Updated COVID-19 Protocols at St. John the Divine

We have updated our COVID-19 protocols in accordance with the CDC's new recommendations and the diocese's newly-announced guidelines.

Read our new COVID-19 protocols

Sunday, June 20, 2021
Worship & Preaching Schedule
  • 8 am: Traditional Worship (Rite I) in the Chapel - The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
  • 9 am: Traditional Worship (Rite II) in the Church - The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
    Onsite and Online
  • 10 am: The Awesome Table in the Hall Life Center - The Rev. Charlie Holt
    Onsite and Online here or on YouTube
  • 11 am: Traditional worship (Rite II) with choir and organ - The Rev. Dr. R. Leigh Spruill
  • 5 pm: Traditional Worship (Rite I) in the Chapel - The Rev. Charlie Holt

Visit the Summer Sunday information page for details on the new schedule! For questions please call 713.622.3600, 8:30 am – 2 pm, Mon – Fri.

Children's Programming

We recently began a new Sunday morning service, The Awesome Table! The Awesome Table is a one-hour service that combines the best of Awesome Worship and The Table. The service will begin with accessible songs with hand motions. Children will follow the gospel procession out of the main service to Children's Chapel for readings, Bible storytime, music, and prayer. They will return to the HLC during the passing of the Peace and all will take Communion together as part of God’s family. We still have Sunday school lessons and parent guides online and on the app for preschool through preteens.

Father's Day at St. John the Divine

Ice Cream in the morning, a steak dinner at night! Celebrate Dad by enjoying frozen treats from an ice cream cart, thanks to a gift from Gary Pearson. Then, come back for steak night at Summer Sunday Nights at 5:30 pm on the lawn. Steak for all while it lasts and hotdogs and hamburgers for the kids! Steak night is made possible by a gift from William and Bradley Berry in honor of their father John Berry.

Open Door Belt Drive

This summer our youth are serving with the ministries we partner with all around Houston each Tuesday. On July 6, we will be serving at Open Door to help prepare and serve lunch. Open Door asked us if we could host a Belt Drive prior to serving in order to help their need of men’s belts (sizes 36-44), deodorant, and razors. Contact Emma Kastens for more information on this event or contact Deb Graeflin for more youth volunteer opportunities.

St. John the Divine Blood Drive

Please join St. John the Divine and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the SJD parking lot on June 20th for a mobile blood drive! Giving blood is a wonderful way to give back to your community and it costs nothing but a little time and a little blood! The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's mobile coach will be on site on Sunday, June 20 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Make your appointment here.

Summer Sunday Nights

Bring your family and your appetite for Summer Sunday Nights! Join us at 5:30 pm on the North Lawn for food, family games, and fellowship. Each Sunday in June will bring a special way to spend quality time together. Tonight is a special Father's Day celebration - with steak! The SJD grill team will be cooking steaks for all while they last. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available for the kids. Thanks to the Berry family for their generous gift providing food for these events.

The Collect of the Day

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Mark 4:35-41

4:35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Traditional Musical Offering

Psalms have been a significant part of worship since the time of David. It was he who established orders of musicians and singers to bring regular organized worship of God in the tent which David pitched to house the Ark of the Covenant. We read in 1 Chronicles 16, David’s earliest psalm, his Song of Thanks, which instructs the chief priest Asaph in the order of giving praise to the Lord in the Temple’s liturgy.

In addition to the appointed Psalm for today (Psalm 9:9-20) which the choir will sing to Anglican Chant at 11am, our liturgy includes musical settings of three others. Both the opening hymn and the hymn at the sequence are metrical versions of the Psalm text, Psalm 104 and 146 respectively, and the offertory anthem a direct setting of Psalm 134.

The anthem at the Offertory, “Behold Now, Praise the Lord” by Everett Titcomb, has local roots. It was composed for the re-dedication and centennial of Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral and is a bold proclamation of praise with its text being that of Psalm 134. Composer Everett Titcomb was a prominent 20th century American Anglican composer who served 50 years as organist-choirmaster at Boston’s Church of St. John the Evangelist.

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