This author has seen a plaque outside the oldest church in Britain, St. Martin’s, Canterbury. That plaque reads…
We do not have all the answers. We are on a spiritual journey. We look to Scripture, reason and tradition to help us on our way. Whoever you are, we offer you a space to draw nearer to God and walk with us.
May the Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist become such a place for you.
This season is known in some churches as “ordinary time,” to distinguish this season as a season of reflection and distinct from the other half of the calendar that is based on the life of Jesus Christ.
Elsewhere in this web page you will find descriptions of our worship and gathering as we look forward to the gradual loosening of restrictions such as social distancing and no gatherings. We are all ready.
Holy days in this month are:
St. Barnabas the Apostle. Barnabas was a close friend of the apostle Paul. The two of them travelled together to Asia Minor and elsewhere proclaiming the good news of God in Christ. He was a cousin of the author of the gospel of Mark. The Book of Acts describes him as “a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith.” Feast day, June 11.
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The cousin of our Lord, John’s mother was Elizabeth who provided great comfort and counsel to Mary, John’s mother. John was the forerunner (the name of our church’s newsletter) and prepared the way for Jesus’ ministry. The feast day is June 24.
Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. Peter was the rock upon whom the church was built. Paul was the witness, the proclaimer, the one who travelled through much of the then inhabited world. The diverse backgrounds and temperaments of Peter and Paul remind us that in the church, all are welcome.