Dear People, Neighbors, and Friends of St. John's,
As we enter into the long green season of summer, our focus will be on growth: the growth and spread of the Kingdom of God; our spiritual growth; the growth of this particular congregation.
With regard to the last of these, in response to feedback from both longstanding and more recent parishioners, we are introducing a new layout for our bulletin, along with a Mass Booklet we hope is user-friendly. I believe those of us already familiar with our liturgy will find it an aid to worship, and I hope that it will be much more accessible to our occasional visitors and newcomers. A first step has been to produce a draft booklet, which you will see this Sunday. We have already made several changes to this draft that you will see the following Sunday. (We completely forgot to include the text of the Last Gospel at Low Mass in this first edition-don't worry, that will be there next week!) Your ongoing feedback is welcome.
As far as our spiritual growth is concerned, the new bulletin format includes the texts of the readings; I hope you will take the leaflet with you to continue your reflections on the words of scripture throughout the week. The collect of the day and anthem texts are printed there as usual, and they provide ample devotional material.
The growth of the Kingdom of God can be fostered by such simple things as bringing these new materials to work with you and leaving them in your workspace, where you can be reminded throughout the day of the integration between the life of faith and our work in the world; and if your co-workers and others should happen to see them, who knows what will happen? This Sunday
we will hear the
parable of the mustard seed, which illustrates
how God's activity is often unseen and mysterious, but produces fruit at harvest time. To human eyes, the beginning may seem insignificant, but God gives the growth.
So, too, little things like sharing our faith and being a little more intentional about the way it is presented--whether in a bulletin or in the witness of our lives--can have surprisingly life-changing results.
I am grateful for your companionship in this green season of growth, and look forward to seeing those of you who can be with us at St. John's. And if for any reason you can't be, I hope you will be in touch with us, and will keep us in your prayers as we keep you in ours.
Yours in Christ's service,