Thursday evening Complines continue through the last Thursday of May.
On Thursday, May 16 at 7pm, Compline will be followed by a performance of J.S. Bach’s early cantata, Gottes Zeit is die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106. The cantata, “God’s Time is the Best,” was composted in 1708 when Bach was 22, for the church of Divi Blasii, Mulhausen, where he was the musician. It is a funeral cantata, probably in memory of a former mayor of the city. While the work has a contemplative side, the upbeat ending is a doxology, and freshly affirming.
Performers include members of Mirandola Ensemble and some of the Twin Cities’ leading period instrument performers. A free-will offering will be taken.
Mass for the Feast of the Ascension
The 2018-2019 Compline season will conclude on Thursday, May 30 at 7pm with a Mass for the Feast of the Ascension. The Rev. Craig Lemming will officiant. Music will be performed by Mirandola with Nick Chalmers as director. Refreshments will be served following the liturgy.
Wednesday Supper + Unpack the Sermon
May 29 – Gather in the Fireside Room at 6pm for an opportunity to “Unpack” the previous Sunday’s sermon with The Rev. Craig Lemming in a casual conversation that engages the voices and perspectives of all ages. While we enjoy a simple supper, we will share our questions; What inspired you? What challenged you? What did you agree or not agree with, and why? What would the preacher have liked to say if they had more time?
Please RSVP (including any dietary restrictions) to Craig Lemming at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pentecost Art Project
Sarah Stengle is creating a silk wall hanging artwork called “Annotated” in collaboration with our congregation. Words and phrases contributed by parishioners will be transcribed onto it. The format of the hanging will be inspired by the Korean Pojagi tradition, which is pieced, geometric, and intentionally irregular. Two color schemes will predominate: a pale blue-green palette will support positive qualities of those within the congregation, as participants describe themselves or others anonymously; a darker red palette will support comments on which compliments are the most uncomfortable to receive, and why. All members of the St. John Community are welcome to contribute text to the project. Sarah will work on the project in the Meditation Room during coffee hour on the four Sundays following Easter, and she invites YOU to come in and participate. The completed project will hang in the undercroft during the Season of Pentecost beginning Sunday, June 9, 2019.
Capital City Grief Coalition
The Capital City Grief Coalition will meet Thursdays from May 2 through July 25 at 5:30pm in the Gathering Space. The Coalition seeks to provide an opportunity for people to help one another understand and express their grief experience. You may join anytime. Each meeting includes an educational presentation and small group discussions. Guest speakers share their professional knowledge on grief and loss, or their personal experience with the death of a loved one.
For more information, contact Lois Knutson at 651-227-4430.
All Parish Listening Session for Children, Youth & Families
This season of transition is the perfect time for our faith community to take stock and to assess our resources for faith formation for children and youth at St. John’s. We will hold an all-parish listening session after 10am worship on Pentecost in the Fireside Room and want your feedback about our hopes and aspirations as a community of faith in regard to ministry with our youngest members and their families.
For info: Jered.email@example.com.