Thursday, August 25, 2022

St. John's Mission Statement

St. John's is a Christian community that intentionally gathers 

to experience God's love through Episcopal worship, education,

fellowship, and ministry to the wider community.

A Prayer for Peace Among the Nations (BCP 816)

Let us pray in this time of conflict for the countries of Russia and the Ukraine,

Almighty God our heavenly Father, guide the nations of the world

into the way of justice and truth, and establish among them

that peace which is the fruit of righteousness,

that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



St. John's will celebrate La Misa in English


August 25th at 6:00pm


an opportunity to gather to celebrate Mass

in English while celebrating Latino/Hispanic culture and heritage.

Social – Music – Mass – Dinner

All are welcome to attend  -  Please invite family and friends


With Joy and Gratitude to God

You are Cordially invited to Join us in Celebration

St. John’s Centennial Dinner on Saturday, September 17th at 6:00pm in Nale Hall

Wine Reception starting at 5:30

St. John’s Centennial Liturgy with a visitation from Bishop Susan Brown Snook

on Sunday, September 18th at 9:00am in the church


We need to know how many people will be attending the Centennial Dinner.

Just as you would be expected to RSVP well in advance of a wedding reception, you need to buy your dinner ticket and choose your entrée in advance. Tickets will be sold on August 28th and September 4th after church, or through the parish office, or on our parish website ( by clicking the “Give Now” button and choosing the appropriate drop down selection. We need to tell the caterer at the beginning of September exactly how many will attend and how many of each entrée have been ordered.

Some dinner tickets have be donated, so please do not let cost be an issue. It is the hope of the Centennial Committee and the Vestry that every parishioner be given the opportunity to have a seat at the Centennial Dinner.


While this is a celebration for the parishioners of St. John's, your friends and families are welcome to buy tickets too.


The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday, August 28, 2022

9:00 am

Come, pray, sing, receive Holy Communion,

and join us for fellowship following our liturgy.

Collect For the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things:

Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion;

nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Sirach 10:12-18

Psalm 112

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16

Luke 14:1, 7-14

Worship Booklet for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, August 28, 2022

Masks are not required.

However, if you are unvaccinated or immunocompromised,

you may wish to wear a mask.

If you are not able to attend, please join our livestream service:

St. John's website:

St. John's YouTube Channel: St. John's Episcopal Church, Chula Vista

Scripture Study on Luke 14:1, 7-14

On the Sabbath, Jesus was invited to dine at the house of a prominent Pharisee. There were other guests in attendance and they were intently observing Jesus. When he arrived, Jesus had noticed how many of the guests had vied for places of honor at the table. After a time, Jesus said to the guests: “When you are invited to a wedding banquet, do not sit in a place of honor at table. It may happen that a guest deserving of a place of honor may arrive and need a seat of honor. Thus, the host may approach you and ask you to give your place to the honored guest. And you would experience the embarrassment of having to move down to a “lower” place.”

Jesus tells his listeners that it is better to take a lower place at table. Then the host may come to you and say: "My friend, move up higher.” The other guests then may hold you in high esteem. Jesus concludes with the statement: “For everyone who exalts himself/herself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself/herself will be exalted.”

In today’s world, every day individuals vie for fame, fortune, power and status. The people who have achieved any of these “gifts” typically are held in high esteem. However, Jesus completely reverses this idea. He proposes that it always is best to choose a lower place rather than a higher place. Thus, you will never be embarrassed by being asked to move to a lower place. And possibly you may be invited to move up to a higher place. 

Status-seeking is rampant in our world. Many people seek fame, power and recognition. However, there also are many individuals who live their lives quietly and simply. They are content with God, family, friends and a simple lifestyle. Fame may look glamorous. However, almost every day in the newspaper or on television we hear stories of how the famous and the glamorous have fallen or been defamed, often by their own choices.

Today Jesus encourages us to be content with what seemingly is “lowly and least.” Often it is in the small and seemingly insignificant gifts of everyday life where we may experience the greatest love, joy, peace and contentment. Today be mindful and notice the many small gifts you receive. Thank the giver and thank God! 

Altar Flowers for 2022

The Altar Flowers for August 28, 2022 are given to the glory of God.

Our 2022 Altar Flower sign-up is available in the Narthex. If you are not able to sign up in person, please contact the office to see if your desired date is available. If you donate online, please contact Maria with your dedication:

Suggested donation is $40.00.


The Columbarium and The Re-Interment of Remains

Our New Columbarium and Memorial Garden is to be completed on Tuesday, September 6th.

