a note from the deans
At ten-o-clock in the morning on February 3rd, 1925, Bishop Joseph Horsfall Johnson dedicated the building where we worship every Sunday. The program notes the proximity of this day to the "Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, commonly known as the Purification of St. Mary the Virgin," on February 2nd. We celebrated that same Feast 83 years later when Bishop Jon Bruno re-dedicated our building as a cathedral in 2008.
To have our dedication anniversary fall on the Feast of the Presentation, or Candlemas, is highly appropriate. This day recalls that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to present him to God forty days after his birth. Not only was this child a son of the covenant with Israel, but he himself was the Lord who entered his temple in the flesh of a tiny child. The Light of Christ had come into the world, and his very presence made the temple holy.
This Sunday, we will transfer the Feast of the Presentation to allow all of us to be present as we celebrate this day and our anniversary and to recommit ourselves to our mission to bring the light of Christ from this place to our homes, workplaces, schools, and communities. An Ancient Candlemas tradition invites all the worshipers to bear lighted candles during a procession to demonstrate that together we shine the light through our presence at St. John's and in our daily lives.
We will give two beeswax tapers to every household that worships with us this Sunday along with a candle-lighting prayer. Take them home and use them at your table when you gather your family and friends for a special meal. Sharing a meal with those you love is a holy experience because Christ, who dwells in the temple of our building here at St. John's, dwells also in the hearts of all his faithful people.
So come worship with us Sunday to remember the rich tradition that began when a very joyful Father George Davidson finally saw the hard work of moving from the dream of our building to its final completion on that February morning in 1925. But even more so, come worship with us Sunday to remember that we are the living community, the ongoing tradition of St. John's continuing to be the Body of Christ in this place. The presence of the living and risen Christ is what makes St. John's holy ground in our day.
At the 11:00 service on Sunday, we will sing a hymn sung by the congregation at the first service of dedication. Let its words echo for each of us the presence of Christ at St. John's and also as a prayer by which we each invite the presence of our Lord anew into the temple of our hearts: "Come, Jesus, from the sapphire throne, where thy redeemed behold thy face; enter this temple, now thine own, and let thy glory fill the place."
-Fr. Mark and Fr. Dan
The annual Formation Class to prepare for Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception into the Episcopal Church and reaffirmation of your faith begins this Sunday at 10am! Many in our community have found the Formation Class to be a deeply meaningful experience of what it means to commit our life to Christ. Canon Randy Kimmler, the popular leader of the program, will be back again this year.
Lenten Book Group
On Wednesdays throughout Lent (with the exception of Ash Wednesday and the Wednesday of Holy Week), Fr. Lee will host a book group over a potluck supper after the 6:30pm service. We'll be reading The Lemon Tree, a compelling story about the complex and personal dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. St. John's will provide drinks, but please bring a dish to share. The group will meet for dinner and discussion in the Parish Hall; for more information, see Fr. Lee or Fr. Matt.
The Guibord Center - Religion Inside Out, now in its second year, has a magnificent slate of programs for 2012 beginning with "Sufism" as the first of the 101 Series. Most consider Sufism as the mystical path of Islam. Please join us on Sunday, February 26th from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm in the Community Room as Noor-Malika Chishti and John Ishvaradas Abdallah lead us on their Sufi Journey. Reception included.
Peace and Justice Committee
If you're interested in issues of social justice, consider attending a Peace and Justice Committee meeting, which takes place the second Sunday of each month. The committee coordinates education, liturgy, and action to raise awareness around peace and justice issues within St. John's and in the greater community. See Fr. Dan for more information. We hope to see you there!
Our Canon for Music Ministry and Cathedral Arts, Ned Tipton, invites his parish family to his organ recital at St. James-in-the-City, Wilshire Boulevard, on Sunday, February 12, at 6 pm. The recital is preceded by Solemn Evensong and a reception at 4:30 pm. Ned will play works of Bach, Mendelssohn, Sowerby, Howells, Tournemire, and Duruflé.
We're planning the new 9am and 11am Spring liturgical rota, so if you've been thinking about serving as an acolyte, usher, lector, etc., let us know! Sign-up in the back of the church, or see Fr. Dan for more information.
Black History Month Events at St. John's
February 12: Absalom Jones Celebration
February 18: Episcopal Chorale Society
February 19: Father Cyprian Fields
save the date
Feb. 10 -- Men's Club Evening Prayer, 6:30pm
Feb. 17 -- 20s/30s Cocktail Hour at Clergy House
Feb. 25 -- Lenten Quiet Day, 9:30-12pm,
with The Rev. Lynn Crow
Mar. 03 -- Parish Retreat @ Community of Divine Love
with The Rev. Dennis Gibbs
Mar. 04 -- Men's Lunch at Clergy House, 1pm