That day I saw beneath dark clouds the passing light over the water and I heard the voice of the world speak
out, I knew then, as I had before life is no passing memory of what has been nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read.
It is the opening of eyes long closed. It is the vision of far off things seen for the silence they hold. It is the heart after years of secret conversing speaking out loud in the clear air.
It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees before the lit bush. It is the man throwing away his shoes as if to enter heaven and finding himself astonished, opened at last, fallen in love with solid ground.
- David Whyte, Songs for Coming Home
As we turn the corner on our Lenten journey and head closer towards Holy Week, we are invited to reflect on how we see and perceive the landscapes of our lives; both the interior landscape our spiritual geography is always yearning for us to explore and encounter anew, as well as the exterior world and how we perceive and engage the world around us.
It has been said that learning to see in new ways is one of the most challenging tasks of living a transformed life. Our gospel story from John this Sunday will offer us an invitation to engage that task directly. How we move towards transformation may have less to do with our carefully crafted versions of the reality we choose to see, and in fact more to do with our
ability to re-imagine and then re-vision the landscapes of our lives, throwing away our shoes, standing on holy ground and trusting the love we cannot see but sense deep down inside to help us refocus our sight.
And it is from that place of deep trust and commitment as a community that we will be able to see what otherwise would have remained out of sight. We are blind to the full spectrum of God’s kingdom alone. Come home this Sunday so that together we will be open at last to seeing what has been there all along.
May you never forget that you are loved.
SUNDAY REMINDERS HOLY EUCHARIST at 8:00AM & 10:00AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST FOR ALL @ 9:00AM every Sunday
SUNDAY MORNING BOOK DISCUSSION The New Jim Crow from 9:00-9:50am INQUIRER'S CLASS WITH PRIEST LISA (3 OF 4) from 5:00-6:00pm NURSERY (infant-Pre-K) is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway.
CHURCH SCHOOL is in session. School begins at 9:30 and children will join us for communion.
MIDDLE SCHOOL REMIX - today at 11:15
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP 6:00PM in Gathering for dinner and program CHOIR PRACTICE today at 11:15
COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS EASTER LILY & MUSIC DEDICATIONS Orders for Easter Lily and Easter
Music Dedications will be taken beginning today through Sunday, April 9. You will find order forms on the table in the Narthex or online. Please complete the form, enclose payment and return to the parish office, simply put in the Sunday offering plate or pay online. LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES SPECIAL LENTEN
MUSIC In addition to the weekly gifts that the members of St. John’s and the Music Ministry so generously offer, we are pleased to welcome guest musicians to our sacred space during Lent. Come and See. Sunday Morning Book Discussion The New Jim Crow March 5—April 2 ~ 9:00-9:50am
Inquirer’s Class with Priest Lisa Sundays, March
12-April 2 ~ 5-6:00pm
Wednesday Program 9:00-10:30am Women's Bible Study 10:30-11:15am Mid-week Eucharist 6:00-6:30pm Evening Devotion, 6:30-7:00 Supper/Salad Supper 7:00-8:30 Multiple program options -Prayer Stations -The Labyrinth -Acrylic Painting Classes
CHILDREN AND YOUTH MUSIC OPPORTUNITY - Join the choir on Easter! We will be rehearsing on the following Sundays: March 26, and April 2 in the music room. Pre-K-5 at 9:35am and Middle School at 11:15am. Contact Liza with questions.