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Lenten Reading Guide

We invite you to read the Gospel of Mark this Lent following this guide provided in Meeting God in Mark by Archbishop Rowan Williams.
Week two

Monday           Mark 2:18-28
Tuesday          Mark 3:1-12
Wednesday      Mark 3:13-35
Thursday:        Mark 4:1-20
Friday:            Mark 4:21-34
Saturday:        Mark 4:35-41

Sunday reflection:  Jesus was a controversial figure, and sometimes a confusing one. He plucked grain on the Sabbath, which was unlawful but not unprecedented. His own family said he was out of his mind and must have a demon.  He told cryptic stories but wouldn’t explain them, except to his disciples.  He healed without even a touch and calmed a raging storm with a simple rebuke. What is your reaction to the stories? Does it make a difference to you whether these events happened just as Mark says? What impression do these stories give you of Jesus, and how do you experience God through them?

God, let me stand in awe of your power.  Give me wonder that goes beyond fact and fiction Amen. 
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We are honored that you are visiting our web site. St John’s Memorial Episcopal Church, the stone church with the red doors as you enter Ramsey, New Jersey was built as a memorial to Emma Hanchett Crocker, the wife of George Crocker. The church was completed and dedicated as a house of prayer for all people in 1906. A parish hall was added in the 1950's and expanded in the 1980's and 1990's. After being a mission congregation for forty-five years, St. John's was admitted as a parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark in 1951. The Rev George Dawson became the first rector. The fifth and current rector is the Rev. Julian R. Eibin. We are a progressive, Christian community welcoming all who seek a deeper relationship with Christ within a vibrant community of faith.
Our mission is to:
SEEK the mind of Christ
SERVE the community, locally and globally in the name of Christ
CELEBRATE the Love and Grace of God  enfleshed in the life of Christ

We accomplish our mission through a deep desire to manifest Christ
  • in our daily lives,
  • in our worship, 
  • in our formation as disciples,
  • in our service to neighbors locally and globally,
  • and in our striving for a just world.
We believe that we grow best in our Christian life when we find a spiritual home.

Please use this site to access the information you need about our church and as a resource on your spiritual journey. We hope you will join us on this adventure that is the Christian life.
 This week's video reflection for Lent from "The Work of the People"  Mouse over and click video to play

AWAY FROM HOME

God sent us away from home, 

dressed with instruction 
clothed and turned toward a future 
          that cannot be seen 
          with frightening anticipation
          and the promise of blessing. 

Just one step outside of Eden, 
          the air was different, so was breathing
          and our legs and our stride
          and then came quickly the question:
          “From where will my help come?”

We depended on the One who would hold our feet steady, 
          trying step through the terrain, sometimes climbing ever upward
                    Did we stop to just gaze at sun or moon?
                    Did we notice the stars or sand on shore?
                              Not like we did before—
                    now only points on the path, directional
                    pointing clearly to something more—
                    someone who made the universe
                and its sandy beaches and sky and moving earth beneath our feet.

Bombs dropped on my homeland many years ago.
          Their explosions like fireworks to my young ears,
          move across the ocean of my soul
          and meet me here, a place of new sights of sounds,
          new wounds and healing and still—
          “Where will my help come?”


Coming to trust again,
          prayers are simply the cries of a baby
                    connected as in the womb
          to the One whose arms are of embrace
                    the love of a mother for her child
          to accept as a gift,
                    we breathe in  and work
                    to make easy, what was once effortless

Jesus went up the hill and was changed
          To see the law and the prophets
          Moses and Elijah 
          His face as the burning bush
          His feet as the hallowed ground
          The disciples saw him as the Son of Man
          The one who was fully who he was, 
                    and meant to be,
                    One who completely trusted
                    Beloved Son
          And they were to see themselves in him
                    Loved daughters and sons.

And we make our way on this mountainside
          Ascending and descending with our belief
          Not to find ourselves, but to enter into the life of the beloved
                    Our final resting place
                    Where what was lost is found
          Another new way of walking, making way
          To the place of our new birth
                    where the miles we have traversed
                    will be mapped upon the heart
                              of the One who calls us to remember,
                                        to believe we will one day feel at home again.

Sunday Mornings at St. John's

Worship Schedule 

8:00 am-Holy Eucharist

A shorter intimate service of Holy Communion (Mass) utilizing Elizabethan English . It is followed by Coffee Hour and Summer Breakfasts July and August.
                            
10:00 am-Holy Eucharist 
A traditional service of Holy Communion(Mass) with Choir, followed by Coffee Hour

Family Service on the Third Sunday of the Month September through June
*Children's Sermon. 
* Music by the Cherubs and Choristers Children's Choirs
*Children read the lesson and lead the prayers

Church School

9:30-10:30 am-Church School   for Pre-school through 8th Grade
9:30-9:55 am- High School Youth (Library)
11:15 am Third Sunday of the Month Youth Confirmation Class

Professionally staffed infant and chilcare is provided year round on Sunday morning for children up to 3 years of age from 9:30-11:30am  

Midweek Celtic Mass on Wednesday Evening @ 7:30 PM

An alternative, brief 30 minute service of Holy Communion for those unable to attend church on Sunday or who just need some mid week spiritual refreshment or those who are searching for a different spiritual experience. A Quiet, meditative, candlelit with reflective music including spirituals, celtic hymns, Taize and folk hymns.The prayers are drawn from the Celtic roots of the Episcopal Church
Please send us a message for more information.  We will be happy to help you.

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