Join Mtr. Megan for Morning Prayer weekdays @ 9:30 am, and Sunday mornings @10:30 w/ music and homily on live-stream! Download a bulletin for July 12 which includes hymns, upcoming events, birthday announcements and the parish prayer list here. All services are archived so you can participate on your own schedule. Service links are here: YouTube and Facebook.
Our Pentecost worship service on May 31 featured a timely and uplifting sermon by Mtr. Megan, along with encore anthems from our Chancel Choir, hymns lead by a Choral Scholar, and lots of Lectors from our parish family. The service is available to all on YouTube HERE.
The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. Amen. [Numbers 6:24-26]
Please read and share this statement, signed by 23 clergy of Ithaca, NY, released on Tuesday, June 9, 2020:
“In the Abrahamic tradition, we place a great emphasis on prophets—those people through whom God gave the ability to name the truth clearly when no one else could see it. Before the exile to Babylon, the prophet Jeremiah mourns the oppression and injustice that has taken root in Jerusalem. “For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain; and from prophet to priest everyone deals falsely. They have treated the wound of my people carelessly; they have called ‘Peace, peace’, but there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:13-14 NRSV) The people have fallen in love with injustice, and worse, their leaders assure them that everything is fine while they carry out their oppression. But God sees the pain of the wounded, and hears the cry of the suffering. God responds.
The events of the past few weeks have again spotlighted the fact that the United States, since its founding, has rested on the historic and continuing wrong of white supremacy, and that this pernicious evil continues to threaten and harm the children of God in this land.
When we see the unequal effects of the corona pandemic, we see the sin of racism. When we see the unequal effects of the economic crash, we see the sin of racism. And most particularly, we see the sin of racism in the continuing police brutality against black and brown people. We see it in the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubrey, Tony McDade, and so many others.
We as religious leaders unequivocally affirm that Black Lives Matter. We stand in solidarity with the protesters and organizers around the country who march for justice. We call for an end to police brutality and to state-sponsored violence. We pledge to work for an end to white su-premacy, both in our congregations and in our community.
We like Jeremiah know a God who calls us to speak the hard truth, to acknowledge our culpability in systems of oppression, and ultimately, to bring hope and relief to those who suffer. The command for us to “love our neighbor as ourselves” appears in Leviticus 19, a text revered by all Abrahamic traditions. It is a cornerstone of rabbinic commentary, a core Islamic value ex-pressed throughout the Qur’an and Hadith, and central to the teachings of Jesus in the gospels, and we as religious leaders affirm that this as our primary motivation for what we say and what we do. We believe that it is only through this commanded, costly love—through committing ourselves to the difficult, lifelong work of dismantling white supremacy, especially as embedded in our law enforcement and legal systems, will we come to the promised, healed world God intends.”
- Scott Glass, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Beth-El,
- Rev. Margaret L. Weis, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca (Unitarian-Universalist)
- Rev. Teressa M. Sivers, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
- Rev. Janet Shortall, Unitarian Universalist clergy
- Rabbi Miriam T. Spitzer, Temple Beth-El
- Rev. Christina Culver, Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County
- Rev. Dr. David A. Kaden, Senior Minister, First Congregational Church of Ithaca
- Rev. Debbie Bennett Reynolds, Pastor, First Baptist Church in Ithaca
- Rev. Darcey Laine, Unitarian Universalist clergy
- Rabbi Suzanne Brody, Director of Education and Youth Programming, Temple Beth-El
- Rev. Megan L. Castellan, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ithaca
- Rabbi Tziona Szajman
- Ithaca Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
- Mahmud Burton, President, Al-Huda Islamic Center
- Cantor Abbe Lyons, Jewish chaplain, Hillel at Ithaca College
- Lauren Goldberg, Executive Director, Hillel at Ithaca College
- Rev. Cynthia Weaver, Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Rev. Taryn Mattice, Chaplain, The Protestant Cooperative Ministry at Cornell University
- Rev. Anthony R. Lister, retired United Church of Christ pastor
- Rev. Dr. Barb E Blom, Interfaith Center for Healing and Action
- Naomi Wilensky, Religious Education Director, Congregation Tikkun v’Or
- Rev. Kirianne E. Weaver, Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Rabbi Brian Walt, Tikkun v’Or, Ithaca Reform Temple
Singers from our Parish Family as well as our Chancel Choir have joined together to lead favorite hymns in online worship. All are welcome to give it a try! Record yourself at your convenience with provided accompaniment. Then e-mail your sound file to our Director of Music. She will magically blend your voice with others! Equipment needed: ear buds or head phones and two devices (cell phone, ipad, tablet, laptop or PC), plus a willing spirit and joy in singing! Contact Karen Hindenlang through the church office for additional instructions.
