Sunday, September 19, 2021
Worship & Preaching Schedule
Please note new service times
  • 8 am: Traditional Worship (Rite I) in the Chapel - The Rev. Charlie Holt
  • 9 am: Traditional Worship (Rite II) in the Church - The Rev. Charlie Holt
    Onsite and Online
  • 9:15 am: Awesome Worship in the Hall Life Center - The Rev. Louise Samuelson
  • 11:15 am: Traditional Worship (Rite II) with choir and organ - The Rev. Charlie Holt
  • 11:15 am: The Table (Ancient Practice | Modern Music) - The Rev. Louise Samuelson
    Onsite and Online
  • 5 pm: Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Louise Samuelson

Parking is available in circle drive off River Oaks Blvd and our parking lot on Westheimer. Additional parking is available at Lamar High School (crossing guards provided on Sunday mornings), and along River Oaks Blvd. 

Sunday Education Hour - 10:15 am

Room 203: The Core: The Life and Ministry of Jesus
The Parlor: Discovery Membership Class
Room 201: Parenting with Faith
Hall Life Center: Adult Sunday School & Small Groups (Gospel of Mark)
Room 208: The Life of Christ in Art
Youth Room: Youth Sunday School
Various Locations: Kids Sunday Morning

Fall Parish-Wide Study (Small Groups)

Changing Lives for God in Christ
Join us for this all-church study. Groups meet at different locations & times throughout the week. Sign up for a group here.

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.

Mark 9:30-37

9:30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

Traditional Musical Offering

This morning we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at our 11:15 am service. In response, the Chorale sings the words “Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name; you are mine.” This anthem, sung at the Offertory with words by English Roman Catholic writer and teacher Gerard Markland, is based on four verses from Isaiah 43. The music, written by English composer and conductor Philip Stopford, is written in an accessible, memorable style that elegantly expresses this profound but personal text.

William Cowper, a significant English poet and prolific hymn writer during the 17th century, wrote the hymn “O for a Closer Walk with God” (Hymn 684) out of the anxiety of caring for a sick friend. This text is often paired with the old Scottish psalm tune Caithness, as in our hymnal. Charles Stanford’s arrangement of this text and tune, as offered during the ministration, has a refined simplicity in its style and is a staple in the Anglican choral repertoire.

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

Updated COVID-19 Protocols at St. John the Divine

We are consistently evaluating and updating our COVID-19 protocols to align with ever-changing conditions and CDC and Diocesan guidelines.

Read our COVID-19 protocols