'With what can we compare the Kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth- yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in the shade.'
Mark 4:30-32

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Posted by: Ed Watson on 11/25/2015 | 0 Comments
At a recent Prayer and Action class, a parishioner shared her story, venturing into territory not often travelled at St. John’s. She had grown up poor, and she remembered all the people who had given her experiences that her family could not provide. As an adult, she has found that when you work with people in need you receive more than you give. Eyes shining, she said the poor have a very precious gift to give us.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 11/19/2015 | 0 Comments
By Becky Parnell- And so it is we are now in our fourth year in offering 25 women a place of refuge at Saint John's Cathedral every Monday evening, every other month. Thanks to a faithful group of volunteers, on these Monday evenings Dagwell Hall is place of grace and a space for caring and sharing. We set up cots, draping them with clean sheets, pillows and comforters. We break bread together, sharing a dinner prepared by members on the dinner committee. As a team of three, we keep watch at night, making sure they have a restful sleep. And in the morning, we offer them a breakfast and a daily snack bag before they return to the St. Francis Center and the streets of Denver. The Women’s Homeless Initiative (WHI) is thriving and will continue with your help—it takes a community to sustain this ministry.
Posted by: Ed Watson on 11/12/2015 | 0 Comments
When we gather together in worship, we gather as the Church. When we pray by ourselves, we pray as part of the Church. When we go out into the world seeking to love and be loved by Christ in others, we go as the Church. But beneath each of these statements, there are questions we need to answer. What does being the Church add to what we're doing? Why does being part of the Church matter? What difference does it make if we wish to act as members of the body of Christ in the world? The answers to these questions are not to be found in a supposed guarantee of salvation, nor are they to be found in a deeper knowledge of what the Church takes to be true (though, for the record, I'm pretty sure that Orthodox doctrine has got it about as right as human right can be). They are instead to be found in the the specific call of the Church; a call which begins and ends in the grace of Jesus Christ.
 


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