Collect for Sunday, March 29th:
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The readings for this week: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Romans 8:6-11, Psalm 130, and John 11:1-45.
As of March 24th, Governor Baker issued a stay-at-home advisory effective until noon, April 7th. As a result, our church office will continue to operate remotely until then, which will be subject to change.
Per diocesan recommendations, there will be no in-house worship until after Easter. Please note that as this situation changes, dates are also subject to change. We will also provide updates about online Easter worship in the coming days.
Feel free to contact us through email or the office phone (listed below). Both will be checked frequently throughout normal business hours, Tuesday - Friday, 8:30am-1:30pm.
As information comes to us, we intend to share it. Also, please visit St. John’s Saugus on Twitter and Facebook. Your understanding is very much appreciated during this challenging time.
We have adopted safety protocols set forth by the Diocese, and we ask the following of parishioners:
* If you feel unwell in any way, please do not attend church.
* If you are in what is considered a “high-risk” group (i.e., chemotherapy, heart disease, respiratory, or diabetes patients, or have an autoimmune disorder, you are strongly urged to avoid attending large groups, including worship.
* During worship: We will not perform handshakes, elbow bumps, or other touching during the Peace, there will be in-one-kind Communion, and no passing of the offering plate (to be placed in a designated area), etc.
Until further notice, and per strong diocesan recommendations - Bible study will be on hiatus.
We understand these circumstances are unique and uncertain, but we must be vigilant in keeping everyone’s best interest in mind, while we seek God’s comfort and protection.
As this situation changes, we will keep you posted - your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
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Please note: when we return to in-person worship, from June through August our Sunday morning service begins at 9am. September through May our two-service schedule resumes: 8am (Rite I) and 10am (Rite II). Additional services are held during Christmas and Easter Holy Week. All are welcome!
Bible Study: Please see above.
Healthy Students, Healthy Saugus: We gather to pack food for the HS2 program on the first Thursday of every month at 7pm (w/ the exception of holidays). Please check our worship bulletin announcements or St. John's FB site for updates on collection information.
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