Sunday, January 17, 2020
Preaching Schedule

10:00 am - Rite II Traditional Worship on the Front Lawn - the Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
5:00 pm - Rite II Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill

The 10:00 am service will also be streamed online. Reservations are encouraged for both services to save your seat and to save you time in service check-in. For more information and to reserve a place go here or call 713.622.3600, 8:30 am – 2 pm, Mon – Fri.

Sunday School

Children's Sunday School Online
Awesome Worship Children's Lesson: On-demand by 8:00 am
Adult Education - Deuteronomy: On-demand by 10:00 am
The History of Christianity Part I: 4:00 pm

Welcoming Leigh Spruill

Welcome our sixth rector, the Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill to St. John the Divine at a festive, outdoor service at 10 am followed by breakfast tacos and bottled beverages on the lawn. The 5 pm service will be in the Church. We will be social distancing and wearing masks when we gather onsite. RSVP for 10 am here and 5 pm here. Register by January 14 and receive your 2021 St. John the Divine nametag at the service.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

John 1:43-51

1:43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” 48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” 50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Traditional Musical Offering

The texts and tunes of a large majority of the hymns that we sing were written separately. Over the centuries, editors of hymnals determined which tune to pair with which text. Not only must the meters match, but also that of the inherent emotion of the text. If one were to sing “Amazing Grace” to the tune we use for “O for a thousand tongues to sing,” the character of the text changes, as the tune is more jubilant and upbeat than the New Britain tune to which we now sing it.

Today we hear two older texts given new tunes. Listen how they bring the texts to life in a fresh, new way. At the Offertory, we hear one of Charles Wesley’s most popular hymns “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” as set to music by contemporary English composer Howard Goodall. Charles Wesley, the leader of the Methodist movement within the Anglican church, authored nearly 6,500 hymns 25 of which are found in our hymnal and included in English hymnals around the globe

During the Ministration we a 19th Century Irish text, “Before the Throne of God Above,” as set to a newly composed folk tune by Vikki Cook of Sovereign Grace Ministries. It is a compliment to her melody that many have thought both text and tune were composed together, as the music easily expresses the confidence and joy of one being secure in the powerful grace of Christ as expressed in the text. This hymn has enjoyed a new popularity in Contemporary Christian circles after it was sung by the band Shane & Shane.

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