Brothers and Sisters at Saint John’s:
The new program year begins this Sunday at Saint John’s! We are back to our Three-Service worship schedule. Sunday School registration is underway. Our Rally-Day ministry fair is being planned.
The new Program Year, which begins Sunday and continues to Memorial Day, 2019, has these features. Rev. Jill & I are back, leading worship together, taking turns preaching week over week. We have three worship services: The 8am service is quiet and the shortest, with traditional liturgy and no music. The 9:15 liturgy has easier-to-sing music, with parts of the liturgy shortened to be child-friendly and a special childrens’ chapel for young ones to go out during the sermon. It ends in time for dismissal to 10:15 Sunday school and Fellowship hour.
During the 10:15 fellowship hour, one or more of the following events happen simultaneously: Sunday School Classes, Youth Group, Coffee Hour, Adult Education & Choir Rehearsal for 11am. 11 o’clock service-goers often come early for fellowship, choir or adult ed, often joined by parents from 9:15 whose children are in Sunday School. On this Rally Sunday, all the action is in Coffee Fellowship Hour, when parents can sign up their children for Sunday School which starts next week, or learn about many of the ministries at Saint John’s who will have an information table in the Parish Hall.
The 11 o’clock liturgy is more formal than the 9:15 and includes a choir and more traditional music and hymns. It lasts just over an hour
Among the groups and ministries you can learn about on Rally Sunday are youth group, Sunday adult education, Sunday School, the Music Program, the Ladies Literary Fellowship (which starts this Sunday afternoon, the Women’s Spiritual Fulfillment Group (Monday Evenings, Monthly) annual Auction Committee team (Saturday, November 3) the Property Committee, the Capital Campaign construction project, the Pastoral Care Committee, Altar Guild, Men’s Breakfast and Thursday Women’s supper group. All these groups — and more — have been preparing for a blessed new fall program year at Saint John’s! All of these ministries have room for more members, and most have meetings scheduled for the next few weeks.
If you ever wonder when an event is happening at Saint John’s, just visit our Google Calendar at our web page, www.saintjohnsconcord.com. Its as up to date as we can be, and Jane is constantly updating it as events are added or changed in the church. And speaking of the web site, we have resumed work on it and will be finishing it off this fall. Karen Donnelly will be our content manager, keeping the site up to date.
Rev. Jill, who has been off for much of the Summer, is preaching this Sunday. I will be leading worship. Both of us will be around to welcome you back on Rally Sunday!
The lessons for this Sunday continue themes from the summer. The Letter of James, full of practical advice for church-going Christians, today addresses the blessings and curses that come from our tongues! James writes, “but no one can tame the tongue– a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God.” If we add our communication from texts, emails, facebook and Tweets, we can guess that not much has changed over 2,000 years! And in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus instructs his disciples that Christian living has its sacrifices and challenges, writing, “”If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me!”
I hope you’ll be there with Rev. Jill and me to explore these stories at 8, 9:15 or 11am this Sunday, September 16. And join us for Rally Sunday at Coffee Hour!