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Upcoming Special Services and Events:

Upcoming Special Services and Events:

December 17 –   Hanging of the Advent Greens

                             Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12:15 p.m.

December 24 –   Eucharist for The Fourth Sunday of Advent

                             Sunday, Dec. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

                             Family Mass of Christmas Eve

                            Sunday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

                            Christmas Eve Mass (The Vigil of the Nativity)

                            Sunday, Dec. 24 at 10:30 p.m.

December 25 –   Eucharist for the Feast of the Nativity of

                            our Lord Jesus Christ      

                             Monday, Dec. 25 at 12:00 Noon

December 26 –   (Said) Eucharist for the Feast of St. Stephen,

                            Deacon and Martyr              

                           Tuesday, Dec. 26 at 12:00 Noon

December 27 –   (Said) Eucharist for the Feast of St. John,

                            Apostle and Evangelist              

                            Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

December 28 –   (Said) Eucharist for Holy Innocents,

Thursday, Dec. 28 at 12:00 Noon

December 31 –   Eucharist for the Feast of St. John, Apostle and

                           Evangelist (Transferred)

                             Sunday, Jan. 1 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

January 1 –         (Said) Eucharist for the Feast of the Most Holy

                             Name of our Lord                 

                             Monday, Jan. 1 at 12:00 Noon

January 7 –         Eucharist for the Feast of the Epiphany (Transferred)        

                            Sunday, Jan. 7 at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The Advent Wreath and Family Evening Prayer

The Advent Wreath and Family Evening Prayer

“In family practice, the Advent wreath is most appropriately lit at dinner time after the blessing of the food. A traditional prayer service using the Advent wreath proceeds as follows: On the First Sunday of Advent, the father of the family blesses the wreath, praying: O God, by whose word all things are sanctified, pour forth Thy blessing upon this wreath, and grant that we who use it may prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ and may receive from Thee abundant graces. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” He then continues for each of the days of the first week of Advent, O Lord, stir up Thy might, we beg thee, and come, that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and saved by Thy deliverance. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The youngest child then lights one purple candle.

During the second week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, stir up our hearts that we may prepare for Thy only begotten Son, that through His coming we may be made worthy to serve Thee with pure minds. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The oldest child then lights the purple candle from the first week plus one more purple candle.

During the third week of Advent, the father prays: O Lord, we beg Thee, incline Thy ear to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The mother then lights the two previously lit purple candles plus the rose candle.

Finally, the father prays during the fourth week of Advent, O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray Thee, and come; and with great might help us, that with the help of Thy grace, Thy merciful forgiveness may hasten what our sins impede. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.” The father then lights all of the candles of the wreath.

Since Advent is a time to stir-up our faith in the Lord, the wreath and its prayers provide us a way to augment this special preparation for Christmas. Moreover, this good tradition helps us to remain vigilant in our homes and not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas” (by Fr. William Saunders).

Saint of the Week: October 18

Saint of the Week: October 18

Luke was a Gentile, a physician, and one of Paul’s disciples and fellow missionaries in the early spread of the Gospel through the Roman world. He is the author both of the Gospel that bears his name and its sequel, the Acts of the Apostles. He apparently did not know Jesus, writing that he compiled his narrative from the report of “those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses” (Luke 1). A tradition attested by Eusebius holds that he was one of the first members of the Christian community at Antioch.

Much can be gleaned about his character from his writings. In his Gospel the elements particular to him include much of the account of the virgin birth of Jesus, some of the most moving parables such as those of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, and the words of Jesus during his passion to the women of Jerusalem and the penitent malefactor who was crucified alongside Jesus. All of these elements emphasize the compassion of Christ, which together with Luke’s emphasis on poverty, prayer, and purity of heart make up much of his specific appeal to the Gentiles, for whom he wrote this Gospel of the Savior of the world. Women figure more prominently in Luke’s Gospel than in any other, including Mary, Elizabeth, the widow of Nain, and the woman who was a sinner. Luke also emphasizes Jesus’ deity, from the angelic announcement of “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” that applies the Roman imperial titles of soter (savior) and kyrios (lord) not to Caesar in Rome, but to the newborn child in the backwater town of Bethlehem; to the subtlety of the Greek words used to address Jesus by different persons (or angels) at different times through his Gospel. In the first part of his Gospel, up through the passion and death of Jesus, human beings address Jesus as “master”, while angels refer to him as “Lord” (the Greek kyrios echoing the Hebrew adonai, a term applied to God). After his Resurrection, through the witness of God’s vindication of him, Jesus is called “Lord” by his disciples.

