.m. Manifesting Divinity
A Celtic Celebration for Epiphany

Reminders for this week

Wednesday, December 10 – Mother Elaine & Deacon Randy on Clergy Retreat
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Thursday, December 11 – Mother Elaine & Deacon Randy on Clergy Retreat

Sunday, December 14
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Church
Youth Group Luncheon, 11:30 p.m., Church
Youth Group Field Trip: 12:00 p.m.- 1:10 p.m.
St. John’s Bells Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church
The Arts presents…. Acoustic Guitar Trio, A Holiday Concert, 3:00 p.m., Church

Monday, December 15
A Memorial Service for Dwaine Sommer is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. A reception follows.

Tuesday, December 16
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Yoga, 9:30 a.m. – Nursery
Grief Support Group, 3:00 p.m., Chapel
“Welcoming Winter” An Evening Meditation, 7:00 p.m., Church

Wednesday, December 17
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Thursday, December 18
Vestry Meeting, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Hospitality Room

Saturday, December 20
Brass Rehearsal, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Church

Sunday, December 21 – No Youth Programs
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Church
Pageant Rehearsal, 12:00 p.m., Church
St. John’s Bells Rehearsal, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church

Sermon from 12/7

The. Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
December 7, 2014
Advent 2B 2014

Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight. Thinking about the word path brought an experience to mind this past week. Right before I moved to Lodi, I went to a doctor’s office for a routine checkup, only to find out that the doctor had re-located the office. Of course I was running on time, which meant I was going to be late trying to get to the new location. But I was only across the street from the new location. Walking would be faster than driving. All I had to do was to descend a little hill to get to the sidewalk and then cross the street. So I set off but soon realized that there was no path on this little hill. Instead I found myself trying to walk through a thick ground cover of juniper bushes. It was not the best plan. But I carried on, slipping, getting filthy and praying that I was not damaging the plants too much. A week later, I again returned to the first clinic for a different appointment. After I parked the car, I noticed a new sign on top of the very hill that I had traversed the week before which read “This is not a path.”
This is not a path. Hmn. I thought to myself, I wish that sign had been there the previous week. I would have repented. That is, I would have turned around and found another way to get to the doctor’s new office.
This is not a path. What a useful sign that is. If only we could get such direct messages about our own faith journeys. Often we seek God’s guidance, looking for direction for our own spiritual paths. As we stand at a fork in the road, it would be helpful to get more direction from on high that at least said, “Hello, there, that is not the path for you.” But often times, we only discover the wrong path because we have actually taken it. At other times, life forces us to take path we would have never chosen for ourselves. And it’s usually not been the easy road, the smooth and straight path. Taking the wrong path either by choice or not can lead one into exile.

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Stockton Chorale – 2014 Holiday Concert – A Tropical Christmas – December 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Come celebrate the holidays with us under the palm trees at our upcoming concert entitled “A Tropical Christmas!” Performances are December 5th at Central Methodist Church in Stockton and December 6th at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lodi. Both concerts begin at 7:30 pm. Join us for traditional Christmas carols, as well as Christmas music from the Caribbean, West Africa, the Philippines, and tropical locations around the world. You can purchase tickets by calling our office at (209) 951-6494 or you can purchase them online by clicking on this link: http://www.stocktonchorale.org/ Tickets: $20.00 in advance; $25.00 at the door.

The Arts presents…A Holiday Concert, December 14 at 3:00 p.m.

The Arts at St. John’s will host a Grammy-Award winning guitarist in a holiday concert on Sunday, December 14, at 3:00 p.m. Grammy-Award winning guitarists Mark Hanson and Doug Smith return with Terry Robb to present a concert of holiday classics on acoustic guitar.
They will play and sing Christmas favorites in ways you’ve never experienced; from “Masters in This Hall” to “A Charlie Brown Christmas” medley and Boogie Woogie Jingle Bells. A Great concert for the whole family. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Bishop Nicholas Festival, December 7

Bishop Nicholas

When will it be?
It will be held Sunday, December 7th, immediately after coffee hour, following the second service.

