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The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019

My sisters and brothers,

If you were at our Tenebrae service this past Wednesday evening, you may have noticed some noise coming from the yard outside our windows, or from the undercroft.  While we were comfortably in our places in the church, reflecting on the solemnity of Holy Week, contemplatively praying, others were talking, sharing stories, discussing business, I think that I might have even heard a near argument, and the best noise of all, a small child playing.  It was hard for me not to be distracted by this "noise" and I had to fight not to be irritated at first.  But at a certain point it occurred to me that when Jesus was in Jerusalem during that fateful week so long ago, it was anything but quiet.  In the Old City of Jerusalem, the streets are narrow and crowded with people trying to pass through and market stall pouring out onto the street.  As Jesus made his way from the place where he was sentenced to the place of crucifixion, carrying his cross, he had to force his way through the crowd, they would have been busy working, and talking, yelling, laughing, busy going about their business, busy preparing for the festival of Passover, busy catching up with old friends from the provinces who were in the city for the festival.  Perhaps too busy to even notice the latest of many victims of crucifixion.  The sight was becoming all too common, too common to give it much attention.  

On Wednesday night, as I sat there and wondered to myself, "Don't they know we are worshiping in here?  Can't they speak softly?", I slowly realized that they were too busy with their own business to have perhaps even noticed that there were people in the darkened church.  And I began to wonder if the people of Jerusalem had any idea what was happening around them on that fateful Friday, when Jesus was nailed to the cross and the course of human history changed forever.  

As we prepare for the Feast of the Resurrection this weekend, I encourage you to reach out to your friends and family, those who may be so busy with life, to have even noticed that something special is happening in their midst.  Invite them to join us this Easter weekend as we celebrate the Good News of Jesus' resurrection.  And, I encourage you to join us, both for the Easter Vigil tomorrow night, as the darkness that tried so hard to overshadow the world is conquered by Christ's light, and on Sunday Morning, when in the light of the resurrection at the 10:00 am Mass we baptize Mayliah Chisholm into this sacred mystery we call the Church.  
Fr. Jeremy


April 19 - Good Friday Liturgy @ 12:00 noon
April 19 - Good Friday Vespers @ 7:00 pm
April 20 (Saturday) - The Great Vigil of Easter @ 8:00 pm (Incense will be used)
Easter Sunday, April 21 - Holy Eucharist @ 8:00 am
Festival Holy Eucharist & Baptism @ 10:00 am
I am excited to announce that we have called Sarra Lind to join the staff of St. John's as our new Parish Administrator.  Sarra has a wealth of administrative experience, loves working with people, and is an overall delightful person to speak with.  Please keep her in your prayers as she transitions from her current position to St. John's over the next few weeks.  Sarra's first day with us will be Monday, May 13.  Please be sure to stop by the office that week and welcome her.
Please join us beginning Sunday, May 19, during the 9:00 Christian Formation hour as we explore the Spiritual Practice of Stewardship.  This class will run for 6 weeks in the Resource Room.  
Confirmations at St. James Cathedral - June 8

Are you an adult who would like to be Confirmed or Received into the Episcopal Church?  Please e-mail Fr. Jeremy at or call him at the Church Office.  
Serving this week:

Holy Week 2019
April 18, Maundy Thursday 6:00 p.m.
Lector: John Huntoon
LEM: Debbi Huggett
April 19, Good Friday 12:00 p.m.
Lector: Mike Juskelis
April 19, Choir Vespers 7:00 p.m.
Lector: Choir
April 20, Great Vigil 8:00 p.m.
Lectors: Cyndie Knoll, Bill Moser, Don Rubins
LEM: Gale Michael, Kristy Petersen

8:00am Holy Eucharist
Lector: Sue O'Brien
LEM: Gale Michael
Usher: Ken & Beth Blackburn
10:00am Holy Eucharist
Lectors: Greg Lawrence, Rob McManamy
LEMs: Steven Russell, Sam Otoo
Acolytes: Abbey Sutherland, Kyle Dailor, Catherine Madden, Ruby Moxley
Ushers: Mike Madden & Diane Walsh-Madden
Greeters: Carolyn Oyster, Cyndie Knoll
Oblation Bearer: Mike Juskelis
Coffee Hour: Cyndie Knoll, Shirley Reilly, Lynn Ruschhaupt
Altar Guild: Captain: Donna Blackburn, Janice Hickman, Kristy Petersen, Candice Barrera
Invite your friends to join us on Easter Sunday as we celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection by hunting for Easter Eggs - an ancient symbol of resurrection.  Immediately following the 10:00am Mass.
Offie Volunteers

We are in need of Office Volunteers to help staff the Church Office from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, April 26 through May 10.  Volunteers will need to be able to answer the phones, greet visitors, and collect the mail.  If you are interested in helping fill this need, please call or email the Church office to sign up.

(708) 798-4150
A New Kind of Ancient Worship Experience

Beginning Sunday, May 19, St. John's Table will take place every Sunday at 5:00 pm.  Come join us and invite your friends.

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.  
Collect of the Day

O GOD, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This Week's Lessons

Go to to read this week's lessons.

Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
John 20:1-18
Birthdays and Anniversaries this Week

Thursday, April 25: Theresa & Sam Otoo, Shirley Reilly, 
Friday, April 26: Bob de Oliveira, John O'Brien


We are still looking for Church School teachers for the next program year beginning in September.  Church School teachers get to have all the fun of Church School and receive the added blessing of knowing that you are helping to form our children into faithful followers of Jesus.  Please E-MAIL Fr. Jeremy at if you are interested.  (Please note, if you have mentioned your interest in passing to Fr. Jeremy, please be sure to send him an e-mail too.  Thanks!)
St. John's by the Numbers

Last Sunday’s Attendance: 92
Last Sunday’s Offering: $2,399.50
We need an average of $4,294.93 each week to maintain our budget.
Our income year-to-date is $60,967.32, which is $3,456.63 (6%) BELOW our budgeted need.
Coming Up This Week

Sunday, April 21
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)
11:30 am  Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday, April 23
12:30 pm  Bridge Club

Wednesday, April 17
9:00 am  Holy Eucharist w/ Healing Rite
10:00 am  Bible Study (Guild Room)
8:00 pm  A.A.  (Undercroft)

Thursday, April 18
7:00 pm Practicing Our Faith Book Club: Climate Change, Climate Church
Other Announcements

Pastoral Care & Hospital Visits
One of the most important aspects of ministry is visiting with those who are ill.  If you or a family member or friend are hospitalized, please be sure to contact the Parish Office at (708) 798-4150 as soon as possible to let us know.  It used to be that hospitals would notify clergy of parishioners who have been admitted.  With HIPPA laws as they now are, hospitals are NOT allowed to contact us anymore.  If you are in the hospital, or are in need of pastoral care, Fr. Jeremy wants to visit you, but he cannot do so if no one tells him that you are in the hospital. Please make this a part of your family's emergency plan, to have someone contact the church.  Thank you for your assistance.

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. 

Blue Jean Yard Clean Up 
Please join us after church on Sunday, May 5th for our next Blue Jean Yard Clean up.  Bring your gardening gloves and help us get the grounds in shape for spring.
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The Church of St. John the Evangelist
2640 Park Drive
Flossmoor, Illinois 60422
(708) 798-4150

The Rev. Jeremy C. Froyen, CFC
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