Behind the Scenes 9.16.21

This new occasional column is to highlight those fabulous St. John’s members who do SO MUCH behind the scenes to keep this place a vibrant, functioning community that follows Jesus’ Way of Love! To kick this off, although I could thank literally hundreds of you, I’d like to start with the following two: Mary Corlett[…]

Thursday Book Group

Join us for the first book group sessions of the fall. We are reading The Church Cracked Open, Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community. Written by The Reverend Stephanie Spellers. Stephanie Spellers is an Episcopal priest, author and speaker who serves as a Canon to The Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. She[…]

Rector’s Reflection 9.9.21

Beloved St. John’s community, I can hardly believe another program year is beginning—the third since I joined you, as the world has utterly shifted around us with a pandemic, race crisis, and change in administration in Washington. Your relationship with church may also have shifted—perhaps you have found it difficult to be part of the[…]

“Pay attention. / Be astonished. / Tell about it.” These words by the poet Mary Oliver are one way to think about the art of spiritual listening. This fall at St. John’s, we invite you to consider three options for spiritual listening within our community.  The groups will be a place to hear each other[…]

Thursdays, September 9 and 16:  7:00 to 9:00pm (via Zoom, see our Thursday e-news for the link) Sundays, September 19 and 26: 10:10 to 11:05am (in-person TBD) Please read this in preparation for the conversation on September 26 We are offering a four-session series about how to have gracious conversations across lines of difference, called[…]

Fall Service Times

This fall, beginning Sunday, September 12, we will begin having two Sunday morning services: 9:00am Service of Holy Eucharist using innovative liturgies (contemporary style with piano) 11:15am Book of Common Prayer Rite II Service of Holy Eucharist (traditional style with organ) For the time being, we will not be having the 8:00am service, but may[…]

CYF Ministry Opportunities

Children, Youth and Families Ministry (CYF) has a number of very important roles it needs to fill for the coming school year. Please prayfully consider these opportunities and connect with Heather to sign up or ask questions– youth@stjohns-mpls.org – and thank you!!! Sunday School Leaders/Assistants – Teach or assist with one of the following classes –[…]

Back to School in Haiti

Dear People of St John’s I’m sure that all of you have heard about the assassination of Haiti’s President, Jovenal Moise, on July 7.  Another national trauma in a country still recovering from the disastrous earthquake of 2010,  multiple hurricanes, and political instability. We have been in touch with Markendy Jean, the priest in charge[…]

Deacon’s Blog 7.29

Blessed members of Saint John’s: I want to draw your attention to the work of the church at a national level. I attend a monthly meeting with leaders across the Episcopal Church, led by Stephanie Spellers of the Presiding Bishop’s Staff. This week, we learned about an active program in New Mexico. St. Bede’s Episcopal[…]

Volunteers Needed for Our Saviour’s Housing Ministry on Friday, August 13 Volunteer dinner groups purchase, prepare, and serve a nutritious meal to 24 residents at our emergency shelter every night of the year. It’s a perfect opportunity for families, congregations, co-workers, or friends to join together for a fun and fulfilling evening!  St. John’s is committed[…]

Deacon’s Blog 7.22

Greetings, Beloved St. John’s Community. Today on the feast of Mary Magdalene, I remember the 17th anniversary of my ordination to the diaconate. As is my custom on this day, I read and reflect on Mary and her unique role as apostle to the apostles, as she is often referred to. This day I am[…]

St. John’s Public Safety Ministry provides information on the following event for informational purposes.  We are not organizers, nor does our ministry endorse any of the proposed charter amendments that are likely to appear on the ballot for the Minneapolis city elections in November. MARCH (Multifaith Anti-Racism, Change, & Healing), with Reclaim the Block and[…]

Deacon’s Blog 7.15

Blessings and Peace to the Saint John’s Community. Lisa is off on vacation, rest, and re-creation. This past couple of weeks I have finished reading two new release books from the greater Episcopal Church Community. I highly recommend both of them. The first, The Church Cracked Open, by the Reverend Stephanie Spellers who serves on the Presiding[…]

Rector’s Reflection 7.8

Beloved St. John’s community, Sunday July 11 is the traditional feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia. He founded one of the oldest and most steadfast forms of Western Christian contemplative life, Benedictine monasticism.  He was born at about 480 in Italy and was educated in Rome. But Rome was quite a bit past its[…]

Rector’s Reflection 7.1

Beloved St. John’s community, If you haven’t gotten to know our new Bishop the Rt. Rev. Craig Loya yet, you should. He is warm, pastoral, compassionately oriented toward justice, and an excellent preacher and writer. So much so that, in lieu of my own thoughts this week, I’d like to share with you his writings[…]

Rector’s Reflection 6.24

Beloved St. John’s community, Today is the feast day of our patron saint, St. John the Baptist. We celebrated his birth this past Sunday at church. We were so joyful to be together again. We baptized a beautiful baby boy, Simon Jones; welcomed a new member, Alex Musial; and celebrated the ordination of our own[…]