On Sunday, September 11th, following our Sunday liturgy,

we will bless the new Columbarium and re-inter the remains

of our loved ones who have gone before us.

You are invited to follow the recession to the Columbarium for the service.

If you wish to purchase a niche in the new Columbarium, please contact Maria in the parish Office. 


St. John's Pride Shirts

Would you like to show your St. John's Pride with one of our new T-shirts? The shirts feature our St. John's logo and motto and are $35.00 each. Checks should be made out to St. John’s, with "Pride Shirt" in the memo line. 


We have a limited supply: 3 XL, 4 Large, 4 Medium and 1 Small remaining.

South Bay Pride Arts and Music Festival


St. John's will be represented with a booth at the

14th Annual South Bay Pride Arts and Music Festival

on Saturday August 27th, The festival goes from 11am-10pm,

at Bayfront Park, 

980 Marina Way, Chula Vista.

We will have a table and tent set up so that we can speak with attendees about our wonderful parish, and invite them to come to our church. Our booth will be staffed

until 5:00pm.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jeff Bates ( or the parish office (

Outreach Collections

We will continue our ongoing collections for:

  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Eyeglasses - (Norma Dunn)
  • Greeting Cards - ECS HeadStart (Judy McKay)
  • Clean, Gently Used Blankets - Dreams for Change (Norma Dunn)
  • Emergency Food Pantry - South Bay Community Services (Maria and Joe Love)
  • Blessings in a Bag - For our neighbors who are living outside. Click here for a list of items you can donate to fill the bags.
  • Gently Used Clothing - Men's, women's and children's 

Items may be brought to Nale Hall on Sundays when we gather for worship.

You may also bring your items to the church during our weekday office hours,

Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm.

If you are not able to bring them, please contact the parish office, and we will pick up the items from your home.

St. John's Outreach Committee meets monthly to discuss our parish Outreach activities.

Please click on the following link for more information on our Outreach collection activities:

Outreach Ministries of St. John's


Lay Eucharistic Ministers

St. John's has four Lay Eucharistic Visitors who are commissioned to bring Holy Communion to anyone requesting a visit.

If you are not able to join us for our celebration of Holy Eucharist, we will bring Holy Communion to you. You may call the parish office (619-422-4141) and request communion to be brought to you by one of our Eucharistic Visitors.

We Are Here For You!

If you, a family member, neighbor or a friend are interested in celebrating a significant event in your spiritual life, please know that you are welcome.

We would be honored to be a part of your Baptism, Holy Communion, Quinceañera, Marriage, Renewal of Vows or Anointing of the Sick.

At St. John's, no matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey - you are welcome here

We Are Available in Your Time of Need

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed,
please call 619-301-0724 or email


Hospitality Hosts Needed!

Please join us for hospitality after the Sunday morning worship service. 

If you would like to host a Sunday, you may sign up on the poster in Nale Hall or by calling or emailing Maria at 619-422-4141 or

Refreshments should be individually portioned or wrapped, or served by a server who is the only one touching the serving implements. Coffee and Clean-up are done by our Sexton, Ryan Attaway.

Current Available Dates:

August 28

September 4

September 11

October 2


Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study

Join us for Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study

on Wednesdays at 9:30 am as a Zoom meeting.

Please contact Rev. Roger (

to be included in the Zoom meeting.

The Morning Prayer guide can be found here:

Morning Prayer, August 31

Prayer Quilt Ministry

The leaders of the Prayer Quilt Ministry would like to remind
you that there are many quilts available for anyone in need
of prayer and support. This important ministry brings comfort and healing to many people who are suffering with illness.
Please contact Diane Gustafson directly (
or through the office (

Daughters of the King Prayers

All the women of the parish are invited to discern becoming a member of the Daughters of the King. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Young (208-695-7735) or Linda Dennehy (619-429-4747).

If you have a special prayer request for Daughters of the King, you are invited to fill out a prayer card, found in the narthex. Drop your prayer request in the church-shaped box or in the offering plate. These requests are confidential and are separate from our printed parish prayer lists.

Parish Prayer Lists

Birthday and Anniversary Prayers

We would like to acknowledge and pray for anyone celebrating a birthday and/or anniversary in the coming week. Please let us know by Thursday of the prior week so that we can pray for you during the Sunday liturgy. 

Our Parish Prayer Intentions

Today and every day include some time for prayer, for yourself,

for your church family, and for those in need.

