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 Six

Monday:        Mark 12:38-44
Tuesday:       Mark 13:1-23
Wednesday:   Mark 13:24-27
Thursday:      Mark 14:1-11
Friday:           Mark 14:12-31
Saturday:       Mark 14:32-52

Sunday Reflection:  From Jesus’ teaching in the Temple to his dramatic arrest in the garden, the tension between Jesus and the authorities is building, as in the reader’s sense of agitation.  Jesus is becoming more isolated, and even his followers’ efforts at faithfulness and are found wanting.  As readers, our enthusiasm for this climax to Jesus’ story is tempered by his unsettling apocalyptic warnings.  What do you imagine God is experiencing at this time of the Son’s death draws near? How would you feel if you were one of Jesus’ disciples at this stage of his ministry.

God, give me insight to experience Jesus’ story as it was, not only the beautiful parts, but the difficult as well.  Amen.

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Holy Week and Easter Schedule  

April 1st: Wednesday of Holy Week
 7:30 PM - Celtic Eucharist
April 2nd: Maundy Thursday
 7:30 PM – Joint Maundy Thursday Liturgy and Agape
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 1 Church Lane,
Oakland, NJ 07436
April 3rd: Good Friday
Today is a day of Fast
12 Noon - Stations of the Cross & Meditations
12:30 PM-3 PM - Church Open for Private Meditation
7:30 PM – Joint Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Eucharist
from the Reserved Sacrament
Trinity Church, 55 George Street,
Allendale, NJ 07401

April 4th: Easter Eve
7:30 PM – Joint Celebration of the Great Vigil of Easter
               St. John’s, Ramsey
The service begins in the Memorial Garden on the Arch Street side of the Church
Child care available

April 5th: The Day of the Ressuection
 8:00 AM - Festive Holy Eucharist with Easter Hymns
10:00 AM - Festive Holy Eucharist followed by an Easter Egg Hunt
Child care available


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

Scattered Palms

The crowd swelled with excitement
Waiting for their newly anointed one
Who enters into the Temple of the heart
We opened the gates
For our victor to enter
To welcome this the Savior-soldier
The warrior-king
The one who will liberate us from oppression and cruelty
They yelled from the top of their lungs
“Hosanna – Save Us!”
From the enemies that threaten to devour us
“Save Us!”
From ourselves
Lifting our palms to the air in celebration

I cried out from the crowds that day,
One voice in a sea of people
One among many who carpeted the ground
With coats and palms
With hopes and dreams
For something better in this world
To make of it what I will
I placed a my passions
Upon this teacher,
The Master
Of bread and fishes
Of the deaf and blind
Of miracles and spectacles

But he was on a donkey
Not a noble steed
Who was brought down low
Seeking to rescue the outsider
To save us from our sins

“Who is this?” we questioned
“Then who are we?” we replied
Were we disciples following him
On this inglorious, triumphal road
They did not turn an ear to him
But made of their hearts a stone
And rejected him
Broke him over the rock
Of all their hopes and fears
Trampled palms
Scattered ashes

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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