The Vestry has approved the minutes for its March, 2022, meeting. They're available at the link below.
by the Reverend Nancy Emmel Gunn
Our Gospel today is a story of deep friendship and imminent loss. I love the Mary, Martha and Lazarus stories. It is clear from these passages that Jesus shared an intimate bond with this family. And in this one, Mary, the sister with her head in the clouds, offers Jesus a physical sign of her affection and a warning of things to come.
by the Reverend Nancy Emmel Gunn
Editor's note: Nope, you're not seeing things! We thought the text for Pastor Nancy's sermon had gotten lost in the transfer to a new computer, but she found it. How appropriate: it was lost, and then found...
We find ourselves this Fourth Sunday of Lent in another parable, the story of the prodigal son. This is the longest and the most well-known of Jesus’ parables.
We know this story. But how we interpret it, depends on which side of the fence you are on: the side of the goody two-shoes son, or the bad boy. Some of us are a little of both.
By the Reverend Nancy Emmel Gunn
If you are like me, you read and heard today’s Gospel and responded, Huh? What is the message here? That we should all repent or else we die? That fig trees should be given three years max to flourish and then away with them? This passage is rich with visual imagery and meaning but you’ve got to dig: God loves us all, good and bad. God will tend to us, and we will flourish under his care.
The Vestry approved the minutes for its January and February, 2022 meetings. Those minutes are available at the link below.
by the Reverend David Malek
Oh Divine, most mighty, most merciful, our sacred stories tell us that you help and save your people. You are the fortress: may there be no more war. You are the harvest: may there be no more hunger. You are the light: may no one die alone or in despair. Oh Divine, most majestic, most motherly, grant us your life. Amen.
That prayer is an interfaith call to peace for Ukraine as published by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. I thought it was an appropriate way to begin my sermon today. You see, as I prayed about what to preach this morning, I became aware of how much over the past few weeks I have been feeling increasingly anxious and afraid about so much violence, illness, and loss associated with the pandemic and now the war in Ukraine.
From the Diocese of Missouri website:
Bishop Deon Johnson invites all churches and members of the Diocese of Missouri to take a break from your regular routines and find time to recharge your spiritual batteries during a special Diocesan Sabbatical Week, March 7 - 11, 2022.
Not sure what to do? Check out the resources the Diocese has pulled together to help with your "recharge."
Yes, it's Shrove Tuesday, aka Fat Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras... but that's not the kind of madness we're talking about. Rather, we're talking about Lent Madness 2022, the saintly alternative to March Madness sponsored by Forward Movement. The brackets are up, so get your picks in... quickly!
The fun starts Thursday with Stephen vs. Wenceslaus... good luck!
Various members of the St. John's congregation contribute to this blog. For editorial suggestions, contact Jeff McIntire-Strasburg at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Bishop Deon Johnson Book Group Congregation Members Deacons Diocese Of Missouri Episcopal Church Features General Information Parish Events Podcast Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Sermons Terms Of Transition Vestry