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The Third Sunday in Lent

 March 24, 2019

Dear friends,
This year’s Lenten Holy Eucharist and Bible Study has been looking at the last week of Christ, from his entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, through his crucifixion and resurrection.  Last night we talked about the events of Jesus’ last Tuesday, the day he spent teaching in the Temple.  In Mark’s Gospel, this is when Jesus teaches the Great Commandment, when the scribe comes to Jesus and asks, “Which commandment is first of all?”  And Jesus answers, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”  (Mark 12:28-31)  
Here, one of the scribes, one of those who have been working against Jesus, challenging him and trying to discredit him in the sight of the growing crowds, has heard Jesus’ responses and was impressed enough to change his tone from one interrogating Jesus to one coming to learn from him.  When Jesus told him that the greatest commandment is LOVE, to love God and to love our neighbors, he responded by no longer calling him a blasphemer, but by calling him teacher, and by acknowledging that this teaching is greater than all the sacrifices and burnt offering, greater than all the ritual and “spiritual looking things” we do.  Love, my friends, is what this entire enterprise of Jesus is all about.  We must learn to love each other, especially in this politically charged climate, and in a world where individualism is prized far above community, love is the way. 
To love our neighbor, does not mean that we always agree.  We may not see eye to eye in our politics or even in our theology, but to love each other means that we learn to share our differing opinions with civility and respect, and to listen to the other.  It means that when we have finished our debate, we still gather together around the common table and share the common cup, as we continue to love each other and worship God together.  The whole point of the sacrifice of the Mass, when we gather around the altar, is to reconcile us with God, AND with each other. 

I know that there have been serious debates in this church over the last year or so, and that there have been hurt feelings and uncharitable conversations on all sides.  We have become a fractured family over this and some of our brothers and sisters have withdrawn from this community.  As Lent is a time for us to reflect, and to seek repentance and reconciliation, I challenge us all to use this time to pray for each other. Pray for those whom we have disagreed with.  Reach out to each other and seek to reconcile our broken relationships.  We may not agree on everything, but we must love each other and we must continue to find the way to gather around God’s table together, even amidst our differences.  If we as the Church, as the people of God cannot find a way forward in love, then what hope do we have for being a prophetic witness to our larger society?  My friends, let us love one another, as Christ loved us.
Grace and peace,
Fr. Jeremy

A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

St. John's Table continues Sunday, March 24th at 5:00 pm, and every month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday.  

The ancient church worshiped around the table, around a meal that we have ritualized into the modern Mass.  Join us as we reclaim an ancient form of worship, as we gather around the table and together seek the Spirit's movement in our own time and in our own community.  
We need volunteers to coordinate the Easter Egg hunt after church on Easter Sunday.  If you are interested in helping out or in coordinating this event that can draw participation from the community, please let the Church Office know as soon as possible.
Serving this week:

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Shirley Reilly
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Donna Blackburn
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Candice Barrera, Bill Moser
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Don Rubins, Debbi Huggett
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Rowan Moxley, Ruby Moxley, Zoe Huntoon
Ushers: Ted Stone, Chris Pfeifer
Greeters: Pat Smith-Huntoon, Zoe Huntoon
Oblation Bearer: Steven Russell
Coffee Hour: Lois Rinkenberger, Joanne Fisher, Sarah Walter
Altar Guild: Captain: Lynn Ruschhaupt, Bev Keene, Marilyn Kromer, Nancy Mulcahy
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Exodus 3:1-15
Psalm 63:1-8
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Luke 13:1-9
The Funeral Mass for Frank So will be held at St. John's on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00 am.  Please continue to keep Debbi and their family in your prayers.
Lenten Reading Materials in the New Resource Room
We used to have our church library on a book cart in the undercroft. No longer. We now have an expanded Resource Room at the end of the education wing in classroom 4. Browse the collection and do some reading in the comfortable chairs. If you prefer, check out a book or two by signing your name in the binder on the wood book cart along the north wall. We have some wonderful spiritual titles!
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

Monday, March 25: Beth Eysenbach
Tuesday, March 26: Mark Moxley
Wednesday, March 27: Cathy Matula
Thursday, March 28: Audrey Ongman
Collect of the Day

ALMIGHTY GOD, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
St. John's by the Numbers

Last Sunday’s Attendance: 87
Last Sunday’s Offering: $4,700.00
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $47,773.56, which is $529.33 (1%) ABOVE our budgeted need.

For those of you keeping track, you will notice that the amount of our average weekly need has changed this week.  I wrote a couple of weeks ago, reminding the congregation that since we passed a deficit budget for this year, if we met our budgeted income need for the year, we would still have a deficit of around $16,000.  In an effort to be more transparent and to communicate more clearly, we have adjusted our weekly need from $3,865.56 (which reflected our budgeted income) to $4,294.93 to reflect our budgeted spending.  With this projection, if we meet our weekly need each week, we will have erased our deficit by the end of the year.  

We are a faithful community here at St. John's.  We have a lot of work to do, but we are meeting the challenge.  Thank you to those of you who have pledged and those who have increased your giving.  If you have not yet pledged, please prayerfully consider doing so.  It's never too late.  We will soon begin more conversations around healthy stewardship, part of which means that stewardship and pledging is not reserved just to the month of November, but is an ongoing spiritual practice in the life of the Church.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, March 24
8:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite I  (Spoken Service)
9:00 am  Church School  (Education Wing)
10:00 am  Holy Eucharist, Rite II  (Sung service with choir)

Tuesday, March 26
12:30  Bridge Club (Guild Room)

Wednesday, March 27
9:00 am  Holy Eucharist w/ Healing Rite
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
8:00 pm  A.A.  (Undercroft)

Thursday, March 28
7:00 pm  Lenten Holy Eucharist & Study
Other Announcements

Art in the Undercroft
Longing for Caribbean sunsets? The next “Art in the Undercroft” class, which will create a painting of a sunset in Aruba based on a participant’s photo, will be from 2 - 4ish p.m. on Sunday, April 7. The cost is $40, and all materials are provided. You don’t need to be a great artist. We’ll have fun creating a painting and surprise ourselves at how good it will be. For more information, contact Gale Michael,, Shirley Reilly,, or Bill Moser, We have several openings, so sign up now.

Spring Flower Sale!
Last year we held a spring flower sale the day before Mother’s Day, with flowers purchased from Sunrise in Grant Park.  On Sunday, March 24, there will be a planning meeting for the sale this year.  I need people who are able to help with flower orders.  We will also need help from those who own trucks, vans or SUV’s to go to Sunrise and pick up the flowers on 5-10-19, and some folks to help with the day people pick up their flowers on 5-11.  Anyone interested in attending the meeting on March 24, or helping with the sale in any way, please contact Shirley Reilly at 708-305-2540

Grand Prairies Children's Choir Concert
If you don't know, one our outreach ministries is to offer space for the Grand Prairie Children's Choir to rehearse.  This community choir fills the halls of the education wing with wonderful energy and glorious music every Tuesday afternoon.  
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 28 at 6:00pm, when these children will be performing here at St. John's!!!  The event is free of charge, and a goodwill offering will be collected to help support their ongoing music program.  A reception will follow in the undercroft.  

Yarn Ministry --  Meeting Monday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Guild Room.
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Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
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