Announcements, Sunday – September 20th,

Service at 9:00 a.m. Sept. 20, 2020

The flowers are given to the Glory of God, in celebration of Bill and Grace Boudway’s anniversary, and with gratitude and thanks to Fr. David for keeping all of us connected these past months.

News from St. John’s

If you didn’t hear me announce it on Sunday, our deacon, Patti Blaine, won’t be celebrating with us on Sundays into the future. Patti has returned to her work as a Chaplain in the Rochester hospitals and she is exposed to those who may have contracted COVID or who may be recovering from it. In her diligence to keep us safe, she has made a wise and loving decision.  She will be greatly missed and maybe, once this has all passed – whenever that may be – she will come back to us. Please hold Patti in your prayers. Her passion for chaplaincy is so great and this was not an easy decision to make or with which to follow through. May her ministry continue to bless her life and may she continue to bless her patients.
The bishop has announced that for those churches celebrating only one service on a Sunday, prayer books may be put back into the pew racks. The science related to COVID-19 now says that after several days, things that have been touched/used, like books, are safe to use. So Ruth has done just that – with our new scattered seating plan in place. You certainly can still bring your own BCP with you, however, and we recommend that!
The sanctuary is clearly marked, the altar is 3/4 of the way set up, the music is selected, the readings are ready  We are set to receive you on Sunday at 9 a.m.if you choose to come.  It will be different and yet, it will all be familiar.  It will look different, and yet, the same. It will feel different, but you’ll know you’re back home at St. John’s.  And if you choose not to come in person, we will be “Zooming” the service as completely as possible.  No matter which way you choose, please join us on Sunday at 9    (A Zoom invitation will be sent later in the week.)
Crosswinds Wesleyan Church is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Tuesday, September 22 from 1 – 7 p.m.  As you probably know, the need is great – there have been a great number of dropped appointments since September 1.  COVID has had a profound effect on the blood supply, so if you able, why not give blood next week?
We are delighted to be able to share that we will soon celebrate a baptism at St. John’s. On Sunday, October 11, precious Miss Olivia Callahan, daughter of Emi and Travis Callahan will be presented for baptism, with godparents being her aunt and uncle, Molly and Ben Lucko.  

Please pray for . . . 
. . . those who have been exposed to or contracted the coronavirus, and those who are suffering with the effects. Pray for all those who are caring for them And pray for us, as a people, to realize that we are all obligated one to the other to behave responsibly by wearing masks, safely distancing ourselves, and doing whatever it may take to lessen the impact of this pandemic.
. . . all health care workers (Hazel Robertshaw, Lisa Ivers, Brad Peck, Steven Schulz, Brian Piotrowski, Kevin McCormick, Clinton Monson, Laura Sponseller), researchers, assistants, hospital personnel (Sean & Erika Thornton), as well as all workers considered “essential” – delivery people (especially Don Morley), postal workers (especially Michael Ashley), grocery and other store workers, farm laborers – especially those who are immigrants and completely vulnerable beyond the virus, clergy and chaplains in every setting (Patti Blaine, Levi Gangi, Troy Preston, Brian Wilbert, Bishop Singh), and volunteers who are assisting in taking care of others. 
. . . our parish, that having experienced the isolation and disconnect of this virus, we may grow into what will be best to share the Good News in the future.
. . . Helen Wilson LakeLuAnn Lake Hurley, Jim Hurley and Duaa, for healing and wholeness. They have all contracted COVID-19.
. . . Roger Gardner, for peace and serenity. Please hold his wife, Pam, and daughters, Sarah and Julie and the extended family in your prayers as well.
. . . Carol Francis, for healing and wholeness.
. . . the repose the soul of Ben, grandson of Ginny Avery, who died in Texas on Saturday night. Remember her daughter, Ben’s mother, “Babs,” as well.  “May his soul and the soul of all God’s faithful departed rest in peace.”
 . . . Tate Williams, for healing and wholeness.
. . . safety and security for Telena Winans and her children.
. . . Ellen Sorensen, for healing and wholeness.. . . healing and wholeness for Bill Palmer. Remember his family as well.  
. . . healing and wholeness for Peter and Dorothy Grant.
. . . Bruce Kransler, laid off from his job.
. . . our parishioners in nursing and alternative living facilities, including Natalie Baker, Terry Carney, Sharon Horton, Rich Kolb, Ginny Avery, Ann Elia, Pat Perkins, Roger Gardner, Richard & Marie Tyner, Claire Haizlip, Bob Decker, and Laura Davis
. . . the sick, hungry and homeless, and anybody in any need or pain or sorrow – wherever they are, in whatever configuration, and for those who assist them.
. . . those seeking asylum and a better life, and for those detained/locked up at our borders no matter their circumstance
. . . prisoners and those on Death Row, and for an end to the death penalty, wherever it may exist.
. . . political leadersno matter their party, that they would make the best and wisest decisions on behalf of everyone in America.
. . . the unemployed and underemployed.
. . . those who suffer with loneliness and depression and for those who live with anger and animosity.
. . . our own beloved friends and family. 
. . . all those whose needs are known to God alone.
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.

Holy Week – April , 2020

     There are no services at the church until further notice. However you can join in to the services for Holy Week at the National Cathedral in Washington.

See below for details.

 

We are counting down the days until Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  I’ve been in discussions with other clergy, our bishop, and my “theologian brother.”  Here’s what it comes down to . . we simply cannot do what we would normally do and no week is more important in our spiritual lives than this.  It has to have a liturgical integrity that we cannot accomplish this year due to the Coronavirus.  So, in light of that, I am suggesting to each of you that you “plug in” to the services on the web at the National Cathedral.  The link is here:                                                                          https://cathedral.org/lent/        
When you click on the link, there will be an immediate connection and the services should show and flow nicely.
The services are as follows: 

Palm Sunday will livestream at 11:15 a.m.

Maundy Thursday will livestream at 7 p.m.

What we refer to as the Night Watch will livestream (with prayer and meditation resources) between 9 p.m. and midnight.

Good Friday services include Morning Prayer at 10 a.m., the Solemn Liturgy at noon, and Compline at 7 p.m.

The Easter Vigil will livestream at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Easter Day the service will livestream at 11:15.


You can watch as much or as little as you desire, but as I always tell you, experiencing the whole of Holy Week is a life-changing experience.  You will understand so much more of the life of Christ by going through it liturgy by liturgy.  You will not regret tuning into the National Cathedral, either.  Their services are extraordinary as you may know.  I’m sorry for all of this and sad for the loss of our own community celebration, but I suspect the next celebration will be even more meaningful and spirit-filled.