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Posted on: February 13, 2019

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HEALING PRAYER

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.

DAILY MORNING PRAYER

Join us for Morning Prayer every weekday in the Chapel. This simple service, said directly from the Prayer Book, will begin at 8:15am and last about 30 minutes.

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

SUNG COMPLINE

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.

FAITH FORMATION

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 – CANCELED. “Directing Your Own End-of-Life Care: Making a Healthcare Declaration,” presented by Mary E. Johnson is rescheduled for Saturday, March 16 at the “When Coming to the End of Life” workshop from 9am-4:30pm.  Do you have a living will? Or perhaps you have identified a healthcare agent. Have you spoken to your loved ones about your goals and values at the end of life should you be unable to speak for yourself? Let’s talk.

March 17 – Clear Intentions: Financial and Life Documents Everyone Should Have,” presented by Alice Lightner Johnson. Facing our mortality opens the door to preparing for what will happen after we die. Having your financial affairs in order is a key part of the legacy you will leave behind. Alice Lightner Johnson, owner of LifeShift Services, will walk us through the key documents everyone should have and present strategies to insure assets are distributed smoothly and according to your wishes.

March 24 – “Planning the Liturgy for a Celebration of Life,” presented by the Rev. Craig Lemming. What were their favorite hymns? Which passages of Scripture should we choose? Who will do readings and prayers? Who will offer a eulogy? Holy Eucharist? Incense? We can offer a pastoral gift to our loved ones by planning ahead and memorializing all of our liturgical wishes for our Celebration of Life. Planning our own funeral can be fun! It’s one of the most joyful spiritual exercises we can engage in, so join us for this conversation and workshop.

March 31 – “Praying for Death: Death Wishes in the Hebrew Bible,” presented by Hanne Loeland Levinson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota. “I was sitting on a rock . . . It was sunny, in winter. I just prayed to die, but it didn’t work.” So Robert Rijxman, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen, recalls: “Praying for death didn’t work.”  In several narratives in the Hebrew Bible a character prays to die, or asks to be killed, or wishes their life would come to an end, revealing some of the darkest hours in humans’ lives. Moses, Elijah, Rachel, Job, to mention a few, all utter a wish to die. What triggers their death wishes? Do they all truly long for death, or are they trying to achieve something else with their death wishes? What might it mean for us today to have these narratives in the Bible?

April 7 – “Why, God? Voices of Protest in Biblical Lament,” presented by Elaine James, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Theology at St. Catherine University. More than any other type of poem, lament prevails in the Bible. The ancient writers were not afraid of voicing their fear, sickness, anguish, and suffering in both communal and individual lament. In the midst of this rich lament tradition, we find voices of protest, who seem to speak against the very possibility of faith. How can we understand these voices in the theological practices of worship and church community? What is the role of lament, and of protest, in our lives of faith today? How can the Psalms of lament model a mode of relating to one another, and to God, in the midst of hardship? This talk will offer an introduction to Psalms of lament and will consider the dignity of protest in light of trauma.

April 14 – “The Paradoxes of Palm Sunday,” presented by the Rev. Dr. Neil Elliott. The Holy Week begins with our liturgical reenactment of the crowds hailing Jesus as Messiah as they march into Jerusalem; then, speaking again as the crowds a few days later, we call for his death. What are we doing? How have the Gospels—and our liturgy—shaped our imaginations of the significance of Jesus’ death? And given the terrible history of Christian anti-Judaism, how do we enter into this liturgy more aware of its paradoxes and pitfalls?   

April 21 – Easter Sunday, no Faith Forum.


LENTEN TV SERIES

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. Dinner will also be provided.

March 13: The Good Place
March 20: Grey’s Anatomy
March 27: SpongeBob SquarePants & Parks n’ Rec
April 3: Glee
April 10: Game of Thrones

BASICS CLASSES

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.

LENTEN READ

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.

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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
Wednesdays Mar 6-Apr 10 at 9:30am in the Gathering Space
The Prayer Shawl group will meet weekly during Lent. This is the perfect time to offer your prayers and create a blessing-filled gift. Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels welcome. To learn more, contact Rosanne Kassekert at r.kassekert@gmail.com.