The Fledgling--Week of July 5, 2019

From Mother Megan:

I am writing this the day before Independence Day, while keeping one eye on the news.  The news, as I'm sure you know, is still blaring the frightening and despairing as it does--but on this occasion, it seems more dire, because even the celebration of the foundation of the country seems difficult, this year.

When I was a child, my family would drive to Colonial Williamsburg for the fireworks on July 4th.  Someone would read the Declaration of Independence from the Governor's Palace (a decided anachronism) and the fife and drum corps would play merrily.  Cannons would fire, fireworks explode over the Colonial capital.  I loved it; it felt simple and easy.  Rebellion made logical.

As I grew older, I learned that it wasn't, of course.  It was far from simple, easy, or logical.  The enslaved people who kept Williamsburg running were not extended the rights promised in the Declaration, despite their own efforts to secure them (Gabriel's Rebellion being a prime example, right after the Revolution.) Women were still decidedly second-class citizens.  And there were many who thought rebellion against the Crown was literally a sin against God--including many in the Anglican Church.  Those who signed the Declaration, and fought for a new world, were neither sinless nor elected by the majority.  They just had, to varying degrees, a desire for something better.  

It can be tempting to hold onto that childlike image of a country founded by pure people, out of pure ideals, accorded to all.  But that ideal keeps us from the work that God calls us to do--and it tempts us to place our faith and trust in a human-built country, rather than in God alone.  Jesus often reminded his followers that no one was perfect; only God.  And that our job on earth was to continually work for the Kingdom, because, in fact, it was never quite here.  Our country espouses some admirable ideas, but also has always struggled to fully live them out.   We, like the whole earth, remain a work in progress--sometimes moving forwards, sometimes backwards, sometimes stalling.

So, as you watch the fireworks this weekend, let us give thanks for those who have gone before and who have brought us all this far. And let us also promise each other and those who will come after us to keep working, with God's help.  



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Prayer for the week

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for this Sunday

REMINDER- the 10:30 AM service moves to 10 AM for July & August.  This starts THIS WEEK!

  Do you ever have a nagging question about God, theology, or the nature of the world?   If you send it to the office, Mtr. Megan might answer it during Announcements at the 8am service!  

(Particularly suitable for kids.)
Have you had coffee/tea/hot cider with Mtr Megan?  Send me an email and come by to chat!  It's fun (I promise) and helps me get to know everyone better! 
Scheduled This Week:

ALTAR GUILD Kathleen O'Neil
8:00 AM
GREETER: Linn Henry
10:00 AM
GREETER Sherry Smart
LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Muriel Everhart, Gwen Freeman, Sara Van Looy
ACOLYTES Michael Roman, Amber Massa Crowley

Ongoing Concerns:

Free Time?  Want to Volunteer? Here's how!
  • There are many ways to volunteer here at St. John's!  Many of our signup sheets are now online, but all these ministries need volunteers!

    Open Doors (sitting in the sanctuary to welcome all comers)

    Laundry Love (welcoming people to our laundry service)

    Greeters for 10am service (welcoming people to church and handing out bulletins)

IT'S COMING: MASS ON THE GRASS! (Also now known as Liturgy by the Lake.)   On August 25, we will have one service at 10am, at the Pavilion in Stewart Park to celebrate our life together as a community, and the summer.  The service will be followed by a potluck lunch, and fun for all!  Mark your calendars now!

MID YEAR CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS If you would like a mid year statement to see where you are in your pledge, and to make sure we entered all your contributions correctly, please contact AnnMarie in the office. We will mail one out to you. (we usually just mail them, but it would be nice to save the postage for those not needing or wanting one!)
DID YOU KNOWthat if you are 70 1/2 or older and are required to take a required annual distribution from an IRA, you may be able to request a Qualified Charitable Distribution to be sent directly to St. John's? It reduces your taxable income, and can help fulfill your pledge to St. John's! Consult your financial professional for details.


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