The Peter Quire Challenge, Peter Quire Day

Yesterday we had a wedding in the church, with 191 people in attendance. As I stood in the Choir Room with the nervous groom and his nine (yes, nine) groomsmen, I pointed to this portrait of Peter Quire that normally hangs on the wall there and told him that July 11th was the...
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The Greatest of All Shrubs, Year B, 3 Pentecost, Proper 6

One of my most memorable childhood family vacations was going to see the Redwoods in northern California. From the park rangers, I learned about the two varieties of the California Redwood: the Sequoia giganteum and the Sequoia sempervirens, members of which still hold the...
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Year B, Trinity Sunday

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Today is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate and proclaim the co-eternal existence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as “one God, one Lord, in Trinity of Persons and in Unity of Being.” The doctrine of the Trinity would...
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Miracles, Year B, Pentecost Sunday

Have you heard? Miracles have been happening at St. John’s! People have been talking. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church itself is a miracle, as our reading from the Acts of the Apostles makes clear. At Pentecost, which we...
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Good Shepherd Sunday, Year B, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Just before our family moved to Newport in 2013, we were given the gift of this colorful silkscreen of the Good Shepherd on display here this morning. (My daughter particularly likes the pink sheep at Jesus’ right hand, while my son prefers an orange one at his left, by the way.)...
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Get with the Program, Year B, Easter 3

Before I dive into the Gospel appointed for this morning, it’s important to that Luke the Evangelist was also Luke the Beloved Physician, and as such, he was interested in things having to do with the body. This resurrection appearance is important because it tells us two things:...
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The Family Reunion of Christ, Year B, Easter Day

Eight years ago, my wife, three month-old daughter, and I travelled to New Mexico to celebrate my paternal grandmother’s 90th birthday. My dad decided to make a big deal out of it, so he invited every family member he could think of—brother and nephews and nieces and cousins and...
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Bach and Friends at Quarter ’til

A Summer organ music program of St. John the Evangelist Church, Newport, RI. Saturday and Sunday 2014 will feature a selection of Bach and other composers on the Church’s vintage organ from 1894. For more information wwwSaintJohn-Newport.org.
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A Letter from our New Music Director

The Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 18, 2014 Dear People of Saint John the Evangelist, known and unknown, After a long discernment of four and a half months, your persuasive Vicar and inspiring Bishop have succeeded in wresting me from another St. John’s Episcopal Church (West...
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For They Were Afraid

The Easter Vigil Mark 16:1-8 (By permission of the Bishop) From the King James Version of the Bible: “And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.” Now, I’m no scripture...
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