Thursday, August 13, 2020
A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit
among the People of God
God of all power and love, we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ's body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn, break bread, share life, heal neighbors, bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pastoral Update on Fr. Jack
As many of you know, Fr. Jack has been hospitalized with complications of breathing resulting from fluid around his heart.
Fr. Jack had a heart procedure on Monday to repair two valves in his heart. The procedure was difficult because of the poor condition of his heart. Fr. Jack still has a balloon pump assisting his heart and because he is very weak, he is sedated and dependent on a ventilator for breathing. The doctors have been unsuccessful in removing the ventilator. They are going to try to wean the sedation and ventilator tomorrow to determine if he can breathe on his own.
Please continue to keep Jack and Sarah in your prayers. May they know God's healing strength and confidence in His abiding care and love.
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health:
Comfort and relieve your sick servant Jack,
and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs,
that he may be strengthened in his weakness
and have confidence in your loving care;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Meditation on Matthew 15:21-28
The Gospel passage (Matthew 15:21) for this Sunday
describes the only occasion in which Jesus ministered
outside of Jewish territory. (Tyre and Sidon were fifty miles north of Israel and still exist today in modern Lebanon.) A Gentile woman, a foreigner who was not a member of the Jewish people, puts Jesus on the spot by pleading for his help. At first Jesus seemed to pay no attention to her, and this made his disciples feel embarrassed. Jesus does this to test the woman to awaken faith in her.
What did Jesus mean by the expression "throwing bread to the dogs"? The Jews often spoke of the Gentiles with arrogance and insolence as "unclean dogs" since the Gentiles did not follow God's law and were excluded from God's covenant and favor with the people of Israel. For the Greeks the "dog" was a symbol of dishonor and was used to describe a shameless and audacious woman. There is another reference to "dogs" in Matthew's Gospel where Jesus says to his disciples, "Do not give to dogs what is holy" (Matthew 7:6). Does Jesus test this woman's faith to see if she is earnest in receiving holy things from the hand of a holy God? Jesus, no doubt, spoke with a smile rather than with an insult because this woman immediately responds with wit and faith - "even the dogs eat the crumbs".
Jesus praises a Gentile woman for her faith and for her love. She made the misery of her child her own and she was willing to suffer rebuff in order to obtain healing for her loved one. She also had great persistence. Her faith grew in contact with the person of Jesus. She began with a request and she ended on her knees in worshipful prayer to the living God. No one who ever sought Jesus with earnest faith - whether Jew or Gentile - was refused his help.
Do you seek the Lord Jesus with persistent, expectant faith?
Lord Jesus, your love and mercy knows no bounds. May I trust you always and pursue you with persistence as this woman did. Increase my faith in your saving power and deliver me from all evil and harm.
Scripture Readings For the Week
Readings for Sunday, August 16, 2020
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
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!
Join the Diocesan-Wide Worship Service
Bishop Susan Brown Snook will offer a Diocesan
Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 6. It's a time for the diocese to come together in worship, and for clergy to have a break if they choose, and join with other Episcopalians throughout our diocese for worship. Congregations may stream the service from their congregational channels, or individuals may access it from the Diocesan Facebook page. Bishop Susan will preside and preach, recording from St. Paul's Cathedral. Music and prayers will be in English and Spanish, with a bulletin available in both languages. It's a day for our diocese to come together in worship and thanksgiving!
Wednesday Morning Prayer
Join us for Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study
on Wednesdays at 9:30 am as a Zoom meeting.
Please contact Rev. Cathey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
Prayer Quilt Ministry
The leaders of the Prayer Quilt Ministry would like to remind
you that they remain available for anyone in need of a quilt. This important ministry brings comfort and healing to many people who are suffering with illness. Please contact Christy Gollihur directly or through the office. (Her cell is 619-227-8038.)
Material for Masks:
Christy also has material that she would be happy to give to anyone who wants it to make face masks.
The Passing of Robert Bailey
It is with great sadness that we inform you that
Robert Bailey passed away on Tuesday.
Bob has been a long time member of St. John's and served as an usher at the 8:00 service. Bob has also been involved in the Men of St. John's, the SBCS Food Drive and on our Stewardship Committee.
We are grateful for all that Bob has contributed to our parish.
Details regarding the service for Bob are still pending.
Please keep Bob, and his family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time of grieving.
Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Bob.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you,
a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock,
a sinner of your own redeeming.
Receive him into the arms of your mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;
And let light perpetual shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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 get it in the Sunday liturgy. If you have a picture of you that we could post for your birthday and/or a wedding photo or current photo for those celebrating an anniversary, please email it to us - it would be great to allow everyone to see you.
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, 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, Bill, Barbara, Dean, Jan,
Rob, Austin, George, Fr. Jack and Sarah,
and for all first responders, medical professionals,
essential workers and their families.
For the repose of the souls of Robert Bailey, Rev. Al Stott and Rob McKay.
For Churches in Transition in our Diocese
Christ Church, Coronado
St. Paul, Palm Springs
All Saints', Vista
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: www.saint-johns.org
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 (email@example.com
) or phone call to the office on Thursdays for assistance.
Current office hours are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Wednesday and Thursday.
If you need assistance, please email Maria Love:
EDSD Statement of Commitment
As part of the Jesus Movement and the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego, we pledge to love our neighbors and protect the most vulnerable among us, remembering our baptismal vows to "strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being." We live these pledges out by actively engaging in dismantling racism. For many of us, this will mean learning more about our racial identity, listening to those who have experienced racial prejudice, speaking out against racism, and showing up alongside those in our community working to change unjust systems in our society. We also live out this pledge at worship during this pandemic, by wearing face-coverings, respecting distancing guidelines, foregoing the common cup and refraining from congregational singing.
David Dennehy, Senior Warden
Mark Higginbotham, Junior Warden
Terry Farrelly, Treasurer
Diane Gustafson, Clerk
Approved Minutes for the June 17th 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 www.saint-johns.org
We welcome your feedback, photos, and news items. Contact Maria Love at 619-422-4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please submit your announcements by Tuesday of each week for inclusion in the Enews and Sunday bulletin.
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