In the Acts of the Apostles Luke shows himself a remarkably accurate observer, concerned with making necessary links between the history of the early Church and the contemporary history of the Roman Empire. As noted about his Gospel, above, Luke showed himself an artist with words, which is perhaps the basis for the tradition that he was a painter and that he made the first icon of the Blessed Virgin. For this reason, Luke has become the patron not only of physicians and surgeons, but also of artists. When he is represented with the other Evangelists, his symbol is an ox, derived from Ezekiel’s vision (Ezekiel 1) and sometimes explained by reference to sacrifice in the Temple in the early chapters of his Gospel.

Luke was with Paul until the apostle’s martyrdom in Rome. What became of Luke after this is unknown. Early tradition holds that he wrote his Gospel in Achaia, and that he died at the age of eight-four in Boetia. In 357 the emperor Constantinus the Second had the presumed relics of Saint Luke translated from Thebes in Boetia to Constantinople, where they were placed with the relics of Saint Andrew in Church of the Holy Apostles. The observance of his feast day on the eighteenth of October is quite old in the East, but it appears on Western calendars only in the eighth century. The date itself is universal, and may be based on the actual date of his death. (Sources: The Oxford Dictionary of Saints and Lesser Feasts and Fasts, 1980)

The Stewardship of Life, Time, Health, and Talents

The Stewardship of Life, Time, Health, and Talents

“Life itself is a stewardship. Human life is the first and greatest gift of all and carries great responsibilities with it. As Christians, we know that our lives are sacred trusts. We are the stewards of those lives; God depends on us to use them to accomplish His purposes.

          Next, is the stewardship of time. When God gives us life, we don’t know how much time we have to use that life. But, whatever time we have is a gift from God, and we must use it wisely in every activity throughout the day. We must budget our hours so that we are able to give of our time to fulfill God’s plan.

          Then follows the stewardship of health of body and mind. God gave human beings superior minds to be used to fullest capacity in discovering God’s plan in understanding self and others. We are also given bodies in which to accomplish God’s work – bodies to be treated with respect (taken care of), not abused (harmed). We are to present our bodies and we renew our minds as offerings to God.

          And then there is the stewardship of talents. God gives all people potential talents when they are born. Each of us can share in God’s plan in his or her own way. The Bible tells us that if we use our talents wisely, we will be better able to use than and will develop others. But, if we don’t, we may lose even those talents we do have. (Excerpt taken from the booklet Stewardship and You)

 

October Schedule

October Schedule

  • Christian Education Classes: The Adult & Children/Youth Sunday morning Christian Education classes meet each Sunday at 9:15 a.m. The adult class is studying the Pentateuch (the first five Books of the Bible) and is currently examining the Book of Exodus.
  • Choir Practice: The choir practices every Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
  • Wednesday Evening Service: Holy Eucharist with Unction at 6:30 p.m. followed by a study of the History of the Church during the Modern Period (1650-1900).
  • Men of St. John’s Group: Monthly breakfast/meeting will be held on October 28 at 8:45 a.m.
All Saints Day & All Souls’ Day

All Saints Day & All Souls’ Day

 

Wednesday, November 1 is All Saints’ Day. This is the day we celebrate the lives as all the canonized Saints as well as saints who lived exemplary lives known by the Church who are now in the presence of God in heaven. We will observe this important Holy Day with a special Eucharist at 6:30 p.m. on that Wednesday.

