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 17

Gospel Reading for the Day:

John 5:30-47 (NIV)

30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved.35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study[a] the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God[b]?

45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”

Reflection

I puzzled over this Gospel passage for far too long, reading and re-reading, trying to decipher its meaning. I researched it online to see what other, more knowledgeable, people thought it meant. I took notes. I complained to my mother.

Later that day, I decided to tackle it again from my best thinking spot: the shower. What was this passage trying to tell me? Suddenly, its message came to me so clearly that I smiled. Jesus is telling me—telling us—to just stop it with ourselves already. Stop relying on our own intelligence to figure everything out. Stop thinking there are answers hidden out there somewhere and if only we work long and hard enough we will find them.

The answer has already been revealed. The gift is freely given. Jesus was born, lived, died, rose, and is calling us to follow him, to live our lives like he taught us, and to one day live an eternal life with him and his Father in heaven. Jesus is telling us: “Listen to me. Come back to me. I am waiting for you. God is waiting for you.” Are we willing to listen? Are we willing to follow?

When I place my faith in myself, I am asserting that I am both capable of figuring everything out and obligated to do so. The pressure is tremendous! I determine what I want to believe and if something doesn’t fit with my view of God or Jesus, then I reject it. 

I overcomplicate life. “What does this person think? That one? What do I think? What does this expert say?” All the judgments I so painstakingly make and the things I tell myself about myself—I can worry less about them because it is God’s judgment and testimony that ultimately matters.

In other words, am I seeking glory and praise from other people or am I striving to live in a way that is glorious and praiseworthy in God’s eyes? I recall a lesson from Maya Angelou: when people show you who they are, believe them. Jesus has shown us. God has shown us. The Holy Spirit has shown us. It is up to us to believe. We can choose daily to be humble, repent, and follow the star.

I need not be anxious during this anticipatory season of Advent. Christmas is coming and I can wait with the same joy and excitement my children possess. I can free myself from carrying the weight of the world and instead simply revel in the wonder of God’s greatness, treasuring the gifts of grace and love.

Written by Jenny Blalock

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