Advent Christmas and Epiphany at St. John’s

The world is a mess; people are hurting. What is God going to do about it? What are we going to do about it? Find out by tuning in to Advent: The Miniseries only eight one-hour episodes in this epic story! Click out of Netflicks, put down your phone, come to St. John’s and enter this ancient in-person adventure. Tune in Sunday, December 2 for the first Sunday in Advent. Don’t miss the sneak preview of Christmas on Saturday, December 8 (stories, songs, and celebration). There are three more Advent episodes leading up to the season highlight on Christmas (three time options for this episode!). Wear your pajamas to church on December 30 to hear what happens to the Holy Family next. And don’t miss Epiphany: The Season Finale on Sunday, January 6 when we’ll do our own pageant and hear the whole story from start to finish.

Advent I, II, III  Sundays, December 2, 9, 16
Worship at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.

Advent IV  Sunday, December 23
Worship at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Eve  Monday, December 24
4:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist with carols, child-friendly

10:00 p.m. Prelude and Carol Sing before
Candlelight service, Holy Eucharist with choir

Christmas Day  Tuesday, December 25
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with carols
Cookies and hot chocolate follows

First Sunday after Christmas  Sunday, December 30
Worship at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.
Wear your pajamas to church day!

The Feast of the Epiphany  Sunday, January 6
Worship at 8:00, 9:15 and 11:00 a.m.
DIY pageant! Everyone gets a part; costumes optional.

Sunday Worship

Save a tree! You can download this pdf of our Sunday bulletins and follow along on your phone or tablet.

12-02-18-St.-Johns-Bulletin.pdf

We invite you into our faith community!

St. John’s welcomes and values all people. Whatever your cultural or ethnic background, political or religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, or lived experience…you’ll find you are welcome here! At St. John’s, you’ll find a place to call home.

A time to pray

I hope you will join me in holding vigil these next few days. Holding vigil is an ancient Christian tradition which involves private and corporate prayer, fasting, staying awake, keeping alert, and holding back judgment. Today in Chicago the jury in the Jason Van Dyke trial will begin deliberations; tomorrow the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Both decisions have already exposed deep divides between men and women, people of color and whites, police and civilians, rich and poor, the powerful and those on the margins. News stories push our buttons, and, depending on our own personal stories and experiences remind us of our own hurts, fears, anger, distrust, and pain. Every night we see, hear and read conversations about sex, racism, and politics; topics most of us were taught to avoid in “polite” company. But avoiding these stories or refusing to talk about these topics does not make them less real or less powerful. Truth has a way of coming out; not always immediately, not always completely or fairly, however, I believe that truth always exposes evil and is the beginning of justice. So I believe we need to pray for truth these next few days.

The doors of St. John’s will be open today and tomorrow, during the day and until dark; the garden is also open for prayer. If you can’t join us here join us in prayer at home, at work, on the bus, in your car. Fast if that keeps you focused. Stay awake. Light candles. Pray for yourself, for your family, your neighborhood, our city and this country. Hold back judgment. See and hear the people around you as God sees them, with empathy and love.

The most ancient Christian vigil is the Easter Vigil. Beginning at sundown on Saturday Christians stayed awake, sang, and prayed all night long until first dawn when they joyfully proclaimed the Easter “Alleluia!” We don’t know when resurrection will happen for the McDonald and the Van Dyke families, for police and civilians, for victims of gun violence and our neighbors. We don’t know when resurrection will happen for men and women, for victims of sexual violence and perpetrators, for our flawed institutions, for us. But I do believe resurrection does happen, and death and injustice is never the last word.

My friend and colleague Erica Schemper reminded me that Psalm 146 is helpful in times like this. I hope this song reminds you that Resurrection is promised by God, love always conquers death, and truth always brings justice.

Let my whole being praise the Lord!
I will praise the Lord with all my life;
I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

Don’t trust leaders;
don’t trust any human beings—
there’s no saving help with them!
Their breath leaves them,
then they go back to the ground.
On that very same day, their plans die too.

The person whose help is the God of Jacob—
the person whose hope rests on the Lord their God—
is truly happy!
God: the maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
God: who is faithful forever,
who gives justice to people who are oppressed,
who gives bread to people who are starving!
The Lord: who frees prisoners.
The Lord: who makes the blind see.
The Lord: who straightens up those who are bent low.
The Lord: who loves the righteous.
The Lord: who protects immigrants,
who helps orphans and widows,
but who makes the way of the wicked twist and turn!

The Lord will rule forever!
Zion, your God will rule from one generation to the next!

Praise the Lord!

And please remember that prayer is the beginning of action. Prayer leads us to speak up, act out, protest, learn, write, vote, and change. Let us pray for guidance; and then let us work.

God’s Blessings,

Kara +

Our new entrance!

 

The almost-finished entrance on Kostner Avenue.

Inside the new vestibule. The lift is on the left.

The view of the back of the church. The lift door is on the right.

Trial run!

Christian Civic Engagement

Christians are called to participate in the kingdom of God by working for peace, justice and the common good. These organizations act politically, motivated by faith. Get involved!

The Episcopal Public Policy Network (part of The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations located in Washington, DC) is a grassroots network of Episcopalians across the country dedicated to carrying out the Baptismal Covenant call to “strive for justice and peace” through the active ministry of public policy advocacy. advocacy.episcopalchurch.org

Believe Outloud works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in our families, our churches and our communities. believeoutloud.com

Faith in Public Life advances faith as a powerful force for justice, compassion and the common good. faithinpubliclife.org

All Our Children is a national network of people of faith who are exploring, forming, and leading community partnerships between congregations and public schools. Through these partnerships, AOC is part of a growing movement to create meaningful improvements in the quality and equity of public education. allourchildren.org

Faithful America: Love thy neighbor. No exceptions. faithfulamerica.org

Interfaith Power & Light is a religious response to global warming. interfaithpowerandlight.org

Groundswell inspires faithful action to heal and repair the world. Powered by Auburn Theological Seminary. action.groundswell-mvmt.org

Take your Place at the Table

A Capital Campaign for St. John’s Episcopal Church

THREE YEARS – $375,000 – capital campaign window websiteACCESSIBILITY – HOSPITALITY – SUSTAINING OUR MISSION AND MINISTRY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

We invite you to join us in extending the welcome and hospitality of St. John’s to an ever-widening community.

Phase One Goal $176,000 REACHED!

Accessibility from street level to the Sanctuary and Parish Hall FINISHED!
Church Garden Restoration and New Memorial Garden FINISHED!

10% of all gifts to the Capital Campaign goes to our endowment for the use of future generations.

Phase Two Goal $143,000

Accessible Bathrooms
Kitchen Renovation
Office Reconfiguration

Phase Three Goal $56,000

Restoration of Stained-Glass Windows

To give to the Capital Campaign please use the DONATE button and use the memo line to designate your gift to the Capital Campaign.

St. John’s Gifts

St. John’s is proud to present this beautiful book of art and reflections, taken from nine years of art created for Sunday worship by children and adults. This coffee table book makes a lovely gift.

christmas spread

Each book is $25, or $20 each for 2 or more.

You can purchase a book at St. John’s, or email parishoffice@stjohnschicago,com to have one sent to you (postage additional).

pottery spread