Sunday, May 22, 2022
Worship & Preaching Schedule
  • 8 am: Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Louise Samuelson
  • 9 am: Traditional Worship (Rite II) in the Church - The Rev. Louise Samuelson
    Onsite and Online
  • 9:15 am: Awesome Worship in the Hall Life Center - The Rev. Neal McGowan
  • 11:15 am: Traditional Worship (Rite II) with choir and organ - The Rev. Neal McGowan
  • 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. Neal McGowan

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

Hall Life Center: Adult Sunday School
Room 203:
History of Christianity I
Youth Room
: Youth Sunday School
Various Locations: Children's Sunday School

The Real Jesus

Our current all-parish study is The Real Jesus: A Study Through the Book of Revelation. Written by SJD's own beloved lay faculty leader Meg Rice, this study reveals the power, majesty, and authority of Jesus Christ. Read more here. Email Tori Gilliland for help connecting with a group.

Welcome the McGowan Family!

Come meet our new associate rector, the Rev. Neal McGowan, and his family! Neal will preach at the 9:15 am Awesome Worship service, the 11:15 am Church service, and the 5 pm Chapel service. You are also invited to meet him and his family and enjoy ice cream in the Julia Garden during the 10:15 am Sunday school hour. Be sure to wear your nametag! If you need one, you can order it here.

Royal School of Church Music Visit

We welcome Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) President Hugh Morris and composer Simon Lole to the 9 am and 11:15 am services on Sunday, May 22 where they will lead worship. Join them in the choir area at 10:15 am when they will give a brief presentation on RSCM and the future of church music. Contact Anna Teagarden for more information.

The Collect of the Day

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

John 5:1-9

5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath.

Traditional Musical Offering

Today, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, we continue with our emphasis on the Book of Revelation, commission new Stephen Ministers, welcome a new priest, and recognize ten children who will have their first communion. Additionally, we welcome Hugh Morris, the Director of the Royal School of Church Music in Great Britain and composer Simon Lole. They will assist in the musical leadership of our morning liturgies and will present a short talk in the chancel between services on church music in the 21st century. Please join them for this informative session.

The short 14th century Eucharistic hymn “Ave Verum” has been set by numerous composers over the centuries, the most famous being that by Mozart. Today at the Offertory, we hear a fresh, colorful 8-part setting by British composer Colin Mawby. Listen to the soaring phrases over a slower harmonic progression creating colorful sonorities. Also notable is the movement from soft to loud and back again.

Richard Shephard was one of the significant British composers of church music of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His anthem sung during the Ministration, “The Secret of Christ,” pulls selected texts from Isaiah, Colossians, and the Book of Revelation, referencing the “tree of life” as situated on either side of the “river of life” and as we read today’s appointed New Testament lesson.

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