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Welcome to the Society of Saint John the Evangelist

We believe passionately that God has given us a mission: to draw others to know and experience in their lives the love of God in Christ. Sharing this “Good News” is at the center of our call and our life. In our chapels and retreat houses, and our online teachings, we hope to offer a still point in the midst of the chaos of contemporary life. We hope that as you explore these pages, you’ll find “Good News” that will help you live authentically, responsive to God’s call of love.

God Is My Rock – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 16, 2019

“We live in very shaky times. In virtually every venue of life in our world, there is now instability. The psalmist assures us: God is our rock, our stronghold, our refuge, so that we shall not be greatly shaken… How is this true for you now?”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to cling to the bedrock of our faith.

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Chapel Closure

Oct 16, 2019

Please note, the chapel will be closed next week. We close after Evensong on Sunday, October 20, and reopen for Morning Prayer on Tuesday, October 29.

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Desire and Thirst – Br. Jim Woodrum

Oct 15, 2019

“Perhaps we can glean wisdom from her example by naming a relationship with Jesus to be the one desire of our heart and to help cultivate that relationship by faithful tending of our spiritual gardens through prayer. When that prayer life seems arid and dry, then pray the words of the Psalmist: ‘As the deer longs for the waterbrooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.’”

Br. Jim Woodrum honors the example of Teresa of Avila and her desire for Jesus.

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The Testimony of Your Heart – Br. Curtis Almquist

Oct 11, 2019

“If someone asks you today in Harvard Square or in your hometown why you are a follower of Jesus Christ, what’s the word, the authentic word in your heart and upon your lips? What is your testimony in real time?”

Br. Curtis Almquist invites us to be ready, to express our “live” testimony to Jesus Christ.

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Lord, Increase Our Faith – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Oct 6, 2019

“Each one of us lives a life filled with challenges, difficulties and struggle. We live in a country which is deeply divided, with huge political uncertainty. It can make us feel insecure, worn out, even despairing. But we as Christians also have another life. A more hidden life, but one filled with power and promise.”

Br. Geoffrey Tristram invites us to put our eye to the telescope and renew our vision, that our heavenly life may become powerfully real.

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Signs of Life: Why Church Matters

Oct 4, 2019

Next week (July 16-29), we will be working on our Lenten 2020 video offering, Signs of Life, in which we will 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. This will mean a number of changes in our liturgical schedule for next week.

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Recalling Who We Are – Br. David Vryhof

Oct 3, 2019

“What would it mean for you today to “return home” and to re-establish your identity, your purpose and your direction? Is it possible that you have strayed from the path to which you have committed yourself, and that you need to be called back? What would it look like for you to renew your purpose and to reclaim your vocation?”

Br. David Vryhof considers how the example of Nehemiah, the governor, and Ezra, the priest and scribe, calling the people of Israel back to their core identity and purpose, can inspire us to do the same.

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A Grace We Cannot Own – Br. Sean Glenn

Oct 1, 2019

“For us, in an era when it is easy for drone-equipped nations to quite literally rain down fire from heaven on their enemies, Jesus calls on us to be vigilant, discerning, and inclined always to mercy—for he shows us a God whose power is declared “chiefly in showing mercy and pity.”

Br. Sean Glenn calls us into the tension of care and mercy with those who might not honor our religious convictions.

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The Way of the Angels – Br. Jim Woodrum

Sep 29, 2019

“Worship is important because it is a sanctifying act. The word ‘sanctify’ shares the same root as the Latin word ‘Sanctus’ which means: Holy. In the experience of worship, we offer all we are, all we have, all of our blessings, and all of our sufferings and we give it to God in sacrifice asking nothing but to be sanctified and become more like God, that is: holy and fully His.”

Br. Jim Woodrum encourages us all to become like angels, joining in the eternal praise of God not only in church, but as we go forth from it.

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Recognizing Our Weakness and Relying on God’s Strength – Br. David Vryhof

Sep 28, 2019

“The disciples’ confusion stems from what seems to be a clear contradiction between Jesus’ power and his powerlessness. How or why would someone who has such power and authority find himself in the position of having his life determined by others?”

Br. David Vryhof invites us to join the disciples “on the way,” as we learn from our weakness, failings, and misunderstandings, trusting that the risen Christ will open our eyes to see and understand.

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