Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, St. John’s welcome you!  We hope you will visit us this Sunday or during the week.  After the Sunday service, look for our greeters at the exits of the church who can provide you with more information about St. John’s and answer any questions you may have.

Office hours:  8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday

You may email us at info@saint-john.org or contact the church office at (850) 222-2636 for more information.

Another option is to fill out a Newcomer Form and email it back to Lisa@saint-john.org . A member of the clergy will be in touch.



SUNDAY SERVICES 

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite I

9:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, choirs & Children's Chapel

11:15 a.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, choir

5:30 p.m. - Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Chapel

8:00 p.m. - Compline in the church 

WEEKDAY SERVICES

 7:15 a.m. - Morning Prayer (Wednesday)
 12:10 p.m. - Monday, Friday, Holy Eucharist, (Chapel); Wednesdays - Healing Service

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>  St. John’s is located at 211 N. Monroe Street in downtown Tallahassee.

We are on the corner of Call and Monroe Streets next to Capital City Bank. 

> Parking is available along Call and Calhoun Streets or behind our Bookstore on

   Calhoun Street.

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St. John’s is a welcoming community. Daily worship, a bustling cafe and bookstore and meeting spaces are open to the public. We are a downtown church that joyfully extends our hospitality to our members and the community. Be sure to see one of our greeters after the service who can provide you with information about St. John’s and answer your questions.

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What types of programs are available for children and youth?     We offer engaging 
spiritual enrichment opportunities for children and youth. Click here for more
information on children and youth.

What is the purpose of St. John’s?    We seek to love and serve Christ and our neighbors in Tallahassee and the world. More on our Core Values

What does it mean to be an Episcopalian?    We have a wonderful web resource that explains the Episcopal life and what it means to be an Episcopalian. If you need more information, contact us. We look forward to seeing you.

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Loving and serving Christ and Our Neighbors in Tallahassee and the World.

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Advent Devotion December 12

Gospel Reading for the Day:

Matthew 22:34-46 (NIV)

The Greatest Commandment

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

 Whose Son is the Messiah?

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

“The son of David,” they replied.

43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.”’[c]

45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Reflection

Advent is a season of great kindness and love for one another and a time that for many of us we focus more acutely on our faith. We buy gifts in anticipation of Christmas because we enjoy the people in our family or social circle, we joyously light our Advent candles each week in anticipation of Christ’s birth and we love the merriment of the Advent Season leading up to Christmas morning.

For me it is a time when love is all around us; love of delicious food and family time and love of others in our social circle. But the kind of love that Jesus speaks of in the Gospel reading today is not one of partiality or preference. It is an active and forthright passion for one’s faith and Jesus calls us as Christians to love the Lord and neighbors in a way that eclipses our common and offhand concept of love. Jesus calls us to at a higher level and one that many of us, myself included, do not always find easy. 

To love ones neighbor, ALL neighbors, even those with whom you may disagree with is no easy feat, but that is what Jesus calls us to do. To open our hearts to all we encounter and loving them with as genuine and personal way. It is not passive emotion, but dynamic humanity. Loving is a choice, not a feeling. This idea of love is the crux of my personal faith. To love God continually, with all that I have and all that I am and love those around me with the type of adoration that Jesus calls me to embody is not simple, but it is what I’m called by faith to do. Advent is a time to look beyond the glittering lights and to search for ways to love more fully and completely both the Lord and those around us. 

Written by Katherine Cline Ashler

 

 

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