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Coming events at St. John’s

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.

A Celtic Eucharist, Thursday, February 9

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist
“Celebrating St. Brigid” A Celtic Eucharist
on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 pm

Celtic Spirituality, Chants and Communion

1055 S. Lower Sacramento Road, Lodi † 209.369.3381 †

Annual Meeting

On January 29, following the 9:30 Eucharist the annual meeting will be held.
All who worship with us are invited and encouraged to attend the meeting. At the annual meeting we elect new parish leaders: vestry members and delegates to convention. We will review our finances and receive next year’s budget as presented by the vestry. We will continue our community building work as guided conversations on a theme will be offered. As in the past two years, the Annual Meeting will take place in the narthex at tables with a simple light breakfast snacks being provided.

A Celtic Eucharist, November 10 at 7 pm

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist


Letting Go
Exploring Celtic Winter 

A Celtic Eucharist  

Thursday, November 10
at 7:00 p.m.

Celtic Prayers, Chants, Community

“Falling Upward” Book Club, October 3, Mondays, 7:00 pm

During the month of October, I will be leading a book study on Richard Rohr’s “Falling Upward”,  Mondays, from 7-8 pm, for 4 weeks- October 3, 10, 17 and 24. This is a book that seeks to lead us to a greater understanding and experience of spirituality in ‘the second half of life’. There is a sign-up on the Ministry Table. I’m so excited about diving into this book-please join me!   Colleen Hurley

“Kinship With Earth” A Celtic Eucharist

Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m.  Celtic Eucharist – We celebrate with Francis and all the Saints our love of the Earth, sing chants, gather informally around the altar for communion. A party will follow, so bring a festive beverage and/or a finger food snack to share.