Choral Compline this Sunday (May 8th), 9:00pm
“The Lord Almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.” - BCP, p. 127
Compline is a 1500-year-old tradition that developed in the early monastic communities. The English word “Compline” is derived from the Latin word “completorium” meaning completion, since Compline completes the liturgy of the day. The sanctuary is dark and quiet; there are candles, but no cell phones, no responses to have to follow, no preaching. It’s short: just 30-35 minutes. People are free to sit on the floor, sit up around the altar, or even lie down and allow the music to wash over them. It is a come-as-you-are experience of the presence of God, through music and prayer, using the beauty of our liturgy. It is a sacred space for people at the end of their weekend, before the busy-ness of the week.
This Sunday's music features music by the renowned English composer Herbert Howells (1892-1983), including his extraordinary setting of the Preces and Responses, Psalm 121 set to Anglican chant, and his beautiful setting of Psalm 23 (from Requiem). Other music includes works by John Tavener, F. A. Gore Ouseley, and Richard Lloyd; a celebration of our Anglican musical; heritage. Join us!
Contemplative Beehive is sponsoring a Residential Retreat on the subject of Forgiveness lead by Father William Meninger. The retreat will occur from Thursday evening May 5 through Sunday morning May 8 at the Beautiful Abbey of St Walburga.
Father William Meninger, a Cistercian monk at St Benedict’s Monastery, Snowmass, is a much sought after teacher & spiritual guide. He was one the founders of Centering Prayer together with Thomas Keating and Basil Pennington. He is the author of many books & CD’s including such topics as: The Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich, Forgiveness, and The Enneagram. Check out his website at: contemplativeprayer.net
Location: The Abbey of St Walburga,
1029 Benedictine Way,
Virginia Dale, CO 80536 www.walburga.org
Dates: May 5-8, 2016
Time: Arrival: Thursday evening; check in 4:30-5:30pm, Dinner @ 5:45 pm.
Departure: Sunday morning before noon.
Note: All rooms are single occupancy with Private Bath. Since space is
limited and we expect the retreat to fill quickly we require a $50 non-
refundable deposit with completed registration by Monday April 4th. The
balance is due by Friday,April 29th. Some partial scholarships are available.
Detailed information will be sent upon receipt of registration and deposit.
Click here for a printable flyer for the event which includes the registration form.
Solar Power for St. John's
See a real time graph of St. John's Energy usage.
The solar project for St. John's will now have its own section on the St. John's web site at www.stjohnsboulder.org/solar . This page has been updated with extensive information on the solar project, including a very interesting time-lapsed video showing the construction project, as well as a link to a set of static images. Watch this space and visit the page often for project updates.
May's Second Sunday
Celebrating Mothers, Graduates, and Acolytes
Sunday, May 8th, will be a busy one at St. John's! It's Mother's Day, so we'll be celebrating those women who take care of us so lovingly and so well. We'll also be congratulating our 2016 high school, college and other graduates, and recognizing the service of our amazing acolyte team.
If your family has a graduate this year, please send an electronic photo of him/her, along with a short paragraph outlining accomplishments and plans for the future.
High School graduates please answer the following questions:
- Where do you go to school?
- What activities did you participate in in high school?
- What are your plan for after graduation?
- How long have you been a member of St. John's?
- What activities do you participate in at church?
Ice Cream SocialSunday, May 22nd
Our annual end-of-the-school-year ice cream social will be Sunday, May 22nd, after the 9:30 a.m. service. We'll celebrate our fabulous catechists and Sunday school teachers, and thank them for another year of service to your children. We need helpers to set up, serve ice cream, and clean up after this event.
ALL CHURCH PICNIC!
June 12th after the 9:30a.m. service
The church Picnic is one of the most popular events of the year! We gather outside in the sunshine, eat good food, play games and fellowship. In order for this event to take place I will need people to help organize specific tasks:
- Set up
- Food sign ups/ food pick up
- Setting out/ replenishing food day of event
- Bouncy House
- Clean up
Volunteers Needed for Reading Camp!
As always, we also need cash donations to purchase supplies. To contribute, please make your check out to St. John's and put "Reading Camp" on the memo line.
Teens and Parents of Teens
Saturday Nights @ 5:00p.m.
Come Join Us...
for an evening of fellowship and discussion
followed by Eucharist
Teens will gather to discuss A) scripture of the week, B) a church teaching, or C) a contemporary issue, or some combination of these. This group will also serve as preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation scheduled for October of this year when Bishop O'Neill visits St. John's. (Youth Room)
Adults will meet together upstairs in the Library for their own guided discussion and fellowship. Adults topic will sometimes be in sync with the teens, other times we will have a unique program. As a fellowship hour, we will spend time getting to know each other, exploring our common challenges and spiritual needs. (Library)
And, of course, there will be snacks for Teens and Adults.
After our discussions, the groups will gather together and celebrate the Eucharist. (Youth Room)
We will meet every Saturday from February 27 - May 21 except for Palm Sunday and Easter weekends.