Sunday, February 11, 2018
  The Last Sunday After Epiphany
Ash Wednesday:
A Valentine from God!

What an odd juxtaposition: Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day on the same day! The picture you see here says it all: "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Yet for those of us who claim the promise and hope of resurrection by virtue of our baptism into the death and resurrection of Christ, “…even at the grave we make our song.” “What wondrous love is this, oh my soul!

On Ash Wednesday, in fact, we pray that God will create in us new and honest hearts. Our “Joyful Noise” choir, at   7pm, will be singing to God from Psalm 51, “Create in me a clean heart, oh God!”  And so a Valentine celebration seems appropriate. There is no greater love than the love of God: a love so big it enfolds us and holds us even as we acknowledge our vulnerability and come to terms with our mortality. Even as our hearts break for whatever reason, the love of God makes them new again.

Before my mother died January 20 of this year, we used to visit my father’s and brother’s graves together. I always deferred to her on how we would decorate them. Usually seasonally, about three times a year: Christmas, Easter/ Spring, and autumn. I once asked her if, once she was buried between the two of them, she wanted me to continue this practice. Without missing a beat, she said, “Yes.”

One Valentine’s Day I remember my father uncharacteristically giving my mother a dozen red silk roses. She kept them for years. What you see here is her grave, four days after she was buried. My Dad had been waiting for her for five years, my brother for six. It was time for another dozen roses. Time to celebrate the love, not only between husband and wife, mother and son, but the wondrous love of our God whose love mends our broken hearts and gives us reason to sing – even at the grave.

See you Wednesday, February 14, at 12 noon or 7pm.


Pastor Dana

For pastoral care issues that may arise, please call Pastor Dana Runestad, Interim Rector at 734-765-1141 .

SJP welcomes our 2018 Vestry

During worship this Sunday, we will be commissioning members of our 2018 St. John’s Vestry. Click here for introductions in this week's Journey Pages.

Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes
February 14 at 12:00pm & 7:00pm

Evening Prayer & Healing Service
& Faith Stories

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Lenten Soup Suppers
Wednesdays ~ February 21–March 21 at 6:00pm

Mardi Gras Family Dinner Night
Sunday, February 11 at 5:00pm

Centering Prayer Small Groups
Tuesdays  from 5:15–6:45pm or Wednesdays beginning February 14 from 9:00-9:30am

Sermon Discussion Group
Sundays beginning February 11 at 11:15am

Promise, Blessing and Transformation
Wednesdays, February 14 – March 14
9:30am and/or 8:00pm

Lenten Art Classes
Presented by Danisa Saltarelli
Thursday ~ March 1, 8, & 15 ~ 6:30-8:30pm

Check out this weeks Journey Pages for more details regarding the Lenten opportunities above, the worship serving calendar, the prayer list and more.

Spread God’s Love -- Not Germs!

We all want to stay healthy! To help with that, we now have lovely receptacles for hand sanitizer at the head of each aisle in the nave. You are invited and welcomed to stop and clean your hands on your way to communion. FYI the presiding minister’s hands are cleaned with hand sanitizer after the exchange of peace and before the ritual cleansing as part of the communion liturgy. Another helpful hint: hugging spreads fewer germs than hand shaking.

Are You Interested in Being Confirmed?

Spark your faith! Talk with Pr. Dana this Sunday at 9am in the Gathering or at the evening Mardi Gras dinner at 5pm. A confirmation pilot program Inspire will be the theme at a confirmation retreat sponsored by the Diocese for young people that will be held March 2-3 at 6:00pm Friday through 5:15pm Saturday at the Emrich Retreat Center in Brighton. For inquiries, contact Eric Travis. To register, click here.

Communion Bread Baking

We need several volunteers to make communion bread which can be made in a single recipe or multiple recipes and stored in the church freezer. We would also like to have an organizer for this ministry. Please contact the office if you are willing to be the organizer of this ministry. The recipe is available on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway or to get online, click here.

8:00 & 10:00am

SUNDAY NURSERY (infant-age three) is open year-round 9:45-11:45am. The nursery is located in room 2 in the Sunday School hallway.

This mid-week opportunity to gather and pray for the needs of those in our parish, our community and the world. Join us in the Sanctuary at 11am (12pm during Lent). Eucharist is offered every week.

Tuesday mornings at 9:30am

Wednesday mornings at 9:30am

Saturday mornings at 7:30am