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October 2012

Tidings I

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We are … St. John’s

n 1902, at the laying of our cornerstone, it was apparent to all those gathered that St. John’s Church consisted of people. Donors, worshippers and the Rector of St. Peter’s Beverly, who traveled by horse and buggy to conduct afternoon services in the winter months, formed the entire substance of the parish. The parishioners had land and plans and dreams, but the work of the church was seen in the human form of those who gathered on Hale Street. At the time of the dedication of the first Connick window in 1919, St. John’s had buildings, but it was still the parishioners inhabiting those spaces that made up the church. By then, the parish had its first rector, Neilson Poe Carey and a vestry, yet it was the people who taught and served and constituted the church. Today, one hundred and ten years after our founding, St. John’s is ever more

certainly a community of believers who gather week by week for prayer and study and action in the world. There would be no church school, community shop, choir, B-SAFE or altar guild without the scores of people who give of their time and abilities to make this parish alive. As our Vestry and other leaders begin to shape the budget for 2013, we are conscious of the gifts we have received from those in every generation. People have given of themselves in physical, spiritual, emotional and financial ways. In these next few weeks they will ask “How are you a part of St. John’s?” “What brought you here?” “What keeps you here?” “How do you see yourself as a member of this body of faith?” In just a few weeks, on the Feast of All Saints, we will give thanks, not only for the Saints in our windows, but for the saints who gave from their resources to put the windows into St. John’s. I hope that each household in the parish will take a moment to say: “I am St. John’s” and recognize the gift that we have received in our shared identity

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Tidings Walking Meditation: The Labyrinth Perspective


any of us have experienced the benefits of a meditation practice. Whether through yoga or contemplative prayer or lectio divina, the process of quieting the mind and releasing the cares and concerns of the moment can be freeing. Many of us have also experienced the benefits of traveling to a place that allows us to see the world differently. For more than a millennium, Christians used pilgrimages as a time for reflection and release. The Labyrinth is an ancient Christian practice that integrates Christian

Meditation with a virtual pilgrimage. The believer follows a spiraling path in to the center and then out again. This isn’t a maze … the route is direct, even as it is ever changing. All are welcome to come and experience a Labyrinth Walk at St. John’s on Saturday morning, October 20th. I’ll do a talk at 10:00 am and will be present to help walkers who arrive any time from 9:30 to Noon. A special invitation will be going out to our Youth for an event that Saturday evening. Come and walk the Labyrinth and see what insights you encounter on the journey!

All Saints Day Necrology


eek by week at St. John’s we remember before God the names of those who have died. The gift of Altar Flowers helps families and individuals recall their loved ones. This recollection reaches its climax each year on All Saints Sunday, November 4, when we remember all those who have died since the last All Saints. If you wish to have someone remembered this year, please contact the parish office and we will add their names to the bulletin and into our common prayer.

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Have You Moved?

lease contact the parish office if your contact information changes. Have you moved? Changed your phone number or email address? Help us to reach you by keeping your info up to date. 2

Tidings Music Notes I am so excited to be able present this concert season made up of world class talent. The first concert of the season is my very talented brother Frank Mitchell Bush. I am so blessed to have such a gifted musician in my immediate family. Below is a short description of Mitchell's career.

Please don't miss this concert and being a part of this wonderful gift of music. +Musical Blessings+

PIANIST FRANK MITCHELL BUSH Described as “poignant and poetic, possessing a sensitive touch” by the American composer David Diamond, Frank Mitchell Bush has played in such venues as the International Museum of Photography and Film, Georgia State Convention Center, Citibank of New York, and Methuen Memorial Music Hall. He’s a recipient of the New York Council on the Arts Performance Grant, and has been heard in recital on NPR and CBS television. Future performances are scheduled in the United States, France and the United Kingdom. Mr. Bush studied at the Eastman School of Music where he was the recipient of the George Eastman Scholarship, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria on a full scholarship. He was awarded a scholarship by the Emily and Robert Woodruff Foundation for his studies with the legendary Julliard professor Adele Marcus. He was awarded First Prize in the National Pro-Mozart Award Competition, the Atlanta Music Club Scholarship Competition and the Southeastern Music Festival Scholarship. At an early age, he won First Prize for five consecutive years at the National Kiwanis Music Competition, and was invited to perform at the International Convention in Anaheim, CA. He played for an audience of over 10,000 as guest artist at the Habitat for Humanity 20th Anniversary Celebration, and by special invitation for the family of then President Jimmy Carter for a performance honoring the President’s mother, Lillian Carter. Mr. Bush resides in Friendship, New York, and is active as a performer and teacher. --------------------------Program Schubert - Impromptus Opus 90 Chopin - Etudes (Selection), Scherzo, Opus 20 Prokofiev- Toccata, Opus 11


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St. John’s Staff The Rev. Mark S. Delcuze, M.Div. Rector

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Mark S. Delcuze, Rector 11 Lynda Z. Tyson, Associate Rector 13 David Prentice, Minister for Children and Youth 14 Brink Bush, Minister of Music 12 Alexis Rautio, Office Administrator 15 Rob Ginn, Parish Administrator 10 Peter Crossan, Sexton 17 Mailing Address: St. John’s Episcopal Church Fax: 978-927-6025 P.O. Box 5610 Beverly Farms, MA 01915 Website: Street Address: 705 Hale Street (Rte. 127)

The Rev. Lynda Z. Tyson, M.Div. Associate Rector David Prentice Minister for Children, and Youth Brink Bush Organist, and Minister of Music Alexis Rautio Office Administrator Rob Ginn Parish Administrator Peter J. Crossan Sexton

978-927-0229 Box 5610 • Beverly Farms, MA 01915

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