Lent at St. John’s

The Second Sunday of Lent will include the reciting of The Decalogue (Ten Commandments) at both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. services. Lent may be a time of fasting for those who wish but Sundays are not fast days. We come to celebrate, to remember and to participate in a ritual of prayer, forgiveness, songs of praise and hearing the Word.

The Wednesday Lenten observances are off to a good start!

  • Evensong at 5:30 in the Chapel with the Rev. Philip Ramstad;
  • A soup supper begins at 6 p.m. in the under croft;
  • Followed by a program using Joan D. Chittister’s book, “Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope” with movie excerpts and conversations with the Rev. Barbara Mraz;
  • Choirs continue at their regularly scheduled times; and
  • Youth have a Lenten program with dinner in the Fireside Room.

Sunday, March 27th

  • Mr. James Frazier (known to us as Jim) will be preaching at both services. A gifted and brilliant musician, Jim has many other gifts and preaching is one we haven’t heard before. Don’t miss this one!
  • 4 p.m.  Evensong in the Church

Omnipresence

I have forever had a fascination with words, what they mean, how to use them and more importantly, how to pronounce them! This word was used a lot at seminary and I had almost forgotten about it until this past week when something dreadful happened to the nephew of one of our parishioners, Gary Gleason. His twenty-two year old nephew died of a drug overdose on Wednesday.  I couldn’t help but ask, “Where is God in the midst of these kinds of tragedies?” And then I remembered that word – Omnipresence.  God with us wherever we are.  God everywhere.  Just because we can’t always feel God with us, doesn’t mean God isn’t there.

We are on journey toward Easter but first we must travel through Lent and then Holy Week. And it is on the cross that Jesus says, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” God didn’t forsake Jesus and never, ever forsakes us.  Please hold Gary and his family in your prayers and all the other people in our lives who struggle with addiction. God is with us all the time.

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