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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December 3

Gospel Reading for the Day:

Luke 21:5-19 (NIV)

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs of the End Times

Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”

“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

Reflection

My college fraternity, like many, was established on Christian principles; I found those principles tested when I nominated for pledgeship an African American freshman. He was a National Merit Scholar, an Eagle Scout, a superior applicant in every respect. And yet, many of my fraternity brothers opposed extending a bid for the simple reason of race and were shockingly unashamed to say so.

Debate was heated, as were the conversations during the three-day period leading up to bid-day; in the end, no bid was extended. Exhausted, most of my fraternity brothers seemed to shrug it off. Jokes were even made. Backs were slapped. I wondered to myself why I was so surprised; after all, this was Mississippi. Still, I was stunned. I decided to quit my fraternity and started working with other groups for progress, equality, and inclusion on campus.

I’d not followed perfectly the principles of my fraternity, but to deny this young man or anyone membership on the basis of color seemed to me a moral failure I could not abide. I made a choice, and that choice was based on the love of God. I was taught and believe that God loves us all, that we are equal in God’s eyes, and that the most important testimony we can give happens in our daily lives, and that the tally of those days is evident in the list of friends we have gained and in the list of friends we have lost. “You will be betrayed,” we are told in Luke. “Everyone will hate you because of me.”

When we are betrayed, however, and when we continue to bear testimony in word and deed, God’s work will be accomplished. I was invited back to my college campus for a literary festival in 2009 and was delighted to meet a young African American student who was not only a member of my old fraternity, he was also the fraternity’s chief officer for alumni relations.

“Stand firm,” we are told in Luke, “and you will win life.”

Written by Jimmy Kimbrell

 

 

 

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