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.

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Br. Curtis Almquist

Jun 1, 2004

Luke 1:39-49 In the calendar of the church we remember today an unlikely visitation of two women: Mary and Elizabeth. The mere fact that they are visiting one another is not unlikely. To the contrary. They are relatives, and they live within a long walk between each others’ homes. The “unlikely” element is the reason…

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Marked as Christ's Own Forever – Br. David Vryhof

May 30, 2004

The Feast of Pentecost John 20:19–23 It has been 2,000 years now since a special child was born in the land of Israel. He was a Jew, and even as a boy, he seemed to have a deep interest in the things of God. Once, when his family had gone to Jerusalem to attend a…

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Jesus Christ Savior of the World – Br. Curtis Almquist

May 23, 2004

Psalm 47 John 17:20-26 In the Psalm appointed for today – Psalm 47, which we have just sung – we proclaim that “the Lord , the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth….” If you were of the Jewish faith, you would acknowledge the truthfulness of this testimony, that “the Lord…

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Fellowship of St. John Day

May 8, 2004

Preached by the Most Rev. Michael G. Peers John 20:1-9 The Most Reverend Michael G. Peers, a long-time friend of the SSJE community and member of our Fellowship of Saint John, retired from office as Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada on February 1st after having served as Primate since 1986. A hallmark of…

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Belonging to God – Br. David Vryhof

May 2, 2004

John 10:20-33 Know that the Lord is God; it is he that has made us and we are his. We are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:2 I have many memories of the Dutch Calvinist home in western Michigan in which I grew up. One of those memories is of a…

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Thomas the Faithful Doubter – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 18, 2004

John 20:19-31 Have you ever had the experience of taking a photograph of someone and then finding the result rather disappointing? Not necessarily because the person you photo­graph is out of focus; not because the color is funny; not even because the composition is off-balanced… but because the person captured in the moment of photograph…

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Easter Tuesday

Apr 13, 2004

Preached by the Rev. Dr. Ellen Aitken John 20:11-18 If you have traveled up the coast of New England , passing through one seaport after another, you will probably have noticed any number of large late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century houses overlooking the harbors and bays. Many of these houses have, at their very tops,…

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Easter Vigil 2004 – Br. Curtis Almquist

Apr 11, 2004

Matthew 28:1-10 Almost a century ago James Joyce wrote that “history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” [i] So many people in this world, throughout this last century, would understand those words – “history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake” – and we know it is true…

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Lent 5 – Br. James Koester

Mar 28, 2004

Philippians 3:8-14 There has been a lot of talk recently, and a huge amount of press over the last several months, about Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of The Christ . It seems to me that it will become almost impossible this Holy Week not to make some sort of reference or allusion to the…

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Remembrance – Br. Geoffrey Tristram

Mar 15, 2004

God said to Moses, “I am who I am. I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. This is my name for ever, and thus am I to be remembered throughout all generations.” (Genesis 3: 1-15 R.S.V.) Remember! This is one of the strongest exhortations, running throughout both…

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