A Note from Fr. Humphrey 

Dear Members & Friends of St. John's,

 

If you've been scanning the newspaper for a story about the mysterious 12th Station of the Cross, I have some disappointing news: ProJo was a no-show. The anticipated visit of a reporter and photographer from the Providence Journal on Pentecost was postponed by breaking news in Providence last week. The breaking news today, however, is that they are due to be back this Sunday, Trinity Sunday. So I encourage you not to be a no-show when ProJo comes this Sunday!

 

I've heard it said that Trinity Sunday is the only feast that celebrates a doctrine rather than an event. But I don't think that's true. Trinity Sunday is about the "event" that is God, from whom all events in the universe proceed. Trinity Sunday celebrates the God that the Church proclaims, in a way that acknowledges the fullness of God's mystery and our inability to grasp the reality of God in that fullness. Yet despite our human limitations, we are invited to participate in God's divine life as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have access to God through the Son, through whom the Father adopts us as fellow children, who in turn pours out his Holy Spirit on us, so that we may show forth God's glory in the world. 

 

The doctrine of the Trinity is intended to guide us into the life of the Trinity. In turn, we are led to live a trinitarian life: one that is inspired by the Spirit, patterned after the Son, and in dependence upon our loving Father, as we travel on a spiritual pilgrimage into the heart of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Won't you show up this Sunday to join our trinitarian pilgrimage?

 

Yours in Christ's service,  

N.J.A. Humphrey+

Vicar

 

Upcoming Events 
30 May (Saturday) at 2 p.m.: Deacons Service  
Please join the Diocese of Rhode Island at St. Martin's Episcopal Church (50 Orchard Street, Providence, RI) in celebrating 30 years of the diaconate. The Deacons will present a check to St. Mary's Home for Children for the funds raised by the parishes over the past six months. A festive Eucharist will be held to celebrate and honor this sacred order. 
1 June (Monday) at 6:30 p.m.: Sung Mass for the Feast of the Visitation of the BVM  
Come celebrate the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth at St. John's with the clergy and people of St. Stephen's, Providence in attendance. 
7 June (Sunday) at 4 p.m.: Solemn Evensong, Outdoor Procession, and Benediction of the 
Blessed Sacrament for the Feast of Corpus Christi
Celebrate the presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the holy Sacrament of the altar with a festive and fun procession and a solemn and serious service. This 
unique liturgy is not to be missed! 
13 June (Saturday) at 9 a.m.: Beautification Day
Want to help St. John's increase its "curb appeal" outside and its "soul appeal" inside? Members, neighbors, and firends are invited to join in a festive beautification day. We will be focusing on 9 key areas: Outside we will focus on the church grounds, scraping/painting the exterior of the buildings, and cleaning the garage. Inside we will be scraping/painting the interior, as well as cleaning the sacristy, choir room, church and parish office, and polishing the brass. Please join in the fellowship, service, and fun of this day by signing up on the sheet posted in the Guild Hall. A complementary box lunch will be served to all participants who sign up in advance and RSVP to the parish office. 
Announcements

Bach and Friends at Quarter Till returns June 13 through September 6: Saturdays at 11:45 am and 2:45 pm; Sundays at 2:45 pm, 5:45 pm, and 8:45 pm. Fifteen-minute concerts/mini-demonstrations with organ music of J. S. Bach and another composer at each program. Admission 25 cents (put a quarter in the "Quarter Till"), or any amount you wish. With new video technology made possible by a grant received from the New York City American Guild of Organists Centennial Millennium Fund. Last summer, 110 of these mini-concerts raised over $11,000 to begin restoration of our historic 1894 Hook and Hastings instrument.