A congregation gathers on a Sunday morning. There has been a lot of preparation. The altar has been set, bulletins have been printed, the heat turned up. The choir has practiced. Worship begins with The Word: Scripture and sermon, hymns and prayers have challenged and inspired. At God's Table, all come to to be reconciled to God and one another through Christ's body and blood. Renewed and strengthened we are Sent to live into our calling as apostles in the world. But first... the fellowship of coffee hour awaits. The Church, St. Paul said, is the body of Christ and each a member. It's true! Never perfect, filled with all sorts and characters and yet, a beautiful living organism of God's grace.

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Christmas 1  |  John 1:1-18

Welcome, hardy Vermont souls, to our last service for 2017. I wish all of us, individually and collectively, a rewarding and fulfilling 2018, though I suspect it’s going to require some work on all our parts to get there.

We stand (figuratively) here on the 31st of December at the threshold of endings and beginnings, ready (or not) to launch ourselves into January; that month named after the Roman two-faced god, Janus— god of doorways and beginnings; one face carefully eyeing the past, the other peering into the future. We also celebrate in our northern clime the gradual return of light, as our shortest winter days are now behind us and we now have about 9 hours of daylight. That’s enough cause for celebration in itself.

I’d like to focus a bit on the new beginnings described in today’s gospel; those famous lines from The Prologue of John…

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The Annual Parish Meeting of St. John’s Episcopal Church will be held in the Parish Hall at the Church at Noon, Sunday, 21 January 2018, with a back up date of 28 January, to accomplish: review submitted Annual Reports, to elect necessary Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention, and to hear all such business as may properly come before the annual meeting of the parish. The Annual Meeting will follow a potluck meal.

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