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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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A ‘HOLY HOUR’ will be observed here at the church in the Lady Chapel on this Saturday between noon and 1.00 PM, followed by Benediction.  This is a time of silent devotion, meditation, and colloquy in the presence of Christ in the Holy Sacrament in preparation for the observance of Holy Week.  Come apart and ‘watch’ with Him for one brief hour.

THE 24TH ANNUAL HUNTINGDON CROQUET TOURNAMENT AND GARDEN PARTY will be held on Saturday, 30 May.  Please mark this date now and  make plans to join in the fellowship and fun.  Current champion Gene Sartori will be defending his title and challengers are invited!

PLAN NOW FOR THE EASTER VIGIL, Saturday, 4 April, 10.30 PM , the Queen of Feasts!!

 

THE SISTERS OF SAINT MARGARET IN HAITI will be the recipient of our Lenten and Holy Week 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.

THE ANNUAL ‘BLUE MASS’ will be celebrated on Tuesday, 28 April, at 6.30 PM for our Police, Firefighters, and Paramedics.  Plan now to be present as we pray for the protection, guidance and encouragement of our men and women in blue.  Tell your friends and bring them with you to pray for and say thank you to those who keep us safe. 

CHORAL EVENSONG OF THE PASSION will be sung this Sunday afternoon at 4.00 PM.  Please tell your friends and invite them to join you for this beautiful service.  As well as being the daily prayer of the church in its full dress form, Evensong is a great way to introduce people to your church.

EASTER FLOWER MEMORIALS are needed to cover the cost of the Easter decorations.  Memorial /Thanksgiving sheets are available on the table as you enter the church, or you may make your donation online.  Use the "Special Instructions" section of our online giving form to list your memorials/thanksgivings. Please help defray this cost!

HOLY WEEK begins this Sunday, 29 March 2015, with Palm Sunday.   The best plan is to be present at Divine Service each day of Holy Week.  Attendance on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and either the Great Vigil on Saturday or Easter Day is rightly expected of all able-bodied Christians, as we re-trace the events of our salvation.  Please plan ahead and plan to be in church.

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Twitter:  @StJohnsBalt