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Coming events at St. John’s

The Arts at St. John’s Presents: St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble

Introduction to World Regions, New Date *Saturday, December 16*

Psalm 139:7
Introduction to world religions


The Rev. Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P., Presenter
The Interfaith Peace Project 

Saturday, December 16
9:00 am – 12 Noon 

Islamic Tradition

Fr. Tom Bonacci has had an unexpected foot surgery scheduled for December 8. He is sorry to have to postpone our upcoming session. We will announce the new date as soon as it has been confirmed. Please keep Fr. Tom in your prayers.

Registration is requested for the printed materials  


A free-will ten dollar donation is invited.    

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist
Worship: Sundays 9:30 a.m.
Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday
1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi, California 95242

Adult Forum in November

“Love Your Muslim Neighbor As Yourself”

Adult Forum in November
Living the Questions
DVD Series and Discussion
November 12, 19 & 26

The Adult Series resumes with a new video series exploring the Islamic Tradition. It will be held at 11:15 on Sundays, November 12, 19, 26.  The series is introduced by the editors, saying this, “Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In this series, Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.”

This Series will be a nice complement to Fr. Tom Bonacci’s presentation on the Islamic Tradition on Saturday, December 9, 9-noon. Here is a sneak peak about what to expect from Fr. Tom:

“The association of Islam and terrorism seriously compromises the well-being of Muslims and all peoples of Faith.  Our reflections on Islam will encourage us to experience Islam as a dedicated way of life centered in God.  Exploring the Pillars of Islam, we will discover how we might live our own lives for the glory of God and the benefit of others.  The faithful Muslim is inspired by the words and deeds of Mohammad (pbuh) as the exemplar of what it means to hear and live the words of the Holy Quran.  Isaiah 55 provides the words and imagery to experience the interplay of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.”

Celtic Eucharist, Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist


Autumn Homecoming

A Celtic Eucharist 

Celtic Prayers, Chants, Community

Thursday, November 2, 2017

At 7:00 p.m.

Potluck Snack Reception Follows

Bring a favorite snack or beverage to share.

Introduction to The Jewish Tradition, November 4 at 9:00 a.m. in Lodi

“Where Can I Go From Your Presence?”
The Jewish Tradition


Our partnership with the Interfaith Peace Project continues this month. Again we will welcome, Fr. Tom Bonacci as our presenter. Last month’s event was a presentation that creatively included elements of teaching, preaching and storytelling. This month’s topic is, “Gleaning from the Jewish Tradition” Fr. Tom offers the following introduction;

For the Christian, Judaism is our Mother in faith and the ways of God.  We are heartbroken over the troubled history of Jews and Christians.  But, now more than ever, we are grateful for the advances made in more recent times between Jews and Christians.  We will explore the splendor of the Hebrew Bible to appreciate anew the wisdom of our Mother in faith. The power of Tradition presented in story, ritual, and remembrance will surge through our consciousness inviting us to praise the God who would liberate us all. Our reflections will conclude by appreciating the Judaism of Jesus. On December 9, we will explore the Islamic Tradition.

A sign up sheet for registration is available on the barrel in the narthex.  There is a ten dollar free will offering.
Copies from last month’s program are also available.

International Day of Peace, Thursday, September 21 @ 7:00 pm


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                  Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Readings, Sung Chants, Meditation

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist
1055 Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi, CA 95242

A Guide to Holy Week and Easter Services


9:30 a.m. Palm Procession & Passion
The liturgy begins on a triumphal note, outdoors as all participants are handed palms to wave, just as the crowds did who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem. The Eucharist is received in a joyful spirit. The mood of the service then changes as the congregation joins in the narrative reading the Passion story.


7:00 p.m. The Night Before Jesus Died
The story of the Last Supper is told in a traditional celebration of the Eucharist with hymns. Following the Eucharist, we hear the story of the betrayal of Jesus. All adornment is removed from the altar and church commemorating the stripping of Jesus. A solemn procession leads the congregation to the narthex which is set up with the Garden of Gethsemane where we are invited to watch and weep with Jesus. Please note there will be no foot washing ceremony this year.

8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Garden of Gethsemane Watch
The church will be open all night for prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane created by the Designer Guild in the narthex. People are invited to sign up to pray one hour, reminiscent of Jesus’ vigil on the night before he died.


12 Noon Passion & Prayers
A traditional service from the BCP, with music is held in the church and features a reading from the Passion Gospel, sermon, prayers of intercession, and the Veneration of the Cross.

7 p.m.  The Cross: Love Set Free (New!)
This service features silence, scripture and readings interspersed with sung chants focusing on the Passion of Jesus and the meaning of the cross. The rite includes the Taize ritual of participants placing votive candles on the cross.


7:00 p.m.  Vigil and Eucharist
This liturgy is rich with meaning as we celebrate in word and action three Passovers: the Passover of the Hebrew people from their bondage in Egypt, the Passover of Jesus from death to life and the Passover of Christ’s People as we celebrate our awakening to resurrection life. It includes the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Celtic prayers. The first Eucharist of Easter is celebrated. A festive pot-luck snack reception follows the service. Please bring something to share.


9:30     Festival Eucharist
Reception and Easter Egg Hunt

Celebrating Shrove Tuesday, February 28

Join Us for a Mardi Gras Party on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Jazz and Happy Hour:  6:00 pm
Traditional Cajun dinner follows
Tickets on sale soon!

Reading for Lent: Strength for the Journey

In keeping with our up-coming theme for Lent, “Sacred Journeys”, the following book may be of interest.  Strength for the Journey: A Guide to Spiritual Practice, by Renee Miller.  This book is a collection of reflections which looks at events and activities of everyday life and discovers routes to spiritual practice and deeper, daily spirituality. Each entry is aimed at evoking mindfulness in the common activities of life, from music and movie going to reading, writing, and walking.  There are also introductions to more formal practices such as centering prayer, praying with bead, reading the Daily Office and meditation. The book is organized under the following categories: Meditative Practice, Ministry Practice, Media Practice, Mind Practice, and Movement Practice. Each reflection is fairly short making the book easy to read.  If you would like a copy of this book, for your own use this coming season of Lent, see the Ministry Table to order.

Food for the Journey: “Soup On Sundays”, March 12, 19 & 26

Food for the Journey: “Soup On Sundays”,
Sundays in Lent following the Eucharist, March 12, 19 & 26 we will serve soup after church. Please sign up at the Ministry Table, if you are willing to make and serve a soup, or help with set up and clean up.