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9/12/2021 | Liturgy of the Word

Fr. Eliacín lead the congregation in the Liturgy of the Word.

Preacher: Deacon Liz

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Special Message from the Rector: Announcing New Call and Last Sunday at St. John’s

Dear People of St. John’s,

Summer 2021 has been a strange season for us. We have gone through so many emotions in the past months. Our Holy Scriptures are full of stories of people experiencing difficult times and trials, while it also gives witness to God’s loving-kindness and compassion for the people. I know that Holy Wisdom and Divine Love have been our companions in this time of transition.

In August, I announced that our time in ministry together was coming to an end. I have accepted a call to serve as Canon and Priest Associate at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. I am deeply grateful for your prayers and support during my time of discernment. I am incredibly thankful to the work of the Vestry and for the courageous, non-anxious, and gracious leadership of the Wardens: Chris Bee Kenagy, Jackie Grove, and Chris Fickle.

My last Sunday at St. John’s will be October 17. While the time for our farewell is coming, the mission of St. John’s guided by the Holy Spirit continues. I sense an awakening of energy and passion among you for who God is calling St. John’s to be in this new season. Moments of crisis and trials can also be fertile moments for renewal.

Anytime a rector leaves a parish, the congregation and the Rector encounter mixed feelings of gratitude and grief, along with a combination of hope and anxiety about what comes next. Bishop Greg and Canon Arienne will continue working with the Wardens to set a faithful process of support and leadership.

I want to thank you all for the many ways you allowed me to be your pastor and priest. For now, we still have some time to give thanks to God for the privilege and blessing of these four years together.

In faith, hope and love,
The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz

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9/5/2021 | Liturgy of the Word

 

Fr. Eliacín lead the congregation in the Liturgy of the Word.

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7/25/2021 | Liturgy of the Word

Fr. Eliacín lead the congregation in the Liturgy of the Word. Carrie Beede leads the congregation in worship through the hymns.

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7/18/2021 | Liturgy of the Word

 

Fr. Eliacín lead the congregation in the Liturgy of the Word. Carrie Beede leads the congregation in worship through the hymns.

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7/11/2021 | Liturgy of the Word

Fr. Eliacín lead the congregation in the Liturgy of the Word. Carrie Beede leads the congregation in worship through the hymns.

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Update: Lastest Guidelines for Sunday Services

The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz is delighted to announce that we will begin Eucharistic Service in-person worship again at St. John’s Parish Hall on July 4, 2021.

In-Person Service Sundays at 10:00 AM

•    No need for Pre-registration.  Capacity for 65 people in our Parish Hall.
•    No Screening upon arrival.
•    A sanitation station will continue to be available at the entrance.
•    Masks continue to be required inside the building for the sake of those people for whom vaccination is not possible at this time (children, persons with immunological considerations, and other health conditions). Masks are optional outside the building, as in the courtyard.
•    Anyone with symptoms of illness is asked to stay home.

About Holy Communion

  • Holy Communion resumes in modified form. The priest will consecrate both bread and wine.The common cup will not resume at Holy Eucharist yet. You will receive bread. Know that there is such thing as half-communion.  Those who receive only the bread have paricipated in Full Communion; this has always been the case. Gluten-free wafers will be available as well.
  • Those who want to receive Communion will be asked to sanitize their hands at the sanitation station before receiving the bread.

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About Limited In-Person Services

LIMITED IN-PERSON WORSHIP
With the advice of the Vestry, I am delighted to announce that we will begin Sunday in-person worship again at St. John’s Parish Hall. Our first service will be on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, at 10:00 AM. Feel free to wear red for this celebration of the birth of the Church.

And going forward, worship will be on Sundays at 10:00 AM. We will gather for simple Morning Prayer Services composed of readings, a brief reflection, the Prayers of the People, and the sharing of the Peace. The services will be 30-40 minutes long. Like you, I am looking for the blessings of worshiping together.
All in attendance who are more than two years old must be masked for the entire time you are at the service – no exceptions because masks are for others’ safety, not primarily your own. All in attendance must wear masks throughout the time you are in our building.

Fifty people will be able to register in advance during the week previous to the event. We know that the idea of registration and limited attendance feels awkward when it comes to church events. We know this could leave some people out of participating. However, given the current conditions of the pandemic, we find ourselves having to set strict guidelines for protection. We ask that you cooperate with and respect the requirements for participation. If there’s not room at a particular Sunday’s service, please look for another opportunity to attend.

You must make a reservation to attend an in-person service as attendance at our services is limited. Our planning has followed the requirements of The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and the Office of the Governor. Please know that we will continue to offer online worship as we have for the past year.

LIMITED IN-PERSON WORSHIP REGISTRATION:
The reservation link will be available on the church’s website, on the main page.
– You can also register during the same time-frame by phone, 360-568-4622.
– Registration includes signing a waiver and agreeing to safety protocols. All records of
attendance, releases, and questionnaires will be confidential but will be kept for some time after each event as directed by the Rector and accessed specifically for contact tracing or notices should the need arise.
– We will continue with the Sunday-to-Friday reservation period for each Sunday service.

Registration helps prevent us maintain social distancing and keeps us from exceeding capacity or needing to turn anyone away at the door for capacity reasons.You are a full participant in the life of our community if you choose to continue participating with us online.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IN-PERSON IF:
– You are not feeling well
– You have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
– You have any of these symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty
breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Please protect yourself and others by staying home.

