Thursday, June 14, 2007

Summer Worship Schedule

The people of St. John's invite you to worship with us this summer:

June 17 9:30 am Morning Prayer

June 24 9:30 am Morning Prayer

July 1 9:30 am Holy Eucharist

July 8 9:30 am Holy Eucharist

July 15 9:30 am Morning Prayer

July 22 9:30 am Morning Prayer

July 29 9:30 am Morning Prayer

August 5 9:30 am Morning Prayer

August 12 9:30 am Holy Eucharist

August 19 9:30 am Morning Prayer

August 26 9:30 am Holy Eucharist

Morning Prayer is a service consisting of prayers, Bible readings, and psalms. It may be led by a lay person, the usual practice at St. John's. The practice of morning worship traces its origins to Jewish sunrise worship that became part of the daily cycle of prayer in Christian monasteries. You can find out more from An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church; scroll down almost to the bottom of the page for three Morning Prayer links.

Holy Eucharist is our communion service, and must be led by a priest or bishop. The Rev. Judith Toffey will be officiating at our summer Holy Eucharist services. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion at St. John's. For the Biblical basis and more information on the Holy Eucharist service, please read this article in An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Trinity Sunday

It was wonderful to have the Rev. Judith Toffey lead our worship last Sunday, Trinity Sunday. She shared how difficult it can be to preach on the Trinity without oversimplifying or getting to theological technicalities that the listeners may not follow. She pointed out how the Nicene Creed is one of the four things that the Episcopal Church considers too basic to our faith to ever give up, as stated in the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral. The Rev. Toffey also pointed out the structure of the Nicene Creed where the largest section of text deals with Jesus, since as God and Human he is the most describable. The Father and the Holy Spirit are much harder for us humans to describe or attempt to explain.

The Rev. Toffey brought an icon that she got in Jerusalem. The image is of the three angels who visited Abraham, but the three figures are meant to represent the three Persons of God. She explained how icon writers fast and pray for 30 days on the subject of the icon before creating it. And then when you pray with an icon, the intent is to carry you beyond the picture that you see into the spiritual truth that it represents.

Icons and Prayer: Notes from an online exhibition of icons on The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts site

Writing (creating) icons: From a PBS interview with a modern iconographer