Service for November 27, 2022 Advent One/ White Gift Sunday

 

 

Advent Week One

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and In loving memory of a dear husband Robert, Granddaughter Lindsey, Grandson Michael, Parents Leslie & Ethel Whittington, and sisters Linda and Dianne, given by Sharon Williams & family.

*Planning Meeting.  Sunday Nov. 27 after church.

*White Gift Sunday. Nov. 27. Please Bring a donation of  food 

New Years.  Sat. Dec. 31. Doors open at 7:30.  8:30 show.  9:30 light lunch. Music Dance till Midnight.  Denise Pelley.  50/50 draw. 

*New Years Day is a Sunday. Church 1100 a.m. only Minimal service. No early service.  

*Christmas Star Bazaar. Thank you to all who donated, baked, worked, and shopped.  Thank you to Sandra for the crafts and great baking! $3000.

*The Manor Park Evening Post.  Thank you  Paul, Katie. Stephen, Adam & Kydra . A great time had by all.   $1250.00.   Thank you for the support.

*Stamps for Christmas Cards.  Sheets available.  10 percent discount this year! Thank You! This Sunday is the last day.

*Decorate- Christmas.    Thank you!

*Draws: Hilda has tickets. Hilda asks us to take some tickets to sell.  Draws are New Years Eve.

*Handmade Afghan by Heather. Hockey tickets. 2$ /3 for 5$

*Carol Service.  Dec. 4. 7 p.m.  Tea and goodies following.

*Cookie Draw.  Need 6 doz. non gooey cookies Sat. Dec. 3. Tell Sandra. Draw after Carol Service.

*A Christmas Sing a long .  With Stephen.  . Dec. 14  2 p.m. 

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3.

 

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

*Bible Study.  Tuesday at 10 a.m.  with Rev. Peter.  Daniel.

*Rinsed empty drink containers for Keanna. 

*Food Cupboard.  Thank you everyone! Butch. 519-615-9106.

 

*The Church Website http://www.thechurchofepiphany.com/

* Please Like Our PAGE on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/11Briscoe

*Crafts Club.  The 3rd Saturday each month January to October.

 

*If you wish, our regular weekly donations or special donations may be sent to our Envelope Secretary:

 

Barb Smallman

4860 Whiteoak Road

London, Ontario

N6E 3Y8

 

519-680-0649

 

 

 

 

Bible Readings for November 27 2022

 

Audio for November 27 2022

 

Opening: 

 

Invitory:

Alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:

O come, let us worship

 

Almighty God,

 to you all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hidden.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Thematic Prayer:

God of justice and peace,

from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness,

that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder

before your marvelous deeds.

Raise our heads in expectation,

that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord

and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ,

who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Reading  Matthew 24:36-44

24:36 “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

24:37 For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

24:38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,

24:39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man.

24:40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.

24:41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left.

24:42 Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.

24:43 But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into.

24:44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

 

Sermon

Matthew 24:36-44

Have you ever fallen asleep at the wrong time or in the wrong place? 

That’s so embarrassing, but it’s a common experience. 

It’s hard to fight off sleep when your body decides to shut down. 

==

During the 2019 Super Bowl game, 

Karisa Maxwell, 

deputy editor and producer with Sporting News,

 spotted a man sleeping in the stands and took a photo. 

 

She kept an eye on the man 

she reported that he slept through 

the entire first quarter of the game. 

She posted the photo of the Super Bowl sleeper 

and by that evening it had received almost 5 million views.

 

To put this into perspective,

 The average ticket price was between $5,000-$6,000.

 

And yet this fan, 

who was sitting in the thick of all this excitement, 

couldn’t help but fall asleep. (1)

 

It seems like the world can be divided between 

people who have trouble falling asleep, 

and people who have trouble waking up.  

 

I’m not sure which is more annoying.

===

 

Jesus’ warning in our scripture lesson

 can be summed up in two words: wake up!

 

 Jesus spoke these words in Matthew 24

 when

 He knew he wouldn’t be with his disciples much longer. 

 

How would this truth re-order our priorities? 

What would become most important in our lives, 

 what would lose its importance? 

 

Jesus gives us the best example 

of what it means to live every moment 

in hopeful, obedient expectation of God

 working in the world. 

 

The first lesson we learn 

from Jesus’ daily life 

is that he prayed regularly. 

===

like

Pastor and author Bruce Larson 

was talking to a pilot friend

 about a recent plane crash in his area. 

 

The pilot had been flying through fog 

when he crashed into the side of a mountain. 

 

Larson’s pilot friend 

told him that it was a standard part of their training 

to fly up higher in a fog.

 

 They were supposed to rise high enough 

to see over the fog. 

 

As he said,

 “They keep going up until they CAN see.”

