October 18-20, 11am-6pm, at Zee Bee Market’s South Grand store
3211 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO, 63118
Special Wine and Chocolate Reception, Thursday October 20, 5-7 p.m.
For three days, 15% of all in-store and online sales at Zee Bee Market on South Grand will be donated to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tower Grove South. In-store shoppers can talk with St. John’s members and learn about the church’s service to the community. Shoppers who choose to shop online at zeebeemarket.com must mention St. John’s Church in a note at checkout and should opt for in-store (or at-church) pick-up so that the shipping costs don’t chip into the donation.
Zee Bee Market is an ethical retail company that sells unique, handcrafted, Fair Trade and sustainably produced gifts from around the world. Shoppers can choose from artisan-made gifts, jewelry and apparel, books and toys for kids, Fair Trade coffee and chocolate, and products for home and kitchen. Zee Bee is dedicated to the responsibility of supporting impoverished producers around the world while supporting the community and the environment.
by Correne Murphy
Good morning, St. John's! You never know what you are going to find when you come to church on Sunday mornings, do you?
I just have to say to you this morning how good it is to see you! It is so good to see you every Sunday morning.
So here we are. This morning we will spend a few moments looking at what Scripture has to teach us this 18th day of September, 2022.
In the reading from Jeremiah he asks, “Is there no balm in Gilead?” Is there no healing in Gilead? Gilead is an area east of the Jordan River. Today we ask, “Is there no healing in Florida? In Arizona? In Wisconsin? Where do we look? In St. Louis? We pray in Psalm 79, “Remember
not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us; for we have been brought very low.”
by the Reverend David Malek
According to the introduction to the Gospel of St. Luke in the New Oxford Annotated Bible:
In broad strokes, Luke tells the same basic story that one reads in the other three canonical Gospels: Jesus appears, ministers in Galilee, and moves to Judea and Jerusalem where he encounters deadly hostility that leads to his suffering, death, and resurrection. Yet, Luke’s story of Jesus has a logic and content that distinguish it among the four Gospels. In Luke’s remembrance of Jesus one finds the manifestation of divine compassion as Jesus reaches out to live and work among the marginal members of his society. Women, the less-than-pious, tax collectors, the poor, the sick, the oppressed, and even noble Pharisees are present and interact with Jesus more prominently in this account than in any other.
Right from the get go, when we read Luke, we notice something very different about this Gospel. First it is extremely inclusive: whenever Luke relates the story of a man, he follows it up with a story of a woman. This, of course, begins with the Angel Gabriel appearing first to Zechariah to herald the birth of John the Baptist, followed immediately by the story of Gabriel appearing to Mary to herald the birth of Jesus. As we move through the Gospel, we will also notice that the narratives often couple together men and women, such as in the first miracle stories in which we read about Jesus casting out a demon from a man with an unclean spirit followed immediately by the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law from a high fever.
And if that were not powerful enough in itself, we quickly learn that for Luke’s Jesus, in the reign of God, up is down, the center is a bit to the left, and what we thought was east is really somewhere around southwest. In other words, the reign of God is substantially counter-cultural. And Jesus has been sent by God to show us what that looks like and how we ought to participate in it.
The Vestry approved the minutes for its July 2022 meeting in August. Those minutes are available at the link below.
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