Preparing for Lent

Have you decided how you will observe the season of Lent? You may choose to give something up; this can be something you want to let go of forever, a habit you want to break, or a way to change your relationship with someone or something. You may choose to add a practice; a time of meditation, a new prayer practice, reading, exercising, or composting. The goal is not self-improvement or punishment, but to clear space for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. 

Have you decided how you will observe the season of Lent? You may choose to give something up; this can be something you want to let go of forever, a habit you want to break, or a way to change your relationship with someone or something. You may choose to add a practice; a time of meditation, a new prayer practice, reading, exercising, or composting. The goal is not self-improvement or punishment, but to clear space for a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. 

In her latest blog The Rev. Heidi Haverkamp, author of Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebelsshared some good advice for choosing a Lenten discipline:

“It becomes more important to have a daily routine that is in synch with our God-given nature than to have a rule that impresses all who read it … but which is impossible for us to keep without a major ‘makeover’ of our true selves.” Fredette, Karen and Paul. Consider the Ravens. (iUniverse, 2009).

“Keep the schedule immovable enough to keep your natural habit restrained, and flexible enough to enable you to be led.” Jones, W. Paul. Teaching the Dead Bird to Sing. (Paraclete, 2002).

“I abandoned discipline. I became erratic in my daily practices. I looked at each day individually, and listened within to see what was needed to relate to this silence within me. Slowly, new patterns have emerged.” Taylor, Barbara Erakko. Silent Dwellers. (Continuum, 1999).

Articles to read

Barb Cohn recommends this New Yorker article: How I Proposed to My Girlfriend (appropriate for Ash Wednesday) 

Lenten Devotionals

Low- and no-cost Lenten devotions, reflections, journals, and curricula for individuals and congregations:

Leanne recommends this Lenten devotional with poetry by Mary Oliver.
 
Brother, Give Us a Word: A daily monastic practice from the Society for St. John the Evangelist
 
d365: Journey to the Cross starting March 2
 
Episcopal Charities 2022 Lenten Reader and bulletin inserts available for download
 
Episcopal Relief & Development Lenten Devotions (downloadable PDF or daily emails) in English and Spanish
 
Lenten Virtual Borderlands Experience: a free, five-week virtual experience for individuals and groups from Episcopal Migration Ministries and The Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries
 
Life Transformed: The Way of Love in Lent from The Episcopal Church
 
Living Well Through Lent from Living Compass
 
United Thank Offering “40 Days of Gratitude” Journal

Lenten Retreats

Living into Silence Contemplative Practices for Lent from Holy Wisdom Monastery

March 9, March 16, March 23. March 30
From 6:30-7:15 pm via Zoom

New to Lent or contemplative practices? All are welcome to learn the basics of spiritual practices in this virtual series. Together, let’s lean away from the stress of life, focus on your personal needs so you can be present to yourself and others, nurture your spirit and learn how to use silence.
Experience:

  • Guidance from Benedictine sisters and an oblate – simple practices in a low-stress environment
  • Being with others as you seek renewal in your spiritual journey 
  • A variety of practices to choose from so you can choose one that suits you
  • Answers to questions like What do I do on a retreat? What practices can I do on my own at home?

Series cost is $25/computer. After registration, you will be sent a private Zoom link via email. Register Today


Cultivating and Letting Go: A Lenten Retreat
March 5 at St. Luke’s, Evanston

On March 5 from 9 am to noon, St. Luke’s, Evanston will host Cultivating and Letting Go: A Lenten Retreat. Participants are invited to set the tone for the start of Lent through a combination of worship, reflection activities, and self-directed time. Register here. Contact Denise Steinhauser for more information.


You are invited to walk a special Lenten journey with immigrant sojourners and advocates.

Join us for a free, five-week Lenten Virtual Borderlands Experience
Thursdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7
7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time

• Hear stories from our immigrant siblings  
• Learn from those involved in migration ministry
• Follow the steps of those who have crossed borders in search of a better way of life

This series can be done individually or as part of a congregational study group.

REGISTER TODAY


La Sagrada Familia by Kelly Latimore

Darwin Day!

Saturday, February 12 from 4-6 pm

Together we will watch the award-winning film Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to save the World’s Children. This documentary tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. Responsible for more than half of the vaccines children receive today, he is credited with saving more than eight million lives every year.

Stay on zoom afterwards for a discussion! 

Join us via Zoom (Meeting ID: 874 7249 6852 Passcode: 3857) or Facebook Live.

Evening Bible Study

The Evening Bible Study meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Please email parishoffice@stjohnschicago.com for the Zoom link.

April and May 2022: The Acts of the Apostles

March 2022: The Wisdom of Solemn

January and February 2022: Discussion Questions for II Kings

November and December 2021: Discussion Questions for I Kings

October 2021: The book of James Reflection Questions

February-May: The Gospel of John Discussion Questions

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. Reflection Questions 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

Giving to St. John’s

Thank you for supporting St. John’s! There are four ways to give to St. John’s.

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 $.60).
  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 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.

Please use the memo line to designate “pledge” or a specific event or area for donation such as “flowers,” “memorial donation,” etc. If you have questions contact Lisa at parishoffice@stjohnschicago.com or call her at 773.725.9026. Thank you!

A COVID Christmas

The word was made flesh and dwelt among us – full of grace and truth.

Ready and waiting for the Christ Child.
The voice of the organ strengthens our voices,
Reading the story, with the images of those online surrounding us.
Silent Night, Holy Night
Joe Lill, trumpet and Mio Nakamura, piano. Thank you to all our musicians!
The Peace Light from Bethlehem shines over the Light of the World.
Here come the kings!

Christmas Worship at St. John’s

Please observe these COVID protocols
Please do not come in person if you are an unvaccinated adult or have a compromised immune system. Please join us online instead!

For those worshipping in person:
Please sign in with your phone number at the front door.
Everyone aged 2 and under will wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.
NEW: Readers and speakers will leave their masks on when reading or speaking.
NEW: We will not be serving food or drink after services.

Please remember!
You can bring a small cup or shot glass to receive wine at communion (we have plastic available if you forget). Please return to your seat before consuming the bread and wine.

You are welcome to bring a votive candle if you wish to take the Peace Light from Bethlehem with you. We will also be providing hand-held candles – please don’t blow them out until you are outside after the service!

Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m.
In person or via Zoom (Meeting ID: 870 9818 4807 Passcode: merry)
or Facebook Live.
Download bulletin for Christmas Eve, 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 at 10:00 p.m.
In person or via Zoom (Meeting ID: 881 3377 0145 Passcode: merry)
or Facebook Live.
Download bulletin for Christmas Eve, 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25 at 10:00 a.m.
In person or via Zoom (Meeting ID: 834 6758 7771 Passcode: merry)
or Facebook Live.
Download bulletin for Christmas Day, 10:00 a.m.