For our Military

Matt Jensen, Drew Shorkey, Cody Crossland, Cameron Ronie, Chariti Paden, Mark Stanfield, Sean Robinson, Jonathan Martinez, TK Nguyen, Christopher Lindshield, Timothy Lindshield, Jeremy Colton, David Sanchez, Jonathan Baldera, Nick Wyatt, Daniel Getreu, Jamal Warner, Matt Hernandez, Devon Strunk, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Sebastian Morales,

Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Ryan Lothspeich, Roberto Chavez,

and Roberto Johnson and the crew of USS Essex.

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping 

all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.

Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; 

strengthen them in their trials and temptations; 

give them courage to face the perils which beset them; 

and grant them a sense of your abiding presence 

wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Strength in Time of Need

Steve Magill, Gary & Shirley McCarren, Ann Lindshield, the McClure family,

Christy and Mike Gollihur, Norma Dunn, Anna Jones, Linda Longoria-Neff, Bob Smalley, Dave Stewart, Rochelle Kramer, Craig Nightingale, Jenny and Herb Dougherty, 

Tony Ramirez, Tom Brosche, Michael Brosche and Adam Beneschan.

O God of heavenly powers, 

by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies 

all sickness and all infirmity: 

Be present in your goodness with your servants, 

that their weakness may be banished and their strength restored; 

and that, their health being renewed, they may bless your holy Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of St. David's

in San Diego.

Prayer for Episcopal Diocese of San Diego's The Good News Festival:

Loving God, Author of life, in You we live and move and have our being.

We ask that you revive us again in your mighty Spirit

as we prepare our hearts for The Good News Festival.

Inspire us to reach out to those who do not know you, and welcome them

with open arms, without judgement, so that all may embrace your Good News, answer your call, and dance together with joy.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Anglican Church in Aotearoa,

New Zealand and Polynesia.

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for all Sailors serving in Carrier Strike Groups 1, 3 and 9.


Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • August 25: La Misa in English, 6:00pm in Nale Hall

  • August 27: 14th Annual South Bay Pride Arts and Music Festival, 11:00am

  • September 5: Labor Day Holiday, Office Closed

  • September 17: St. John’s Centennial Dinner, 6:00pm; wine reception at 5:30pm

  • September 18: St. John's Centennial Liturgy, 9:00am

3rd Quarter Calendar of Events

Parish Office Hours and Contacts

The Parish Office will be open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.

Please call the parish office if you have any questions or concerns

(619-422-4141) or email

Rev. Roger will be in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. He is available by appointment. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

In case of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Roger may be reached on his cell phone at


Your weekly newsletter highlights important events at St. John's Episcopal Church. You can also find news about St. John's at

We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at (619) 422-4141 or

Please submit your announcements by Tuesday of each week for inclusion in the Enews.


Lambeth Letters - Part III

By: Bishop Susan Brown Snook

The first day of the Lambeth Conference was a retreat for bishops in the hallowed halls of Canterbury Cathedral. That morning I sat jet-lagged in the cathedral, waiting for worship to begin, feeling apprehensive about how the various long-running conflicts in the Anglican Communion would affect our time together. Then the organ began to play a grand, familiar tune, and I stood with 650 other bishops and began to sing “The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ Her Lord.” But somehow, I found that I couldn’t sing. I was tearing up, thinking of all the times I had sung that hymn, as a child, as a priest, in churches I’ve loved, in your churches as your bishop. I thought of that same hymn being sung in other churches all over the world, to the same tune, praising the same Lord, and I wept to be part of a worldwide communion of faith that is built on our great cornerstone, Jesus Christ.

Read More

Visitor to Diocesan Convention

This year, EDSD is holding Convention in person, and you are welcome to attend. Please register as a visitor and enjoy the worship, business, and fellowship of Diocesan Convention with hundreds of others. 

Register Here

Sharing God's Good News

September 17, 9:00am-2:30pm

How can we share Good News in ways that feel authentic and just? You are invited to join Jerusalem Greer, staff officer for evangelism in the office of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and the Episcopal Evangelism Team for this evangelism workshop. Register Here

3 Easy Ways to Celebrate the Season of Creation

By: Diane Lopez-Hughes, Executive Council Member

As summer heat recedes and autumn breezes begin to cool, we are drawn into this annual time of harvest and hope. “What a timely opportunity to connect with the presence of God through the unique beauty of our local chaparral and to deepen our relationship with the place that we all call home!” said the Rev. Brian Petersen.

From September 4 to October 2The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego will celebrate the Season of Creation, offering our thanks to God for the gifts of Nature. Here are three simple ways you can celebrate the Season of Creation with the rest of the diocese. Read More

Help Ukrainian Refugees

Episcopal Relief & Development continues to work with Anglican and ecumenical partners to provide aid to people displaced by the crisis in Ukraine. 

Please click the button below to donate:


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