Community is the place where we ideally learn to be ourselves without fear or constraint. Community life deepens through mutual trust among all its members. The more authentic and
creative a community is in its search for the essential, the more its members are called beyond their own concerns and tend to unite. A community becomes truly and radiantly one when all its members have a sense of urgency. It is when the members of a community realize that they are not there simply for themselves or their own sanctification, but to welcome the gift of God, to hasten God’s Kingdom, and to quench the thirst of others, that they truly live as community. The process of becoming a community happens when the majority of its members make the transition from ‘the community for myself’ to ‘myself for the community.’ Loving means to want others to fulfill themselves according to God’s plan. It means wanting them to be faithful to their own calling. –Jean Vanier (founder of L’Arche)
During the Wednesday evenings in Lent we are gathering together to create time and space to wait and watch for God. We start at 6:00pm with a short devotion using material from various spiritual traditions including readings from the Bible and what I call our “worldly canon”- other writings not necessarily thought of as “religious” that I believe help open our minds and hearts to God’s presence. We are also learning to sit together for a time of extended silence and that simple act has become a gift of this season for some of us. The excerpt above was read this past Wednesday; a section of writing by Jean Vanier. I chose it because it speaks to me of the need for true community to live into a kind of radical dependency both on God and on each other.
This Sunday, we will “eavesdrop” on one of the
most beautiful conversations in the Bible. The exchange between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Before her conversation with Jesus, I dare say the woman had been alienated from even the dream of ever being a part of a community again. Alone and isolated she moved through her daily life with fear and mistrust. But then, completely unexpectedly, she was truly seen and heard and everything changed. It is a story ripe with hope and one I want us to hear together again as if for the first time.
Come home this Sunday; bring whatever is hurting or whatever you have to share and together we will continue our Lenten journey, searching for what is essential, releasing what holds us down, and rejoicing in our affection for each other and for the God who loved us first.
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 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 CHOIR PRACTICE today at 11:15
COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS 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 Service Event- Gleaner Food Bank March 18 ~ 8:30am
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.