This Sunday at St. John’s – September 8, 2013

The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. (Jeremiah 18)

On Wednesday I was able to spend some time in Berea enjoying the wonderful crafts, including beautiful pottery.  I have never “thrown” a pot or used a pottery wheel, but marvel at the skill of the potter in doing so. Watching the fingers mold the soft clay and watching the shape change and change while the wheel is spinning.  It is not set until it is fired in the kiln.

This Sunday, we hear Jeremiah’s words to the people of Israel.  God is the potter and shapes and molds in ways that support us and in ways that challenge us.  Ultimately, we need to be flexible like the clay…able to let God mold us into the shape we need to be to do God’s work.

Blessings as you finish this work week.  Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.



Litany of Welcome This Sunday

Dr. Kay Collier-McLaughlin, Bishop’s Deputy for Communications and Leadership Development, joins us once again this Sunday to lead us in a Litany of Welcome.

Sunday’s Bulletin is online… Check it out at

Memorial for Ed VanGorder on Sunday, September 22, 2pm

Come to the Barn at 2pm on Sunday, September 22, to celebrate the life of Ed VanGorder.  June says to come with an appetite and ready to tell your favorite stories about Ed.  We will process to the columbarium for interment.

Would you like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal church?

Bishop Hahn will make his annual visit to St. John’s on Sunday, October 20. If you would like to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal church, please let me know so we can schedule the appropriate classes.

Christian Formation for children and adults begins October 6

Children are invited to participate in the Godly Play program. Prayerfully consider assisting with the spiritual formation of the children in our parish.  Their spirit was wonderfully evident this past Sunday when they led us in singing “This Little Light of Mine.”  Thanks to Anne Day and Audrey for their assistance.  Anne Day and Dura Anne are asking for additional assistance in this important task.

Adults are invited to participate in an exploration and discussion of the book, “Radical Welcome” by The Rev. Stephanie Spellers

What does it mean to be a Christian community that is radically welcoming?  And how can we become such a community?  This book provides helpful information and real-life stories.

We need 3-4 people who will lead us in this exploration.  Leaders will provide summaries of the various sections of the book, and lead us in discussion over 8 weeks.  Let me know if you would like to lead OR if there is someone in the Parish you would recommend to lead.

For more information, go to and to watch a YouTube video go to

5th Sundays

There are 4 months each year with 5 Sundays and I’m proposing we do something different liturgically on those Sundays.  September 15-October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, so on September 29, much of our service will be bi-lingual, English/Spanish.  I hope hearing familiar words in a language that may be unfamiliar brings new meaning to us and also reminds us that we are connected to a Worldwide communion.

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Love, Rebecca

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