August 25, 2017
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Led by the Holy Spirit,
St. John's mission is to inspire people to grow into the heart and mind of Christ by engaging together in worshiping, serving, and spiritual formation.


2017 St. John's Ministry Fair 

  Sunday, August 27th. The fair will take place in the parish hall after the 9:30a service. Please let Diane or Heather know by August 23rd if you plan to have a table at the fair to promote your ministry. Like last year, we will incorporate Coffee Hour with the fair, so please bring a goodie for your table to share with visitors. Also, there will be a banner procession at the 9:30a.m. service. If you would like to make a banner, just search for instructions on the internet. It's amazing how many sets of instructions there are to choose from! Thank you for your participation in this wonderful event. You are the heart and the hands of St. John's, working 'without haste and without rest' to bring forth the kingdom of God in the world.


Wishes to THANK those individuals who have volunteered their time.

However, we are still in need of additional volunteers.

St. John's Altar Guild is seeking volunteers to join our ministry. We need people who can spare a few hours, one weekend a month, and if necessary, we could work a plan for shared duties, which would result in even less time. Please take some time to give this prayer and thought, and if you have an interest, please feel fee to contact
Deacon Lorine at 720-626-2612
or stop by our table at the MINISTRY FAIR.
This ministry provides opportunities to serve the Lord's Church and meet other dedicated people.

Our children's choir, The Choristers, led by St. John's music director Tom Morgan, will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, August 30th, at 5 p.m. in the choir room in the basement of the church. The group meets on Wednesday evenings from 5-6, and all children in kindergarten through 6th grade are invited to participate. The Choristers sing in church on Family Sundays (the second Sunday of the month), as well as at family services on Christmas and Easter. For more information, contact Tom Morgan, 303-494-4018 or
Coffee Hour  

We envision St. John's as a community
where everyone undertakes
"welcome" and "hospitality"
as an intentional holy practice. 

Coffee Hour this week is brought to you by:

And please sign up to help make Coffee Hour Fellowship happen.  Contact Jessica Burnett: (

You are invited to walk the labyrinth, at
Community United Church of Christ as part of a Taize
Meditative Service on Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.  We are
located at 2650 Table Mesa Drive. 
 All are welcome!
Episcopalians at Pridefest

Come and help Integrity Colorado to represent the Episcopal Church at Boulder Pridefest on Sunday, September 10 from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.  You can sign up online at or contact David O’Rourke at to signup or for more information.  



FOR 2017-2018

Now’s the time to sign-up for your spot in the St. John's Foyer Dinners; groups will be forming at the end of October and kicking off their joint dinners this winter.  What’s Foyer Dinner? Six to nine St John's folks (couples and singles) who get together monthly at each other’s homes for potluck dinners and good company.  A great opportunity to meet new friends in Christ’s family at St John's and get to know old friends better.  Sign up by calling or emailing Bill Ashworth (720-352-6456; by October 29th... Buon appetito!

Embarking on the Spiritual Journey

Plan now to join us for our fall adult formation series. Read The Rector's Pen beginning August 1st and mark your calendars for our discussion group: September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, and November 5. You can find complete information on our website under "Faith Formation". This coming week The Rector's Pen features the Session 4 reading material and questions.


Wednesday Night Adult Forum – Fall 2017

Two evenings 7-8:30
Sept 27 – Oct 4 and an optional 3rd evening on the Oct 11

A study of Marcus Borg’s “Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most”

We’ll meet down stairs in the Youth Room  for a book discussion and you’ll need to obtain and read the book prior our first meeting. Contact Bill Ashworth (, 720-352-6456) for more information or to sign-up.


Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015), preeminent theologian and Bible scholar, reflects on his life and how he developed his most bedrock convictions and why they matter. The result is a manifesto for all progressive Christians who seek the best path for following Jesus today. With each chapter embodying a distinct conviction, Borg writes provocatively and compellingly on the beliefs that can deeply ground us and guide us:

• God Is Real and a Mystery
• Salvation Is More About This Life Than an Afterlife
• The Bible Can Be True Without Being Literally True
• Jesus's Death on the Cross Matters—But Not Because He Paid for Our Sins
• God Is Passionate About Justice and the Poor
• To Love God Is to Love Like God

Rich in wisdom and insight, Convictions is sure to become a classic of contemporary Christianity. 


Thanks to everyone for their support of the Syrian Refugee Sunday.   We hope that this event helped to raise awareness of the on-going Syrian Crisis.   If you would like to turn in your World Vision or IOCC donations or pledge forms, your can bring them to the Social Action Ministry Table in the parish hall.  We will also have new pledge forms available.   
And, don't forget about the refugee artwork for sale in the parish hall.  We still have a few paintings for sale, and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Syrian Refugee project.   See Mark Guzzi,, or Melinda Wirsing,, if you'd like to purchase a painting.

