Sunday Sermon: Great Commandment

St. John's Anglican, Orinda

Much of what Jesus taught in Jerusalem was familiar yet shocking. The established religious leaders were familial with the verses Jesus quoted yet shocked by the application Jesus used them for. In this week’s Gospel Jesus combines two verses in a way that brings a new meaning into sharp focus. He is asked to summarize the law and in doing so gives us the Great Commandment. Like the Lord’s Prayer this teaching is unique to Jesus and provides guidance to his church. Following Jesus makes us sympathize with the Pharisees a bit as we too often hear verses brought into sharp meaning that calls us to reform of our lives and spiritual growth. This is always a challenge that leads to joy.  It also brings into focus the appropriate attitude we ought to have to Scripture. Please join us and prepare for a pleasant shock.


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On The Way To Santiago de Compestela, Spain

Victorious Christ in Ovieo, Spain, Dorothy and Jerry Gager, St. John's Anglican Church, Orinda, CA

By Dorothy Gager 
On “the Way”, we toured two World Heritage churches (8 A.D. and 9 A.D) at Oviedo, Spain after which it was time for lunch. We had a picnic lunch with us, so we responded to the invitation of a windy narrow road to drive to the top of the hill. A huge statue of a victorious and compassionate Christ with outstretched arms welcomed us. I would estimate the size of 100 to 150 feet. We observed pilgrims finding their way to the foot of this Jesus as we enjoyed lunch. Unaware of other people walking their dogs, taking pictures of the view, and lunching, the pilgrims cast their walking sticks and back packs aside, and reverently dropped to their knees at the foot of the Christ. Read More

St. John's Anglican Is Closer Than You Think!

St. John's Anglican Church, Orinda, CASt. John's Anglican Church in Orinda is Closer Than You Think!
From Berkeley . . . . . . . . . .  19 minutes, 9 miles
From Alameda . . . . . . . . . .  21 minutes, 13 miles
From Oakland . . . . . . . . . .   14 minutes, 9 miles 
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Sunday Schedule


Our regular Sunday worship and communion service will take place this Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Orinda. Our service is typically over by 10:00 a.m. Coffee and fellowship follow the service. You are warmly invited to visit us, including interested visitors, family, and friends. Childcare is available.

Our worship is based on the 2013 Texts for Common Prayer, adapted from Thomas Cranmer's 1662 Book of Common Prayer by the Anglican Church in North America. We provide a printed service booklet with the complete liturgy.

Finding St. John's Anglican

Anglican Church members story

By Aaron and Corie Anderson
We want to draw on an over-used line from Forrest Gump to tell the story of finding St. John's Anglican Church. Finding a new church is "… like a box of chocolates -- you never know what you're going to get." Well, in finding St. John's Anglican Church, we have opened the box of chocolates, and discovered an amazing group of people, a place where Christ is truly present, and we are delighted to be here!  Read more

Come and Worship

St. John's Anglican

This is a great time for you to visit St. John's Anglican, worship with us, and observe and learn more about who and what we are. You are invited to visit our service no matter what your previous or existing religious life has been, and even if you seldom or never go to church. Read More

St. John's Motto: Clarity, Constancy, and Joy

St. John's Anglican, Orinda

The Anglican Church in North America is clear about its beliefs, doctrine, and practices.
Constancy: Our focus is to be reliable and consistent in our faith ...      
Joy: There is a joy in being part of a community of the faithful ...
A Shifting World: Those of us who experience Anglican faith find it to be a reliable anchor...
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Upcoming Events

St. John's Anglican Church Worship Service 
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Traditional Service
Coffee and Fellowship, Childcare is available
Worship at St. Mark's Methodist Church

Lectionary Readers & Coffee Service


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Contact Us

We worship at St. Mark's Methodist Church
451 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA Map & Directions
Mailing address: P.O. Box 411, Orinda, CA 94563
Phone: 925.726.4477  Ministry Team          
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