==

Larson says that this is the point of prayer too. 

 

The Bible tells us that our thoughts 

are not God’s thoughts, 

and God’s ways are higher than our ways .

 

When we pray and align our hearts and minds 

with the heart and mind of God,

 we are rising above 

our current circumstances 

to see life as God sees it.

====

The second lesson we learn from Jesus’ daily life 

is that he paid attention 

to the needs right in front of him.

 He viewed every moment of life 

as an opportunity from God 

to change people’s lives. 

 

This was Jesus’ nature and his calling. 

 

How can we make it our nature and calling? 

 

That goes back to praying 

in such a way that we align our heart and mind

 with the heart and mind of God. 

 

“What needs has God

 put right in front of me that I can meet?”

==

like

When a natural disaster hits,

 there are plenty of agencies 

that provide emergency supplies

 and food and healthcare.

 

But who is there to provide emotional support to survivors? 

A man named Dave Graham 

is spending his retirement years traveling across the country 

to provide a listening ear 

for survivors of natural disasters. 

 

He quickly realized that he could do good

 if he just listened to people 

who needed to process their emotions 

in a stressful time. 

 

He carries around signs that read “Need to talk?” 

and he looks for people

 who need a listening ear. 

 

He says that he generally keeps his mouth shut. 

but will pray for anyone of any faith who asks him for it. 

Beyond that, he just listens.

===

 

And the final lesson we learn from Jesus’ daily life 

is he never missed an opportunity 

to express love. 

 

It takes boldness to live a lifestyle of love 

in our culture. 

encourages us to put our needs first. 

 

But read through the life of Jesus, 

and you’ll see that he never missed an opportunity

 to give love, 

even when it cost him time and energy 

and his reputation.. 

====

Jesus’ love is still changing the world today.

 

A few years ago,

 Heather Thompson Day was teaching at a college in Michigan. 

 

One of her students, named Shatina, 

didn’t seem interested in the course. 

 

She avoided eye contact with her professor; 

some days she even put her head down on the desk 

and napped a little in class.  

 

One morning when Shatina 

walked into class, 

Thompson Day felt a sudden strong urge 

to give Shatina the money in her wallet.  

 

But Thompson Day brushed it off, 

Professors don’t just give their students money for no reason.

 

 So Thompson Day didn’t follow through with the urge.

 

The following Monday morning, 

Thompson Day asked Shatina to stay after class 

to talk to her. 

 

She pulled $40 from her wallet 

and handed it to the girl., she said, 

she felt she should give her the money 

and she hoped she would accept it. 

 

Shatina began to cry. 

 

She said, 

“Before I stepped in this class, 

I did something I haven’t done in several years.

 I prayed.”

 

Shatina,

it turns out, 

was a single mother who had grown up 

in foster care. 

 

She had no family support for raising her child 

and had a desperate need for diapers.. 

 

Shatina didn’t even believe in God, 

but she didn’t have any other options. 

 

Just before class, 

she had prayed that God 

would provide Shatina with enough money

 to buy diapers for her baby. 

 

And now her professor,

 as answering the prayer 

she prayed to a God 

she didn’t believe in.

===

Jesus has to go away! 

 

And he has challenges us to stay awake,

 to be ready. 

 

The best way 

to be ready is to live our daily lives 

as Jesus lived his: 

 

praying to align our heart and mind with God’s, 

taking care of the needs right in front of us, 

and never missing an opportunity

 to share God’s love with others.

 

Hymn:  Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;From our fears and sins release us,Let us find our rest in Thee.Israel’s strength and consolation,Hope of all the earth Thou art;Dear desire of every nation,Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,Born a child and yet a King,Born to reign in us forever,Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.By Thine own eternal SpiritRule in all our hearts alone;By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again

to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Prayers:

We seek the mighty God

in the most unlikely places

as a child in a stable,

and in an empty tomb.

May God hear these prayers,

which come from the unlikely corners of our lives.

 

 

Prayers: Jamie; Drew T. (Gloria);Maddex; Randy; Rick W.; Shelley and Martin C.; Sharon;  Anne F.; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Linda H.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mathew & Annika;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland;  Clark & Helene.(Suzie D.)  Donna Mc.; (Ron and Jan); Diane; Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane);     Marilyn; Val ; Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);   Joel; Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);     Brooks (Kim); Brian; Linda; Allan;  (Brian G.); Eunice S.; Jean N.; Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; (Church)  Debbie H (Lorenz); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack);  Pat P; Grant K; (Jack & Julie); Jean (Bruce J.); Brian (Jeanne)

 

Give us ears to hear, O God,

and eyes to watch,

that we may know your presence in our midst

during this holy season of joy

as we anticipate the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

As our Savior taught us, let us pray,

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us,

can do infinitely more

than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Prayer:

Unexpected God,

your advent alarms us.

