April 2 update:
I am thrilled that so many were able to access and enjoy last Sunday’s worship live stream! We will be using the same system this week.
I am looking forward to being with you for Palm Sunday!
In preparation for the service, I encourage you to get some palm branches or other leafy branches and have them with you Sunday morning as we begin the service at 10 a.m. I will bless them remotely at the beginning of the service, as we would normally do in the park. Then, after worship, I encourage you to put them up outside, perhaps on your mailbox or a similar location, as s Palm Sunday celebration.
There are links to the “Order of Service” and the “News and Notes” below.
I have made a couple of changes to the set up. First, I have restored the ability for you to post comments and greetings during the worship. Second, it is set up so that you can open the link to the live stream at any time and as soon as we start the service, it will begin on your device.
Here is the link to the live stream and links to other materials:
By the way, you can use the same link to view the service at a later time, or to share it with others.
As I have noted before, I’ll be sending this out in several ways to ensure the widest possible distribution, so I apologize if you get multiple notifications.
Stay safe and see you Sunday!
March 26 update:
I am hearing that many of you were able to access the Sunday Worship Livestream on March 22 and really enjoyed it. I’m thankful to hear that!
However, some did have difficulty accessing it and that included some very tech savvy folks. It appears that those trying to access it from a phone or tablet without a Facebook account had problems, but others did as well.
After a good deal of research, I have decided to move the Live Stream to a different service. We will use Youtube. It was a lot more work to get it set up, but it looks like it will be a much easier experience for the user.
All you need to do is click on this link on Sunday morning and you will be able to join the worship. This should work whether you use a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
Once you get there, I suggest that you subscribe to the church’s Youtube channel.
I’m sending this out several ways so I apologize if you receive this multiple times!
See you Sunday!
Bible Studies Online!
We are trying two Bible studies online. We will have a general study on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., continuing the study planned for the now cancelled Soup Suppers.
We will also try an online TGIF, our men’s breakfast and Bible study. Get your coffee, or your whoe breakfast and we will start at 8:00 a.m. on Fridays.
Update posted March 17, 2020
Pray for the Holy Spirit to grant a flood of wisdom, compassion and peace for each one and for those who are entrusted with leadership in our community, nation and world.
The accelerating coronavirus pandemic situation has pressed more changes on us here at St. John’s.
In consultation with the Wardens and other parish leaders, as we all listen to the counsel of health, government, and church leaders, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel our public worship and other gatherings.
Sunday worship is cancelled through the end of March, March 22 and 29. We will re-evaluate as time goes on. We are preparing to livestream a simplified worship service at 10 a.m. on Sunday which will be available both at that time, and for accessing at a later time. More information will be available on this page Thursday or Friday on how to access this.
Soup Suppers are cancelled for the remainder of Lent.
TGIF (men’s breakfast and Bible study) is cancelled for March 20 and 27 as we meet at a restaurant and we are asked not to gather at such places.
The Lenten Quiet Morning scheduled for March 21 is cancelled.
Most of our individual Bible studies can continue at their discretion as they are less than 10 people. Contact your study leader.
The School of Healing Prayer was already preparing to meet electronically.
The vestry will meet in person on Thursday as they will likely be less than 10. We will practice social distancing and we will use the time to make sure everyone is up to date and can participate in future meetings online as long as needed.
As our treasurer, Steve Bradley, reminded us, the church’s expenses continue through this time. Please consider mailing your contributions or using your bank’s bill pay system.
We take this action not in fear — we trust the Lord — but in order to best protect our members and others who may be vulnerable to this infection. Heeding the advice of experts, it seems that prudence now will greatly diminish the worst outcomes.
Thank you for being a part of this precious family, and for your continued prayer and commitment to walking this crisis together, even if from a distance!
The Rev. Eric Turner
Previous statements: March 14, 2020