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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
MESSAGE FROM PRIEST LISA
A Wholehearted Manifesto for the
Beloved and Imperfect Saints of St. John’s


Above all else, we want to know that we are loved and lovable.

We will learn this from our words and actions—the lessons on love are in how we treat each other and how we treat ourselves.
We want to engage with the world from a place of worthiness.
We will learn that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time we see each other practice self-compassion and embrace our own imperfections.
We will practice courage in our community by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability.
We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our community for both.
We will teach each other compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other.
We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work, hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be community values, as well as community practices.
We will learn accountability and respect by watching each other make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how we ask for what we need and talk about how we feel.
We want to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.
We want to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.
When uncertainty and scarcity visit, we will be able to draw from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.
Together we will cry and face fear and grief. We will want to take away each other’s pain, but instead we will sit with each other and learn how to feel it.
We will laugh and sing and dance and create.
We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, each of us will always belong here.
As we continue our Wholehearted journey, the greatest gift that we can give each other is to live and love with our whole hearts and to dare greatly.
We will not teach or love or show each other anything perfectly, but we will let us see each other and will always hold sacred the gift of being seen. Truly, deeply, being seen.
 
Beloved Saints,
Many of you heard me read the words above last week in the context of the sermon. They were offered as a response to what we heard in the Parable of the Sower of seeds; a way to try to capture and describe much of what has been planted in this good soil here at St. John’s, as well as point towards an unrealized but hope-filled future. During this past week many of you have asked for these words and so I have chosen to share it here hoping that they are words that comfort, inspire and challenge us to keep moving forward together, even as we continue to say goodbye week after next.
 
May these words be sown into the good soil of our lives. May they also be used to reach those who have not yet discovered this beautiful community of faith, or this way of living and loving in the world. May we place our trust in the journey, and in the One who nurtures all that is planted in our hearts, so that in the end, what is cultivated and harvested is not perfection, but small moments of wholehearted living, strung together day by day, affirming that we see each other and then know we are truly loved.
 
This Sunday at 10:00 we will be offered another beautiful reminder of God’s love in our lives as we offer the sacrament of Baptism to Clayton Emmett Reister. Together we will welcome him “home” as a full member of this one holy and apostolic church. Plan to be there to play your part as a witness to the vows that will be made before God and pledging to support Clayton in his life in Christ.

May you never forget that you are loved.

Priest Lisa
 

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

BAPTISM OF CLAYTON EMMETT REISTER at 10:00am service

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 MUSIC REHEARSAL TODAY. Liza and Jacob will be teaching the music to any adult or young adult interested in helping during camp today in the music room at 11:15am. Please join us!


COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS 
NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 30TH ONLY ONE SERVCE - 10:00AM. We will say a formal farewell to Priest Lisa during and following the service. The reception will provide an opportunity for anyone who has not yet shared final thoughts and well wishes one-on-one with Priest Lisa to visit with her. 

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 and voluteers 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

GOOD LISTEN/READ/WATCH
Wade in the Water - Sweet Honey in the Rock

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