Farnham & St. John's
Torrence's Message
This Sunday, September 12th, is National Grandparents Day
Our Sunday services will remember this special generation in the ongoing life of a family. In addition this Sunday we add a Sunday morning Zoom service at 11:30 a.m. for those who want to gather on line and unmasked. Zoom invitation is below under "Virtual Services"

For everything there is a season. Ecclesiastes reminds us that change is normal – a part of the cycle of things as life seems designed to unfold in its various patterns of living, moving and having being.

I was walking around an amazing home place recently with a new friend. It was an exquisite piece of land that shyly but proudly boasted a pond, woods, grassy slopes, an orchard, bee hives nestled in a corner, springs and what I call “secret garden” spaces. Every now and then a weathered bench tucked into a corner beckoned, saying “Stop, sit awhile, savor where you are, just absorb and relish the moment.”

The garden landscapes were designed by the loving owners of this land so that there would be something blooming year-round – as if the land was created to reinvent itself in some sure and predictable rhythm. Always to offer the potential of a revolving, evolving shifting cycle of colors, textures, aromas, sights and sounds that enfold the “senses” as the “seasons” of life unfold. While one season would offer a lush, colorful and complex landscape, another, a bare, more monochomatic, simple one, another a rapidly changing, transitional one – any one of these seasons offers its unique role in a continual cycle of beginnings, endings, new beginnings.

A coolness had crept into the day, a subtle invitation to contemplate that a new season was on its way. A soft breeze stirred green leaves in the towering trees – leaves that would turn brilliant fall colors in another month, then fall as colder winds wrestled them from branches in a coming winter that would dust bare branches with ice and snow as somewhere deep inside the tree dreamed of pale green buds springing out in a yet to come season.

I began to imagine what each season would do to the palette of the place. I could imagine the revolving, evolving shifting cycle of colors, textures, aromas that would excite the senses as the landscape shifted as the seasons turned – as the cycle of old life passing on gives way to new life, over and over again. The gift of this day of discovery: a deep profound understanding that it is in the nature of things to experience the changing rhythms intricately woven into the nature of all creation.

The images of life in Ecclesiastes are not that of trees and ponds, honey bees and flowers, but of human beings and the realities of what we experience as we live into, through and even beyond the life we experience moment by moment. Birth and death, planting and harvesting, hurting and healing, weeping and laughing, throwing away and gathering up, embracing and pushing away, seeking and losing, keeping silent and giving voice, tearing apart and sewing together, mourning and celebrating, loving and hating, fighting and finding peace. The connection, the bridge between all of these “ways” of life – not “or” but “and.” Because as all of creation confirms, affirms, promises there is a cycle to this journey we call living, constantly turning what may appear to be passing away and dying, into something new. It is a both/and, not either/or way of life.

Creation was not a one-time thing – but a continual process by the great Creator of all life, whose recreation is re-creation and renewal. Continually molding, shaping, renovating, rejuvenating, reinvigorating what has been, what is and what is yet to be. We are simply called to live within this rhythm, embrace it, co-operate with it in the cycle of be-coming that is at the heart of the Creator’s design. May we not fear the cycles of life, but trust in them, sunset to sunrise, summer, fall, winter, spring, birth, life, death, resurrection, new life. It is the storyline of creation. It is the storyline of the life of the One who came to be the pathway to new life. It is our storyline if we have the courage to live into it.

"This Old House"

Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson offers a stimulating reflection on "old houses" as a metaphor for "church." It encourages us to consider the ideas of preservation, "conservation, renovation, innovation, and renewal in how we come together as "church." Certainly, here at St. John's and N. Farnham, as with many of our sister churches during the pandemic time, we have taken the opportunity to embrace renovation and innovation opportunities. Many have been liturgical, such as how we worship together. Many have been social/relational, such as how we reach out to, how we "commune"/ communicate with, and how we care for one another. We have had to be innovative in doing so.
We have also taken the op-portunity of doing some renovations of our buildings and grounds. What has happened? At N. Farnham, newly renovated shutters on the parish house; a new memorial garden planted and becoming a resting place for a loved one's ashes. At St. John's, the old font re-positioned, filled again with water to welcome a new little one into baptized life, the planting of a Garden of Peace, brick entrance to the church expanded and plans unfolding for a re-surfaced parking lot in October.

