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									The Episcopal Parish of SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST Hingham, Massachusetts
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To represent Christ and his church, to bear witness to him, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world, and to take our place in the life, worship, and governance of the church. Book of Common Prayer, p. 855
The Rev. Robert Bruce Edson, Rector The Rev. Thomas Patrick Mulvey, Jr., Associate Rector Helen Ward Mannix, Organist / Choirmaster Evelyn Sophia Czaja, Administrative Assistant Dorothy Manley, Sexton Vol. 32 No. 9 May 16, 2007


Congratulations to our graduating Seniors!
Hingham High Abby Alderman – Trinity College, Hartford Leigh Downing – TBD Charlie Eisenbies –Clemson University, SC Brianne Elinoff – University of New Hampshire Sara Kalman – University of Delaware Morgan Lynch – Bates College Katherine Marshall – University of New Hampshire Samantha McAlpine – University of Vermont Pat Nevins – University of Massachusetts, Amherst Lauren Pastuszak – Quinnipiac University Eric Randall –Yale University Paul Röell – Wheaton College, MA F. Michael Shaw – University of New Hampshire Milton Academy Leni Vradelis – McGill University, Montreal St. George’s School, Newport, RI Geoff Johnson – University of Pennsylvania Thayer Academy Andrew (A.J.) Johnson – St. Lawrence University  

From the Rector

What does a priest do?
A priest leads worship and mediates the nature of God to his congregation through preaching, teaching and pastoral care. He strives to make Christ real in their lives. He prays for healing while visiting the sick and those who are alienated. He seeks out the lost, counsels the troubled, comforts the afflicted, and at times has to afflict the comfortable. He prays for and with people and encourages them to do the same. He is manager, administrator, correspondent and keeper of official records. He is sometimes a lawyer, often a social worker, and frequently an emergency squad. Transients ask for sums of money and get angry if he doesn’t give them all they want. He attends school sports, musical and drama productions, and graduations. He attends town meetings and always votes. He has to learn the names of all the members of the congregation. He has to be a writer, speech maker, editor, scholar, philosopher, entertainer, salesman and arbitrator. He has to be a credible theologian as well as an interpreter of what the Christian faith has to say on current issues. He prepares people for baptism, confirmation, marriage, parenthood, old age and death. He tries to keep them focused on eternal truths as they rush through their lives. He tries to be nice when chided for either doing or not doing his duty. He discovers that doing his duty can be just as offensive as not doing it, or not doing it the way others think it should be done. He plans programs and recruits and trains workers when he can get them. He believes in a shared ministry, using the talents and abilities of others. He wants people to experience the joy of being involved in outreach and service to others in ways beyond writing checks. He promotes fellowship while at the same time trying to keep people out of each other’s way. Between all this he prepares a sermon that he hopes will reach people where they are and hopes to open the way for deeper relationship with God. With all this, this priest likes what he does…and does what he likes.

Robert Edson


Coming Events: MAY Saturday Sunday 19th 20th Memorial Service – Quinby Gassett Church School Red and Blue Day Youth Sunday Junior Choir Photo Adult/Youth Forum Vestry meeting Bible Study – Gospel of Mark Bible Study – Gospel of Mark Jr. Choir Party Sr. Choir Party after rehearsal Church School teachers party at Eckerson’s Fr. Robert’s 40th Anniversary as a Priest Memorial Day – Office closed Adult Education Fundraiser for Parish Playground at the home of Moira and Cameron Congdon Parish Picnic

Monday Tuesday Thursday Saturday Sunday Monday JUNE Monday Saturday Sunday

21st 22nd 24th 26th 27th 28th 4th 9th 10th

2:00 p.m. 9:45 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 12:00 noon 7:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 11:15 a.m.

*The Eucharist is celebrated every Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer is held daily at 8:00 a.m. in the choir. Memorial for Quinby Gassett Friends and family will gather for a memorial service on Saturday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. for Quinby Gassett who died in South Portland, ME, on January 26, at the age of 94. A private burial will be held in the Memorial Garden. A reception in Upper Weld Hall will follow the service. Youth Sunday We recognize and honor the Youth of our parish on Sunday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. with the youth taking part in both the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. Our Jr. Choir will have their official photo taken after the 10:00 a.m. service. The Church School will participate in another Red and Blue Day by wearing their colors. And the Graduating Seniors will be recognized with a gift as they prepare to go off to college. There will be a forum at 11:15 a.m. with the youth and adults in dialogue about their views for the future. We bid farewell and Godspeed to our graduating seniors as they leave on their new adventure.


