Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost


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Date Time Event
Sun, Sep. 10 10:00 AM Morning Prayer
Sun, Sep. 10 10:30 AM Healing Service
Sun, Sep. 10 11:15 AM Fellowship
Sun, Sep. 10 1:00 PM Thomas Merton Society
Wed, Sep. 13 12:00 PM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Sep. 17 11:15 AM Fellowship
Wed, Sep. 20 12:00 PM Holy Eucharist
Sun, Sep. 24 11:15 AM Fellowship


Three Easy Pieces

Here are three easy ways you can support the church and serve one another:

  • Buy SCRIP! Use SCRIP!!  Give SCRIP!!!  Kathé will be glad to help you at the SCRIP table in the Undercroft after church.
  • Sign up for FLOWERS! Donate flowers!! Give flowers as a memorial or to honor someone!!!
  • Sign up for treats! Bring treats!!  Eat treats!!!




Healing Service

This Sunday will include a healing service. All are welcome to come up for prayer with the laying on of hands.


Thomas Merton Society

Dave Vanderah will present on Merton and Friends, September 10, 1 pm, at the St. John’s Parish House. All are welcome.  October 15 we begin our book discussion of “New Seeds of Contemplation.”


Change in Dates for Fall Rummage Sale

Due to a conflict in scheduling the dates for the Fall Rummage Sale have been changed to Oct. 13th and 14th. The last day to drop off will now be Oct. 9th. Other information regarding the sale can be found elsewhere in the newsletter. Thank you for your flexibility!




Fall Rummage and Bake Sale

The time has come! The dates for our Fall Rummage and Bake Sale are now October 13th and 14th. Hopefully you have kept us in mind throughout the summer and have set aside all those clean used items that you no longer need. Each of our sales typically contributes over $1000 to St. John’s budget, so your help is important. Drop off donations at the Parish House on Tues. Wed. or Thurs. mornings, between now and October 9th, from 9:30-11:30am. Go to the office to be let in. If those times do not work for you, call Becky Johnson-Stewart at 563-590-0854, or Gerri Roth at 563-599-8147, to set up an appointment. Together we can make this another successful event!


Lost & Found

A key was found in the Parish House parking lot last Sunday. If you lost a key, check at the office to see if this is yours.


National Cathedral News

September 6, 2017

Dear friends,

Two years ago, following a tragic shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C., then-Dean Gary Hall called for the removal of two stained glass windows at the Cathedral that honor Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

At that time, we began a process to engage this community in deep questions of racial justice, the legacy of slavery and God’s call to us in the 21st century. Over the past two years, we have heard from deeply passionate voices who have engaged with us and held us accountable to this process, and we thank them.

The programs we have hosted, the conversations within our community and national events have brought greater focus on the key question facing us: Are these windows, installed in 1953, an appropriate part of the sacred fabric of a spiritual home for the nation?

After considerable prayer and deliberation, the Cathedral Chapter voted Tuesday to immediately remove the windows. The Chapter believes that these windows are not only inconsistent with our current mission to serve as a house of prayer for all people, but also a barrier to our important work on racial justice and racial reconciliation. Their association with racial oppression, human subjugation and white supremacy does not belong in the sacred fabric of this Cathedral.

These windows will be deconsecrated, removed, conserved and stored until we can determine a more appropriate future for them. The window openings and stone work in the Lee-Jackson Bay will be covered over until we determine what will go in their place.

There are several things that we know to be true:

  • Whatever their origins, we recognize that these windows are more than benign historical markers. For many of God’s children, they are an obstacle to worship in a sacred space; for some, these and other Confederate memorials serve as lampposts along a path that leads back to racial subjugation and oppression.
  • A central question we have asked throughout this process is what narratives are shared within the sacred fabric of the Cathedral, and which are yet untold. We have concluded that these windows tell an incomplete and misleading account of our history. We are committed to finding ways to offer a richer, more balanced expression of our nation’s history.
  • We have asked whether it is possible to contextualize these windows or to augment them with other narratives. The Chapter concluded that there is no way to adequately contextualize these windows while keeping them within the sacred fabric of the Cathedral.
  • We want to be clear that we are not attempting to remove history, but rather are removing two windows from the sacred fabric of the Cathedral that do not reflect our values. We believe these windows can yet have a second life as an effective teaching tool in a place and context yet to be determined.
  • The recent violence in Charlottesville brought urgency to our discernment process.  We find ourselves compelled by the witness of others, moved by the presence of God in our midst and convicted that the Holy Spirit is pointing us toward the answer. The continued presence of white supremacy, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in our nation cannot be ignored – nor will they be solved simply by removing these windows or other monuments. The racial wounds that we have seen across our nation compel us to renew our commitment to building God’s Beloved Community.

There are questions we cannot yet answer, such as what will replace these windows. Those answers will come after careful thought and deliberation. But we know this for sure: while this part of our work has reached its end, the harder task of working for racial justice, combating intolerance and fostering reconciliation continues with renewed urgency.

We recognize that there are people of goodwill who disagree with our decision, and also others who have been hurt or confused by the amount of time it took us to reach it. We trust, however, that what unites us in Christ is greater than our differences. We continue to hold the entire Cathedral community in prayer as we strive always to see each other as beloved children of God.

In the coming weeks and months, the Cathedral leadership will create opportunities for all in the Cathedral community to express their views and feelings. We promise to listen carefully to all who are willing to share. And we renew our commitment to follow Jesus and do our part to build the Kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven.


The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Washington

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith
Dean, Washington National Cathedral

John Donoghue
Chair, Cathedral Chapter



Prayer for Discernment to Guide Our Search for a New Rector at St. John’s

Be with us and guide us, Holy Spirit of God, as we seek your will for the future of our parish. Help us to discern the needs and hopes of your people at St. John’s Church, so that our search for a rector may proceed with clear vision and joyful obedience to your call to us. We pray though our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen (From Christ Church, Westerly, RI)



Collect for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16)

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



12 Mary Cunliffe

12 Amber Haferbecker

13 Ron Snyder

16 Priscilla Langanis

17 Pam VanVleck



10 Alexander Crummel, 1898

11 Harry Thacker Burleigh, Composer, 1949

12 John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York, 1830

13 John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, 407

14 Holy Cross Day

15 Cyprian, Bishop and Martyr of Carthage, 258; and [James Chisholm, Priest, 1855

16 Ninian, Bishop in Galloway, c. 430

17 Hildegard of Bingen, 1170

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