Re-opening Guidance and Update 7/2/2020

SJEC is following the guidance of ECMN in re-opening the church building. The SJEC COVID 19 committee is creating a plan to allow us to resume in-person service in the future when we can worship safely and in accordance with ECMN’s guidance.

At this time, we are NOT holding in-person services. We will continue to host Sunday morning prayer via Zoom. Keep checking the e-news and our website for future updates!

This New York Times article has some practical advice for living our lives during a pandemic, especially as cases increase across the United States. Stay safe!

5 Rules to Live By During a Pandemic

From Father Tom …

GospelMatthew 22:15-22 The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for…

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From Deacon George …

Lamentation for a Time of Crisis This past Lent, several St. John’s members and friends participated in a study of the Old Testament Book of Psalms, using as our guide C. S. Lewis’s book, Reflections on the Psalms. We learned that about one-third of the 150 psalms are lamentations, where…

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From Father Tom …

The Gospel for this weekMatthew 21:33-46 Jesus said, “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time…

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From Deacon George …

Words-on-a-Fence How can a church make a positive Christian statement to its neighbors when it is closed? How can a congregation tell the community that it is alive and well and doing God’s work even as much of our lives seem to be on hold?  What began here at St….

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From Father Tom …

Last week Deacon George and I decided to alternate weeks with our weekly messages and since he wrote last weeks, this weeks is my turn. Here is the Gospel for this Sunday, Proper 20. The GospelMatthew 20:1-16 Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out…

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