It was a profound gift to hear the Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows preach at the annual convention of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota this past September. She challenged our whole church to engage the work of racial reconciliation by focusing on being with one another. As she exhorted us in her sermon, “Eat together. Share stories. Listen deeply. Change the world. Repeat.” This Lent and Holy Week, opportunities abound for us to learn and grow together as we eat together, share stories, listen deeply, and change the world.
God is with us. Always. Even the great chasm of Good Friday cannot keep us separated from God in Christ Jesus, whose way in the world was always to share a meal and a story and a listening ear. His way among us was, and remains, world-changing.
Join in Worship
Holy Eucharist Rite 1
Sundays 8am & 10am
Thursdays at 7pm
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Wednesdays Mar 1-Apr 5
The Prayer Shawl group will meet weekly, Wednesdays at 9:30am in the Gathering Space during Lent. This is the perfect time to offer your prayers and create a blessing-filled gift. Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels welcome. To learn more, contact Anneke Krall at 651-248-8932.
St. John’s Bible During Lent
This beautiful Bible, completed in 2011, was hand-illuminated in the style of medieval manuscripts. We will use a Heritage Edition throughout Lent in our Sunday worship.
Wednesdays: All-Parish Lenten Dinners & Movie Series
Mar 8-Apr 5 5:30-7:00pm
Adults and youth will explore real-world happenings at this intergenerational movie series designed to spur conversation on issues that affect our community. The movies will include Secondhand Lions and Remember the Titans, and our discussions will encompass Lenten themes: empathy, sharing, suffering, and joy. RSVP to CYF@stjohnsstpaul.org.
Stations of the Cross: A Visual Perspective
Fourteen traditional-style ink and brush drawings by Helen Boyer will be in the church, with a companion booklet for the Good Friday liturgy or personal reflection.
Stations of the Cross: Art Exhibit
Sarah Stengle will exhibit a group of drawings reflecting on the Stations of the Cross and related themes in the Gallery. Many combine images and text, and use elements from old books and 19th-century imagery.
Sam Wells Presents: “Living Without Enemies”
Renowned Anglican ethicist and theologian, the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells will present an all-day workshop Saturday, March 11 on “Living Without Enemies.” He will explore what it means to Live With the World in the midst of violence – the theological dimensions of solidarity, reconciliation, and life with our neighbor, our government, and the other. How can the church move from being & doing for others toward a stance of being with? Everyone is invited to join in this workshop on the theological, ethical, and pastoral dimensions of living with our neighbors in the midst of a violent world. Register at tinyurl.com/LWE2017. Cost is $10 at the door (cash or check). Contact Jered Weber-Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Sam Wells will also preach at 8am and 10am worship and lead a 9am faith formation forum on Sunday, Mar 12.
Sacred Music & Spiritual Reflections
Mar 12: 4pm
The world-renowned St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Voices from London, England will sing choral music, with prayers and reflections offered by the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells. The music will include works by William Byrd, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gerald Finzi. Prayers and reflections will be offered by the Rev. Dr. Sam Wells. The concert will explore the life and work of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, its distinguished musical history, its role as the Royal Parish Church, and its renowned social justice program in the UK and throughout the world.
Mar 25 at 5pm
Join us at St. John’s for a service of Evensong with St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir.
Activities for Lent
Lent is a time of prayer, penance and sacrifice; a time to be more attentive to the words of Jesus and our loved ones. It is a time of concentrated effort toward the springtime of spiritual growth.
It is a 40-day journey with Jesus. Lent means doing something as well as giving up something.
Clay Pot: Shatter an inexpensive clay pot and carry a piece during Lent as a reminder that we are like clay in God’s hands. During Lent, we can allow God to shape us into new vessels.
Fasting: Abstain from something during Lent, such as:
- Fast food
- TV one day a week.
- Electronic games one day a week
- Using the computer instead of spending time with family
- Buying anything that is unnecessary
- Bad habits that need to be changed/given up
Plan a simple meal (such as tortillas and beans). Let everyone at your table share an idea for helping hungry people. Ask God to help you carry out one of these ideas. Read 1 Timothy 6:18-19.
Blessing: Parents, bless your children by making the sign of the cross on their forehead before they go to bed at night or when they leave for school each day.
Practice the 3 C’s: Give 3 compliments a day to a partner, friend, or loved one.
Remove something from your calendar and spend that time with people close to you.