Welcome to St. John’s
We invite you to get to know us and discover your place here among us. We are a community that looks to the life and ministry of Jesus to better understand and enter into the heart of God. Jesus spoke out against injustice and poverty, Jesus healed friend and foe, Jesus broke bread with the rich and poor, Jesus points to the wideness of God’s compassion. Our membership and leadership is comprised of the young and the old, the old-timer and the newcomer, married, partnered and single, gay and straight, rich and poor. We celebrate the wonderful diversity of human kind and we seek to do that in faithfulness to the baptismal command to respect the dignity of every human being. We strive to include a place for everyone around God’s table and believe there should be no outcasts in the Episcopal Church
Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday. Advent season is the four Sunday’s before Christmas for the preparation of the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas, which takes the form of making ready to receive the gift of Christ as the meaning and destiny of history, and also as the presence in the lives of his people, come humbly to be nurtured in each life. Advent is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.
The usual liturgical color for Advent is either purple or blue
The keeping of an advent wreath is also a common practice in homes or churches. The readings for the first Sunday in Advent (1 Dec) relate to the old testament patriarchs who were Christ’s ancestors, so some call the first advent candle that of hope. The readings for the second Sunday (8 Dec) concern Christ’s birth in a manger and other prophesies, so the candle may be called of Bethlehem, the way or of the prophets. The third Sunday (15 Dec), Gaudete Sunday after the first word of the introit (Philippians 4:4), is celebrated with rose-colored vestments.
The readings relate to St. John the Baptist, and the rose candle may be called of joy or of the shepherds. In the Episcopal Church, the collect stir up may be read during this week.
The readings for the fourth Sunday (22 Dec) relate to the annunciation of Christ’s birth, so the candle may be known as the Angel’s candle. The Magnificat or Song of Mary may be featured. Where an advent wreath includes a fifth candle, it is known as the Christ candle and lit during the Christmas Eve service.