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Week 6 Day 3: Laying Down Our Lives

“When we give witness to the Word, most often we won’t be needing words.”

Br. Nicholas Bartoli finds in I John 3:16 a reminder that the most powerful way to testify to the risen Christ is through serving others in love.

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Welcome to SSJE

We are a community of men giving our whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, we seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. We live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and our Rule of Life.

We invite you to explore these pages to learn more about how we live and pray, the tradition that grounds us, and the call that draws us onward day by day.

Worship Schedule | Rule of Life | Meeting Jesus | Catch the Life

For Lent 2018, the Brothers are praying Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John.
Brother, Give Us a Word will be back in Holy Week.

Monastery Chapel

Silence. Flickering candlelight. Sunlight streaming through stained glass. Soak in the beauty of our sanctuary, open morning to night. Pray, ponder, or participate in the Brothers’ daily office. Service Schedule >


Sleep in. Pray. Savor wholesome food. Nap. Read. How might a stay in our Monastery Guesthouse recharge you and open you to God’s call? Workshops & Retreats >

Emery House

Birdsong. Meadow grasses waving in the breeze. Stars overhead. At our rural retreat house, we invite you to pray as you hike, light a fire, weed the garden, and bask in the beauty of Creation. Retreat information>

Recent Sermons from the Chapel

Repentance: The Gift of a New Heart – Br. Curtis Almquist

By Br. Curtis Almquist | March 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

“To pray for a contrite heart is asking for God’s aid in our new heart’s being broken open with compassion and compunction for the needs of the world that surrounds us, a world that God so loves.”

As Lent winds down, Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to encounter the “bad news” of repentance so that we can experience the good news of the Gospel.

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Love for the Looking – Br. James Koester

By Br. James Koester | March 11, 2018 | 1 Comment

“From the very first ‘In the beginning’ of Genesis, to the very last ‘Amen’ of Revelation, God has been inviting the people of God into a relationship of love which brings life, and healing, and salvation.”

Br. James Koester catches us up on the ongoing conversation that runs through the rich and sometimes confusing pages of Scripture.

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To Know God – Br. Lucas Hall

By Br. Lucas Hall | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

“God assures us we will know him, we will see his face. God calls us to love him. In our frailty, in our limits, how is this possible?”

Br. Lucas Hall ponders what it means to be known by God, and to know God, discovering a model of knowledge grounded in love, mercy, and forgiveness.

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Whenever I am weak, then am I strong – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

By Br. Geoffrey Tristram | March 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Christ breaks through to you, not in those places where you are strong, where your skills are well-honed and developed, but precisely in those areas in your life where you know failure or weakness.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram wonders at the power of the Cross, which we come to know best in our weakness.

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The Prodigal Father – Br. Jim Woodrum

By Br. Jim Woodrum | March 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

“No matter how far away we’ve wandered from God, no matter how selfishly we have taken his love and provision for granted, God is on the front porch keeping vigil, waiting expectantly for our return. ”

Br. Jim Woodrum reads the parable of the prodigal son to find a promise about our prodigal Father.

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"...we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them..."

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