Let 's make this happen again!!!
Your Whittier Pantry at St. John's needs stocking so we can open for the next school year on September 14th!  The principle at Whittier Elementary School, Sarah Oswick, wrote in July, "We are thrilled to have this support for families! Thank you for making it happen again!"  It will be open on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:30 pm again this year.  Want to volunteer?  Let Deacon Jan know.  It is a joy to work with families.

Donations are being accepted during the month of August.  Monetary donations are welcome also, if you do not like to shop.  Make a check to St. John's with "Whittier Panty" in the memo.

Sunday School families will be stocking the Pantry with toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, and dental floss.  Daughters of the King have already donated  800 feminine pads, a case of Pull-ups, and size 4 diapers.  Thank you!  If your group would like to adopt bringing one of the following items, please let me know and I will update this article.
To open on Sept. 14th we need the following:

40 boxes of Kleenex
30 bottles of lotion
160 rolls of toilet paper
70 tubes of deodorant

The Pantry was a huge success last school year thanks to St. John's.  Let's make it happen again!!!

In Christ's service, Deacon Jan
JOIN US FOR EVENSONG                  
Wednesdays at 6pm
(on hiatus during the month of AUGUST)

Contemplative Evensong meets every Wednesday evening at 6p.m. from September through May.  Participants are welcome to join the cantor in the beautiful, meditative chant. Includes short periods of silent prayer. Please contact the office at 303-442-5246 for more information.
Weekly Services
Saturday            5:00p.m.       Holy Eucharist, chapel

Sunday               7:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, chapel
                            9:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist, church
                            11:11 a.m.      Children's Eucharist, chapel (when Sunday school meets)
Tuesday            8 a.m.        Morning Prayer, chapel
Wednesday      8 a.m.         Morning Prayer, chapel
                           10 a.m.        Holy Eucharist, chapel
                           6 p.m.         Evensong, chapel (on hiatus during the month of August)
Thursday          8 a.m.        Morning Prayer, chapel 
                           Noon         Holy Eucharist and Service of Reconciliation, chapel

Friday                4:15 p.m.     Common Cathedral, rotunda
Thank you!

Paul often affirmed members of the churches he shepherded by telling them he was thanking God for them. In Philippians 1:3-5 Paul writes, "I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now."
This week, the staff and leaders of St John's give thanks to God for those listed below, praying with joy that these good people are sharing in the work of the gospel in our parish.


Sunday Helpers:

Vestry Welcome:    

Lectors:                   Steve Tilson, Janice Moore

Intercessor:               Janice Moore

Ushers:                  Wood and Kathe Rigsby, Roxanne Bamond

Acolytes:               Chocie, Gracie and Harry

Vergers:                  Sarah Doelger, Tom Brewster

Healing Prayer:    Nancy Iverson, Kathleen Ferguson

Eucharistic Visitors:   Jerry Hauser

Exodus 1:8-2:10

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites. The Egyptians became ruthless in imposing tasks on the Israelites, and made their lives bitter with hard service in mortar and brick and in every kind of field labor. They were ruthless in all the tasks that they imposed on them.
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families. Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile, but you shall let every girl live.”
Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him, “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, “because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Psalm 124


1 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
let Israel now say;
2 If the Lord had not been on our side, *
when enemies rose up against us;
3 Then would they have swallowed us up alive *
in their fierce anger toward us;
4 Then would the waters have overwhelmed us *
and the torrent gone over us;
5 Then would the raging waters *
have gone right over us.
6 Blessed be the Lord! *
he has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.
7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; *
the snare is broken, and we have escaped.
8 Our help is in the Name of the Lord, *
the maker of heaven and earth.

Romans 12:1-8

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God-- what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Matthew 16:13-20

When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.


Prayers of Intercession

Please use this list today and throughout the week praying with special intention for:
All who are suffering in the wake of violence or natural disasters, all who are serving in the military, all who are distressed in mind, body, or spirit, and members of our parish family including:

Kyle Salley (Lorine Williams’ son), Aldo (Bannert), Bill Woodward, Jared Wheelock (Lawson), Janet Brennan, Mike (Wells), JoAnn Brown, Jere Freeman (Burnett), Pete Jackson,  Jerry Maddock, Charlie Skala, Addie Heuston, Millie Heitman, Mark Odeen, Lynn Post, Don Shields.

Please notify Heather in the church office
(303-442-5246 or
if there are people who should be added to
 or removed from our prayer list.


We pray for the repose of the soul of:

Marjorie Yvonne (Ward) Glendinning, John Demaree Willyard, and The Rev. James McKeown on the anniversaries of their death. 

We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

McCall Sherman, Neil Forsuch, Megan White, Donna Class, David Raduziner, Zoe McFarland, Jean hauser, Tommy Miller, Deacon Lorine Williams, Andy Weisz, Maddie Moore, Kristen Miesel

We give thanks to God for the life and ministry of our brothers and sisters in Christ:

Dora Chezick, Catelyn Christian, Steve & Louise Christopher, Maria & Timothy Chuapoco, Pamela Clare, Catherine Clark, Phillip & Christy Clark, Terrie & Alan Clark, Steve & Susan Clarke, Donna Class, George & Natalie Clements

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