It is a time of renovation and renewal as we rediscover the many ways we can live into our life together with each other and with God- a God who says "I make all things new!"

Please enjoy the Bishop's reflection, linked here.
Fall Sunday Services Announcement
In Person Services

N. Farnham & St. John's Church Sunday Services will continue throughout the Fall to be combined parish services in person at 10:00 a.m. rotating between the church location as follows:

  • 1st & 3rd Sundays - StJ
  • 2nd & 4th Sundays -Farnham
  • Masks & Social Distancing Required
  • No Coffee/Refreshment Hour
Virtual Services

Additionally, there will be a Zoom service at 11:30 each Sunday through October 24th. The link is here
or on our web-page, farnhamwithstjohns.org

Every week on Sun through Oct 24, 2021,(7 weeks)
    Sep 12, 2021 11:30 AM Oct 3, 2021 11:30 AM
    Sep 19, 2021 11:30 AM  Oct 10, 2021 11:30 AM
    Sep 26, 2021 11:30 AM Oct 17, 2021 11:30 AM
    Oct 24, 2021 11:30 AM
The Meeting ID is: 846 4486 0295
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Upcoming Services
Sunday, Sept. 12th 
Pentecost XVI

10 a.m. Service of Morning Prayer

N. Farnham

Sunday, Sept. 19th  
Pentecost XVII

10 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

St. John's
Sunday, Sept. 26th  
Pentecost XVIII

10 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

N. Farnham

Sunday, October 3rd  
Pentecost XIX


10 a.m. Service of Holy Communion

St. John's

A service in
Celebration of the Life of William ("Bill") King
will be held
Saturday, September 25, 2021
at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon
St. John's Episcopal Church
The Parish Prayer List
for those in need of God's comfort and healing:
Courtenay Altaffer
Ford Becker
Junius Berger
Martha Berger
Allison Boever
Randall Bone
Sue Bowie
Sallie Cox
Constance Edwards
Bob File
David Gallagher
Carlton George
Regina Griggs
Barbara Grander
Dorothy Grove
Sandy Wade Hagan
The Rev. Howard Hanchey
Kelsey Heidenreich
Billy Hooper
Rebecca Hubert
Marcia Jenkins
Sally King
Mary Douglas Lawton
The Rt. Rev. Peter Lee
Susan Lewis
Frank Lynch
Susannah Marais
Tommy Neuman
Judi Newman
Matt & Melissa Porter
James Rynd
Debbie Belfield Stacks
Scott Strickler
Waldy Sulik
Billy Tennyson
Roclyn Tennyson
Elizabeth Valentine
Tyler Walker
John Welch, II
Matthew Yates
Rose Mary Zellner
the people of Haiti and
the victims of COVID.
and for those serving in our armed forces:
Royce Baker
David Berger
Ryan Berger
Allen Crocker
Randy Crocker
Court Garretson
Cameron Heidenreich
Dan Heidenreich
Charles Jones
Daniel Kirk
Mark Lawton
Scott Longar
Luis Loya
Gavin Wade McClung
Christopher Strickler
We also pray for those who have died, especially Bill King.
September Birthdays & Anniversaries
5th - David Gallagher
10th - Jim Crowley
14th - Dean & Sandy Garretson
30th – Bill & Kim Calvert
The Episcopal Church
Welcomes You!

This Sunday at 10 a.m. we are having a service of Morning Prayer at Farnham. We have returned to the sanctuary, but MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Our website is farnhamwithstjohns.org
North Farnham Church
St. John's Church
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