November 3, 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.



Lord, during our fall pledge campaign when we seek to fill the net so that we might be fed and feed others, please help us to pray:

When it comes to us, O God, you are “all in”. Help us to be so with you. Show us how to love you and your creation with all of our heart, and all of our soul, and all of our mind. Help us lay down our cloak of timidity, cast off our reluctance, and overcome whatever anxieties may be rooting our feet to the riverbank. Show us the abundance of a life lived in full and joyous commitment to you. Help us to live whole-heartedly, from a place of quiet confidence and not fear. With gratitude we pray. Amen.

Embarking on the Spiritual Journey

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 final discussion group:  November 5. You can find complete information on our website under "Faith Formation". This Sunday, November 5, we discuss the Session 7 material!


An Environmental Moment

Have We human beings permanently changed the Planet?

We invite you to read how our own former Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Shori reflects on this question when she addressed a CU campus ministry-sponsored event earlier this month. Scientist, priest, and passionate voice for climate change and care for the Earth, Bishop Katherine holds, in addition to her MDiv, degrees in biology and a PHD in oceanography.

Bishop Katherine sheds some welcome light of the Cosmic Christ for our weary world in her speech, entitled, “Cosmic Faith in the Anthropocene Age”(1.) (LINK to Bishop Katherine’s talk)

We invite you to consider signing the enclosed petition, “Don’t Repeal the Clean Power Plan (LINK to petition)

1. Anthropocene age. According to, the age we are now living in that some scientists place at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, early 1800’s, and significantly compounded in the 1950’s with the advent of the Atomic age. it is defined by the undeniable impact we humans have on the environment that is causing a new geologic epoch.

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:
The Soup Kitchen

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


Some of the Whittier children are in need of winter boots.  If the kids don’t  have boots, they are not permitted to go outside for recess on the wet or snowy days.  If you would like to help by donating one (or more) of these pairs of boots, please contact Caroline Melby first at 512-450-4285 (call or text) or  so we can avoid duplicates.  New or Used in Good condition (check the lining)

BOYS                                                GIRLS

Gael size 11                                    Evelyn size 1
Jose size 4                                     Judith size 1
Johanan size 4                               Valeria size 13
Angel size 12                                  America size 12
Diego size 5
Kevin size 3
Aiden size 8
Antonio size 3

St John's Foyer Dinner Sign-ups are closed
Registration for the 2018 Foyer Dinner Groups is now closed. If you haven't received a confirmation from me, then you are not registered. If you'd still like to join, please contact me immediately. Bill Ashworth (720-352-6456;

The letter to the Hebrews (13:1) reminds believers to "let mutual love continue [and not to] neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it." Welcome and hospitality are intrinsic to the nature of God and all followers of Christ are called to greet with open hearts those we don't know. St John's is blessed to draw visitors and potential members every Sunday of the year, and we have a good reputation as a friendly church. It is time to build on that and develop an intentional ministry of welcome to visitors and potential members.

If you have ideas or interest in participating, please join Diane Wells and Pastor Susan on Sunday Nov 19th at 11:30am in the library for a gathering to help shape this new ministry.


 At our annual meeting on January 28, 2018 the congregation will elect three new vestry members. Please prayerfully consider if you or someone you know would be gifted for this leadership role. There are nine vestry members, who serve (staggered) three-year terms.  The Vestry, clergy, wardens and treasurer meet once a month on the third Tuesday for two hours of fellowship, business and spiritual formation.   In addition to the exciting and serious business of making decisions that affect the future of St. Johns, we are also a close team growing stronger because of spiritual growth, prayer and an atmosphere of honesty and humility.  There's plenty of laughter too. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please email Melinda Mattingly: by November 3rd.
St. John's, YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!

Thank you to the many parishioners who either brought items in for the Whittier Pantry or made a donation to the Pantry!! We opened September 14th! Yay!
Your Pantry will serve many Whittier families with children who need a little extra assistance with the basic needs of life. Thank you for caring!

-Deacon Jan Dewlen
JOIN US FOR EVENSONG                  
Wednesdays at 6pm

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
                            10:50 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
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.
  • Thank you to members of the St. John's Choir for the beautiful, soulful, and inspirational music they offer at the 9:30am service.
  • Thank you to the Wednesday morning Bible Study group for the All Saints Luncheon that was shared with staff and clergy
  • Thank you to George Clements for Children's Chapel Music.

Sunday Helpers:

Vestry Welcome:  Wayne Grider

Lectors:    Helen McKeown, Doug Burger

Intercessor:    Charles Lujan

Ushers:       Steve Tilson, Ted Williams, & Sally Johnstone

Acolytes:   Abigail, Will, Ruth, Jane

Vergers:     Sarah Doelger, Tom Brewster

Healing Prayer:   Helen Melody Witherill, Diane Rex

Eucharistic Visitors: Jerry Hauser, Laura Ferenc

Revelation 7:9-17

After this I, John, looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
"Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, singing,
"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
"For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Psalm 34: 1-10, 22
1 I will bless the Lord at all times; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
2 I will glory in the Lord; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.
3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; *
let us exalt his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.
5 Look upon him and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.
6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *
and he will deliver them.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; *
happy are they who trust in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, *
for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *
but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.
22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, *
and none will be punished who trust in him.

1 John 3:1-3

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Matthew 5:1-12

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."


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:

Fr. Andy Carhartt, Mimi Roach, Donna Jackson (Burnsed), Hannah Swank (Skala), Joe Witherill (Helen Melody’s Brother), Michael Chunn, Stu Naegele, Molly Lee, Bill Woodward, Jared Wheelock (Lawson), Mike (Wells), Janet Brennan, JoAnn Brown,  Addie Heuston, Millie Heitman, Mark Odeen, 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:

John Charles Burr, H. William Taylor III, and Roger Worlock on the anniversaries of their death.             


We honor Christ’s light within those celebrating birthdays:

Davis Horton, Hart Vranes, Annabelle Gaillard, Amelia Steed, Ford Cousin, Ren Feldman, T. J. Brimeyer, Robert Gebhardt, Andy de Bartolome, Michael Mattingly, Barry Lewis, Julia Mattingly, Tyler Smith, Kirsten Rowley, Susie Thomas, Kyra Flores      

Jennifer & Blake Filley, Peter Gilman & Peggy LeMone, Marianne Giolitto, Robert Goddard, Sally Goedert, Richard Goldhor, Joan Graham, Irene & Dan Grandbois-Vilar, Robert Greenlee, Anne Greigg


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

Warren & Kathryn Frebel, Don & Bea French, Barbara & Jeff Gaillard, Michael & Lisa Gallagher, Jen Gamblin, David & Kristin Kerr Gannon, Brian & Ginny  Gathright, Jocelyn Gebhardt, Michele & Tim Gerard, Hamid & Rebecca Ghanadan, Claudia & Kevin Gilbert

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