By the Reverend Sally Weaver
In the reading from the Gospel of Matthew that we just heard, Jesus talks about the kingdom of heaven to the crowds listening to him. So what is the kingdom of heaven?
The phrase “kingdom of heaven” is like a code that Jesus uses: it means something special. We have codes today. For example, when you text a friend LOL, what do you mean? Right, laugh out loud. Well, when Jesus said “kingdom of heaven,” he meant a world where people allow God to be in charge.
Enjoy a good read? How about a good discussion about what you've read? You can find both at meetings of the St. John's Book Group!
The group will meet next on September 13 at 4:30 pm; location TBA. The book for discussion: Carol Anderson's White Rage:
From the end of the Civil War to our combustible present, an acclaimed historian reframes the conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.
Need more details? Keep an eye on the St. John's Eblast newsletter (which you can subscribe to below) as we get closer to the date, or reach out to group organizer Christine Watts.
Ready to get back inside the church for in-person worship? We discovered from our recent survey that most of you want to know what the plan is first. You're not the only ones: as we shared back in May, the Diocese also required us to put together a plan for returning to worship in our sanctuary. With your input, and the hard work of the Worship committee, and all of our clergy, wardens, and vestry, we've created that plan.
Keep in mind that, at this point, this is only a plan: the Bishop has put in-person worship back on hold until September 1st because of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the area. Once we start to see hopeful signs that the coronavirus is in check, we'll be in touch about putting this plan into action.
Read through the document below; if you have questions, feel free to bring them up during coffee hour, or by emailing or calling members of the clergy and/or vestry. We're all happy to discuss it with you. If you have trouble downloading or opening the document, email Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various members of the St. John's congregation contribute to this blog. For editorial suggestions, contact Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at email@example.com