Announcements, Wednesday – December 23, 2020

Service at 4:00 PM a.m. December 24, 2020 via Zoom

As the church is closed to in-person services until sometime in 2021, the service for Christmas Eve will be Lessons and Carols, taken from King’s College, Cambridge, and the service they began in 1918. We will be using the King James Version (translation) of the Bible with seven readers, two soloists, and Daniel Chang at the organ. The service will begin at 4 p.m. via Zoom and all are welcome to “tune in.” 

For the children of the parish (young and old!) Rev. Keisha has recorded a wonderful story, “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey” by Susan Wojciechowski and illustrated by P.J. Lynch. Here is the link you can use any time:

If you are an “envelope person” – that is, if you have asked for church envelopes to use for your pledge offering, they are now labeled and ready to be picked up. Ruth will set up a table immediately inside the office door so that you need only run in and run out. They will be in alphabetical order and you can come and get yours Mon – Thurs., 9 – noon, beginning today!

Our Junior Warden, John Taylor, is asking for volunteers who may have knowledge of Church maintenance projects from past years to contribute narratives for a short term (1-2 year) listing of Church facilities maintenance issues that need to be undertaken. We are especially interested in needed building infrastructure, including heating, lighting, plumbing, and structural projects. This effort will not include aesthetic issues such as paint, floor coverings, and wallpaper – as that input will be requested at a later date to be included in a Five Year Facilities Master Plan that will be put together after this current effort. Interested parties should contact John at


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:                                                                        
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.

Christmas Eve 2019

Advent 2019

Although the weather outside was frightful, Advent I at St. John’s was delightful . . . Ellery Barg and her dad lighting the first Advent candle, while her sister, Audrey gave the reading.