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In the Spirit, our Weekly Bulletin: This is our weekly Friday Bulletin, the newsletter of the parish of St. John the Divine, Morgan Hill. You can also find a link to it on the start page of this website.

Diocesan Weekly Bulletin:   RealEpiscopal, the newsletter of the Diocese of El Camino Real.

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Special Message: A message and prayers offered from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry concerning the events of Wednesday, January 06, 2021 in Washington DC.

Special Message: A Message from Bishop Lucinda Ashby concerning the events of Wednesday, January 06, 2021 in Washington DC.

A special note for the New Year 2021 from our rector, Rev. Karen Cuffie.

  

 Happy New Year!

There are a lot of memes and jokes out there about 2020 finally ending and jumping into 2021 with both feet.  You’ll get no argument from me that last year was difficult at best, and devastating at worse. We often see looking backward as something that’s not helpful, something that keeps us from moving forward. But I’d like to suggest otherwise as we embrace this new year with open arms.  2020 is not a year to forget, but one to remember and learn from.
 
I encourage you to have a conversation with your family or a friend and share what you have learned about yourself and others. What do you suppose God is hoping we’ve learned – personally, as a church, and as a global community?
 
Like you, I look forward to many things – great and small.  We look forward to healing, peace, change, relief, and comfort. The thing is, as much as we might hope that this year will be better than last, we have to remember that it’s not going to happen unless we all take part in making it happen. What are you looking forward to?  How will you help make it happen?
 
The prayer attributed to St. Francis is familiar to us but this day, as we look forward to a new year, may it guide our steps in the days, weeks, and year to come:
 
“Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” Amen(Book of Common Prayer, p.833)
 
New Year blessings,
Karen+
 

Past News:

Our new rector, Rev. Karen Cuffie, has posted a Greeting Video for us at YouTube. You can view it here.

A Welcome Message by Bishop Lucinda Ashby to St. John’s and St. Stephen’s on the selection of Rev. Karen Cuffie to serve as our rector.

Also read:

A Statement from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and a joint statement from the New England Bishops response regarding events of June 01, 2020.

Re-entry Planning Policy for COVID-19 , released from the diocese of May 16, 2020.

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of the Episcopal Dioceses of California, May 23, 2020.

Please stay informed about COVID-19 news by visiting your local county public health website. The five county sites in our diocese are listed at right.
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
San Benito County
SLO County
Monterey County
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