Thursday, November 21, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Last Sunday after Pentecost
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday is the last Sunday of our Liturgical Year C, and the last Sunday of our three-year cycle of readings.  Our powerful Gospel reading is from Jesus’s Crucifixion as described in Luke 23.  The inscription over him stated, “This is the King of the Jews.”  Jesus was not the kind of king that anyone expected.  He showed us an entirely different way of being when he called out from the cross, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”  This kind of love, the ability to see beyond evil, is Divine.

Thanks to all who have volunteered so regularly for our Farmers Market.  We are grateful to George Morrison and the entire team for this wonderful and successful fundraiser that has run from July through the week before Thanksgiving.  Congratulations to all on your good work!

And don’t forget to join us this Sunday for our terrific Penny Social at 12:30 p.m.  Eat French fries, have fun and support Saint John’s all at the same time!

We are beginning rehearsals for our Christmas Pageant to be presented as part of the 10:15 a.m. Service on Sunday, December 15.  If you are interested in being part of this beautiful (the costumes are amazing!) and joyous endeavor, please contact Deborah DeBride (deborah.debride@gmail.com).  Rehearsals will be on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. in the Church on Nov. 23, 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

“Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne;
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own;
awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
 and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.”                    

Hymn 494, words by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894)

In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota, Rector

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