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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Fifth Sunday in Lent
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
Lost 
Stand Still.
The trees ahead and bushes beside you

Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here.
And you must treat is as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows
Where you are. You must let it find you. 
(David Wagoner)
 
Beloved Saints,
 
Recently a friend gave me a wonderful t-shirt to add to my “Life is Good” collection and this one has a pair of sandals (Birkenstocks no doubt!), and it says: “Not all who wander are lost.” I love the gift most especially because my friend was offering a sweet reminder of the beauty of the journey, not unlike the poem above. Both remind me as we begin to approach the end of our Lenten journey that we have been indeed wandering through this time without really being lost. In story, song and prayer we have been exploring our deepest connections to God and to each other in this season set aside to remember who and whose we are; broken and blessed, hurting and whole, sometimes blind and sometimes gifted with insight and new visions.
 
This Sunday we will once again hear a long passage from the gospel of John- this time the story of Lazarus- his death and, spoiler alert, his resurrection. Every time I read this narrative I am reminded of the intrinsic role of compassion in Jesus’ story with those he loved dearly. It seems apparent to me that Jesus is motivated to offer the gift of new life out of a deep sense of love for his friend. I have heard it said that when we cry our egos go into hiding, and that our tears are jewels of our deepest and most ancient form of truth. So when we hear, “Jesus wept” I too am almost moved to tears thinking about his compassion and tenderness.
 
I want to make some bold claims about resurrection on Sunday, getting us ready to move into Holy Week now just around the corner. It is within the context of community that I make the counter-cultural suggestion that resurrection is real and at the heart of the gospel message just waiting to be embraced.

Come home Sunday and together we will continue the journey as we wander towards the greatest love story ever told; one that is sure to both break your heart wide open and then set it free.

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   

PROPERTY COMMISSION MEETING @9:00AM

CHILDREN AND YOUTH MUSIC OPPORTUNITY - Join the choir on Easter!  We will be rehearsing today in the music room. Pre-K-5 at 9:35am and Middle School at 11:15am. Contact Liza with questions.  
 
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. 


NO MIDDLE SCHOOL REMIX TODAY

CHOIR PRACTICE  today at 11:15

INQUIRER'S CLASS WITH PRIEST LISA 
(4 OF 4) 
from 5:00-6:00pm    

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. 

GOOD LISTEN/READ/WATCH
Bistro St. Michael's

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Sunday Bulletin  10:00am

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