It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Jacalin Wilder, friend and longtime member of this parish, who died suddenly last Thursday, March 23th, while vacationing in The Bahamas.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, March 31st at St. John's Episcopal Church in Randolph, the Rev. Mark Preece presiding. A reception will follow.
Please keep Al and their family in your prayers.
Give rest, O Christ to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting. Amen.
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.
A reflection on John 9:1-41 by the Rev. Robert Stuhlmann.
I write this as I sit in my new recliner gifted to me by Susan and Jim Taylor as they make their move from the St. John’s Rectory to their new home in Maine. Susan’s held her last service, where we celebrated the Transfiguration of Jesus, during which God said of Jesus, “This is my Son, or whom I am well pleased, listen to him.” We all wish them the best as they embark on their new journey.
In the meantime, we here at St. John’s also are heading on a new journey, one of reflection and self-discovery. We have an opportunity to” “listen to Jesus” by remembering his lessons of loving everyone and treating all people with love and respect. We are entering the season of Lent where we can look into ourselves and discern just what it is we want in a new spiritual leader and what our roles are going to be in that process. The Vestry hopes to get the participation of the entire Parish in this endeavor.
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"We are the Episcopal Church, welcoming all and practicing our faith through worship, discipleship, fellowship and service."
Transcripts of earlier sermons