Ash Wednesday Services at St. John's
Wednesday, February 9th
7:30 a.m. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
10:00 a.m. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
12:00p.m. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
4:00p.m. Family Service Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist (Chapel)
6:00p.m. Imposition of Ashes with Holy Eucharist (Sanctuary)
Lenten Daily Eucharist
Join us each weekday in Lent to receive the Eucharist and renew your spiritual discipline.
- Monday- 12:00p.m. in the chapel
- Tuesday- 12:00p.m. in the chapel
- Wednesday- 10:00a.m in the chapel
- Thursday- 12:00p.m. in the chapel
- Friday- 12:00p.m. in the chapel
Next Choral Compline Service: Sunday, February 14th, 9:00pm - the First Sunday of Lent.
Featuring beautiful Lenten hymns, responses set by our own Brian du Fresne, Henry Purcell's moving anthem Hear my prayer, O Lord and more. Join us!
“When I close my eyes and listen to it, the to-do list stops ticking in my head and I am reminded in my soul that I am not a machine made to complete tasks but a human made to love.”
Women Reading Women
Women's Book Club
Each month this group will read a spiritual memoir having to do with spiritual growth and/or spiritual practices. We hope to further our own growth by reading and discussing the ideas put forth in each book. Some of the books will be by Episcopalian women but we wish to stay open to the experiences of women of all faiths.
January's selection is "My Sisters THE SAINTS" by Colleen Carroll Campbell. Find out how 6 female Saints helped this conservative Catholic deal with her fathers dementia and her own infertility.
We will meet the first Sunday of each month, after the 9:30a.m. service. Our first meeting will be THIS Sunday, February 7, in the St. Julian Room. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.
We hope to see you there!
-Regina Carlyon, Roxanne Bamond, and Pamela Clare
St John's Adult Education -
2nd Semester Evening Class 2016
What: Animate Faith is an adult education course that explores central topics of Christianity in seven 60 minute sessions. Animate Faith brings together leading voices to create an accessible, captivating exploration of big questions of the Christian faith that's designed to spark conversation in faith communities like ours. Each session will begin with a 10 minute video and then continue with an hour discussion. A sample of the topics and presenters include: God - Faith is a Quest (Brian McLaren), Salvation - Abundant Life Now (Shane Hipps); Cross - Where God Is | (Nadia Bolz-Weber).
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, starting January 27 2016
Where: 7pm - 8:15pm in the St Francis Room (see note)
Cost: nothing for the class, $13 for an optional interactive Journal
Note: there will be optional potluck soup dinners at 6:30 in the Parish Hall beginning at the 2nd session.
Link to the Series: http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/17421/Animate-Faith-DVD
Link to a YouTube sample video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cAyDauyZGY
Getting to Know the Book of Common Prayer
2016 Lenten Series
Sundays 2/21; 2/28; 3/6; 3/13
Sunday 2/21 Parish Hall - The History & Theology of The Book of Common Prayer Pastor Susan
How did the book we use every Sunday come to be? Who wrote it and why? What does it say about how we Episcopalians worship, who we are, and what we believe? From Edward VI and Thomas Cranmer to the present day, we'll look at the history of our prayer book, briefly browse the contents, and then engage in an exercise that helps participants learn how the prayer book expresses and shapes our theology.
Sunday 2/28 Parish Hall - Liturgies, Rites, Sacraments, and Services Father Ted
Focusing on the most familiar liturgies-Holy Eucharist, Baptism, Marriage, Burial, and Reconciliation-we'll explore their structure, language, history, and sacramental theology. Join us in discovering how different facets of God's love are reflected in each of the different sacramental liturgies, how they are designed to enrich our relationships with God and each other, and why the Church views them as conduits of God's grace.
Sunday 3/6 Sanctuary - The Daily Office and The Lectionary - Pam White
We'll explore how laypersons can use the prayer book to facilitate daily prayer and scripture reading.
Sunday 3/13 Parish Hall - The Catechism; Collects, Prayers & Thanksgivings; and Historical Documents of the Church - All
We'll look at some lesser-known parts of the prayer book, from the catechism, to the places to find prayers for any occasion, to the historical documents of the Church. This session will be team-led by Pastor Susan (The Catechism), Pam White (Collects, Prayers & Thanksgivings), and Father Ted (Historical Documents of the Church) and will engage activities rather than lecture to introduce and explore the topics.
Communion Preparation Classes
In the Episcopal Church, all children are welcome to receive communion at any age. However, we also believe that by the time they're in first or second grade, it's important that children learn more about what the Eucharist means. Our 2016 communion instruction class will be four sessions.
- Session 1. Sunday, February 21st, 11:15-12:45 a.m., in the St. Francis-St. Clare Room will be for both parents and children. We'll talk about the Last Supper, what communion means, and how we celebrate the Eucharist today. Child care will be provided for younger siblings.
- Sessons 2 & 3. Sunday, February 28th, 11:15-12:45 a.m., and Sunday, March 6th, in the Level II Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium, will be for the children only. We'll explore Bible passages relating to reconciliation and communion.
- Session 4. Saturday, March 12th, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Parish Hall and in the Level II Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium, will be for both parents and children. We'll share lunch together, do some Bible study, tour the sacristy with a member of the Altar Guild, practice receiving communion, and bake the communion bread for the 9:30 a.m. service the next day. Child care for the Saturday session will be provided if requested at Session 1.
Children and their families will receive communion together at our Second Sunday service on March 13th.
Upcoming Sunday Adult Forums:
Toward a More Spiritual Life: Ancient Practices for Contemporary Christians
Forums will take a break for Christmas, but will return in January
Sun 2/7 Special guest Sufi Imam Jamal Rahman
We are delighted that after preaching at the 9:30 am service Imam Jamal Rahman will be available for Coffee and Conversation in the Conference room. All are welcome, bring your coffee and questions for an invigorating and timely discussion.
Solar Power for St John’s
In response to growing awareness of the impact that Climate Change is having on our planet, and, mindful of our moral responsibility as Christians to be good stewards of Creation, St John’s has committed to installing energy-saving Solar Power. Date of completion is expected, Spring, 2016. To preserve the historic structures of our campus, “high efﬁciency” solar panels will be placed only on the roof areas east of the Library; no panels will be placed on the historic sanctuary or chapel.
This amount of solar energy is expected to save the church 40% of it's $1200 monthly electric bill, or about $500.00 a month. The project will be ﬁnanced by an LLC (Limited Liability Company) comprised of a small group of St John’s investors. This method of ﬁnancing a solar installation is successfully used by another local congregation with a very good return to the investors. Our LLC will be managed by St John’s treasurer, Michael Weatherwax, CPA.
By installing solar power we will signiﬁcantly reduce our carbon footprint, keep hundreds of tons of carbon pollution out of the atmosphere, and save the church more than $80,000 over the life of the panels. It is our hope that St John’s can become an energy-sustainable role
model for the Boulder faith community and a statement of hope for a cleaner, healthier world, now, and for future generations.