Prayer For the Human Family
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family;
take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts;
break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love;
and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Scripture Readings For the Week
Readings for Sunday, June 14, 2020
In the Gospel reading this Sunday from Matthew, Jesus was traveling to villages and towns, teaching and preaching in the synagogues. He was proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom. He also cured many people who were ill or in need. Matthew says: "When Jesus saw the multitudes He was filled with deep compassion for them." Jesus recognized how lost, hungry, and alone the people were. Truly, they were sheep without a shepherd. They had no one to tend to them or care for them.
Jesus then called His twelve disciples. He gave His disciples the power and ability to heal, to drive out unclean spirits and to cure every disease. Jesus then instructed His disciples to find the "lost" sheep of Israel. I wonder how the apostles responded to Jesus' instructions? Did they truly believe that they would be able to heal or drive out unclean spirits?
Today Jesus also gives us the power to heal. We may heal simply by listening to another person. Or we may heal by giving an unexpected gift of our time or ability. We may heal by truly "seeing" another person. We all have the ability to heal. The question may be: Do we truly believe this? And do we use our gift of healing?
Who will you reach out to today?
Will you heal another person with a touch, with loving words or perhaps by simply giving our full attention to each person we meet?
And also be mindful of the individuals who share their time and love with you. It is a great gift to give and receive!
This is a time to reconnect, socialize, see friends,
and support one another during this time.
Following the Dismissal and Postlude, we will gather as family and friends of St. John's for a virtual time to be together - "Coffee Hour". So bring your coffee, tea, juice and whatever pastry you want to eat and join us for our Zoom Coffee Hour.
You will be sent the Zoom link prior to Sunday. Click on the link (or enter the identification number if you already have Zoom). If you have never been on a Zoom session you may be asked to download a small program or application.
For security purpose, you will be put into a "waiting room", where the host (me) will let you in.
In Zoom, "Gallery View" view will allow you to see the most amount of people.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Wednesday Morning Prayer will begin again on
Wednesday, June 24th as a Zoom meeting.
Please contact Rev. Cathey (email@example.com)
to be included in the Zoom meeting, or to update your info, if she does not have your current email.
The Morning Prayer guide can be found here:
Re-Gathering for In-person Worship at St. John's
The task force has met and considered the guidelines and practices set forth by the state and church authorities. As required by the diocese a Re-Gathering Action Plan has be written and submitted to the diocese. The re-gathering of our parish for in-person worship will be a slow, phased process.
The task force looked at all areas of our parish life - liturgy, administration, outreach, and spiritual formation.
The re-gathering of the parish will be done with an act of love for our neighbor, respect for government and public health experts, and with an opportunity to be "church" in a new way. Please keep St. John's in your prayers as we continue this very important, careful work for the safety of our parish.
We Are Available in Your Time of Need
If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed,
Today and every day include some time for prayer, for yourself,
for your church family, and for those in need.
For our Military
Matt, Drew, Cody, Cameron,
Jamal, Matt, Daniel, Jocelyn, Devon,
Taylor, Jorge, Katherine, Sebastian and Richie.
For Strength in Time of Need
Scott, Betty, Rob, Bill, Barbara, Paul,
Kevin, Sophia, Dean, Brian, Ed, Fr. Jack, Jan
and for all first responders, medical professionals,
essential workers and their families.
For Churches in Transition in our Diocese
Christ Church, Coronado
St. Paul, Palm Springs
All Saints', Vista
St. John's dear friend and former parishioner Dean Peters was recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Dean is living with his daughter in Oregon. Cards may be sent to him at the following address:
37054 Redwood Highway
O'Brien, OR 97534
If you would like to send cards and letters to Bill Parlato, following the passing of his wife Nancy, Bill's address is:
Rancho Mission Viejo, CA 92694-1594
Stewardship is about the offering of our time, talent and treasure.
Thank you to those who make the work and ministry of St. John's continue.
We have made it even more convenient to give online. You can find a "Give Now" button on our St. John's website:
There are 4 other ways to stay current on your pledge:
1) US mail
2) the secured mail slot next to the parish office door on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am and 3:00pm
3) Sally can add an automatic credit or debit payment by providing to her in writing the necessary information (bank name, account number, expiration date and amount to be withdrawn,
4) you can go to your bank (physically or on line) to set up an automatic payment to St. John's by bank check once a month.
If you need help with any of these options, please contact Sally via email (
) or phone call to the office on Thursdays for assistance.
Episcopal Relief and Development
Special Webinar Invitation
Nurturing Children to their Full Potential
Join us on Wednesday, June 17, at 2:30 PM PDT for a special webinar: Nurturing Children to Their Full Potential.
