Angels I have known

Today we celebrate the legacy of St. Francis.  We’ve probably all heard stories about him – making you believe he was, perhaps, a little crazy – but he was a good man and loved to share the Good News of the Gospel. 

One story tells of an encounter with a flock of birds – doves, crows – all sorts of birds.  When St. Francis spotted them down the road, he ran toward them and expected them to scatter but to his surprise – and probably anyone else’s who may have witnessed this – the birds stood still and seemed to wait for him.  He was filled with awe and he asked them to stay and then proceeded to give them a little sermon, reminding them that they should always praise their Creator for he was the one who gave them feathers for clothes, wings to fly, and anything else that was needed.   “It is God who made you noble among all creatures, making your home in thin, pure air.  Without sowing or reaping, you received God’s guidance and protection.”  And so the story goes that from that day on, Francis made it his habit to invoke all animals to praise and love their Creator. 

But wait a minute, Francis.  While all of what you told those birds was certainly true –  if I may say so – you missed the bigger picture!  I believe that animals have a lot to tell us, to teach us, and to remind us of.  They are messengers and, I believe, vessels enabling 2-way communication with God.  So, Francis, perhaps spending some time listening to them would have done you some good, too. 

Click here to read the whole sermon preached by Susan Mitchell on Pet Blessing Sunday, 2019

Anti-Racism Team

The Anti-Racism Team was established in January 2018 and meets monthly. Our Anti-Racism Action Plan was presented to and accepted by our vestry (leadership council) on June 20, 2018. We are now working on our 2019 Anti-Racism Plan. Our work began with an African-American Literature Book Group. A list of the books we read over two years can be downloaded here: Reading to End Racism. You can find a list of more recent articles and books here: Anti-Racism Team: What we’ve been reading. Currently we have a Latinx Book Group meeting (email us for more information).

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Festival of the Arts

October 26, 2019
10:00 amto5:00 pm
October 27, 2019
10:00 amto3:00 pm

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and
Sunday, October 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

St. John’s Episcopal Church on Chicago’s Northwest Side will host a new Festival of the Arts on October 26 & 27, 2019, celebrating new and local talent in visual, culinary and horticultural art with a focus on sustainable, recycled and upcycled materials. Shop for holiday gifts! A homemade chili and bread lunch will be available on Saturday.

Pet Blessing

October 6, 2019

All creatures great and small (and humans too) are welcome to Pet Blessings Sunday, October 6 at 8:00, 9:15, or 11:00 a.m.

At 10:15 there is a Memorial Service for those who want to remember their beloved pets who have died. (Weather permitting the memorial is in the garden).

art by Scott Gustafson