» Advent and Christmas 2019

Posted on: November 19, 2019


Healing Prayer and Anointing
During the season of Advent, Healing Prayer and Anointing will be offered in the Chapel of the Beloved Disciple on Sunday mornings during the distribution of Holy Communion at the 10am service. For those who attend the 8am liturgy, please request this ministry of the clergy who will pray with you and anoint you after the service.

Guest Preacher
December 8
Jay Hornbacher, author of A Letter from Saint Nicholas to Children of Every Age will be preaching at 8am and 10am worship, as well as speaking about the theology of his book at the Faith Forum at 9am in the Fireside Room.

Christmas Pageant
December 22 (Actors meet at 9am in the Gym)
Come and worship with us as children of all ages (adults too) share the story of Christmas during the 10am service.
Those who wish to take part in the pageant are asked to attend at least one meeting/rehearsal (December 15th and/or 21st from 2:30-3:30). You can wear your own costume or use one provided. Contact Katie Madsen (katie.madsen@stjohnsstpaul.org) or Richard Gray (richard.gray@stjohnsstpaul.org) for more info.

Christmas Eve and Day Services
December 24 at 4pm and 10pm, December 25 at 10am
Musical prelude beginning at 3:30pm and 9:30pm. Nursery available at the 4pm service for birth through age 4.



Lessons and Carols
December 15 at 4pm
(Prelude music begins at 3:30pm)
Readings, choral music and carols led by the Adult Choir, Choristers and Handbell Ensemble. A festive reception will follow. Nursery care is available for children birth through age 4.

Sung Compline
Thursdays at 7pm in the Chancel
Led by The St. John’s Compline Choir, The Mirandola Ensemble and Lumina. Incense is used. Note: no service on Thanksgiving Day.


Growing in Faith

Advent Read
On December 1st Christians around the globe begin a new Church Year and enter into the Holy Season of Advent. As we continue learning how liturgical worship shapes our faith life at St. John’s and in the world, our Faith Formation Commission invites everyone to read The Liturgy Explained by James W. Farwell during Advent. The Liturgy Explained is ideal for newcomers who have no prior knowledge of liturgical matters and is also immensely edifying for veteran worshipers in the Episcopal Church.

Copies of The Liturgy Explained will be available at the back of the Church on Sunday mornings in December for St. John’s members to take home and study. A suggested donation of $8.00 is requested to help offset the cost of this year’s Parish Advent Read. Please leave cash or checks made to the order of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, memo line “Parish Advent Read,” in the basket next to the books, or you can make a donation via St. John’s website – select “Non-Pledged Donation” fund.

For more information please email craig.lemming@stjohnsstpaul.org.



Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf & Giving Tree
‘Tis the Season! Please collect a shopping list with grocery items needed for Christmas meals and bring items to the marked bins. Visit the Gift Trees with tags listing toy and clothing needs for Christmas gifts. Select a tag(s), purchase the item(s), and bring them unwrapped to the Gym by December 13. All food and gift donations will be distributed to HQB client families who need just a little help to make their Christmas more cheerful.

The clothing closet at Hallie Q. Brown is also in great need of children’s mittens, snow pants, and jackets. These donations can be left in the food shelf donations bins at the back of the church or the Kent Street entrance.

For more information, contact Colleen Swope, ccswope50@gmail.com, or Sue Cadwell, susie46buffy@gmail.com.

First Nations Kitchen
December 22 from 1:30-4 or 5-7:30
First shift is food prep and setup, second shift is serving and clean up. First Nations Kitchen serves healthy, organic food ancestral to the Indigenous peoples of Minnesota in a welcoming, family environment. See our deacon, Margaret Thor, for more information (margaret.thor@stjohnsstpaul.org).



LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group
St. John’s LGBTQ+ Spiritual Life Group will gather on Friday, December 6th from 5-7pm in the Fireside Room. Since we’re gathering on The Feast of Saint Nicholas, please come dressed in your ugliest festive sweater, and be prepared to share a story (borrowed or your own; the more hilarious the better) that celebrates Christmas and being faithfully LGBTQ+.

We will then spend some time assigning liturgical and hospitality roles for our Sunday, January 12, 2020, 4-6pm celebration of Holy Eucharist and Festive Reception for The Feast of Saint Aelred of Rievaulx.

Snacks will be provided with be provided; please bring your own beverages and/or snacks to share.

Parish Christmas Party
December 7 at 5:30pm
Please bring a dessert to the Gym to share. Donations to cover the cost of food are not required, but will be gratefully accepted at the party.
Dinner and activities provided in the CYF center for birth through 5th grade, RSVP to the nursery (nursery@stjohnsstpaul.org) by December 1.
Author Jay Hornbacher will be reading with the children from his new book ‘A Letter from Saint Nicholas to Children of Every Age’.

Hanging of the Greens
December 11 at 6 in the Church
We’ll all decorate the church inside and out with Christmas greens, then come together for food and fellowship. Contact Gary Hagstrom (gphagstrom@gmail.com) for more information. You can make a donation to the cost of the greens in memory of a loved one or in honor of someone special. See envelope included in your Advent mailing.

Coffee Hour Epiphany Event
January 5 at 11:15 in the Gym
We will be packing gift bags for Project Home families staying with us during the month of February. All members of your family are welcome!