Good morning St. John's Community,
We often think of the Bible as rather dry; an instruction manual, full of hard (and unkeepable) rules. But, in fact, it's really not that. The whole Bible is, very simply put, the story of the relationship between God and humanity. In it we can be seen in our best light, and, as in today's Gospel reading, in our very worst. But, regardless, much of it is gripping, and inspirational, and deeply woven into our culture. Mark's Gospel story of the dance of Salome and the beheading of John the Baptist have inspired poetry, drama, music and (above, by Caravaggio) one of the world's great paintings. The Bible is many things, but, definitely, it is not boring.
If you don't believe me though -- well, pick up a Bible today, and see what you find!
We hope that many of you will be able to join us for worship today, whether online or in person.
And, after today's 11:00 am service, the young adults are going on for brunch. All are welcome. Please meet on the plaza immediately after the service.