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Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
The Summer Day  - Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

 Beloved Saints,

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Lately I have been reminded of the deep wisdom and truth that emerges whenever we show up fully and embrace this beautiful question posed in Mary Oliver’s lovely poem. Life is such a beautiful and sometimes precarious gift; just waiting to be recognized as both wild and precious in each and every moment.

It has been an emotionally charged 2 weeks including the pain of death and the joy of new life. Many of us are journeying with our beloved member, April Cooke, as she is grieving the sudden and unexpected death of her father on July 6. (Obituary: Cooke III, Maj. Curtis Vestol "Tony"https://goo.gl/HzixrZ). Included in that journey were those who stepped up to last Sunday’s service to take on additional responsibilities as April needed to leave town to be with her family and she had been scheduled to offer a reflection as well as offer music- and it was done with generosity and grace; thank you for those gifts. Then just days later, on July 11, the two newest additions to St. John’s were welcomed into the world with the birth of James Joseph (7lbs, 10oz) and Bruce Allen (6lbs, 1oz) Gray, to the proud and happy parents, Michelle Lynn Neuwirth Gray and her husband James Gray (and their daughter, now Big Sister- Rose). Not just one- but two new wild and precious lives now begin to take shape as God’s love finds expression again and again among us.

And in between these significant moments are all of our moments- captured and recognized perhaps in our hearts alone, but no less significant to the source of all love and deep knowing.

Of the many challenges the church as an institution faces these days, and we are all well aware of many of them, what I believe continues to be true and eternal is the love that binds a community as we weave our many “wild and precious lives” together along the way. For though our individual journeys may often be just that, individual, our willingness to connect to God and each other weaves us together in order to be more than we ever could alone; we become the Body of Christ in and for the world. 
 
As long as we remember how to source who we are beyond our limited vision of self we will, I truly believe, continue to move forward in the name of God making the world and our lives richer and better. Each of our lives is a brief moment on the continuum of eternity. The speed of life can't be controlled, but in between these sacred moments in the life of our community, I have found myself wondering if during the journey we might do well to slow down from time to time, pay close attention to the love and blessings all around us, and then, simply ask ourselves again and again "…what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

May you never forget that you are loved.

Priest Lisa
 

SUNDAY REMINDERS
HOLY EUCHARIST at 8:00 & 10:00AM 

NURSERY 
(infant-Pre-K)
  is open year-round 9:30-11:30am-located in room off the Sunday School hallway.

CHURCH SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER!

Children are invited to worship with us and starting in June we will have a special "soft space" for the youngest and their families in the sanctuary

VACATION BIBLE CAMP VOLUNTEER INTRODUCTION MEETING ~ Today, July 16 ~ 11:15am. Adults and youth are needed to help with VBC August 14- 18! An Intro Meeting will be held today at 11:15am for anyone who may be interested in helping. • Lead the craft station or participate in the bible lessons • Prepare & serve snacks or help decorate the church • Help during opening and closing with music • You may serve all week or choose your days Sign up on the Sign-Me-Up board in the hallway, online, or contact Jayne Watson.


COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS 
VACATION BIBLE CAMP REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

• August 14-18; 9:00am-12:00pm
• Children ages 3-11
• Cost is $25 per child (snacks & t-shirt too!)
• Activities: crafts, music, outdoor games, bible lessons
Registration for campers is now OPEN and can be found at on SJP website or by clicking here. All SJP children, their friends and community are welcome! Contact Jayne Watson for more information.

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