Preaching Schedule

7:45 am - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein
9:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church -The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein
9:00 am - Awesome Worship in the HLC - The Rev. Reagan Cocke
11:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - The Rev. Charlie Holt
11:00 am - Contemporary Worship in the HLC- The Rev. Dr. Clay Lein 
5:00 pm - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Charlie Holt

SJD Mobilizes

St. John the Divine is mobilizing to meet the needs of our parish family who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Can you offer transportation? A meal? Prayer? Can you rip out carpet? Mow a lawn? Make phone calls? Visit Sumners Hall after the services to let us know how you can help. If you've been affected by Harvey, come to Sumners Hall and let us know how we can help!

We are mobilizing to reach members of our SJD family that we have been unable to contact so far to check on them and see if there is anything we can do to help. Meet in the Administration Building reception area at 1:00 pm. We will send volunteers out teams of two with a list of addresses from our SJD database to knock on doors and check in with people.

The Collect of the Day

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

YoPro Outreach at LOTS

Join SJD's young professionals as we set up tables and serve breakfast to area homeless at Lord of the Streets (LOTS). Meet at Trinity Episcopal Church 1015 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004 in the auditorium, adjacent to the cafeteria at 7:00 am.

Hurricane Harvey Pet Supply Drive

Donations will be collected in Sumners Hall on Sunday, September 24 and will conclude on Sunday, October 1st at our annual Blessing of the Animals event. Friends for Life wish list donations include food, dog/cat gear, puppy/kitten gear, kennel supplies gift cards, trash bags, paper towels, and office supplies. Please check their wish list online for specific items/brands they need! We are also collecting dog and cat food for Interfaith Ministries AniMeals.

Discovery 101- New Member Class

This class prepares individuals to become fully connected members of St. John the Divine. Meets in the Parlor at 10:00 am.

The Parenting Class

The Parenting Class runs throughout the year looking at issues of making faith stick with your children. This week's guest presenters are the Rev. Charlie and Brooke Holt. Meets in the Room 201 at 10:00 am.

Matthew 20:1-16

20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

This Week's Musical Offering

The African-American Spiritual originated in the oral tradition of African slaves, one that imparted Christian values while also describing the hardships of slavery. Although spirituals were originally unaccompanied monophonic (unison) songs, they are best known today in harmonized choral arrangements. This historic collection of uniquely American music is now recognized as a distinct genre, and today we hear contemporary arrangements of two of these songs.

At the Offertory, we hear an austere, moving arrangement of the Spiritual “Steal Away” as arranged by Dale Adelmann, the Canon for Music at The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. Listen for the rich 8-part harmonies of the choir as Adelmann sets the spiritual using the ethos of the Anglican Choral tradition.

Moses George Hogan (1957–2003) was an American composer and arranger of choral music, best known for his settings of African-American spirituals. Today at the 9 am Introit and 11 am Ministration we hear his straightforward, reflective arrangement of the spiritual “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian”.

Read about the musical offerings for this and previous weeks at the Music Ministry blog.