Where will it be?
At St John’s church, of course!

How long will it last?
12 noon until 2:30 p.m.

Who is it for?
Everyone!! All ages are encouraged to attend!

What is it all about?
Through stories, songs, gift making projects, and a visit from
Bishop Nicholas himself, we will learn how this beloved saint teaches us
to be generous and giving in our service and love to others.

PLEASE COME AND BRING FRIENDS!

If you would be able to assist us, we could use help in the following areas…

Set-up
Clean-up
Provide festive finger foods & treats
Help at Craft tables

Please call Kathy Bell , or the church office at 369-3381
if you are able to help us serve.

Thank You!! Kathy Bell

Sermon from 11/30

The Rev. Randy Knutson
1 Advent B Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

I have heard so many sermons begin with those words; I can not tell you the number. But it is only with my new Study Bible that I now understand with these words, Paul was not just creating a very poetic way to begin his letters. He was using two greetings to speak to the two worlds he was ministering and writing to. “Grace” was a Greek term, a greeting to the many Gentile followers of Christ, reading or hearing his letters, including today’s lesson from 1st Corinthians. “Peace” or “Shalom” is a Hebrew greeting that is still used and means more than stillness or lack of conflict in your life and world, but also a sense of completion, of wholeness. So I can think of no more appropriate greeting to you on this first Sunday of Advent than ‘Grace and Peace to you’: greetings in the midst of the two worlds we now inhabit: Advent, with the call to watch, wait and hope and the constant societal and commercial reminders that Christmas is only days away. I am very glad that Bishop David Rice and Mother Elaine have begun our journey into the new church year pointing out the value, the importance of observing Advent as an time of thoughtful waiting and preparation. Their words ring true!
Welcome also to this new church year! With Advent, we begin a new year of readings, focusing our attention on the Gospel of Mark, mostly.
I say, mostly, because Mark is the oldest, shortest and most terse, to the point Gospel of the four in the canon. We will be reading from Mark, but when the passages are not enough to fill out all the Sunday’s of Advent, Epiphany or Lent, expect Gospels from Luke or John to also be part of this new year. Mark is short enough that there are at least two traveling speakers who go about the country dramatically portraying the Gospel of Mark, reciting it from memory. I know Mother Elaine has mentioned a Lenten practice of people meeting and reading this Gospel aloud together, each taking a section. Doing this takes little more than two hours.
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Sermon from 11/23

Andee Zetterbaum
The Last Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 29
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.11.23 AZ

Sermon from 11/16

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 28
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.11.16 EHB

Once upon a time, there was a little boy in kindergarten who loved art. When it was time to draw, the teacher always said, “Draw from your imagination!” And he did, using all kinds of colors and images. When it was time to work with clay, he loved making lots of little snakes of different sizes and colors.
One day his teacher went away and a new teacher took her place. Soon it was time for art class and out came the paper and colors. He started drawing and coloring right away because his head was filled with images.
“Wait.” said the teacher in a loud voice. “I will show you what to draw and I want you to use only two colors.” And so she drew a red flower with a green stalk. “Draw it like this.” she said “You may begin.” A little later out came the clay. “Oh, good!” thought the boy and he started to make a snake. “Wait.” said the teacher. “We are making this today.” And she showed them how to make a little bowl. And so the boy learned to copy his teacher’s work.
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A Eucharist for Thanksgiving:

Celtic Style, Tuesday, November 25 at 7:00 p.m.
All are invited to a celebration of the Eucharist using Celtic prayers, chants and readings to offer God thanks and praise for life. We will make Eucharist together, practice gratitude and “thanks-living” and then enjoy our own simple hospitality. Bring a finger food snack and/or festive beverage to party following the service.

Bishop Nicolas Festival

Save the Date!
Bishop Nicholas Festival.
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.