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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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News

THE FEAST OF SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM will be celebrated this Thursday with a Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel at 8.00 AM.  Join the celebration! 

Flower Memorials and Thanksgivings

Flower Memorials are a beautiful addition to our worship and elevate our praise.  Please consider making a memorial or thanksgiving offering of flowers for the church's altars in the coming year.  If you wish to make floral memorials or thanksgivings , please download and return this form with your donation either by mail or by placing it in the designated basket at the back of the churchMemorials are $45 at the High Altar and $30 in the Lady Chapel. Names are listed in the service leaflet on the Sunday or feast desired. Please make checks or money orders payable to: Saint John’s Church, marked: Altar Flowers.

All Souls' Day

PRAYER REQUEST FORMS FOR ALL SOULS’ DAY are on the table in the back of the church, or can be downloaded here.  If you desire names to be included in the intercessions on All Souls’ Day, please fill out the form and place it in the basket in the back of the church.

Stewardship Meetings

STEWARDSHIP MEETINGS will be held on the following dates and locations:  Thursday, 30 October: 712 Druid Hill Avenue (Mary Leigh); Wednesday, 12 November: 3020 Saint Paul Street (Brad Weesner); and Saturday, 22 November: 1901 Park Avenue (Gerry Stacy).  The meetings will begin with dessert and coffee at 8.30 PM and will be led by parishioner Cody Miles.  Pledge Cards will be available at the meetings. We hope to collect the cards on Thanksgiving Day and Advent Sunday (and anytime we can have them, really!)  Come and join the conversation about our mission, ministry, and how we need to fund them.  Be thinking now about what this parish means to you and what you can do to further the work it does.  Need a ride?  Don’t be shy!  Let someone know or speak to Fr Parker.

THIS SUNDAY WE WELCOME OUR BISHOP, The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton, to his church in the Charles and Waverly Villages.  The Bishop will meet with the Vestry at 9:00 AM, and will celebrate the Mass with us at 10:30 AM.  After the Service, Bishop Sutton will join us all for informal conversations with parishioners and friends over Asian delights prepared by parishioner Thavinh Keomanivong.  Please join the Bishop in the Solarium, which may be reached by passing through the doors under the organ façade and turning to the left.  Welcome home, Bishop Sutton!

GAIL KREUSINGER has been a whirlwind of cleaning as she has taken up the slack left by our ailing Sexton.  Do give her a hearty 'thank you!' for taking care of so much housekeeping in both the church and the Parish House.

NEW PEW CARDS for visitors and inquirers are in the pew racks and in the back of the church.  Take a look!

IT IS WITH SINCERE REGRET that I must announce to you the retirement of our beloved Sexton, Anthony.  Anthony has been in declining health for the past year and the toll of it has finally made it impossible for him to carry out his responsibilities here at the church.  He is in Union Memorial Hospital as this is written and he requests your prayers.  Visits are most welcome, but call the hospital before you go to make sure he is still there.   Anthony is not up to a “farewell party”, but we will have a basket at the back of the church today and for the next several Sundays to receive thank you contributions for his more than ten years of work and service to our parish family and community.  Please be both grateful and generous.   Checks should be made out to the church, marked for him in the memo.  JLAP+

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