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Posted on: February 13, 2019



Join us for Holy Eucharist on Wednesday, March 6 at noon or 7pm. Ash Wednesday leads us into the season of Lent, encouraging us to focus on what really matters in life and in our faith.


There will be a service of adult Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation on Sunday, March 10 at 2pm in the church. If you’re an adult who has joined St. John’s as a member but never been confirmed an Episcopalian, or if you were confirmed in another denomination and would like to be received, this is a wonderful opportunity to take that step. If you have been confirmed or received, you may want to participate in the Rite of Reaffirmation and recommit publicly to the Christian life.

On Sunday, March 3, after the 10am worship St. John’s will host a luncheon for candidates and presenters in the Fireside Room.

Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Baptism are moments of new beginning, an entrance into the body of Christ and the local expression of that body in the Episcopal Church. These are moments when God’s grace is made present and real. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.


Sundays beginning March 10 through April 14 at the 10am worship, St. John’s Community of Hope intercessors will be stationed in the Chapel for those who desire healing prayer. After you have received Holy Communion, if you have any joys or struggles you wish to bring to God in prayer, you are invited to come into the Chapel, and two intercessors will pray with you.

For those attending 8am worship, please mention your need for healing prayer to the clergy after the liturgy, and the clergy will pray with you in the Chapel.

For more information, contact Rev. Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.


Join us for Morning Prayer every weekday in the Chapel. This simple service, said directly from the Prayer Book, will begin at 7:45am and last about 30 minutes.

For more information, contact Jayan Nair, 614-531-6062 or jtn.nair@gmail.com.


Compline is offered every Thursday evening at 7pm by candlelight. This is a short service of ancient prayers, psalms, chanting, and mystery. All are welcome. Incense is used.




Featuring Schubert’s Mass in G Major, join us Sunday, March 24 at 4pm for Choral Eucharist.




Our Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday with the words “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” During this Holy Season of “remembering” and “returning” join us on Sunday mornings at 9am in the Fireside Room for our Lenten Faith Forum series which focuses on how our Christian faith grounds us spiritually to fully embrace our mortality. Presenters will offer resources to help us with end-of-life advance healthcare directives; resources for making compassionate transitions when death approaches; finding unexpected joy in planning the liturgy for your celebration of life; and exploring the themes of lament and mortality in Holy Scripture. By fully embracing our mortality together during Lent, we will come to know the ineffable joy of eternal life in new ways this Eastertide.

March 10 – Directing Your Own End-of-Life Care: Making a Healthcare Declaration presented by Mary E. Johnson

March 17 – Clear Intentions: Financial and Life Documents Everyone Should Have presented by Alice Lightner Johnson

March 24 – Planning the Liturgy for a Celebration of Life presented by the Rev. Craig Lemming

March 31 – Death Wishes in the Bible presented by Dr. Hanne Loeland Levinson

April 7 – Lament presented by Dr. Elaine James

April 14 – The Paradoxes of Palm Sunday presented by the Rev. Dr. Neil Elliott



On Wednesdays from March 13 through April 10 join us at 6pm in the Fireside Room for the Lenten TV Series. The series this year will focus on grief and loss through the lens of five popular TV shows. This inter-generational conversation series will be led by St. John’s youth.

We will watch these episodes as a group and then discuss the material.

Week 1: The Good Place
Week 2: Grey’s Anatomy
Week 3: Spongebob Square Pants & Parks n’ Rec
Week 4: Glee
Week 5: Game of Thrones


Being well-prepared for death is one of the most compassionate pastoral gifts we can provide for our loved ones. This one day retreat and workshop will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide spiritual and practical resources to help us face the realities of death and dying together. Guest presenters will provide resources for how to document end-of-life healthcare declarations; how to make burial or cremation arrangements with a funeral service; how to plan the liturgy for a celebration of life and how to ensure our legal affairs are in order. We will engage in conversations about our shared experiences of grief and loss and how to respond compassionately to loved ones and to one another as death approaches. RSVP (and please include any dietary restrictions) to the Rev. Craig Lemming at craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org to ensure there is enough food for the luncheon.


The Basics Classes give the knowledge and skills that inspire us to live a balanced spiritual life, and they offer a way for individuals to learn and grow in community. They are offered Sundays from March 24 through April 28 at 11:30am in the Fireside Room. All parishioners are welcome, and Basics Classes are required for parishioners making a significant transition in the church (such as new membership or marriage). To join, contact Lea Anne Schmidt at leaanne.schmidt@stjohnsstpaul.org.


During Lent, we will be reading Owning Your Own Shadow: Understanding the Dark Side of the Psyche by acclaimed Jungian analyst and best-selling author Robert A. Johnson. This classic text provides powerful and accessible wisdom for turning back to our whole, true self in this Holy Season of “Metanoia.” Johnson writes, “To own one’s own shadow is to reach a holy place – an inner center – not attainable in any other way. To fail this is to fail one’s own sainthood and to miss the purpose of life.” Journey into this book during Lent and join ongoing conversations the Men’s Group and the Thursday Book Group are having about this book. Copies will be made available in St. John’s Library for parishioners.




Join us for a youth fundraiser Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner and Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 5 from 5:30pm-8pm. Suggested donations are $5 per person or $15 per family. All proceeds will go toward the youth pilgrimage fund. For more info, contact Jean Hansen at jean.hansen@stjohnsstpaul.org


First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis and has been serving traditional indigenous food in a welcoming environment every Sunday evening for nearly 10 years. We are looking for volunteers to prepare and serve meals on Sunday, March 24. For questions or to volunteer, contact Margaret Thor at margaretcthor@gmail.com.