Thursday, November 2 is All Souls’ Day. This is the day we celebrate and honor the souls of every person who has ever died in faith and fear (both known and unknown to us). We will observe this important Holy Day with a (Said) Eucharist that will include a unique liturgy for All Souls’ Day at 6:30 p.m. on that Thursday. We will offer special prayers for our loved ones who are with the Lord.

Episcopal Visit – November 5

Episcopal Visit – November 5

We are excited that the Rt. Rev. Jack L. Iker will be making his Episcopal visit to St. John’s on November 5 (All Saints’ Sunday). Bishop Iker will be the homilist and celebrant at a special 10:30 a.m. Eucharist. Four parishioners will be confirmed and one parishioner will be received that morning. After the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist, there will be a special pot-luck lunch in honor of the Bishop’s visit and the confirmands. This will be a very special Sunday in the life of our parish, so please make every effort to be here on that Sunday as our Bishop ministers to us!

 

Chili Supper Fundraiser

Chili Supper Fundraiser

Join us this Saturday, October 21 (5:30-7:00 p.m.) for a chili supper fundraiser. We will serve chili with toppings, deserts, and drinks. Tickets are $8.00 (children under the age of 5 are free). You can eat in the parish hall or get your order to go.

THE FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

THE FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

There will be a (Said) Eucharist celebrating this important feast this Friday, September 29 at 12:00 noon.

THE FEAST OF ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS

“The scriptural word “angel” (Greek: angelos) means, literally, a messenger. Messengers from God can be visible or invisible, and may assume human or non-human forms. Christians have always felt themselves to be attended by healthful spirits—swift, powerful, and enlightening. Those beneficent spirits are often depicted in Christian art in human form, with wings to signify their swiftness and spacelessness, with swords to signify their power, and with dazzling raiment to signify their ability to enlighten. Unfortunately, this type of pictorial representation has led many to dismiss the angels as “just another mythical beast, like the unicorn, the griffin, or the sphinx.

St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the four angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures, the others being St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, and St. Uriel. The Archangel Michael is the powerful agent of God who wards off evil from God’s people, and delivers peace to them at the end of life’s mortal struggle. “Michaelmas,” as his feast is called in England, has long been one of the popular celebrations of the Christian Year in many parts of the world.”

“St. Michael is spoken of twice in the Old Testament, and twice in the New. The first reference occurs in the Book of Daniel (chapter 10), where Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things. In Daniel 12, Michael is called “the great prince who standeth for the children of Thy people.” In these references Michael is represented as Israel’s great support during the seventy years of the Babylonian captivity. Daniel, wise and holy leader that he was, wanted his people to understand that God had not forgotten them, and that, even though enslaved, they had a royal champion. In the New Testament (Jude 9), we are told that Michael disputed with the devil over the body of Moses; this episode is not mentioned elsewhere in the Bible.

In the Apocalypse (chapter 12) we find the most dramatic reference to St. Michael. Here John recounts the great battle in Heaven, when the wicked angels under Lucifer revolt against God, and how Michael, leading the faithful angels, defeats the hosts of evil and drives them out. In this role he has been painted by many artists, and the poet Milton, in book four of Paradise Lost, recounts the famous struggle. Because of this victory, St. Michael is revered in Catholic tradition and liturgy as the protector of the Church, as once he was regarded as the protector of the Israelites. In the Eastern Church, as well as among many theologians in the West, St Michael is placed over all the angels, as prince of the Seraphim. His emblems are a banner, a sword, a dragon, and scales. The name Michael is a variation of Micah, meaning in Hebrew, ‘Who is like God?’ ” (Sources: The Proper for the Lesser Feasts and Fasts, Third Edition, p. 330 and ewtn.com/library/mary/michael.htm).

St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals

St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals

We will celebrate this wonderful event this Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m. on the parish grounds. St. Francis of Assisi so loved animals and all of God’s creation that we remember him as a friend and protector of them. Every member of the community is invited to bring their pets to be blessed. To ensure that all the pets get along peaceably and for their safety, pet owners are asked to have their animals on a leash or in a secure pen.

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