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 21

Gospel Reading for the Day:

Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV)

1"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.6"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 7"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.'9"'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' 10"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.11"Later the others also came. 'LORD, LORD,' they said, 'open the door for us!' 12"But he replied, 'Truly I tell you, I don't know you.'13"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Reflection  

The Parable of the Virgins is such a familiar parable, but I had never really reflected on its meaning and lesson before. Reading it again at this time in my life, I am again reminded of the timelessness of Jesus' words from many centuries ago. The wisdom and truth resonate as strongly today as they must have when these words were first spoken.

What stood out the most for me was that this was about waiting for something significant to happen to us and about the importance of being prepared. As children, we are urged to wait patiently, not to fidget; as students, we have to wait our turn to be called on; and as adults, we become impatient when the waiting game becomes even more prevalent. The virgins become tired of waiting and fall asleep only to be awakened by the cry of “Here comes the bridegroom. Come out to meet him!”

To be prepared and diligent is essential to being able to achieve our earthly goals. Disappointment comes, and sometimes anger, when we do not get what we were hoping for. We will not receive the present, the joy, whatever we were waiting to have happen if we do not prepare adequately for it. We will miss out, like the foolish virgins who, because they did not have enough oil for their lamps, had to leave to buy some.  Upon their return they requested the bridegroom to open the door, but he refused them with the words “I don’t know you.”

We are reminded at the end of this parable to “keep watch,” to be prepared and ready for the feast. Otherwise, we will not be admitted nor even recognized to achieve that next step. At times in our lives when we do not succeed in reaching our goals, we need to ask ourselves if we were adequately prepared. In my life, I have experienced the disappointment of not achieving things that I had hoped I would. This is a hard way to learn a very important concept—that being impatient and lacking the diligence to do what needs to be done (even if what needs to be done seems mundane) can keep us from our goals. How easy it is to say “I can do that tomorrow” or to “pass the buck” on to someone else.

We as Christians can learn much from this parable. As we live our lives, we need to be constantly aware that we are ultimately waiting for the feast—that entrance into the Heavenly Kingdom. By following the path that Christ has for us with faith and patience, we will be prepared for what is to come while still here on earth and, hopefully, also able to enjoy the “feast” when that day comes, because we will be known, and the door will be opened for us.

Written by Dorothy Rumenik

 

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