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Welcome to Saint John's Church


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Welcome to Saint John's Church


Saint John's is a welcoming community of the Episcopal Church, the American Anglicans, located in the heart of the city of Baltimore at 30th and Greenmount in the old village of Huntingdon - an area now known more commonly as the Waverly and Charles Villages. We are young and old, rich and poor, straight and gay, liberal and conservative, and most things in between. Our goal is not like-mindedness, but a holy communion of mutual respect and understanding, in order that together we may find God and serve the world in Christ's name.

Our worship is full of poetry, using the language and beauty of traditional Anglican forms and music. Our concerns are as contemporary and energized as today's news. We are modern people seeking the eternal God. We delve deeply and courageously into the spiritual life and its disciplines, unafraid to ask questions and admit that we do not have all the answers. Our business is reconciliation: with God, with each other, with all creation. On our spiritual journey we welcome anyone seeking God, and also those who are merely respectfully curious.

At Saint John's you can expect to find a spiritual tradition of rich depth, with breadth of experience and an atmosphere of profound mutual respect. Beauty and the arts are used here as important expressions of indefinable truth. An historic choral tradition of excellence enriches the spiritual life of our congregation, our community, our City, and our Diocese. We support eight Choral Scholars, as well as over half a dozen local, regional, and international outreach programmes. Reaching out in service to others is our call and our joy.

In this community you will find tradition balanced with honest inquiry and openness to new ideas. You will find things to comfort, to challenge, to reassure, and to perplex you, and you'll find the security of a place which is not afraid to let you feel them all! In short, we endeavour to be a place for you to seek, find, and enjoy God. Yes, enjoy.

What you won't find here is frozen dogmatic 'religion' or fundamentalism. Yes, we treasure the historic creeds and the Bible. We use them as indispensable formative expressions of the Christian faith to be reckoned and wrestled with today, by using the insight, maturity, and wisdom of all generations, including our own. We don't claim to have all the answers to today's issues, but we do have thousands of years of hard human experience- good, bad, ugly, and beautiful- with which to address them, while seeking the Spirit of God in them. We believe Jesus died and rose to free us from evil, not from our brains. So, as he said once to a disciple, "Come and see!" God doesn't use coercion, neither do we. Join us when you can. We welcome you!

In Christ our hope,

Jesse L. A. Parker, Rector

 

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Service Times, News and Announcements


Upcoming services, programs, and opportunities for fellowship.

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Service Times, News and Announcements


Upcoming services, programs, and opportunities for fellowship.

Schedule of Services

Upcoming Events

Weekdays, Monday - Friday

7:45 AM Morning Prayer
5:45 PM Evening Prayer

Sundays

10:00 AM Mattins
10:30 AM Sung Eucharist
4:00 PM Evensong

Feasts of Our Lord and Major Festivals

6:30 PM Choral Eucharist

 

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As part of a grant-funded program to upgrade our online presence, we're looking to better understand the people who visit our website and/or our Facebook page.  We have created a brief survey, and we are hoping you'll help us out by taking three minutes of your time to fill it out.  Your answers are completely anonymous and will give us valuable information which we will use to evaluate our online activities in the future.

If you've already completed the survey, thank you so much for your help.  It's deeply appreciated.  If you haven't, won't you please consider doing so?

You can complete the survey here.

FYI:  Jesus has a “nickname”.   In our Anglican tradition Jesus is often called ‘Jesu’, pronounced “Jēēˊ-su”, as a term of rich endearment.  It is not the same as the Latin “Iesu (Jesu)”, pronounced “Yĕˊ-su”.  It’s a proper English soft ‘j’ and ‘s’.  You’ll find it used today, for example, in our hymn after Communion.  It’s not a mis-print, its our own traditional, intimate, special name for the Lord our Saviour.  So, for instance, the next time you sing, ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’, you know it will be just a little more personal, a little more endearing.  And lest you think it disrespectful, just remember that the opening words of The Lord’s Prayer are more accurately translated “Our Daddy...”.  It’s natural to be lovingly familiar with every Person of the Most Holy Trinity.

THE SEAFARERS’ CENTER needs current magazines, calendars, and warm clothing of all kinds.  Bring your contributions in small sturdy bags, and place them at the Font with the food offerings for the Franciscan Center.  Remember, older volunteers have to haul the bags up gangways, so keep them small.

THE WEDNESDAY LENTEN STUDY will meet in the Parish House.  This will be a wide-ranging discussion geared toward exploring our tradition and our peculiar approach to understanding our Catholic Faith.  Soup, salad and bread will be on offer as we begin.  Our first meeting will be on 25 February at 6.30 PM.  Come and let your questions be asked!!

THE SISTERS OF SAINT MARGARET IN HAITI will be the recipient of our Lenten devotional offerings.  Each Sunday in Lent and Holy Week there will be opportunity to make a sacrificial offering to aid the Sisters in their work in the slums of Port-au-Prince and at the hostel for elderly women in Cap Haїtien.  Please be as generous as possible.

 

As everyone should know by now, two children have been left fatherless in the accident caused by Bishop Heather Cook, which took the life of Tom Palermo.  If you should like to show your support for the Palermo children, you may do so by contributing to an education fund that has been created for them.  There are two ways to contribute. You may give online at: http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/children-of-tom-palermo/283939.  Or, you may mail a contribution to: The Palermo Children's Education Fund, c/o Molloy Investment Group, Stifel Nicholas, One South St., 30th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; Tel: 410-659-2300.

FRIDAYS IN LENT are days of abstinence or fast in commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus.  Abstaining from a usual pleasure and giving its cost to the poor is an age-old way of keeping these days of special devotion.  Other ways include abstention from television, meat, a meal, alcohol, or sweets.  Traditionally, fish (not crab, lobster, or other expensive seafood) is eaten on both Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, in remembrance of the ‘sign of the fish’ used as a password by Christians during Roman persecutions.  The Greek word for fish, ΙΧΘΥΣ (ichthus), was used as an anagram/acrostic for "Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ", (Iēsous Christos, Theou Yios, Sōtēr), which translates into English as "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour".  This affirmation of faith gained access to the secret meetings of Christians and the Holy Eucharist.  A box of sand could be presented with an imprint in it made by the ridge of the hand.  A Christian would know to place the opposite hand’s ridge in the sand next to it to create a “fish outline” 
in the sand.  Getting it right got you in.  If not, the deacons threw you out, or, everyone scattered! 

THE PROCESSION FOR THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT - scheduled for 5:00 pm on Sunday, February 22 at the Cathedral of the Incarnation - WILL be taking place, no matter what the weather brings! Please, do be safe and circumspect in your travel, but join us if you are able and bring your friends. This is a beautiful, musical, contemplative way to enter into the devotion of Lent, and we aren't letting God's snow and cold keep us from offering Him this worship. Come be with us if you can.

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