Rector’s Reflection 6.17

Beloved St. John’s community, This coming Saturday is “Juneteenth”, the day African Americans and their allies have celebrated the emancipation of slaves in the United States. We celebrate it because it was the day in 1865 when Major General Gordan Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to declare the emancipation of slaves (which had actually occurred[…]

Rector’s Reflection 6.10

Beloved St. John’s community, In today’s daily office reading from 2 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul talks about having had both incredible visions and experiences of God, and also great struggles, what he calls a “thorn in the flesh”—some kind of chronic issue that tormented him, from which he begged God for relief. He describes[…]

As we begin to meet indoors for worship, you will undoubtedly notice several new things at St. John’s! New Technology First, due to the incredible generosity of several St. John’s members, we now have a new screen and projector in BOTH the sanctuary and the parish hall that can be used in all sorts of[…]

ALIGNING FINANCES WITH VALUES: Church Mortgage Refinanced at Local Bank Thanks to our members’ continued contributions to the Capital Campaign that funded major improvements to our church building a few years ago, we were recently able to pay down and refinance our mortgage. Until now the mortgage had been held by Wells Fargo. At our[…]

Ordination of Kate Maxwell

  The Ordination of Kate Maxwell to the Priesthood I am delighted to announce that, God willing and the people consenting, our own Kate Maxwell will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, June 19 at 4 pm at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Watch online here. Kate has been a devoted and gifted member of St.[…]

Summer Solstice Community Virtual Pow Wow Thursday, June 24, 6-8pm First Nations Kitchen is hosting a Summer Solstice Virtual Community Pow Wow in partnership with the Hook & Ladder, and CTEP Americorps. We are aiming to decrease isolation and offer a celebration to our local Native Communities. One of our leaders the Rev. Barb Fairbanks[…]

Rector’s Reflection 6.3

Beloved St. John’s community, After church Sunday I drove north to Ely to spend a wonderful 36 hours of rest and rejuvenation in the breathtaking beauty that is the northern woods. While I was there, I did a brief tour of Sigurd Olson’s cabin on the shore of Burntside Lake where he came to rest[…]

Rector’s Reflection 5.27

Beloved St. John’s community, Since the beginning of his time as our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry has called the Episcopal Church to simply follow Jesus’ Way of Love. We can do that through seven simple practices: turn, learn, pray, worship, bless, go and rest. Each one of these practices, alone, is not sustainable. But all[…]

Rector’s Reflection 5.20

Beloved St. John’s community, Some of you may be familiar with Sufism, which some would call the mystical branch of Islam. Some of my favorite poets are Sufis: Rumi, Hafiz, Kabir. They were medieval Muslims whose hearts were exploded open, who saw love everywhere they went. One of them wrote this poem, entitled “What Should[…]

Rector’s Reflection 5.13

Beloved St. John’s community, Years ago when I was in college, I was lucky enough to spend four months in the Middle East studying the Arab-Israeli conflict. During part of that time, a group of us spent a few weeks on an Israeli kibbutz within sight of the Dead Sea, in the vast heat of[…]

Rector’s Reflection 5.6

Beloved St. John’s community, If you were to distill a primary message you got from church about who you are, what would it be? Now, I’m not just talking about what you were literally told – though that for sure is important.  I’m talking about the millions of unspoken implications from what we do and[…]

FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE INPUT ON SANCTUARY STATE SUPPORT What to do and when? Before July 12, We are asking all St. John’s members to familiarize yourselves with the proposals of the Minnesota Sanctuary State Coalition and provide your input to  Wardens Stacy Walters, Mark Lindberg, Deacon Rex McKee or Rector Lisa Wiens Heinsohn.  This information has been in the[…]

Rector’s Reflection 4.29

Beloved St. John’s community, Words on a page can’t always delve more deeply than the mental surface of things. But poems and imagination and the living words of the Holy Spirit can, sometimes. I hope you will read what I have written, below, in the spirit of the latter, and not the former. God bless[…]

Support Our Haiti Partners

Support our Partner School in Haiti  Since 2007, St. John’s has been in partnership with the Episcopal parish and school of St Philippe et St Jacques in Collin/Gressier, Haiti. Our partnership is one of many in the Diocese of Haiti Parish Partnership Program, which partners Episcopal parishes or dioceses in the US with Episcopal[…]

Rector’s Reflection 4.22

Beloved St. John’s community, Today is Earth Day, the day we celebrate with awe and humility the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.  It’s two days after Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty, on all counts, of the murder of George Floyd—the first time a white police officer has ever been convicted of killing a[…]

Rector’s Reflection 4.15

Beloved St. John’s community, Throughout the city and the nation, leaders and companies and groups of every kind have been speaking out this week to decry and lament and protest the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, precious child of God, at the hands of the police. When I saw the news on Monday morning I[…]

Rector’s Reflection 4.8

Beloved St. John’s community, Happy Easter! It was so beautiful to see so many of you in person last Sunday – carefully, socially distanced, and celebrating with all our might that Easter always follows Lent. Spring always follows winter, and one day, this pandemic will be over. Each day, the sprouts of Beloved Community are[…]

