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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Fourth Sunday in Lent
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
The Opening of Eyes 

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    
             
Beloved Saints,
 
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.


Priest Lisa
 

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.

GOOD LISTEN/READ/WATCH
Amazing Grace
QUICK LINKS
Lectionary Readings
Sunday Bulletin 8:00am
Sunday Bulletin  10:00am

This Week at St. John's
Journey Pages

Church Calendar of events
Vestry & Commission Meeting

Sermons
St. John's Website
St. John's Facebook Page

The Episcopal Church
Book of Common Prayer (BCP)



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