Wednesday Morning Mass
This coming Wednesday, July 4th, we will not have our 7:00 am mass. See you the following Wednesday, July 11th.
Would you be able to adopt-a-door and help us pay to refinish and restore our outside doors? We are in the process of doing just that. Philip Stanback is doing the work. He is sanding the solid oak doors down and properly restoring and refinishing each one. It costs us roughly $300.00 to fully finish one door. Can you adopt-a-door? If not any part of that will help us out a great deal. You can make your contribution online from our Parish Website. Go to www.stjohnsfortworth.com and click on “Online Giving” from the front page. Find the option “Adopt-a-Door”. Thank you so much, Gerald Gregory, Jr. Warden.
Support by Text-Giving
You can make any contribution to St John’s using your smart phone. It’s extremely easy and very secure. All you do is text the amount you would like to give to the number assigned to St. John’s, which is 1-817-477-6437. Put this number in your directory or address book in your phone for future use. The first time you text this number ,you will be prompted to visit a secure web address. Once you are registered, you will not need to repeat this step with future text-giving. After completing the registration follow the directions to make your donation. You will immediately receive a confirmation text showing your donation was successful.
Please remember you can also give online by visiting our website at www.stjohnsfortworth.com and clicking on “Online Giving.”
Hidden in Christ
St. Peter writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Pet 3-5)
This new birth “has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” This is the outcome of dying in the waters of baptism and being raised from the waters into a new life in the mystery of the redeeming Christ. Peter writes that God “has caused us to be born again.” He is explaining that the purpose of baptism is for the soul to be literally born a second time. This new birth allows us to carry within our mortal body the supernatural gift of a “living hope.”
That’s what Christ accomplished on the Cross. He destroyed our greatest enemy, death. (BCP 483) Now, as we journey through this mortal life, we may fully entrust ourselves to divine grace. Our daily life is hidden in the redeeming Christ. Paul writes, “You have been raised with Christ, so, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:1-3) As we grow in our Christian faith learning to turn away from world-inspired voices swirling around in our imagination, we will make way for the healing and the wholeness that is keeping us safe for Heaven. Amen