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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Second Sunday after Pentecost
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
Everything is Waiting for You (David Whyte) 
Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone.

As if life were a progressive and cunning crime
with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions.  
To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings.

Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand array;
the swelling presence, and the chorus, crowding out your solo voice
You must note the way the soap dish enables you,
or the window latch grants you freedom.
 
Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity.
The stairs are your mentor of things to come,
the doors have always been there to frighten you and invite you,
and the tiny speaker in the phone is your dream-ladder to divinity.
 
Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation.
The kettle is singing even as it pours you a drink,
the cooking pots have left their arrogant aloofness
and seen the good in you at last.
All the birds and creatures of the world are unutterably themselves.
Everything is waiting for you.
 
Beloved Saints,
 
I send greetings from the Episcopal Conference Center in Delray Beach Florida where I am spending the week with my 8-member CREDO faculty team teaching and worshiping with 24 priests from around the country. Each year I spend two weeks living out my call to the priesthood participating as a leader for the church’s Health & Wellness program offering clergy an extended week-long continuing education opportunity in the areas of health, finances and vocational well-being. I have served as a faculty member for the program for the past 4 years and each time I am convinced that I return having gotten more out of the week than the participants; so thank you for your support and continued prayers while I am away.
 
The poem was one I read earlier today at the beginning of one of my workshops. I used it to remind the clergy participants that everything is indeed waiting for them in terms of their vocation. And the same is true for you as well, beloved friends; I am reminded this day that we are so richly blessed with gifts and resources for living lives sourced from pure gratitude. Even amidst difficult struggles and hardships, we are not alone and can call upon God and each other for holy companionship reminding ourselves to “put down the weight of [our] aloneness and ease into the conversation.”
 
I am also anticipating and praying about the joy that you will experience this Sunday when the Rev. Teresa Wakeen steps behind the altar for the first time to celebrate the Eucharist at both services. A longtime St. John’s member, Teresa was ordained to the priesthood this past Saturday and this Sunday Priest Bruce will be at her side as she steps into that sacred and joyful role for the first time. This is a very meaningful moment in the life of a newly ordained priest and I pray you are all able to be present for this celebratory occasion.
 
So, come home this Sunday, where everything indeed will be waiting for you; a table of love prepared to receive and welcome all who wish to come and be fed and a community that yearns at its very core to love and be loved in the way that Jesus intended- no exclusion and no exceptions.

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


COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS 
WEDNESDAY - HOLY EUCHARIST WITH INTERCESSORY PRAYER @ 10:30AM in Sanctuary

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.

ONLINE GIVING IS HELPFUL FOR ST. JOHN'S & EASY! And as we move into summer this is the perfect time to set up your automated and recurring donation. Just click here and then click on + Create An Account to set up.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Here at SJP ~ Friday, June 23
We need blood donors for the SJP Red Cross Blood  Drive. The need for blood is constant! Sign up to give a pint of blood and be someone’s hero

GOOD LISTEN/READ/WATCH
Nora Jones Summertime

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