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Dear Friends,
This Sunday we celebrate the Transfiguration.  The story is told in the synoptic gospels and in the second letter of Peter; Jesus, with three of his disciples, Peter, James and John go to the mountain to pray.   While on the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light, is joined by the prophets Moses and Elijah and Jesus is called 'Son' by a voice in the sky.   
I've always been intrigued by this miracle, as it is the only one that happens to Jesus, rather than done by Jesus.  The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in Jesus' life along with his baptism, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.   
What makes this event so important is that, there, on the mountain, human nature meets God: humanity meets divinity, temporal meets eternal, with Jesus as the connection, the bridge, between the two.   
 Jesus is still a bridge for us.  He is a bridge from death to life, a bridge from sin to redemption and from brokenness to wholeness.   In the Transfiguration we hear God's voice asking for Jesus' followers to 'listen to him' and to become his followers.     
I hope to see you all soon!   
In Person Worship Registration for Sunday, August 2
Like last week, we're asking each participant in our in person worship to bring their own chair, bring a Book of Common Prayer (if you have one), keep physical distance from members of the community who are not members of your family and wear a mask.  When you arrive this week, look for landscaping flags marking seating spaces to help with physical distancing.   In order participate, each person will need to register by clicking the following link. Sign Up Here for Worship on Sunday, August 9   
Registration allows for contact tracing in the event of a positive test and communication regarding any necessary changes.  For planning purposes, it is really helpful to us if you can register before Friday morning, but we will continue to accept registration up to Sunday morning.   
In registering for and attending this service, each participant is entering into our worship covenant. This covenant acknowledges our shared responsibility for one another and our agreement to abide by the outlined protocols in order to offer abundant hospitality and welcome.  The text of the covenant can be found at the conclusion of this announcement.    
Our online service of Morning Prayer on Sundays (available on our Facebook page beginning at 8:00 am) will continue to be our principal worship with a sermon and music. We'll also be continuing our online evening services Monday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m.  By offering this variety of services, we strive to serve as much of our community as possible.   
I continue to be thankful for your continued support and patience and ask for your prayers for our community and all its members.   
Our Worship Covenant
I promise to care for others by: staying home and worshiping online if I'm not feeling well, wearing a mask, and respecting that people's personal space is much larger than before.  I will also remember that what makes me feel safe, may not be the same for others and I will seek to be generous with this knowledge in my interactions.  I will seek to serve Christ in all persons by loving others in the ways listed above.
Resources for Sunday Worship   
1.  You can watch our Sunday Worship Service anytime after 8:00 a.m. this Sunday, August 9 by clicking here St John's Beverly Farms Sunday, August 9         
2.  Here is the Bulletin for Sunday's service. Bulletin for August 9       
3.  Here is the most updated Prayer List.   Prayer List, Sunday August 9 
Resources for Evening Worship    
During the Easter season, and the season after Pentecost, we'll be continuing Evening Worship Monday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m.   
We are praying Compline during the week and the Saturday evening service will be Evensong led by the music staff at St. John's.  If you have a Book of Common Prayer at home, Compline begins on page 127, and Evening Prayer on page 117.   
Sarah has also put together a bulletin for Compline (Monday-Friday) you can download here: Compline Bulletin   
Francie has put together a bulletin for Choral Evensong (Saturday) that you can download here: Evensong Bulletin 
Supporting St. John's financially during this time.     
We've heard from a number of you that you would like to continue to support St. John's financially during our time apart.  There are two easy ways to do it.   
First, you can mail a check to St. John's at Box 5610, Beverly Farms 01915.   
Second, you can give to St. John's online.  The blue link below will take you to an online giving site.  Administered through Vanco, giving through this site is similar to any online purchase.  You can make a one time gift or set up the monthly payments.    
Before you give you will need to create an 'Online Profile'.  The process is straight forward, but if you have any questions, our Bookkeeper, Blair Spofford, will be happy to walk you through or process individual payments.    You can reach Blair via e-mail at blair@sjcb.org.
We are truly grateful for your continued support.