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 4

Gospel Reading for the Day:

Matthew 21:1-11 (NIV)

          Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

21 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion,
    ‘See, your king comes to you,
gentle and riding on a donkey,
    and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”[a]

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna[b] to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[c]

“Hosanna[d] in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Reflection 

To fully understand this Gospel, read it again, slowly! The passage is quite similar to a reading leading up to Palm Sunday during the Easter Season, when we wait for the rebirth of Christ and his resurrection. This, however, is Advent, the Coming, when we wait for the birth of Christ. 

The fact that this story begins on Jesus’ journey through the Mount of Olives is no coincidence. Remember, the Mount of Olives is where Jesus would go often to pray. It was here that he was praying before his crucifixion. In Matthew’s account of this event, Jesus sends his disciples to the village that lies ahead. Notice that it is not the village behind them. He is reminding us that we too are his disciples and we must move forward, travel ahead, and tell people that our Lord is coming.

Why a mother donkey and her colt? Today we are in the season of Advent preparing for Christmas and the birth of Christ. So, I ask you to visualize Mary riding on a donkey as she carries her child, our King. Imagine the gentleness of a mother caring for her child and the strength in leading others towards a belief that would come to define us as Christians. Christ was born, Christ has died, Christ has risen and, yes, move ahead because Christ will come again. 

The image of this Scripture passage—this celebration of those who know our Lord and celebrate his love—is beautiful. Like the people of the village of Bethphage, we are witnesses to Christ’s glory. Yes, as believers we are taking off our cloaks, peeling off the disbeliefs, the layers of our old life, and laying down our outer garments to be walked on, because we too are reborn in Christ.

My prayer is that during this Advent season, as in this passage, we are not the ones asking, “Who is this?” but the people telling others to join us on our adventure as Christians. Telling others that this is Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus comes to Jerusalem as King, just as he was born in Bethlehem as King, then, today, and forever more.

Written by Cricket Mannheimer

 

 

 

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