Vestry meeting The Vestry will meet on Monday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.  Junior Choir Party The Junior Choir will celebrate their accomplishments this past year at an end-of-year party, Thursday, May 24, at 4:30 p.m. here at the church. Senior Choir Party The Senior Choir will rehearse Thursday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m., then meet for their end-of-year party at the home of Vicki Starr. Church School Party Church School teachers and their families are invited to an end-of-year cookout on Saturday, May 26, 4:00 p.m., at the home of The Eckerson’s. Please bring a side dish or dessert. There will be games and activities for the kids.

Fr. Robert’s 40th Anniversary Sunday, May 27, Pentecost, we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of Fr. Robert’s ordination to the priesthood. There is a special reception after the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist. Please plan to stay and join in the celebration!

The Gospel of Mark Our ongoing Bible study led by Fr. Tom Mulvey, continues with two sessions on Tuesdays. The afternoon session meets at 12:00 noon (bring your lunch), and the evening session at 7:30 p.m. Please call Fr. Mulvey for more details.  To keep us informed… If you are a patient at South Shore Hospital or any other hospital, please indicate your church membership when being registered so that the clergy know you are there. Adult Education Meeting The Adult Education Committee will meet Monday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m.



Fundraiser for new Parish Playground Moira and Cameron Congdon will be hosting a fundraiser for The Playground at St. John’s Celebrating Susan Suarez-Brown. Invitations have been sent for Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. Minimum donation is $100 per person. All donations are tax deductible and are payable to St. John’s Capital Campaign – Susan Suarez-Brown Playground. Our goal is to fund the refurbishment of the playground at St. John’s in celebration of Susan, who died November 25, 2006. She and her family’s fondest memories of Hingham were developed through St. John’s. Susan especially enjoyed teaching the youngest children in her ever-present exuberant, patient and loving manner. The project will include resurfacing, landscaping, fencing, purchase of appropriate playground equipment, and building a stone wall with a memorial message. June 10 – Parish Picnic The Annual Parish Picnic is set for Sunday, June 10, after the 10:00 a.m. service. We need volunteers to make special salads, desserts, etc. Meats will be provided. Please see the signup sheet in the Narthex. Also, the day of the picnic a coordinator is needed to oversee the event since Marybeth will be out of town that day. If you can help or if you have questions, please call Marybeth Desai at 781-749-4829. Please note: there will be no child care provided. Thanks for helping with the Senior Lunch on Friday, April 27 Cooks – Cynthia Chace, Fr. Tom, Cindy Kalman, Ellen Rosanno, Nini Gomez, Barbara Gibbs, Sandy Baker, Millie Hawke, Mary Reilly, Greg Eischeid, Paula Barton, Donna Austin, Cheryl Bierwirth, Nancy Stimson, Jennifer Love, Sue Tripp and Lucy Merrill. Centerpieces – Darling baskets with bow and pansies – Ellen Rosanno. Special thanks to Ron Johnson for the beets! Servers and Helpers – Nini Gomez, Barbara Gibbs, Fr. Robert, Fr. Tom, Sue Tripp, Leah Godfrey, Joan Newell, and Laurie Taylor-Curby. Thank you! Nancy Stimson



ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST 172 Main Street Hingham, MA 02043 Phone 781-749-1535 FAX: 781-749-5414 web:



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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2007 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II CHALICE BEARERS 8 a.m.: Michael Connelly Connie Chapin 10 a.m.: Danielle Magner Paul Röell Peter Burnett, assist ACOLYTES 8 a.m.: Oliver Alderman 10 a.m.: Patrick Nevins Abigail Alderman Sara Kalman Eric Randall Andrew Randall Rachel Kalman ALTAR GUILD 8 a.m.: Bobbie Conant 10 a.m.: Rosie & Charlie Woodard

READINGS Lesson: 1 Samuel 12:19-24 Psalm: 47 Epistle: Acts 16:16-34 Gospel: John 17:20-26

LECTOR SCHEDULE 8 a.m. Lesson: Connie Chapin Psalm: Connie Chapin Epistle: Michael Connelly Whole State: Michael Connelly

USHERS - May 10 a.m.: Jon D’Allessandro Marybeth Desai

10 a.m. Lesson: Psalm: Epistle: Prayers:

Will Hancock Sung Len Vradelis Danielle Magner

COFFEE HOUR 8 a.m.: Cheryl Corbett 10 a.m.: We need 2 or 3 volunteers 6

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