A Season of Hope
“As pilgrims we have a goal. But the meaning of our pilgrimage does not depend on reaching that goal. It depends on remaining open in hope, open for surprise, because God knows our way far better than we do. In that knowledge our heart finds rest while we keep moving on” - Br. David Steindl-Rast
I do love winter, as I suspect do most Vermonters. Sure, by this time of year, we’re more than happy to bid farewell to snow, plowing, boots and mud. But there is for me something about winter’s peace—it’s as if, as those huge flakes descend lazily to the ground, that grace has been captured in frozen water vapor to blanket the world below and blot out not only those things accidentally left in the yard last fall, but the din and busyness everywhere. It’s time of short days and shorter trips forth. A time of peace and emptying.
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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, the children have been at Sunday School. The words of Scripture, the hymns, the sermon, the prayers have challenged and inspired. All have come to the altar rail for Christ's body and blood. 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.
St. John's is a parish in transition. Following the retirement of Rev. Timothy Eberhardt in August 2010 after a rectorate of nearly thirty years, St. John's called the Rev. Mark Preece as our Interim Rector from June of 2011 until his departure in January of 2013. Our journey during this time of transition has been rewarding– stretching our hearts and minds in growth of love and faith. This journey continues as our Ministry Discernment Committee awaits applicants for the position of our new Rector. Please join us on our journey, you'll be very welcome here.
Clergy seeking a position as Rector of St. John's may download our OTM Community Portfolio (PDF) from this website.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 10:00 AM Eucharist
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:00 PM Choir
Sunday, May 26, 2013 10:00 AM Eucharist
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 5:00 PM Choir
Sunday, June 2, 2013 9:00 AM Sunday service schedule begins @ 9AM
Services: Sunday - 10:00 a.m. | Sunday School: 9:45 AM 15 Summer Street, Randolph, Vermont 05060 | 802-728-9910 |