February 27, 2020

 

Lent 2020

We have begun our Lenten journey.
The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection; known as The Paschal (Sacred) Triduum:  Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and The Great Vigil of Easter. Over time, it became the custom of the Church to prepare for these days by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy Baptism.  It was also a time when those who because of sin had been separated from the body of the faithful were reconciled by repentance and forgiveness. Thereby, the whole congregation was aware of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior.
We are invited you, in the name of the Church, to an observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and acts of charity; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. 
For disciple of our God, this way of observing Lent becomes a way of life.  After all that is what Jesus asked his disciple to do.
Our "Lenten" life will lead us once again to the Easter feast, whereby, we will renew our Baptismal commitment which promise new and everlasting life. 
We do not strive for holiness because the world exp ects it, but rather because a closer relationship with God will be our reward.

Lenten Practices

Acts of Charity:
Volunteer with St. Mark's and ECS on Maundy Thursday!
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 8-11am or 11:15am-2:15pm

St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Episcopal Community Services (ECS) are hosting a joint Maundy Thursday event for St. Mark's homeless neighbors and ECS clients.
The day will include meals, showers, new shoes for guests, foot washing, and more. Volunteers are needed to help with greeting and registering guests, serving meals, distributing shoes and other items, washing feet, and other tasks which help the event run smoothly.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church -  4227 Fairmount Ave., San Diego

If you are interested in volunteering, please find a flyer and sign up sheet in the Narthex.
If you have any question, please speak with Norma Dunn

Fasting:
You are invited to consider the words of Pope Francis how they may become part of your daily life.




Prayer:
The Way of the Cross - prayer and reflections for the 14 Stations of the Cross
As we make our way through Lent, the weekly newsletter will include two or three Stations with questions of reflection for you to use in your prayer and meditation.  By the end of Lent, you will have "walked" all 14 Stations.

 
Lent:  Week 1

Opening Devotions

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.   Amen.

      Lord, have mercy.
     Christ, have mercy.
     Lord, have mercy.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done, 
on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those 
who trespass against us. 
And lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 

V.      We will glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ:
R.      In whom is our salvation, our life and resurrection.

Let us pray. (Silence)

Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, 
that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts,  whereby you have given us life and immortality; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.


First Station

Jesus is condemned to death

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests, 
with the elders and scribes,  and the whole council, held a consultation; 
and they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him to Pilate.
And they all condemned him and said, "He deserves to die."
When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out 
and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement, 
but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. 
Then he handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.

V.     God did not spare his own Son:
R.      But delivered him up for us all.

Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,  and entered not into glory before he was crucified: 
Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, 
may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.   Amen.

      Holy God,
     Holy and Mighty, 
     Holy Immortal One, 
     Have mercy upon us.

Reflection:
Do you find it difficult to accept that Jesus is a Messiah who must suffer and die?
Have you experienced insult, slander or words that have condemned you?


Second Station

Jesus takes up his Cross

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you:
Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Jesus went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called the
place of a skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha.
Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he
suffered. Like a lamb he was led to the slaughter; and like a
sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he opened not his
mouth. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power
and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and
blessing.

V.     The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all:
R.      For the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Let us pray. (Silence)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son willingly endured the agony 
and shame of the cross for our redemption: 
Give us courage to take up our cross and follow him; 
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.   Amen.

      Holy God,
     Holy and Mighty, 
     Holy Immortal One, 
     Have mercy upon us.

Reflection:
Do you find it difficult to accept that Jesus' disciples must also travel this road?
What is happening in your life at the moment that involves carrying the cross?


Year of Discipleship

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego invites you to  Turn  as part of
The Year of Discipleship 2020  in this holy season of Lent.

The season of Lent is the perfect opportunity to turn and reorient yourself toward Jesus.

On the Way of Love, we don't only practice turning away from destructive things, but also turning ourselves toward God - like a flower setting its face toward the sun. In our daily lives, we are called to reorient ourselves to Jesus and his loving, liberating, life-giving Way.

Find a video message from Bishop Susan here and other resources for the Turn area of The Way of Love, as well as rules of life in this season of Lent here.




Scripture Readings For This Sunday

Readings for Lent 1, Sunday, March 1, 2020

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 1:16-21 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Weekly Bible Study and Morning Prayer 

Readings for Wednesday Morning Prayer

Psalm 49
1 Corinthians 2:1-13
Mark 1:29-45

Every 
Wednesday, Saint John's will have Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Bible Study from 10 am to 11. 

Tuesday Night Bible Study

Tuesday Night Bible Study will resume on March 3rd.
Tuesday night Bible Study meets on  Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm in the youth room. For information, please contact Mike Gollihur  at 619-852-4960  or  mgollihur@aol.com

St. John's Facebook Page
 
If you haven't visited St. John's Facebook page lately, you are invited to check it out and "like" it!

Our thanks to Malia Attaway and Cliff Berkowitz for help in editing our page.
 
Dinah's Closet Returns!

