“Starfish” Tiny House Blessing

             

On Thursday May 10, 2018 the Rt. Rev. Brian Prior, bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, blessed the recently completed “Starfish” tiny house dwelling, which is located in the “back yard” of the church.

The people of St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Cloud are addressing the “homelessness” in town by building a 384 square foot house. Our eyes have been opened to this ongoing social issue. We are developing a Ministry for our “friends without homes”. The number of people affected is overwhelming. We know that as a small church we cannot solve this enormous problem. But we can help. One person at a time. The Starfish house is both a symbol of our calling to this issue and a very real, if small response.  Our desire is to offer a leg up in the form of a stable living environment. Along with ongoing support we hope to graduate many formerly homeless people to a life of sustainability.

To Support this project please go to:

https://www.gofundme.com/episcopal-starfish-dwelling

Thank you for your prayers and support of the Star Fish Dwelling.

                          

 

 

 

Eastertide

Eastertide:  Another term for Easter season, the Great Fifty Days. As used in English-speaking churches, “tide” is an old word meaning a festival and its season. For the church, this is, in fact, still Easter. Easter is not meant to be just one sunny Sunday, marked by a hearty meal and pastel hues, but it is, rather, a full season of feasting. Each one of the “Great 50 Days of Easter” ought to be marked and celebrated as Easter. We are called during this season to find some way, every day, to celebrate and feast. We celebrate this great and joyful fact for a full 50 days, because learning what it means to live in the light of the resurrection takes practice.  It takes us 40 days of Lent to really learn that we cannot save ourselves or our world, and it takes 50 days of Easter for us to be gripped and transformed by the fact that God can.

 

 

Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday (March 25)

10:00 a.m.       

Walk with Jesus and his followers as he makes his entry into Jerusalem, and experience a dramatic Readers’ Theater telling of the Passion of Christ.                                                                   

The Rev Ken Toven, presiding.  Gather in the Narthex

Maundy Thursday (March 29)                                                            

 Share an evening Agape Meal with Eucharist, followed by the traditional Last Supper foot washing and the somber stripping of the altar.                     

6:00 p.m. Agape Meal in Parish Hall

7:30 p.m. Washing Feet and Stripping Altar, the Rev Ken Toven, presiding

Good Friday (March 30)

Experience a subdued noonday observance of the Passion.

Noon, the Rev George Ham, presiding

Easter Vigil (March 31)

Witness an updated Liturgy of the Light, hear the Liturgy of the Word, participate in a traditional baptism, the Holy Eucharist and a jubilant proclamation that Jesus lives!

8:00 p.m., the Rev Ken Toven, presiding

Easter Sunday! (April 1) 

“Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:45-47)

10:00 a.m. the Rev Fred Nairn, presiding

Ash Wednesday Service

February 14, 2018

7:00pm

Holy Eucharist-Rite II

Imposition of Ashes

Rev. Randy Welsand, celebrant

“Day of Psalms” March 3

“Day of Psalms” (Second Annual).   On Saturday March 3 we will gather to chant psalms in the sanctuary, beginning with Psalm 1 and moving our way through the psalms (with some skips) chanting on a simple setting.  While continuous chanting can become movingly musical, the main intention is as a form of contemplative prayer and as a vigil-like response to darkness in the world.   No particular skill is required to participate.  We will start with an introduction at 8:45 and then will chant psalms continuously from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with a five minute break every half hour and a break for lunch (soup and bread).  You are welcome to participate for all or just part. Bring a friend! Last year about 25 people participated and we hope for even more this year.  But whether four, fourteen or forty of us, we will raise our voices in the ancient laments and praises of the psalms!