Sunday, October 2, 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. Reagan Cocke
  • 11:15 am: Traditional Worship (Rite II) with choir and organ - The Rev. Louise Samuelson
  • 11:15 am: The Table (Ancient Practice | Modern Music) - The Rev. Reagan Cocke
    Onsite and Online
  • 5 pm: Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Reagan Cocke

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
The Parlor:
Discovery Membership Class
Room 201:
Rediscovering Kingdom Healing
Room 203:
History of Christianity II
Room 236:
Youth Confirmation
Room 238:
Youth Sunday School
Room L17: Preparation for Communion
Room L18: Family Matters
Various Locations: Children's Sunday School

Blessing of the Animals

Bring your beloved pets to St. John the Divine from 3:30 – 4:30 pm for our annual Blessing of the Animals. The SJD Choristers will lead a service for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, followed by a pet parade and blessings by our clergy. We welcome Friends For Life, a local, no-kill animal shelter to our event. Learn more about their organization, and bring items from their wishlist to benefit their efforts.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 17:5-10

17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
Unworthy Servants

7 “Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8 Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9 Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10 So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”

Traditional Musical Offering

The music of contemporary English composer John Rutter has become a staple in the choral repertoire and is beloved by many. His Requiem, a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem with added psalms and biblical verses in English, is the most well-known and widely performed setting from the late 20th century. At the Offertory we hear the second movement, “Out of the Deep,” a setting of Psalm 130. Featuring solo cello throughout, one can hear the rumblings from the depths of the Psalmist’s soul. We welcome cellist Chris French, the Associate Principal Cellist for the Houston Symphony.

The text of the widely popular hymn “Be Thou My Vision” comes to us from the Irish monastic tradition c. 700. At the Ministration, the choir sings a simple but elegant arrangement of this hymn, based on an old Irish folk tune, arranged by American composer Alice Parker.

To find out more information about St. John the Divine's Music Ministry read our blog posts here.

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