Sunday, May 26, 2019

Two@Ten is returning this Sunday! Over the summer, our main morning services will move from 9 & 11 am to two services at 10 am. One will be in the Church (Rite II) and the other in the Hall Life Center, which will combine aspects of Awesome Worship and Contemporary Worship. Two Rite I services will meet in the Chapel: at 8 am & 5 pm. In lieu of Sunday School, all are invited to church family lunches at 11 am each week (supplies limited - first come, first served).

Preaching Schedule

8:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - The Rev. Louise Samuelson
10:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - The Rev. Louise Samuelson
10:00 am - Contemporary Worship in the Hall Life Center - Bishop Gary Lillibridge
5:00 pm - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - Bishop Gary Lillibridge

Summer Sunday Lunch

Join us in Sumners Hall at 11 am. Each week will feature food, connection time with your St. John the Divine family, and an opportunity to learn about and thank one of our ministries. Today, we will learn more about and thank Men's Life! Lunch will be a picnic-style box lunch. Limited food available - first come, first served. Cost: $10/adults;$6/kids.

Sunday School

We will not have adult, children, or youth Sunday school during the summer. Summer school will resume after Rally Day.

Wonderfully Made (Special Needs): 8:30 am - 12:30 pm in Rm 122
Nursery available for infants – age 4: 10:00 am in Preschool Playground
Egypt and the Bible: 11:00 am in Rm 208
Jesus and the Bible: 11:00 am in Rm 210

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 14:23-29

14:23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

This Week's Musical Offering - Contemporary Worship

This Week's Musical Offering - Traditional Worship

Today, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, we continue our celebration of the risen Christ and all that he has promised us, and pray at the Collect “…that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire….” On this Sunday we also remember those heroes who gave their lives in service of our country. The lyrics of the patriotic song “America the Beautiful” were written by Katharine Lee Bates, who originally wrote the words as a poem, "Pikes Peak", first published in the Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist in 1895. At that time, the poem was titled "America" for publication. Church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward had originally written the music, "Materna", for the hymn "O Mother dear, Jerusalem" in 1882, though it was not first published until 1892. Ward's music combined with the Bates poem was first published in 1910 and titled "America the Beautiful." Since that publication, the hymn has become one of the most popular of the many U.S. patriotic songs. At the Offertory, the Chorale offers Cecil Effinger’s setting of “America the Beautiful.” The congregation is invited to stand and join the Chorale in singing the final stanza.

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