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The Fledgling--Week of May 10, 2019

From Mother Megan:

Now that Easter proper is behind us, we now come to the part of the church year where we have many readings from the Gospel of John, using various metaphors of varying levels of inscrutability.  This week: sheep!

As a knitter, I really like sheep, but I know they suffer a bad rap in the pulpit.  I think this might be because preachers get tired of them; Jesus refers to sheep A LOT.  Sheep show up in the parable of the lost sheep, in the final judgment scene of Matthew (where the king separates the sheep from the goats), in many Psalms, and in a ton of John's metaphors--where Jesus is a Shepherd, then a gate for the Sheep, then the one who brings in someone else's sheep.  Sheep are very popular, biblically speaking.  

For much of my life, I attributed this to some odd fixation on Jesus's part, or perhaps because sheep were just intrinsically holier than other animals.  Then, I heard a Navajo priest preach on the Good Shepherd at Ft Defiance, AZ.  She started her sermon by casually mentioning that of course, the congregation knew exactly what Jesus was talking about, because they all grew up raising sheep, and sheep were nothing if not picky about who got to lead them somewhere.  Oh.  This wasn't a case of Holy Sheep; this was a case of Jesus constantly referring to the most familiar animal most people encountered.  

I imagine, if Jesus came today, he would tell many parables about dogs and cats.  "I am the good Pet Owner," he would reassure us, "My own pets hear my voice; the dogs run to greet me, and even the cats deign to recognize my existence." And we, recognizing our own experience transformed, would know immediately what he meant.  


 



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Prayer for the week

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 


Readings for this Week

 
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 IS ALMOST HERE!  Next week, the Third Sunday Breakfast returns after its Easter Break.  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!

  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:


8:00 AM GREETER Brett Oakes
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Judy Lutes, Mary Arlin
 
10:30 AM
GREETER Cora Yao
LITURGICAL MINISTERS Sherry Smart, Lisa Tatusko, Marcia Baum
ACOLYTES Lisa Tatusko, Matthew Stedinger
 

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:

RESCHEDULED BLESSINGS:  Due to a conflict, the Blessing of the Air Conditioning/Laundry is being rescheduled for June.  Stay tuned!


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


LEARNING COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE
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:
https://cnyepiscopal.org/resources/formation/learning-communities/
 
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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