Sunday, October 25, 2020
Preaching Schedule

9:00 am - Rite II Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Reagan Cocke
11:00 am - The Table (Contemporary) in the Hall Life Center - the Rev. Reagan Cocke
5:00 pm - Rite II Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Reagan Cocke

The 9:00 & 11:00 am services will also be streamed online. Reservations are required for in-person worship. For more information and to reserve a place go here or call 713.622.3600, 8:30 am – 2 pm, Mon – Fri.

Sunday School

Awesome Worship Lesson: On-demand by 8 am
Adult Education: 10:00 am
GO Education: Early Childhood & At-Risk Youth: 10:00 am

World Homeless Weekend - Survival Kit/Encouragement Notes Drive

In Recognition of World Homeless Day and Weekend, please drop off donations to the church Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm in the bins located in the church lobby the entire month of October OR on Sunday, if attending services. You can see a list of needed items here.

Doughnut Devotionals

Sounds good? It is. Doughnut Devotionals on Sunday Mornings begins in October. Kids ages Kindergarten through 5th grade have the option to meet on the lawn for worship, message, time of prayer, and fellowship (with doughnuts) while their parents attend the 9 am service.

Discover Membership at St. John the Divine

The (online) classes are designed for you to meet our clergy and for them to get to know you. We want you to know more about who we are and what we do, meet other new members, ask any questions about St. John’s, and find ways to engage in the life of SJD. It is also a way to stay connected and find a group as we pray, worship, and encourage each other through this season. These classes will meet on Sundays through Nov. 1 at 5 pm. Contact Kim Jameson for more information.

Youth Sunday Nights

A safe and fun environment for our students. All middle and high schoolers are invited to gather together for Sunday School on Sunday nights! We will spend our time playing socially distanced games, and enjoying fellowship and Bible study! Meet at 7 pm on the North Lawn. Wear a mask, bring a water bottle and your own lawn chair. We will have a liability waiver for everyone to sign upon arriving. If you are not comfortable or are unable to make these events, you can join us on Wednesday’s from 7 – 8 pm on Zoom! Contact Deborah Graeflin.

Compline Service

Compline, otherwise known as “Prayers for the End of the Day,” is the final service of the day before retiring for the evening. Virtual compline will be offered on on Sundays at 8 pm in October. This service of prayer is offered by six members of the SJD Chorale in a candlelit church.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 22:34-46

22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

45 If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” 46 And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

This Week's Musical Offering - Traditional Worship

William Cowper, English poet and prolific writer of hymns 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 is found in our hymnal. Charles Stanford’s arrangement of this text and tune, sung at the Offertory, is simple but profound, and has become a staple of the Anglican choral repertoire.


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