The Fledgling--Week of June 14, 2019

From Mother Megan:

We approach the feast of Trinity Sunday--the traditional day upon which newly-graduated seminarians, and whoever else is lowest on the clergy totem pole, are forced to explain in sermons the exact nature of the Trinity.  

This is difficult.  (For insight into exactly how difficult, please enjoy this short video of St. Patrick's satirical attempts.) 

I've been preaching now on Trinity Sunday for upwards of 15 years, and truth be told, I enjoy it.  While I have yet to find a perfect metaphor for the Trinity (though Silly Putty came closest), I relish the challenge of delving into the mystery year after year.

Perhaps that, in and of itself, is the point of such an unfathomable doctrine: not the figuring it out, but the searching it out.  Perhaps the Trinity is not meant to be solved, like a problem set, but instead is a brilliant conundrum to be appreciated and cherished, and endlessly explored, like an art museum.  

This week, ruminate on the glory of the Trinity in all its mystery and complexity!

If you have a submission to the Fledgling, send it to the office by Thursday morning for inclusion on Friday.  Bulletin announcements should be into the office by Wednesday morning.
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Prayer for the week

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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! 
THIRD SUNDAY BREAKFAST IN JUNE!  The June Third Sunday Breakfast (this Sunday!) will be the last one before summer.  We still need cooks and setup/cleanup helpers--no skill required!  If this is something you can do, email the office, or look for the signup sheet at Coffee Hour this Sunday.  Thanks!

REMINDER- the 10:30 AM service will move to 10 AM for July & August.

  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.)
Scheduled This Week:

Altar Guild Kathleen O'Neill

8 AM
GREETER Mary Arlin
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Mary Arlin, Matthew Sanaker
10:30 AM
GREETERS Susie Backstrom
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Stephanie Nevels, Sally Clayton
ACOLYTES Amber Massa Crowley, Matthew Stedinger

THIS SUNDAY at the 10:30 Eucharist we will celebrate the Holy Baptism of Oliver Bruce Bailey, son of Lindsay Mitchell Bailey and Daniel Carson Bailey. Oliver is Beverly Green's grandson!

It is also the choir’s last service before their summer recess begins. Many thanks to our faithful, versatile, enthusiastic singers for their ongoing contributions to our worship life!

WEEDING IN THE GARTH PARTY! Tuesday June 18th & Wednesday June 19th, 9:30-11.
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 10:30 service (welcoming people to church and handing out bulletins)

Ongoing Concerns:

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:

JUNE PRAYER The Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Ithaca Area requests prayers in the month of June about the impacts of climate change.  We pray with our brothers and sisters of St. Thomas, Slaterville, and Epiphany, Trumansburg.


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