Holy Eucharist, Rite II, will be celebrated in historic St. John's Episcopal Church on the Last Sunday after Pentecost at 11:30 A.M. Celebrant is The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann, Vicar. Assisting at the altar is The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard, deacon. Organist is Barbara Crain. Elizabeth Baumann leads the congregation in song as cantor. Others scheduled to serve are as follows:

Lector & Coffee Hour Hostess: Judy Holmes
Acolyte: Patricia Patterson
Usher: Tom Walsh

Father David writes:
This day closes the long season after Pentecost, and is dedicated to the theme of Christ as Lord and King of all that is, expressed through his care and mercy. The first lesson is from the Book of Ezekiel, and describes how God cares for his people and will seek them out, and restore them after they have been hurt and scattered by false shepherds. The Response is a portion of Psalm 95, which celebrates God’s power and acknowledges him as the true God and the faithful as being like sheep who are cared for. The second lesson is from Paul’s first letter to the church in Ephesus, in which Paul describes the “immeasurable greatness” of Christ’s power. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from Matthew, in which Jesus teaches the parable of the separation of the sheep and the goats on the Day of Judgment, with that separation determined by how people had treated others.

Mass at St. Thomas’ at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29 will commemorate Saint Catherine of Alexandria, a martyr among many in the early fourth century at the time of the last great persecution in the Roman Empire.

Mass at St. John’s at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 will commemorate Saint Andrew the Apostle.

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Rev. 11/20/2017 - dlb