Doing God's Work

Thanksgiving Volunteer - A volunteer at St. John the...Through ministry we express God’s reconciling love in Christ to the world. This takes place within and outside the faith community, in both modest and expansive efforts, utilizing the gifts and devotion of all members of the church. All members of the church, whether lay member or clergy, share a common call in ministry:  to represent Christ and his Church.

The final three questions  of the Baptismal Covenant encapsulate this call:

Will you proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ?

Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?

Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?


We strive to fulfill this call through our formation programs for children, youth and adults, and leadership development workshops; through our efforts to strengthen and revitalize congregations; through our outreach to homeless and hungry persons, and to the sick, homebound and persons living with disabilities; through our support, locally and globally, for relief and development programs, and our advocacy for peace and justice; and through our enrichment of our worship.

Through ministry we engage God’s mission: to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.

The Episcopal Church is also known as the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and holds that all believers are called to embody and enact Christ's mission in the world. This video produced by the Episcopal Church reminds us that "we are all missionaries":

We Are All Missionaries from The Episcopal Church on Vimeo.

“Members of this diocese of all ages serve Christ feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, building and rehabbing houses, visiting and leading worship in nursing homes and extended care facilities, tutoring children, and hosting after-school programs. As I make my Sunday visitations and visits with clergy vestry and lay leaders, I am energized and proud of the hard work being done in and by our congregations, their clergy and members.”

~Bishop Steven Miller, 2009 Convention Address

 

OFFERINGS

His Light Still Shines:  Christmas 2016 message  from Bishop Miller

“Mild, he lays his glory by born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth born to give them second birth

Risen with healing in his wings light and life to all he brings

Hall thou Sun of Righteousness, Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace

Hark! The Herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born king.”

(Charles Wesley, 1739. The Hymnal 1940, Hymn # 27)

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

For me, as I imagine for many of you, it is the hymns of Christmas that speak deeply to my sacred memory. Each Christmas as I sing the hymns that I have known and sung since childhood, I am reminded of the faithful who have accompanied me on the journey of faith. I cannot sing “Joy to the World” without a part of me being the 10 year old boy singing between my father and grandfather in a little church in Rose City, Michigan. Each time I sing ”O come all ye faithful,” I see the face of a former senior warden at the first church I served in Virginia, coming in with gusto on the bass line, “0 come let us adore him.

 

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Upcoming Events

Apr
1

Executive Council meeting

Saturday, April 01, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Apr
4

Commission on Mission and Development

First Tuesday of the month, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Apr
8

Leadership Day

Saturday, April 08, 2017, 9:00 AM - 12:01 PM

Apr
12

Finance Committee Meeting

Second Wednesday of the month, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM