We no longer pass the offering plate. There are two plates. One is located at the entrance to the sanctuary and the other is just in front of the front pews on the pulpit side.
Summer is almost here! No coffee hour today, butstarting on June 5th, our Sunday service will be at 9 a.m., with Lemonade on the Lawn immediately afterward. Please join us.
Nametags have arrived! If you ordered a nametag, you will find it on the big table near the front doors of the church, by the soup. If you need a nametag, put your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or see Linda.
The Rev. Michael Dudley has moved to The Episcopal Church Home. His new address is: 505 Mt. Hope Avenue, #338, Rochester, NY, 14620.
The Burial Service for Claire Kremer will be held at St. John’s onThursday, May 19, at 11 a.m. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN DATE.
We need to start collecting empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls for Lollipop Farm. They’ve called for our help with their newest influx of small animals. Ruth Dainty is setting up a basket in the north transept for your convenience. And, if you have them, we do collect “pop tops” from aluminum soda cans for Ronald McDonald House. We actually have a little competition with our friends at First Congregational and sadly, they are much better pop top savers. Maybe we can beat them this next time. Bring you pop tops in when you can.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Please submit your long and short term prayer requests to Linda Mayton and she will be certain they get where they need to be.
In continuing to show our support and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the service will begin with Daniel playing the Ukrainian National Anthem. There will be sunflowers on the altar, Ukraine’s national flower, and we will be using the supplication for times of war and anxiety to open the liturgy.
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.