Christmas 2018

“Behold I bring you great joy”

May this Christmas Season be of particular joy and goodness to one and all as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. For centuries people from all walks and ways of life have celebrated the joyous good news that we have a savior who understands and loves us. In every generation people hearing, understanding, and embracing this joy have gone forth as fast as a ship can sail, a horse can ride, a man can run, a bird can sing, a song can be sung—to tell others of this wondrous, marvelous, stupendous, blessing God has provided to a sinful and broken world.

May the joy of Christmas reach deeply into your soul.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector

Christmas offerings may be sent to Zion Episcopal Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center VT 05255.

Christmas Service Schedule:

Christmas Eve: 5 pm Family Service & Nativity Pageant at Zion, 7 pm Service at St. John’s Chapel

Christmas Day: 10 am Service at Zion Church

Easter 2018 Arise, Shine!

Alleluia! Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has dawned on you. Your gates will always be open...they will call you the City of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.    The Third Song of Isaiah

Dear fellow citizens of The City of the Lord, we invite you to participate in the glorious Easter Celebrations that Zion will present this coming Holy Week--see the Home Page. As you prepare to attend one or more of the many worship experiences on offer, prayerfully consider a financial gift enabling Zion to keep its doors open to one and all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Rev. John S. Mitchell, Rector

Zion Episcopal Church, PO Box 717, Manchester Center VT 05255

Feast Day of St. Francis, October 4, 2017

I have been trying to say something that will address the terrible event in Las Vegas. But was stuck until today--the Feast Day of St. Francis. Over the last few years I have been striving to be more at peace with myself and the world. To not get angry even when I believe I have every right to be. To not let events be turned into my own agenda. To flee ideologues and pontifications. So today I pray once again the Prayer of St. Francis.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon, where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.