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.

Feast of Saint John the Evangelist

May 6, 2006

Preached by the Rt. Rev. Joseph Clark Grew II The Rt. Rev. Joseph Clark Grew II, is the retired Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio, a member of the Fellowship of Saint John and a long-time friend of the community.  The brothers were honored to welcome Bp. Grew as the guest preacher on the Feast…

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Saint George the Dragon – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 23, 2006

The Second Sunday of Easter In the calendar of the church, this second Sunday of Eastertide coincides with the traditional day of commemoration for a solider named George who lived in Palestine at the beginning of the fourth century.  Early traditions remember his being put to death on this date, April 23, year 303.  This…

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The Great Vigil of Easter – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 16, 2006

John 20:1-18 The body would have begun decomposing very soon after death, both because the Jews did not practice embalming, and because of the Middle Eastern heat.  The normal practice was to wash the body, then anoint the body with spices, including aloes and myrrh, to mask the smell of death. Support SSJE Please support…

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Good Friday Sermon – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Apr 14, 2006

“He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.” Christian speaks these words in Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. During this holy week we gather to reflect and to pray on the sacred mystery of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. “He hath given me rest by his sorrow, and life by his death.”…

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And It Was Night – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Apr 12, 2006

Isaiah 50: 4-9a Hebrews 9: 11-15, 24-28 Psalm 69: 7-15, 24-28 John 13:21-35 In our friendship with Jesus when we consider his ministry and his relationship with his apostles and other followers most of us find it easy to identify with Peter.  We see in his strong attraction, incomprehension, exuberance, fear and denial the range…

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Feast of Saint Joseph

Mar 21, 2006

Preached by the Rev. Wendel “Tad” Meyer Rev. Meyer is Rector of  St. John’s Episcopal Church Beverly Farms, Massachusetts Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. Joseph was a righteous man, a just and law-abiding man with a finely- tuned sense of…

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Setting Your Mind on Divine Things – Br. Eldridge Pendleton

Mar 12, 2006

Genesis 22: 1-14 Psalm 16 Romans 8; 31-39 Mark 8: 31-38 Peter is the Everyman of the Gospels. He also serves other purposes. In last week’s Gospel Satan tried to tempt Jesus off his path. This week Peter is Satan. We, like Peter, become Satan when we set our minds on earthly things and ignore…

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Heads, You Win; Tales, You Win – Br. Mark Brown

Mar 12, 2006

After these things God tested Abraham a second time. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go again to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I…

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Saturday After Lent 1 – Br. David Allen

Mar 11, 2006

Deut. 26:16-19 / Ps. 119:1-8 / Mt. 5:43-48 Loving one’s enemies is something that we Christians accept intellectually and take for granted as basic Christian teaching.  But when it comes to putting it into practice I think that most of us have difficulty actually doing it, either on the emotional level or on the practical…

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Here am I Lord – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Mar 7, 2006

At the Sports Centre where I used to belong, the first week of January was always the peak time for new membership.  After several weeks of overeating and drinking, January 1st – with its spur to new year’s resolutions – saw dozens of people lining up to work off this guilt by pounding the running…

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