Pentecost at St. John’s and beyond

Sunday, May 31, is Pentecost Sunday. Just as this Sunday celebrates the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, there is an outpouring of opportunities to join in prayer.

10:00 am – Christian Formation/Coffee Hour –

11:00 am – A Service of Spiritual Communion –

Available anytime is the Diocesan-wide Pentecost service. The service may be accessed through the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington website ( ) and other DioLex social media sources. Several members of St. John’s are “participants” in the service: Bruce W. Cory, Lisa Garrison, and Tracey Herzer-Huston.

Sunday evening the Union of Black Episcopalians is offering a Prayer Vigil for Racial Justice and the Healing of our Nation. This vigil begins at 4:00 pm and may be accessed by Zoom with the Meeting ID of 921 4319 6842 with a password of 476808.

Also, don’t forget that evening prayer is offered each Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm on Zoom. Use

Sunday Worship

Last week Zoom was experiencing “technical difficulties,” so we had to switch, temporarily , to meeting on Microsoft Teams.

This Sunday we should be back to normal. The links on the website front page are the way to get to Christian Formation (coffee and conversation) at 10:00 am and Morning Prayer at 11:00 am.

The following links are the same as what is on the website:

Sunday Christian Formation (10:00 am):

Sunday Morning Prayer (11:00 am):

And we are still gathering in Zoom on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm for Evening Prayer:

Zoom Offline

Unfortunately there seems to be a global Zoom outage.

As a plan B, I have set up a Microsoft Teams meeting for Sunday Worship. This is available as a web-based application, so I am hoping people will be able to access the worship service.

Plan C is that those of us who can access the Teams meeting for Sunday Morning Prayer will record the service and I will post it to Facebook and YouTube.

The link to access the MS Teams meeting:

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This Week at St. John’s (19 April 2020)

This Sunday morning Christian Formation is meeting at 10:00 am through Zoom and discussing the Missional Leadership portion of the Diocesan Vision Guide. If you do not have a copy of the Diocesan Vision Guide, you can download a copy at The link for Christian Formation is available through the St. John’s Episcopal Church website main page ( or directly from

Sunday Morning Prayer will be offered through Zoom at 11:00 am. The link for Morning Prayer is also available from the St. John’s website main page or directly from

Monday evening at 7:00 pm the Social Justice Book Club will continue its study of Just Mercy on Zoom. The link for the book club is also available from the St. John’s website main page or directly from Note that this Zoom meeting requires a password if you access the Zoom meeting some way other than through the direct link. The password is 704788.

Wednesday Evening Prayer will also be available through Zoom at 6:00 pm. This link is also available through the St. John’s website main page or directly from

We may not be able to meet physically, but we can still gather in prayer throughout the week.

COVID-19 Resources

Tracey Herzer Huston developed some short resource sheets about COVID-19. These sheets focus on Pastoral Care in the Time of Coronavirus, Talking with Kids about Coronavirus, and Tips for Staying Home.

You can view and download these resource sheets from the St. John’s Episcopal Church website. There is a menu link as well as a COVID-19 banner on the front page.

You can also navigate directly these resources from

Special Guest and Potluck

This Sunday Sarah Harcourt Watts will be preaching at the Sunday Eucharist service. She is Executive Director of Reading Camp and will be available after the service to talk with members of St. John’s about an opportunity for St. John’s to host a Reading Camp for the area.

We will also be having potluck this Sunday. Come hungry and be nourished at the Eucharistic table and then at the extended table of potluck!

No Evening Prayer 11-27-2019

As a number of people who usually attend Evening Prayer on Wednesday evenings will be traveling or out of town this Wednesday, the decision was made to cancel the Evening Prayer service for November 27. If you know of someone who regularly attends but may not see this message, please reach out to them to let them know.

As a side note, we are not a community of monks, but as a community of worship and prayer, we can take inspiration from some aspects of monastic practice. The Rule of St. Benedict, chapter 50, addresses the situation of community members working at a distance or traveling at the prescribed times of communal worship in the following manner:

Brothers who work so far away that they cannot return to the oratory at the proper time– and the abbot determines that is the case — are to perform the Work of God where they are, and kneel out of reverence for God. So too, those who have been sent on a journey are not to omit the prescribed hours but to observe them as best they can, not neglecting their measure of service.

When we cannot be at communal worship for a justifiable reason, a good practice would be to take a moment at the time of communal prayer and join the community in prayer from a distance. This can be as simple as a moment of silent prayer, the recitation of the Our Father, praying the Rosary, or grabbing a nearby copy of The Book of Common Prayer and praying the daily office prayers.

For all those who are traveling, may God bless your journeys and may you return safely to join your community of worship for Morning Prayer on Sunday!