Posted on: November 19, 2020
Worshipping in a New Way
November 29; December 6, 13, 20
For the four Sundays in Advent, St. John’s will shift from the Spiritual Communion, which we’ve used since the beginning of the pandemic, to that mainstay of Anglican liturgical and spiritual life, the Daily Office. We will celebrate Morning Prayer with slight modification for use on the Lord’s Day. During our long absence from the central sacrament of Eucharist, pausing even the offering of “Spiritual Communion” will create a full and complete break from the idea of communion in our liturgies. Obviously this will heighten and deepen our sense of longing for Eucharist. This, coupled with our Formation in Advent focusing on Eucharist (see below), might give us real insight into this important and central part of our faith life. Our rector has written a blog post delving more deeply into what this change will mean and what it could engender in us; click here to give it a read.
As Jered discusses in his recent article in The Evangelist, we will undertake three separate but deeply important looks at the meanings of Holy Eucharist, Advent, and Incarnation through the lenses of three distinct books by three diverse authors:
- the Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore’s latest children’s book, We Gather at this Table
- the Rev. Emily M.D. Scott’s timely new book, For All Who Hunger: Searching For Communion in a Shattered World
- the Rev. Dr. James W. Farwell’s classic text, The Liturgy Explained.
St. John’s households with young children will receive a complementary copy of the Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore’s book. All members of the parish are encouraged to support local bookstores like Red Balloon Bookshop by purchasing copies of these three excellent books so that we can delve deep into this year’s Advent Reads together and support our neighborhood bookshops.
We never want anyone to be prohibited from participating in faith formation due to cost. A fund is available to help anyone with purchasing the books. If you need financial assistance, simply email Craig Lemming at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to contribute to the fund, make an online contribution (select the fund “Non-Pledged Donation” and put “Financial Assistance: Advent Read” in the memo line) or mail in a check.
Faith Formation Advent Authors Series: Exploring the Holy Eucharist, Advent, and Incarnation
Come and meet the Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore, the Rev. Emily M.D. Scott, and the Rev. Dr. James W. Farwell in this Zoom series that will engage our faith community in rich conversations with the authors of the three books our faith community will be studying this Advent! In a series exploring Yearning & The Eucharist, authors will join us on Thursday nights at 5pm to discuss the theology of their books, and on Sunday mornings at 9am to discuss how their books and Advent intersect.
December 3 at 5pm & December 6 at 9am: The Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore discusses “We Gather at this Table”
December 10 at 5pm & December 13 at 9am: The Rev. Emily M.D. Scott discusses “For All Who Hunger”
December 17 at 5pm & December 20 at 9am: The Rev. Dr. James W. Farwell discusses “The Liturgy Explained” and portions of his forthcoming book, “The Eucharist: Understanding Christianity Through Its Ritual.”
This Advent, we invite you to connect with each other, with Scripture, and with God — through words and through silence. Lectio Divina is a form of prayer in which a group silently contemplates a sacred reading together. We will be holding three sessions via Zoom on Wednesdays in Advent. There is no need to register in advance. Everyone is invited to attend!
Wednesday, December 2 at 10am
Wednesday, December 9 at 2pm
Wednesday, December 16 at 6pm
Experiencing Advent in Your Home
There are several multimedia resources available to deepen your spiritual practices this season. Check out ECMN’s Advent at Home resource or follow along every day with #AdventWord.
Advent Music Meditations
An organ meditation followed by an Advent carol, every Thursday evening at 6:50pm live on Facebook and later uploaded to YouTube. Come to these weekly musical meditations in December where together we will pray, meditate, listen, and reflect on this season of waiting that is Advent. Come share in beautiful Advent hymn texts that help us to understand this season through music as we await the coming of the Christ child.
Thursdays, December 3, 10, & 17 at 6:50pm
Children, Youth, and Families
Children’s Storytime with the Reverend Anna!
Wednesday, December 2 at 4pm
Kids and their parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to gather on Zoom where the Rev. Anna Ostenso Moore will read her book We Gather At This Table.
Family Wreath Making
Wreath kits will be available for all parish families. Please come pick up a box to create your own wreaths for the Advent and Christmas season. We would love to display the creative wreaths you all make. If you would like us to hang them at the church we will have two drop-off times available. Your beautiful customized wreaths will be hung side by side as a symbolic reminder of who we are together as St. John’s even though we cannot be side by side in person.
Pickup: Saturday, December 12 from 11am-12pm
Dropoff: Tuesday December 15 from 3:30-5pm or Wednesday December 16 from 6:30-8pm
Honor a friend or family member, give in memory of a departed loved one, or in thanksgiving for a special event, with a gift towards the cost of the Christmas Greens. This year we will decorate the outside of our beautiful buildings so everyone can see it adorned for the season. We will tie ribbons with events and names of those being recognized on the greens and wreaths. Click here to donate.
To have a ribbon made, please make your donation by December 17.