Holy Eucharist, Rite II, will be celebrated at 11:30 on Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost in historic St. John's Episcopal Church. Celebrant is The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann, SSC. Assisting Deacon is The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard. Barbara Crain is organist and music director. Leading the congregation in song is Elizabeth Baumann. Others scheduled to participate are as follows:

Lector: Chuck Lewis
Acolyte: Steve Shook
Usher: Tom Walsh
Coffee Hour Hostess: Kay White

Ladies of the church meet in the undercroft at 1:00 P.M. Wednesdays for St. John's Prayer Group.

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is holding a Fall Flea Market on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 to 4:00 P.M. If interested in participating, and to reserve a vendor space, please contact either Karen Walsh or Carol McCrary.

Father David writes:
The first lesson is from the book of Genesis, and recounts the moving exchange between Joseph and his brothers when he forgives them for selling him into slavery. The response is a portion of Psalm 103, which is a song of joy over the forgiveness of sins. The second reading is from Romans, and urges charity in the Church when people have different levels of maturity in their faith. The Gospel is from Matthew, and relates Jesus' teaching about the requirement that those who have been forgiven by God must also forgive each other. The sermon will be on these lessons, addressing how the new life that Christians have by being forgiven is a great deliverance, and that the faithful must live that new by forgiving others as they have been forgiven.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is delighted and excited to welcome the people of Redeemer Lutheran Church to their facility and fellowship. Redeemer sold its building this past summer and St. John’s invited the members to meet in their building. Redeemer will continue to conduct its own services for the remainder of the year while St. John's and Redeemer engage in a discussion that could lead to a merger of the congregations as soon as January 2018. Redeemer is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, which has a “Communion Partners” relationship with the Episcopal Church. St. John’s and Redeemer plan to share worship, fellowship, and service ministries in the wider Centralia community.

Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ on Wednesday, September 20 will celebrate John Coleridge Patteson, Bishop of Melanesia and Martyr in the nineteenth century.

Mass at 5:00 p.m. at St. John’s on Thursday, September 21 will celebrate St. Matthew, the Apostle and Writer of the Gospel that bears his name.

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Rev. 9/11/2017 - dlb