T he Women of St. John's will open Dinah's Closet on Sunday, March 1 after both services. This is a unique fundraiser. We ask for your donations of men's and women's clothing and accessories, and then we sell them in Nale Hall for just $5 per item. You clear your closet, and we contribute the  money to the Church operating fund.
Two things to remember: we want gently used, quality items (like you might find in a nice resale boutique), and we can't accept them until the morning of March 1 at 7:30 a.m. (we don't have storage space). 
Questions? Call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298.
 
Men of St. John's Meeting

The next meeting of the Men of St.John's Church will be Monday, March 10, 6 pm, at Fr. Stott's home.
We usually have our meeting on March 17, but we need extra time to plan for our St. Patrick's Day fundraiser
dinner to benefit St. John's on Saturday, March 21.

Please check with Tim Attaway if you have questions.

St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser
 
Dinner

Our St. Patrick's Day dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage will be on Saturday, March 21st at 5:30 pm.  Tickets are $20.00
per person and will be on sale beginning this Sunday.
Tickets will also be available in the office.

Opportunity Drawings

The Women of St. John's are holding another of the popular and successful Opportunity Drawings at the St. Patrick's Dinner. There will be many prizes. Tickets will be sold 6 for $5, and you can deposit your tickets in the bags accompanying the prizes you would like a chance to win.
As always, we are looking for donations of prizes. These can be gift cards or gently-used items that can be combined into baskets.

So far we have a chili basket, signed copies of all three of Diane Gustafson's books, a children's basket, and a Lladro design address book.

We can use just about anything. If you have something to donate or have questions, call Diane Gustafson 619-253-7298.


Thank You 
 
Christy & Mike Gollihur are so touched and appreciative for the cards, prayers and love that has flowed our way. Mom specified that there be no services after she was gone. Family members will be on their way to spend some time in remembrance with us.
Calendar of Events:

Office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday.
The office is closed on Fridays. 

Dee Parmley Memorial Service
Friday, February 28, 10;00 am
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Dinah's Closet
Sunday, March 1
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Bible Study
Tuesday, March 3, 6:00 pm
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Morning Prayer and Bible Study
Wednesday, March 5, 9:30-11:00 am
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Roland James Memorial Service
Friday, March 6, 11:00 am
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Flo Looney Memorial Service
Saturday, March 7, 11:00 am
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Daylight Savings Time Begins (Spring Forward)
Sunday, March 8
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Men of St. John's Meeting
Monday, March 9, 6:00 @ Fr. Stott's home

Prayers

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  revroger@saint-johns.org

Prayer List
 
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,  Chariti, 
Mark,  Sean, Jonathan,  TK,   Christopher, 
Timothy,  Jeremy,  David,  Jonathan,  Nick, 
Jamal,  Matt, Daniel,  Jocelyn, Devon, 
Taylor, Jorge, Katherine, Sebastian and Richie.

  For Strength in Time of Need

Scott, Betty, Rob,  Barb,  Joe, Jan, Marion, Bill,
Brian, Marcia, Malia, Norma and Allison.

Those unable to come to services, but thankful
for their continuing connection with Saint John's, 
especially Lois,  Juanita and Paul.   

 
For Churches in Transition in our Diocese

Christ Church, Coronado
St. Paul, Palm Springs
St. Margaret's, Palm Desert
All Saints', Vista
Holy Cross, Carlsbad



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 March, our featured items will be peanut butter and jelly.  Thank you for your support!
  
From the Prayer Journal of Fr. Jack Tolley

  "He knows what is in the darkness" - Daniel 12:17-30 

Have you ever been ashamed of something you did or said, and then deeply regretted it ?  I think we all have. The author of this reflection was ashamed and in despair  and found God's love and forgiveness.
Blessings, love, and hugs, 
Fr. Jack.

I was ashamed and in despair, carrying a burden of guilt that seemed suffocating.  I had hurt someone  dear. I would have done anything to have taken it back,  but the deed was done. The more I tried to come up with a way out, a way to "fix" the problem, the more hopeless things seemed to be. 
I needed help and didn't know where to turn. Panic set in.  I went to church still stewing. Despite my distractions, the Lord made sure I listened to familiar words of the opening collect from Holy Eucharist: " Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid..."

   My muscles began to relax as I slowly exhaled.  Gradually, palpably, the realization spread over me that God already knew full well what I had done and loved me anyway. I poured out my heart, asking for forgiveness and guidance. I no longer felt alone. There is darkness in all of our lives. 

What do you need to share with God "from whom no secrets are hid."
     
 ( Forward Day by Day, 2006. Unknown author. )


The Vestry

David Dennehy,  Senior Warden
619-840-9994 
masterfrog@att.net
Mark Higginbotham,  Junior Warden
619-861-5510
Terry Farrelly,  Treasurer
Pamela Brittain
Ray Contreras
Diane Gustafson 
Mark Higginbotham
Muriel Kulikowski
Jim McDevitt
Judy McKay
Lynn Young

Approved Minutes for the December 15th 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  www.saint-johns.org.

We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at 619-422-4141 or  maria@saint-johns.org .

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
maria@saint-johns.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.
 
Reporting Misconduct
 
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, (jseitman@pacbell.net), 858-793-4555 or Ms. Equilla Luke, (aequilla@icloud.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

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