Family Meeting with Mother Elaine, April 27

Attention families with  upcoming 7th grade students through High School students. Please plan to attend a meeting with Mother Elaine at 12:00 noon on Sunday, April 27 to talk about changes in our Youth Program!

Reminders for this week

Elaine Breckenridge will be taking some time off this week.  There will be no  celebration of the Eucharist on Thursday.  Emergencies can be directed to the church office or Beth Elwood, 483-8736.

Monday, April 21, No scheduled Events – Office is closed today.

Tuesday, April 22
Morning Prayer, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Chapel

Wednesday, April 23
Choristers, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Church
Evening Prayer, 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Chapel
Choir Practice, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Church

Thursday, April 24
Ladies’ Night Out, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Church

Friday, April 25
Soul Kitchen, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Church

Saturday, April 26
Altar & Designers Guild Preparations, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Church

Sunday, April 27
Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Church
Family Meeting, 12:00 noon, Church
St. John’s Ringers, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Church
Youth Group, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Church

Soul Kitchen Dinner, April 25

Our next Soul Kitchen community dinner will be April 25,  2014. The Soul Kitchen Dinner shares a simple, nutritious meal and fellowship with anyone who comes through our door. It is our hope that the parish will join us the last Friday of each month for food and fellowship.

4th Annual Women’s Retreat

4th Annual Women’s Retreat ECCO in Oakhurst, May 2-4.  Flyer and Registration information are available at the ministry table.

The Arts at St. John’s – May 18

 

Sermon from 4/20

The Rev. Elaine H. BreckenridgeEaster Day, April 20, 2014
Listen to this… Sermon 2014.04.20 EHB

Sermon from 4/13

The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014
Listen to this… Sermon 2014.04.13 EHB

 

Sermon from 4/6

The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
Lent 5A            April 6, 2014
Listen to this…  Sermon 2014.04.06 EHB

“There once was a wandering Chinese man named Cheng-wa, living in Lime House and a girl name Shirley.” So began a story by Dennis, a character played by Robert Redford in the movie Out of Africa.  The context was an evening dinner party and the hostess, Karen Blixon, play by Meryl Streep had agreed to tell a story based on any sentence her guests would provide. It was a fantastic story that Karen Blixon told based on the one sentence provided by Dennis.

With this morning’s Gospel, how can we not think about the power of story? We are immediately drawn into the narrative. We feel the pain of Mary and Martha’s loss. We see Jesus finally arriving at the tomb and marvel at the depth of his grief. We can only wonder what the family and friends of Lazarus expected of Jesus at that moment. Perhaps he would give a eulogy, offer some words of comfort to the mourners. Martha certainly had no immediate expectations. Remember her words, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” On the one hand, she is caught up in the regret of the past. On the other hand, she did have faith in the promise of the resurrection in some distant future. But in that moment she was caught between the reality of death and the hope of resurrection.
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Sermon From 3/23

The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
Lent 3A 2014
March 23,  2014
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.03.23 EHB              

         “Give us water to drink”cried the Israelites. “Give me a drink”, said Jesus. These readings always make me feel thirsty and I do not like being thirsty. As I was sipping from a tall, cold glass of water on Friday thinking about this sermon,  I decided to explore my thirst. And then I remembered.

                It was a warm spring day in Lent. I was in high school driving my father’s car and I was thirsty. Lucky for me, I spotted a water bottle on the floor of my father’s car.  And so at the next red light, I grabbed the bottle and took a drink. But the light changed before I could get the cap on and holding a open water bottle while at the same operating a gear stick was a recipe for disaster. I dropped the bottle and got water everywhere, all over the car.  So I pulled the car off the road to pick up the bottle, and since there was a little bit of water left in the bottle, I resolved to finish it off. And then I saw the label.  To my horror, the hand written label read, “Jordan River Water for Easter Vigil Baptisms.” Oh yeah, I was horrified as I realized that not only had I baptized my father’s VW bug with Jordan River water, I had nearly drunk what precious drops of it remained, nearly depriving the church’s newest converts from their chance to be baptized in the same water that had baptized Jesus!
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Sermon from 3/16

The Second Sunday of LentMarch 16, 2014
The Rev. Elaine Breckenridge
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.03.16 EHB

Sermon from 3/9

The First Sunday of Lent
March 9, 2014
The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge
Listen to this…Sermon 2014.03.09 EHB