This webinar will take a more in-depth look into Episcopal Relief & Development's work with children and how our partners are adapting, guided by our core values, to meet the particular challenges presented by COVID-19.
Please register here: Episcopal Relief & Development Webinar
ECS Annual Meeting
Three great resources for those who need food assistance:
St. Marks in City Heights
has a food pantry that is available to anyone who may need a little extra food to make it through the month. Along with shelf-stable foods, they typically also offer fresh vegetables & fruits.
Open every Wednesday and Thursday from 12-2 PM.
JFSSD, Jewish Family Services of San Diego distributes/delivers hot or frozen meals to seniors in need, in SD county.
South Bay Community Services... free, drive-thru food distribution They provide produce and some good nutritious staples to anyone in need (Adults). They have other locations on other days, too.
Opportunities for Service
Donate Snacks to Uptown Safe Haven
- The ECS Uptown Safe Haven clients love snacks and treats as they shelter in place together. You can send treats via Amazon or drop them by the house and leave them on the doorstep.
Address for mailing or dropping off snacks:
Uptown Safe Haven, Attn: Christina Zeman/UTSH Staff
San Diego, CA 92103.
Volunteer with Head Start Food Distribution Program -
ECS Head Start preschool programs are closed, but we are distributing food to families Tuesday through Friday, 9:15am to 12:30pm, each week and are looking for volunteers to help! This is taking place outside in South Bay, families drive by to get bags of food, and safety precautions are in place. Volunteer roles include helping with set up, break down, directing traffic, and handing bags to families through car windows.
* Pill Bottle and Monthly SBCS grocery list collections are currently suspended at St. John's.
Current office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday.
If you need assistance, please email Maria Love:
Year of Discipleship
In the Diocese of San Diego, Bishop Susan Brown Snook has called us to spend the year 2020 focusing on discipleship: How we grow in faith as followers of Jesus Christ. Discipleship grows as we adopt spiritual practices for daily living. Our diocese offers these resources to help you develop spiritual practices as individuals, families, small groups, and full congregations.
The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego invites you to
as part of
The Year of Discipleship 2020. By reading and reflecting on Scripture, especially the life and teachings of Jesus, we draw near to God and God's word dwells in us. When we open our minds and hearts to Scripture, we learn to see God's story and God's activity in everyday life.
Here is a list of some things to do while you are quarantined at home:
Streaming of operas from the Metropolitan Opera, which are occurring daily. Go to https://www.metopera.org/ to enjoy the daily streaming available.
The Seattle Symphony is also offering live streaming at this site: https://seattlesymphony.org/
Museums worldwide are offering their exhibits online: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en&tab=pop
One of the pianists who frequently visits our communities has made a free video performance, which you can enjoy by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI_FTFZNGm8
A free class to take at YALE University: https://www.businessinsider.com/coursera-yale-science-of-wellbeing-free-course-review-overview
More Museums offering free virtual tours: https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/g31815495/museums-you-can-virtually-tour-right-now/
Free coloring books for adults from 113 museums: http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html
An article with links to a variety of things that are now free: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/20/818670715/getting-bored-heres-a-list-of-free-things-that-werent-free-before-coronavirus
Approved Minutes for the April 22nd Vestry meeting can be found here:
Rev. Roger's Office Hours
Rev. Roger will be available, but working from home on Mondays and Tuesdays and in the office all day on Wednesdays and Thursdays. He will be available by appointment. Please call the office (619-422-4141) to schedule an appointment.
In case of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Roger may be reached on his cell phone at 619-301-0724.
To our Saint John's Family:
Here is your weekly newsletter highlighting 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 and Sunday bulletin.
Emergency Contact Information
If you had a medical emergency at church on Sunday morning, would the Wardens or church
staff know who to contact? If you would like to add someone to St. John's emergency contact
list in case of such an emergency, please contact Maria, our parish secretary (619-422-4141 or
firstname.lastname@example.org). A sign-up sheet will also be available in the church lobby to collect this information. Please provide your name, the name of your emergency contact, their relationship to you, their phone number and/or their email address. This is one more way we can show how we love one another.
As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact Mr. John Seitman, (email@example.com), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (firstname.lastname@example.org), 760-583-0485.
Safeguarding God's People
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God's face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May God give you the grace never to sell yourself short;
Grace to risk something big for something good;
Grace to remember that the world is too dangerous for anything but truth
And too small for anything but love.
So, may God take your minds and think through them;
May God take your lips and speak through them;
May God take your hearts and set them on fire.
-William Sloane Coffin
pastoral care: 619/301-0724