We are celebrating "Ordinary Time,"
the long "green season" between
the Day of Pentecost and the Season of Advent!
May it be for us and all the world
an EXTRAORDINARY time!
This summer we are using a new "Celtic" liturgy
to help us celebrate the beauty, goodness, and abundance
of God's creation!
To learn a little bit about the history and theology
of the Celtic Church, click here!
Receiving Communion: All who seek God and a deeper life in Christ are welcome at the Lord’s Table and invited to receive the bread and wine of the Holy Communion.
To receive the bread, please hold your hands out in front of you. To receive the wine, help guide the chalice to your lips. If you prefer, you may dip the bread in the wine and then place it in your mouth. If you do not wish to receive the bread or the wine, you are invited to come forward, cross your hands across your chest, and receive a blessing. (Gluten-free communion wafers are available upon request.)
Home Communion: For those who are home-bound or hospital-bound, one of our clergy would be delighted to bring the Sacrament to YOU! Just let Charlie know.
St. John's is also blessed with the ministries of six Eucharistic Visitors - Sheila Brockmeier, Carol Gerard, Allen Schapansky, Karla Schapansky, and Carol Vagnini, The ministry of the "EV" is to bring the Sacrament, blessed at the Altar on a Sunday morning, to those who are hospitalized, homebound, or otherwise prevented from joining us for worship in the church. It's as if our Altar rail were a rubber band that we stretch out to hospital or home in order to bring loved ones within the grace of the day's celebration. This ministry will be a blessed addition to the sacramental ministry of priest and deacon in our congregation. As this ministry takes shape, some of our EVs will have one or more persons to whom they regularly bring the Sacrament. Others of our EVs will be "on call" for pastoral needs as they arise. All our EVs have been trained and licensed by the diocese to lead a brief prayer service before sharing the blessed bread and wine of the Holy Communion. Again, if you (and your loved ones) would like to receive communion from a Eucharistic Visitor, please call/txt Charlie on his cell (513-884-1974) or send him an email. Thanks be to God and to our EVs!
Ringing the steeple bell is one of the worship traditions at St. John's. After the dismissal and before the postlude, the bell is rung 12 times ~ usually by our youngest worshipers!