Rector’s Reflection 4.1

Beloved St. John’s community, Today is Maundy Thursday—the first of the great three days before Easter. This is the time of descent with Jesus into his last supper with his disciples, his betrayal, time in Gethsemane, arrest, trial, and crucifixion. Since we all know the end of the story, it might be tempting to skip[…]

Rector’s Reflection 3.25

Beloved St. John’s community, Lent is drawing to a close. This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, which inaugurates what we call Holy Week—the week when we journey through the whiplash of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when so many lauded and welcomed him, to the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday four days later, and then[…]

Gathering In Person Again

COVID UPDATE UPDATE: Thursday, August 12, 2021 We are returning to pre-registration, for attending Sunday services, for the time being. Streaming of the service will also still be available. Click here to sign-up!   Past COVID Updates UPDATE: Thursday, August 5, 2021 If COVID positivity testing rates increase to 5%, we will return to our[…]

Rector’s Reflection 3.18

Beloved St. John’s community, According to people who know how to measure these things, this year the spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere will occur at 2:37am on Saturday March 20 – two days from now! As of that time, there will be more light than dark each day. Because of that sunlight, the earth[…]

Rector’s Reflection 3.11

Beloved St. John’s community, The world is watching Minneapolis as Derek Chauvin’s trial begins this week. This trial seems to have become a referendum on the state of systemic racism in our country. Will anything like justice prevail? There is much that is at stake. There is the critical question of whether our country can[…]

Rector’s Reflection 3.4

Beloved St. John’s community, What place do anger and rage have, if any, in Jesus’ Way of Love? I’m asking because this coming Sunday’s gospel reading is about Jesus making a whip and driving the animals out of the Temple, and overturning the moneychangers’ tables, in what surely does look like a display of anger—even[…]

Church Service Update

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Dear people of St John’s, As we approach the one year anniversary of our COVID-19 closing, we may be seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel. This update will provide some details of what’s to come, including our current Easter service plans – and what we have yet[…]

Rector’s Reflection 2.25

Beloved St. John’s community, It’s almost impossible to believe, but we have been in this pandemic for nearly one full year now. All initial imagination of what this would be, how long it would last, and what the impact would be have long since been shattered. It’s as if we are running an ultramarathon, in[…]

Rector’s Reflection 2.18

Beloved St. John’s community, We have now entered into Lent, that yearly season of the church year in which we take a courageous look at our lives, to see what might need adjusting. It’s a spiritual spring cleaning, if you will, or a church-wide fourth step (for those of you who are familiar with twelve[…]

Telling our Stories

During Lent, click below for a storytelling podcast from a member of St. John’s. Then come Sundays at 10am to talk more about what we heard. Click here for more. Week 5 conversation with Rie Gilsdorf Week 4 conversation with Tom Lutes Week 3 conversation with Susan Swann Week 2 conversation with Heidi Joos Week[…]

Rector’s Reflection 2.11

Beloved St. John’s community, As you know, “rest” is a spiritual practice—not just any practice, but one of the seven pillars of Christian faith and tradition. Even God had to rest after six days of creating the world! Since I’m away for ten days to tend to family medical needs, I’m taking this week as[…]

In art “sacra conversazione” (or sacred conversation) refers to depictions in paintings of the saints, Jesus and Mary, on the same picture plane as though they are in dialogue. There is something deep about this in the history of Christianity. Historians of our faith have argued that among the many factors the led to Christianity[…]

Rector’s Reflection 2.4

Beloved St. John’s community, This past weekend we had our annual clergy conference. Its theme was “praying in the dark.” Believe it or not, even clergy often feel as if they don’t  have time to pray. Prayer can become a part of one’s “job” instead of a deep part of one’s inner life. But As[…]

Rector’s Reflection 1.28

Beloved St. John’s community, Have you ever noticed that people tend to live up to your expectations – whatever they are? Have you ever noticed that your own words, behavior and even demeanor can subtly change based on whom you are with how you perceive them to see you? The gospels tell us that Jesus[…]

Rector’s Reflection 1.21

Beloved St. John’s community, There is much that is confusing in this world, much that is nuanced, much that one cannot say for certain: this is how things are and there is no other way. Yet there are a few things that are sure. One of them is this: things can change. Another is this:[…]

Rector’s Reflection 1.14

Beloved St. John’s community, About the only thing most Americans agree about is that the January 6 violent events at the Capitol were outrageous and horrifying. What should be done about them remains a subject of debate among members of our Congress and political parties and electorate. Who the Church is called to be in[…]

Rector’s Reflection 1.7

Beloved St. John’s community, Yesterday was the Epiphany, one of the seven great feasts of the church year alongside Christmas, Easter and Pentecost, in which we celebrate the light of Christ that both shines in the darkness and also illuminates how we perceive everything that exists. Yesterday was also a terrible day in the life[…]