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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Advent Devotion December 13

Gospel Reading for the Day:

Matthew 23:1-12 (NIV)

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Reflection

 The first thing I thought about when I read this passage was Marvel, many of whose comics in recent years have become blockbuster films set in modern day cities. Since the characters in the films are the originals, it has been interesting to see how Marvel adapts these vintage superheroes to the modern world. In some ways, they have been forced to confront old hypocrisy and evolve their films to be truer portraits of a fight against evil, which has included increased diversity. I think Jesus calls us to do that same thing: confront our hypocrisy and evolve.

Again and again in the Bible we see Jesus handle sinners, and not just handle them, but love and forgive them. There is little mercy for hypocrites, however. It seems that Jesus just wants us to be honest with him and acknowledge that we aren’t getting it right all the time, that we can’t handle it on our own, that we are not the best or the most devout, and that we are oftentimes arrogant and self-centered. Jesus knows how to handle our faults and sins, if we will only admit them.

And why wouldn’t we want to? Yes, it’s hard to follow the Bible and it’s frustrating when we don’t get it right. But it feels good to admit mistakes and start over. This openness about our faults eventually leads us to acknowledge that we are imperfect and we become far more humble as a result. In fact, I think hypocrisy and humility really go hand in hand. We cannot be humble and call each other brothers and sisters if some of us are pretending we are more holy by hiding any spot of our sin or imperfection. When we abandon our hypocrisy, we allow Jesus to heal and forgive us and we become loving, humble members of the church. 

Written by Carson Leigh Olson

 

 

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