Photo by Libby Hedrick.
Our Adult Forum is on summer hiatus. Please plan to join us in the fall, when we will share online study of another timely and engaging book.
We just finished reading and discussing the book “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus.” Author Amy-Jill Levine “helps Christians and Jews understand the ‘Jewishness’ of Jesus so that their appreciation of him deepens and a greater interfaith dialogue can take place. Levine’s humor and informed truth-telling provokes honest conversation and debate about how Christians and Jews should understand Jesus, the New Testament, and each other.”
The book is available electronically and paperback via Amazon. Here is the link.
We’re happy to announce the updating of our podcast, “Weekly Sermons from St. John’s Episcopal Church”! Now once again you can listen to Mtr. Megan’s sermons any time you like! Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts or on ANY podcast outlet or mobile app you use to listen to podcasts. If you wish, please like, subscribe, and leave us a review!
Don’t have a podcast app? No problem! If you listen primarily on your PC, go to http://podcast.stjohnsithaca.org/ to get every recording.
St. John’s Mission Committee has designated the 1st Sunday of the month as non-perishable food item donation week, and the 3rd Sunday as personal hygiene donation week, to help address needs of the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard and the Catholic Charities of Tompkins Tioga (CCTT) Samaritan Center, the Your assistance is needed and appreciated!
If you have questions or concerns contact any of the Mission Team members, Florianna Blanton, Marcia Baum, John Jackson, Margaret Johnson and Cora Yao.
3rd Sundays – Personal Hygiene Items
1st Sunday: Non-Perishable Foods
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Canned Stews
- Vienna Sausages
- Tomato Sauce
- Pizza Sauce
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruits
- Tuna Fish
- Canned Chicken
- Canned Salmon
- Ramen Noodles
- Peanut Butter
- Breakfast Bars
- Dried Beans
- Dried Lentils
- Dried Peas
- Cake Mix
- Baby Foods
- Baby Formula (Powdered)
The Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard provides 3 days of emergency food to local families in need daily, every week. Over 7,000 people yearly are fed. St. John’s needs two volunteers to join our team, to help distribute food from 1–3 on Fridays, every third week. Generally, volunteers serve once every 2–3 months. If you can assist, please use the form at “Contact Us“; enter “Kitchen Cupboard” in the “Subject” field. For more information, contact the church office at 273-6532.
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Regular volunteer help is urgently needed at Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County for two or more hours every Monday or Friday from 9 am – 2:30 pm.
This is a great opportunity for seniors or recently retired people to engage in our community in a meaningful and very helpful way or for people wishing to gain experience in the hospitality industry.
If interested, please simply come to our back kitchen door at the St. John’s Church on the corner of Buffalo and N.Cayuga Streets or call 272-5457 or email email@example.com
Mother Megan’s first Sunday with us was Palm Sunday, 2018! (See Clergy Corner for more information.) On Sept. 24th the entire parish celebrated her new ministry at St. John’s Church in a Festive Choral Eucharist with Bishop DeDe, area clergy, friends, family and guests. (The full installation service can be seen on Facebook, and the program for the liturgy is here.) We give thanks to God for this joyous outcome and officially welcome The Rev. Megan Castellan as our new Rector.
Our “Lift Every Voice & Sing” (LEVAS) hymnals were dedicated Oct. 1st. Which hymns would you like included in upcoming services? Click below for a table of contents, and look for your favorites! Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Table of Contents (with some music) – Here
The LEVAS hymnal is used widely by Episcopal congregations across the country. It contains 280 musical pieces from the African American, Folk, Evangelical, and Gospel traditions compiled under the supervision of the Office of Black Ministries of the Episcopal Church.
This new cultural resource supplements our Hymnal 1982 and enriches the ongoing worship life of St. John’s Episcopal Church, broadening the musical experience for all members, friends and visitors.
Fr. Margrave’s prayer over the hymnals: O Lord, before whose throne trumpets sound, and saints and angels sing the songs of Moses and the Lamb: Accept these Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnals for the worship of your temple, that with the voice of music, we may proclaim your praise and tell it abroad; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.