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Deans' Note | July 4, 2021

The Fourth of July is here and summer is in full tilt. Fireworks, picnics, and celebrations abound during this most American of holidays, Independence Day. Values of individual freedoms, a rule of law not monarchs or despots, and free elections are all part of the framework envisioned by the founders in their hope for a novus ordo seclorum, a new order of the ages.

And yet, the limitations and failings of the system put in place in our founding documents are evident. Slavery was not abolished. Those who could vote were a small minority of the population as a whole. The myth of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny have been tools of American imperialism both on our own continent and globally. 

While American ideals have been aspirational rather than realized, the vision of America as a place of equality and justice for all still remains. These ideas have their roots in the biblical vision of the prophets. We Christians in America have the vocation of holding up these ideals in the public square. And we also know that no nation on its own will ever achieve the shalom envisioned in God's dream for creation. Yet we can work within our nation to pay attention to ways we have failed and not simply critique our government and culture, but work as citizens to bring positive change. 

As we celebrate this holiday. Christians must always remember that national citizenship is secondary to our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. Our primary allegiance must always be to the values Jesus teaches and to the heavenly city in which earth and heaven will be joined -- on earth as it is in heaven. 

So let us bless the earthly city and nation. Let's be light, and salt, and leaven as Jesus encourages us to be. And let's remember that no nation will ever be the kingdom of God on earth. The only new order for the ages will be the one God initiates at the end of history. As the words of the hymn we sing on Sunday remind us, God's word our law, God's paths our chosen way.

Practice The Tithe 2021 | St. John's Cathedral

Summer is here and we're entering our post-covid future; but what will that look like? While the future is uncertain, we know God will lead us, we've come this far by faith. We also know, as the community of Jesus followers at St. John's Cathedral, certain things will remain constant.

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Vestry On-Call

This Sunday's Vestryman On-Call

Mr. David Oakes (2022)

Vestry members are partners with clergy, encouraging the growth of community and the establishment of common ground in the spiritual life of the congregation. Parishioners are always welcome to speak with these individuals on Sunday morning; they assist in making sure our questions, comments, or concerns are heard.

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Rosary Group

Requests for confidential prayer are now being accepted via slips of paper in a small lock-box at the welcome table in the church. These requests are only seen by our priests and are overseen by the Rosary Group. Alternatively, parishioners may write directly to Fr. Mark if additional privacy is desired.

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Upcoming Events

All vaccinated people are welcome to attend indoor worship. While masks are not required for those who are vaccinated, they should be worn by anyone who feels more comfortable doing so.

We ask that you get vaccinated against covid-19 before you attend public in-person worship.

If you are not vaccinated or are uncomfortable attending in person, we invite you to watch our services online via Facebook, YouTube, and Zoom (if applicable).

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The Man God Exalted:

Reading David in II Samuel

Sunday, July 4, at 10:30 am

“Her Side of the Story: Michal, daughter of Saul?”

Next week's presenter, Marti J. Steussy, MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Biblical Interpretation emerita at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She was a translator for the Common English Bible. She has written Samuel and His God and David: Biblical Portraits of Power, among her academic books, and is also the author of two science-fiction novels.

Learn more about our presenters and dates by downloading a digital flyer here:


If you missed our last session you can always watch it here:



Sunday, July 11, at 7:00 pm

(In-person & Online)

Join us for Compline on Sunday, July 11 at 7:00 pm. Wine & Food to follow for all those attending in person.

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Parish Brunches

As we continue the process of reopening the Cathedral for public worship and our common life together, the entire congregation is invited to a series of Parish Brunches held on Sunday, July 25, August 29, and September 19. Additional details to follow.



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Book Bag Drive

We are now accepting donations for Book Bags that will be distributed to the children of our Food Pantry guests. If you would like to learn more or have questions you may contact us here.

To make a donation click on the donation button.

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