The Monastery Chapel and Guesthouse are closed.
At this time when the Monastery Chapel is closed, the Brothers invite you to join us for our nightly Compline - the ancient monastic service of bedtime prayers.
As you prepare for Compline, you might consider lighting a candle. To follow the service, use the Book of Common Prayer (pages 127-135) or the Order of Service below.
We pray you all will know "a quiet night."
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.
We have been chosen to work with God and on behalf of God for the healing and reconciliation of our broken world. For this work God has equipped us with gifts which enable us to carry out our task. There is not a single Christian who is not a minister of the Gospel of Christ. There is not a single Christian who has not been called to this work.
-Br. David Vryhof, SSJE
Recent Sermons from the Chapel
“Scenes of evangelism may be a challenge for us all right now. We are not presently going, there are no homes into which we might safely venture, no opportunities for face-to-face discussion, study, or prayer. Yet we still hear Jesus’s call, even in the midst of a crisis that would see us shrink back and retreat from the world to which we have been called to bring God’s love. Go.”
Br. Sean Glenn explores the invitations and challenges of ministry in the digital, pandemic moment.Read More >
“How are you relating to neighbors and strangers? How might you be hording, seeking only your own security? How are you reaching out to share, connect, promote dignity, and seek justice? What is figuratively or literally growing in your garden?”
Reflecting on a garden venture at Emery House, Br. Luke Ditewig encourages us to sow righteousness and reap love.Read More >
“In this protracted period of pandemic, in the boiling pot of racial tension, in culture wars and divided families…I want to say, Here I am, Lord send me! But I’m beset, my voice just won’t respond. I’m left like a fish out of water gasping for oxygen. Powerless, helpless.”
Facing into our current powerlessness, Br. Todd Blackham invite us to enter the province of prayer, rather than action, by praying for God’s deliverance.Read More >
“How can I learn to be still? How can I make peace with a solitude I did not choose? How can I help my neighbor? How can I overcome the racism etched on my bones by my ancestors? How should we live? What does God desire? How is God involved? How can I love a God who is so mysterious?”
What is the Church called to become? Br. Keith Nelson encourages all of us beset with questions to embrace the inner work of Wisdom at this time of great uncertainty and challenge – maybe even renewal.Read More >
“We remember that although it is our home on earth, it can never be our true dwelling place. We will always be strangers on this earth, longing for our heavenly home, where we will abide forever in the presence of God, and where our true citizenship is to be found.”
On America’s Independence Day, Br. David Vryhof encourages us to balance American pride with Christian citizenship and the calls it places upon us.Read More >
Join us as we explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.