DURING THE SERVICE:
– There will be a hard copy of the service leaflet for you.
– You will be asked not to stray from your assigned spot to maintain six feet of safe social
distancing and to facilitate contact tracing should the need arise.
– We will share the Peace with a bow or nod – no physical contact outside your family group.
– There will not be Communion at the services for now.
At dismissal, you will be asked to leave in an orderly fashion guided by Hospitality Minister/Usher and not linger. There is no in-person fellowship time/coffee hour or any other programming after the service.
The experience of the pandemic has taught us to be flexible and adaptable. We will gather knowing that these services are not equivalent to a copy of the regular services we are used to participating in at the Nave. However, we will come together with the firm conviction that God is present in our midst, calling us to community and that the Spirit is still speaking to us. The Holy Spirit is untamable. She wildly moves in our lives.
I ask your patience, understanding, grace, and your prayers as we move into these new experiences in our congregational life. We will learn as we go and adapt accordingly.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the Senior Wardens, Jackie Grove, and Chris Bee Kenagy, if you have any questions or concerns about the in-person services.

In Christ,
The Rev. Eliacín Rosario-Cruz, Rector

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Holy Week at St. John’s

The Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services will be recorded. They will be emailed to you, or you can access them through our website.

There will be two ways to participate in Easter Sunday Service.

The online Easter Sunday Service link will be in our normal Sunday morning email, and the service will premiere on Facebook at 11am. You will be able to find it on our website as well.

The outdoor Easter Sunday Service (10AM) will be at Chinook Farms. Registration will be required for the outdoor Easter Sunday Service at Chinook Farms. It will be a simple Morning Prayer Service composed of some readings, a brief reflection, Renewal of Baptism, the Prayers of the People, and the (socially distanced) passing of the Peace. We are planning for a 30-40 minutes service. This will be a standing-only service; however, if you have trouble standing for the service’s duration, we invite you to bring a chair.

You are invited to also join the live-streaming services from St. Mark’s Cathedral for more traditional liturgical services.

OUTDOOR EASTER SERVICE PROTOCOL INFORMATION

The outdoor service will be held at Chinook Farms in Snohomish. THERE WILL BE LIMITED SPACE FOR 40 INDIVIDUALS & REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED for this standing “room” only service (held in an empty greenhouse). Registration online & by phone will BEGIN Monday, March 29th at 10am and CLOSE Friday, April 2nd at Noon. 

MASKS – All in attendance who are more than two years old must be masked for the entire time you are at the farm– no exceptions, because masks are for others’ safety, not primarily your own. All in attendance must wear masks throughout.

LIMITED SPACE – Forty people will be able to register in advance during the week previous to the event. Registration and limited attendance feels awkward when it comes to church events. This may leave out some people from participating. Given the current conditions of the pandemic, we have set strict guidelines for protection. Please cooperate with and respect the requirements for participation. These are for consideration of all participants, and the safety of Chinook Farms and its tenants.

DRESS FOR OUTDOORS, UNEVEN GROUND – Be aware that the service will be at a working farm. Dress appropriately to be out in the weather. Expect to walk on uneven terrain, and for your shoes to get muddy. There will be a porta potty and hand-washing station available.

WHO – All are welcome! (Please stay home if you have a fever or any symptoms of illness to protect others and take care of yourself.) If you are a person in a high-risk group or have any misgivings about gathering at this time, please be comfortable to continue to worship from home.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Registration online (or by phone) will BEGIN Monday, March 29th at 10am and CLOSE Friday, April 2nd at Noon. The online registration link information will be in the Friday Email March 26. Registration is required to guarantee and maintain social distancing and other safety protocols.

You will also need to sign a waiver and agree to safety protocols. All records of attendance, waivers, and questionnaires will be confidential, but will be kept for a period of time after each event as directed by the Rector, and will be accessed specifically for contact tracing or notices should the need arise.

ARRIVE EARLY – Please come 15 minutes early. Maintain six-feet social distancing as you wait your turn to come into the meeting space. A Hospitality Minister/Usher will check your temperature with a no-touch thermometer (must not be greater than 100.4° F), will ask you health questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms and will ask you to fill out and sign the waiver and agreement. If you have any adverse health symptoms, or decide to not comply with the precaution protocols, you will be asked to return home.

You will be directed you to a hand-sanitizing station and shown to your assigned, marked, socially distanced spot for the service. Families, and those who live under the same roof, can stand together. You are asked to stay there for the duration.

SERVICE DETAILS There will be a hard copy of the service leaflet for you to pick up at the entrance of the meeting space. We recommend that you download the leaflet at home ahead of time, or have it on your phone or tablet during the service.

We will share the Peace with a bow or nod – no physical contact outside your family group. There will not be Communion at this event.

At dismissal, you will be asked to leave in an orderly fashion guided by a Hospitality Minister/Usher and to not linger. There is no in-person fellowship time or programming after the service.

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Holy Week 2021 at St. John’s

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on March 28th. We will provide Holy Week Service information in the Friday Email next week, March 26th, for these services:

  • 10am Palm Sunday Zoom
  • Maundy Thursday Online Service
  • Good Friday Online Service
  • 10am Easter Morning Outdoor Service**
  • Easter Morning Online Service

**The outdoor service will be held at Chinook Farms in Snohomish. THERE WILL BE LIMITED SPACE & REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED for this standing “room” only service (held in an empty greenhouse). Registration online & by phone will BEGIN Monday, March 29th at 10amand CLOSE Friday, April 2nd at Noon. Registration information will be in next week’s Friday Email.