An Easter Prayer
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:
Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him
who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads;
who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God,
for ever and ever.
on Jesus, Our Good Shepherd
Jesus uses rich images from daily life to illustrate the depth of his desired relationship with us; he speaks of shepherd and sheep, gatekeeper and gate, pasture and life, recognition and salvation.
In the gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Easter Jesus refers to himself as the gate for the sheep. The powerful image, which the disciples did not understand, contains more than one meaning. Jesus says that
"the one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep"; a shepherd leading sheep to pasture and the sheep hear his voice. It is an allusion to Moses' request that God appoint a leader to guide the Hebrews into the Promised Land after their wilderness journey:
"Let the Lord appoint someone over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the Lord may not be like sheep without a shepherd" (Numbers 27:16-17).
The LORD then tells Moses to select Joshua whose name, quite similar to the name Jesus, means "God is salvation" - a name most appropriate for a people wandering under stress and anxiety, a people looking for pasture, that is, looking for a new life, health, and wholeness in the Promised Land.
There is but one shepherd, one leader for the people of God, and that is the God revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
"The LORD is my shepherd," writes the psalmist, and one's loyalty or worship is thus due to this one alone: not the political or religious leader. Indeed, another psalm presents an ethic of care flowing from God the shepherd that is intended to shape the lives of the baptized in this world: defend the weak, promote the cause of the poor, rescue the vulnerable, protect against the wicked.
In these days of pandemic, how good it is to focus our hearts and minds on the One who was willing to lay down his life in service to those who are frequently overlooked or simply discarded by "untrustworthy" members of society. Indeed, as we "wander in place" through this challenging pasture we call a pandemic, this Sunday's gospel offers a promise of hope: there is a pasture ahead, where there is life, and health, and wholeness flowing from this wounded, good shepherd into the hands of healthcare providers, scientists, wise and compassionate politicians, grocery store clerks and pharmacists, safety and security officers, food pantry workers, and housing activists - flowing into the hands and lives of Christ's friends in the world who in gestures and words small and great, are cultivating hope - greening pastures - in others.
Yes, it may feel as if we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death - yet, let us fear no evil. We are not alone: the wounded and risen One is with us, leading us, calling us by name.
Mother's Day Photos
Greetings of peace to you all,
Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th
Next Sunday is Mother's Day, a day in which we honor all mothers (deceased or alive) or any woman who has been a nurturing person in our lives.
We will honor and pray for all of our "Mothers" during our Sunday liturgy on May 10th.
To celebrate all of our "Mothers" during our Sunday liturgy on May 10th, we will include a special slideshow accompanied by Cheryl on the piano and words of blessing. We would love for you to be a part of this celebration by submitting a photo of yourself, your mother, or mother figure, so that I honor all women who have been the presence of God's life and love in our lives.
Please send me a picture of you, your mother or mother figure so that I may incorporate the photos into this special time of blessing.
If you are in the picture, that would also be wonderful (it will help us to identify your special mother).
Blessings to you all,
If you have a hard copy picture you would like to send, here are the ways you can do it:
1. Take a picture of your picture with your smart phone and email it.
2. Scan your picture and email it as a pdf.
3. If you have no other way to send it, you may bring it to the office on Wednesday or Thursday, and Maria will scan it. Please be sure to wear a mask and practice proper social distancing.
Stewardship is about the offering of our time, talent and treasure, and this joyful Eastertide is a time for all of us to be as generous as we are able.
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.
Scripture Readings For the Week
Readings for Sunday, May 3, 2020
ECS Virtual Gala
St. John's Episcopal Church is honored to support Episcopal Community Services. St. John's is home to one of their Head Start Programs. It is wonderful to collaborate with ECS in this important ministry for our children. Please attend the ECS Gala and support the work that they are accomplishing.
We are going virtual!
...and it's going to be fun!
In light of COVID-19, we are bringing the event online to your home this year! We know you are determined to respond to the needs of children, adults and families in your community.
Proceeds from the Making Miracles Gala will inspire children, empower adults and transform communities. They are counting on your generosity to keep moving forward. It's not possible without you!
Join us as we ignite hope and inspiration while celebrating ECS and all of you! Be the first to experience a virtual reception from the comforts of your home with a fun online auction, entertainment, inspiring program, giveaways, and more surprises to be announced.
Registration is FREE, and there will be opportunities to support ECS during this virtual event by making a donation or purchasing an auction item. Please RSVP here or by calling 619-609-1182. Thank you so much for your continued support!
For more information, visit us
or call us at (619) 609-1182.
Other ways to support ECS
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.
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
in this holy season of Easter.
One Diocesan-Wide Experience
Bishop's Book Studies
Take part in this diocesan-wide book study led by Bishop Susan throughout the season of Easter. This will be an online offering, where each week Bishop Susan will post a reflection on a chapter and some discussion questions on the
, to which participants can respond interactively online. Alternately, participants may choose to use the reflection and discussion questions in small groups in their congregations, or for personal reflections at home. No need to sign up. Just buy the book and take part in the conversation throughout the season.
Current office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday.
If you need assistance, please email Maria Love:
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,
Taylor, Jorge, Katherine, Sebastian and Richie.
For Strength in Time of Need
Scott, Betty, Rob, Bill, Brian, Marcia,
Lorena, Minnie, Barbara, June,
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
St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
All Saints', Vista
From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley
Friends. "To praise and thank God, no matter what happens."
I placed this in my Prayer Journal in November of 1995.
It was written by Murray Bodo, OFM,
in St. Anthony Messenger Press.
I thought you would enjoy it.
Blessings, love, and hugs from a safe distance,
"Give thanks to the Lord always and your life will be a song. Some songs are sad, of course, but the melody is still there your voice, as well as the movement, and the feeling of freedom that comes from music. To praise and thank God, no matter what happens, is a gift that few possess.
To lift your voice and heart on high in failure, and defeat, places you among the saints of God. For only faith and love can explain a sing of praise and thanksgiving when times are bad."
"O Lord, my God, I cried out to you, and you restored me to Health"
Opportunities For Service
Pill Bottle Ministry
Did you know that in developing countries, the pill bottle and cap is often more expensive than the medication inside. You can donate your empty prescription bottles! Just drop off your empty prescription bottles in our collection bucket located in the foyer- no need to peel the information off. Our volunteers will take care of that for you! We will wash them and ship them to Matthew 25: Ministries. Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies and for shredding and recycling. Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.
Please note that we can currently only collect the clear orange prescription bottles. We have found that the others do not benefit the program.
Thank you for your support!
Emergency Food Pantry:
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep." John 21:17
The South Bay Community Services
"Emergency Food Pantry" needs donations every month. It's easy to donate! We will focus on a different food category each month. Pick up a flyer from the narthex, carry in your car until your next trip to the market, purchase the food, and place it on the table in Nale Hall before the end of the month.
During the month of April, our featured items will be cereals, powdered and canned milk.
Thank you for your support!
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 March 25th Vestry meeting can be found here:
Rev. Roger's Office Hours
Rev. Roger will be available in the office Monday and Tuesday depending on his school schedule and all day Wednesday and Thursday. 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
email@example.com). 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, (firstname.lastname@example.org), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (email@example.com), 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