Worship with St. John’s

The Third Sunday after Epiphany
Sunday, January 24, 2021

Art by Amy Crowe

8:00 and 10:00 a.m. online

Download the bulletin for Sunday, January 24, 2021.
Listen to the music in advance!
Prelude, Song of Praise, Creed, Offertory, Recessional, and Postlude.

Join us through Zoom:
To listen in call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #.

To join through the Zoom app:
8:00 a.m. Meeting ID: 590 789 527 Password: 006925
10:00 a.m. Meeting ID: 937 817 763 Password: 031899

OR Watch on Facebook live (even if you are not signed up for Facebook) on our public page.

SUSPENEDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: 9:00 – 9:20  a.m. Communion Service in front of the church (Snow, Shine, or Cold!) Dress warmly, wear a mask, stand 6 feet apart on the sidewalk. Please sign the Worship Covenant. 3857 N. Kostner Avenue.

Antiracism Book Group

First Meeting is Thursday, January 7, 2021

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Kick off 2021 with the #MeAndWhiteSupremacy 28 day challenge. Join St. John’s antiracism reading group this January for a month of journaling and weekly discussions. We will use Layla F. Saad’s book Me and White Supremacy to go through a step-by-step process to develop a better understanding of our white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so we can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. It’s not to late to start reading and journaling. Join in weekly Zoom discussions: Link to cut and paste: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83419218446?pwd=WGdiWHBiYUxWc0wvUXNuUWpjL3NTdz09 (Meeting ID: 834 1921 8446 Passcode: 3857) each Thursday in January at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP email to Laura.t.singer@gmail.com. You can also  RSVP on Facebook.

Jesus is born in Chicago

Thank you to artist, woodworker, and preacher Joshua Longbrake for the shanty installation.

Here comes the cow!
Here comes the donkey!
Joseph greets the baby Jesus
An angel (and a dump truck!?!) announce the birth!
Thank you parents and kids for braving the cold!
Jesus is born in Chicago.
The votive candle bears the image of George Floyd.
Oh, Oh, Star of Wonder, Star of Night!

Giving to St. John’s

Thank you for thinking about St. John’s during this difficult time. We are planning to continue to pay our employees and our bills so we appreciate all donations. There are four ways to give to St. John’s while we are quarantined.

This fun video shows all the ways you can give to St. John’s! Or read the details below:

  1. You can write a check and mail it to the office: 3857 N Kostner Ave. Chicago, IL 60641. The cost to you is the envelope and the stamp about $.51!
  2. If your bank offers on-line bill payment you can schedule a reoccurring payment. You just need the name and address of the church. If you have a pledge number please add it to the memo line. The bank will generate and send the checks to St. John’s. There is no fee for this.
  3. If you use Zelle or Quick Pay you can schedule a donation to St. John’s by using the email treasurer@stjohnschicago.com There is no fee for this.
  4. You can donate on our website. Click on the red “donate” button at the top of the screen and enter in your debit or credit card number. The fee is 3.95%. For example, if you donate $100 it will charge you $103.95.

If you have questions contact Lisa at parishoffice@stjohnschicago.com or call her at 773.725.9026. Thank you!

Thanksgiving

Thank you to our 74 Thanksgiving volunteers! 135 delicious boxed lunches with turkey sandwiches, corn salad, cranberry sauce, sweet breads, potato ships and water made (only one eaten by a squirrel), preparers and guests safely masked and distanced, 134 people served (including a few vegetarian and gluten free lunches), and all cleaned up by 2:15 p.m. (a record for the books!)

A dozen people roasted turkey breasts at home and brought them for slicing on Thursday morning.
Homemade cranberry and banana bread was sliced in the morning.
The physically distant assembly line
A thanksgiving prayer was added to each box.
300 cups were filled with cranberry sauce and corn salad.
Fresh lettuce!
Cranberry sauce with pineapple anyone?
A family closes up all the filled boxes.
The serving crew!

Evening Bible Reflection Group

Our next reflection group meeting is Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Please email parishoffice@stjohnschicago.com for the Zoom link.

October – January: Romans

September 2020: Four Prophets: Joel, Amos, Obediah and Jonah

July and August 2020: The book of Exodus.

May and June 2020: Reflection on the book of Genesis, Part I and Genesis Part II

April 2020: Reflection on the book of Job.

March 2020: Reflection on the book of Esther.

February 2020: Reflection Guide for I Corinthians.

January 2020: Reflection Guide for the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.

November 2019: Reflection Guide for the Gospel of Matthew

Antiracism Team

The Antiracism Team was established in January 2018 and meets monthly. Our Antiracism Action Plan was presented to and accepted by our vestry (leadership council) on June 20, 2018. We worked on our 2019 Antiracism Plan and are continuing our work in 2020. The team 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. Our list of books about white supremacy and white privilege is here: Wrestling with White Supremacy. Currently we have a Latinx Book Group and that reading list is on this page of our website.

Click here for all posts connected to our Antiracism work

DIY Epiphany Pageant Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Shepherds and Kings, 2019

It’s time for the DIY Epiphany Pageant! Join in on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to sign up for a part! Read the draft script in advance. Provide your own costumes and props or request a costume/prop delivery.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Cut and paste link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82475815384?pwd=dVBPNUE1blRjdXZnaTNySGNPY0ZuQT09
Meeting ID: 824 7581 5384 Passcode: 3857

Advent – A time for light and hope

We are celebrating seven weeks of Advent, preparation for God with us, in our hearts and in our world. Join us each Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m. for a short prayer, song, and the lighting of candles.

November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15 and 22
Zoom Meeting ID: 842 4739 7204  Passcode: 3857
By phone: 312.626.6799

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thank you God for all the gifts you have so freely bestowed upon us, for the beauty and wonder of your creation, in earth and sky and sea.  

Thank you for the Indigenous peoples of this land, the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa who welcomed the Ho-Chunk, Fox, Sauk, Miami, Kickapoo, and Illinois confederacy tribes and offered assistance to the first Europeans to travel here, and who are our neighbors today. 

Thank you for all people who in their daily lives reveal to us the image of God, for our daily food and drink, our homes and families, and our friends.

Thank you for minds to think, and hearts to love, and hands to serve, for health and strength to work, and leisure to rest and play.

We pray for those who go without today, for the brave and courageous, who are patient in suffering and faithful in adversity.

Thank you for all valiant seekers after truth, liberty, and justice, for those who have died, in all times and places, who are alive in our memories and hearts.

Thank you God for this food, for those who labored to produce it and the hands that have prepared it. May this meal strengthen us this day, and give us hope and health in the days ahead. Amen.

Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, page 837