Categories: Rector's Corner

Volunteer at the IFW Women’s Shelter

Twice a year, St. John’s provides a week’s worth of meals to the Interfaith Works Rockville Women’s Shelter. Our next week will be August 11-17, 2019. St. John’s Outreach Committee is seeking numerous volunteers, including families, to help provide meals for this week. We need help cooking and serving dinner at the shelter as well […]

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Pride 2019

I had a part-time job at a music store many years ago during seminary. At the time, it was a great place for me to get to know people outside of my almost exclusively Christian academic circles. I remember one conversation in particular that I had with a co-worker – a gay man, and the […]

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Why the Episcopal Church?

This past Sunday, I invited us to reflect together on a question that Bishop Mariann recently posted on her blog: “Why are you a Christian?” I loved hearing many of your responses as I passed the microphone around from person to person at each of the four services. Many of you responded by saying that […]

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Today There is Stillness

See from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down! Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all. – […]

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Cultivating Contentment

In this week’s chapter of Enough: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity, Adam Hamilton talks about cultivating contentment. One of the points that Hamilton makes (which I personally find to be both fascinating and deeply convicting) is that we tend to be content with those things we should never be content with, and discontent with […]

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Church-Wide Book Read This Lent

Dear St. John’s,   This Lent, I am encouraging our entire congregation to join me in reading a short but profound book called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton. Hamilton is the Senior Pastor of Church of the Resurrection, the largest United Methodist Church in America. In his book, Hamilton uses […]

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