The Fledgling--Week of April 26, 2019

From Mother Megan:

We're in the heady, post-Easter time when we get to read all the resurrection appearances, and a shockingly high number of them involve eating.  
I cannot speak definitively to what the experience of rising from the dead entails, but whatever it was must make you hungry, because just about every time Jesus sees the disciples again, he demands food.  Or makes them some food.  Or eats their food, then disappears.  
Scholars posit that part of this food fascination was to reinforce the Resurrection.  It was a way of saying, "Jesus isn't a ghost or anything; look, he ate a whole fish!" 
That may or may not be helpful.  But, as seen in a different light, it's also a way of suggesting that the human body is precious to God--that it, too, is wrapped up in this redemption that Christ offers.
It's tempting to assume that the spiritual life is all about the soul.  But post-resurrection, Jesus seems intent on still carting around his flesh, even when it has the marks of his trauma.  All of which suggests that God considers our physicality to be a feature of being human, and not a bug.  We are embodied creatures, with frail, mortal bodies, and God somehow promises resurrection and new life even to us.  Not in spite of our mortality, but in the absolute midst of it.  Our bodies are a gift from God, even with all the imperfections, quirks, and frustrations that sometimes accompany them.  
Our bodies grow and strengthen; they age and fall apart--but it is in our flesh that God meets us, and it is here that God brings us to new life.  


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Prayer for the week

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Readings for this Week

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Scheduled This Week:

8:00 AM GREETER Brett Oakes
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Dale & Jennifer Johnson
10:30 AM LITURGICAL MINISTERS Cynthia Gration, Gwen Freeman, Matthew Stedinger
ACOLYTES Michael Roman, Amber Massa Crowley

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.

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

    Laundry Love (welcoming people to our laundry service)

    Greeters for 10:30 service (welcoming people to church and handing out bulletins)

Ongoing Concerns:

CHANCEL CHOIR has a Youtube channel!  We're famous!  :) Check them out here

St. John's Ithaca is participating in our diocese's Learning Communities Initiative (LCI). The goal of the LCI is to help congregations discern what gifts they've been given and what future God is calling them to build. As part of this project, St. John's Ithaca's Learning Communities Guiding Team would like to learn how St. John's parishioners experience God in their everyday lives. A Guiding Team member might ask to have a conversation with YOU where they will ask these or similar questions about your spiritual life:
- Please reflect on a time when you would say you grew spiritually in a significant way.
- What was it about this time of your life that you think caused you to grow spiritually?
- Was there something during this time of your life that you think God was trying to teach or show you?
- Where do you experience God’s presence most often now?
This is a listening exercise; you can say as much or as little as you choose. The Guiding Team member may take notes, but you won't be identified in them and your answers will not be publicized. At the end of the conversation, you'll get a copy of the questions for yourself, and we encourage you to find someone else in the parish and listen while they answer the same questions.
If you would like to volunteer to be interviewed, contact a member of the Guiding Team
(Peg Coleman, Michael Roman, Pam Talbott, Lisa Tatusko and Sara Van Looy).
If you're interested in learning more about the Learning Communities Initiative, see:
LOAVES & FISHES NEED Loaves & Fishes has need of unisex unprinted plain t-shirts for the summer volunteers. They go through quite a few, as sometimes the volunteers forget to leave the t-shirts behind. White, can be lightly used, M/ L. No printing please- even if it doesn't seem potentially offensive.
PRAYER REQUEST FOR MAY The Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Ithaca Area requests prayers in the month of May for prisoners in our penal systems as well as those incarcerated around the worldly, justly or unjustly.  We remember that redemption is an aspect of our faith.  We pray that NYS government will act to make our prisons humane and rehabilitative.  We pray with our brothers and sisters of St. Thomas, Slaterville, and Epiphany, Trumansburg.


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