Worship with St. John’s

The Second Sunday in Lent
Sunday, February 25, 2024

Romans 4:13-25
Art by Patrick Palsgrove.

Join us for worship at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

Download the bulletin for Sunday, February 25, 2024.

For In Person Worship The nursery is open from 8:00 -11:00 a.m. Please stay for coffee hour.

For Online Worship: Join any service via Zoom Meeting ID: 882 2966 1337 Passcode: 3857 By phone: call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #. OR Watch on Facebook live on our public page. 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, February 14

Art by Scott Gustafson

Join us for Ash Wednesday services.
5:30 p.m. A simple, family friendly service
7:30 p.m. A traditional service
Both contain the Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes.

Download the bulletin for Ash Wednesday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.
Download the bulletin for Ash Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.

For Online Worship: 
Join either service via Zoom 
Meeting ID: 812 9424 2540  Passcode: Ashes

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is Friday, February 9!

6:30 p.m. Cocktails and Mocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner 
8:00 p.m. Music by Joe Lill and Dancing!

Tickets for dinner, drinks (cash bar) and dancing $35, $40 at the door.
Free entry after dinner for music and dancing.
Childcare and free dinner for children provided.
Friends and family are welcome!

Buy your tickets today! You can buy your Mardi Gras tickets using Zelle at treasurer@stjohnschicago.com. Please put Mardi Gras in the memo and email Deborah Birch-Gaytan at dlbirch@rocketmail.com with the number of tickets you purchased and how many children for whom you need childcare.

Epiphany Blessing of Chalk

A part of church history is the custom of blessing homes at the New Year. A family would hold a short service of prayer to ask God’s blessing on their dwellings and on all who live, work with and visit them. In this way, we invite Jesus to be a “guest” in our home, a listener to each conversation, a guide for troubled times, and a blessing in times of thanksgiving.

“Chalking the door” or the door step may be used as a way to celebrate and literally “mark” the occasion. In the Old Testament the Israelites were told to mark their doors with the blood of the lamb on the night of the Passover to ensure that the angel of death would pass them by. Deuteronomy 6: 9 says that we shall “write [the words of God] on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, … and you shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates.”

Chalk is made of the substance of the earth and is used by teachers to instruct and by children to play. As the image of the chalk fades, we will remember the sign we have made and transfer it to our hearts and our habits.

Let us pray.
Loving God, bless this chalk which you have created, that it may be helpful to your people; and grant that through the invocation of your most Holy Name all those who with it write the names of your saints, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar, may receive health of body and protection of soul for all who dwell in the homes where this chalk is used, we make this prayer through Jesus the Christ. Amen.

Use this chalk with this prayer to mark and bless your home. Take blessed chalk and mark on the lintel of your front door 20 + C + M + B + 24 saying:

The three Wise Men, C Caspar, M Melchior, B and Balthasar followed the star of God’s Son who became human 20 two thousand 24 and twenty-four years ago. ++ May Christ bless our home ++ and remain with us throughout the new year. Amen.

Join us this Christmas Season!

Zoom and Facebook live links below.

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Download the bulletin for Christmas Eve, 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 24, 2023
For Online Worship: Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 889 7608 0811 Passcode: JOY!
By phone: call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #. 
OR Watch on Facebook live on our public page.

Download the bulletin for Christmas Eve, 10:00 p.m., Sunday, December 24, 2023
For Online Worship: Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 889 7608 0811 Passcode: JOY!
By phone: call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #. 
OR Watch on Facebook live on our public page.

Download the bulletin for Christmas Day, 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 25, 2023
For Online Worship: Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 889 7608 0811 Passcode: JOY!
By phone: call 312.626.6799. Enter the Meeting ID and #. Enter the Password and #. 
OR Watch on Facebook live on our public page.