Wake us from drowsy worship,

from the sleep that neglects love,

and the sedative of misdirected frenzy.

Awaken us now to your coming,

and bend our angers into your peace. Amen.

 

Blessing from the Book of Common Prayer:

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

Our Parting Blessing Song:

May God’s blessing surround you each day

As you trust Him and walk in His way

May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

 

Food Cupboard Wish List

 

Here’s an updated wish list for our food cupboard

Brown Beans with or without pork,

Mushroom soup,

Vegetable soup and

Chicken noodle soup,

Canned vegetables except cream corn,

Uncle Bens Rice,

Sidekicks,

Minute Rice,

Pancake Mix (just add water kind),

Pancake Syrup,

Sugar,

Jam,

Cheese Whiz,

Canned fruit,

Any canned meat like Tuna, Flakes of Ham, Chicken or Turkey and luncheon meat.

Laundry soap,

Plus anything else you think of except tomato soup, toilet paper and instant coffee which we luckily have an abundance of.

Thank you  for your generous donations. 

 

Upcoming Raffles

Check out our raffles on our Upcoming Events page.

       O Holy Night Comforter                London Knights Tickets for Feb 24

Reopening our Churches

In Person Services

 

TO ALL: Clergy, Churches, Wardens, Treasurer, Members of Committees, Lay Delegates to Synod, Anglican Fellowship of Prayer Members, Diocesan Staff and Postulants for Ordination

 

Dear friends,

Thank you for your understanding, co-operation and patience over the last 26 months as we have grappled with COVID-19, particularly how to function safely as Christian communities during this time.  While COVID-19 continues to be a consideration in each of our lives, all current diocesan COVID-19 protocols are being removed effective immediately.

There are several important points to mention about this move. Not all parishes are in the same place with regard to the protocols.  Some will feel we are lifting the protocols too soon, some will think we should have done this days, weeks or months ago. I encourage the leadership of each parish (rector and wardens) to take some time to assess the readiness of your congregation for this move, as well as the situation in your community, before you decide how to proceed. You may want to wait before changing protocols in your parish or you may wish to remove some restrictions while keeping others in place.

That said, please note that the diocese continues to highly encourage that all persons continue to wear a mask indoors especially when physical distancing may not be possible or proves to be challenging.  Wearing a mask continues to be the safe thing to do, especially for and on behalf of our vulnerable members. I encourage clergy and other parish leaders to continue to wear masks during services except while performing their leadership roles.  As well, please ask people not to comment on whether others choose to wear a mask or not. Continue to  encourage people to get all the shots they are eligible for and keep promoting social distancing. Also, now that the warmer weather is here, please open the windows and the doors throughout the church whenever people are present in it. A well-ventilated space is a safer space.

It’s increasingly clear the pandemic is not going away any time soon.  While we are lifting these restrictions at this time, it is important to be aware that restrictions could be implemented again if the virus resurges, as it has the two previous falls, after more open summers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with Archdeacon Tanya Phibbs at tphibbs@huron.anglican.ca

Yours in Christ,
+Todd
The Right Reverend Todd Townshend
Bishop of Huron

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Cans for Keanna

Don’t throw out that aluminum. Save it and bring it to Epiphany. Crush it down first if you are able.

 

Service for November 20, 2022

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of our dear Vicki given by her family – The Ozard family

*The Manor Park Evening Post.  Nov. 20. 3:00 pm. $25 fundraiser for the church.  Paul, Katie Grambo. Stephen Adam Kydra. Call Adam for tickets or buy at the door. 519-615-2210.  

*Planning Meeting.  Sunday Nov. 27 after church.

*Stamps for Christmas Cards.  Sheets available.  10 percent discount this year! Thank You! 

*Decorate- Christmas.    Sat. Nov. 26 at 10 a.m.

*White Gift Sunday. Nov. 27. Bring a donation of  food 

*Christmas Star Bazaar. Set up Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. Bazaar Nov. 19.  9:30 to 12:30. Grocery Draw.  Bake Table.  Craft Table.  New Table. White Elephant Table. Donations needed.  Invite folks.

New Years.  Sat. Dec. 31. Doors open at 7:30.  8:30 show.  9:30 light lunch. Music Dance till Midnight.  Denise Pelley.  50/50 draw. 

*New Years Day is a Sunday. Church 1100 a.m. only Minimal service. No early service.  

*Draws: Hilda has tickets. Hilda asks us to take some tickets to sell.  Draws are New Years Eve.

*Handmade Afghan by Heather. Hockey tickets. 2$ /3 for 5$

*Carol Service.  Dec. 4. 7 p.m.  Tea and goodies following.

*Cookie Draw.  Need 6 doz. non gooey cookies Sat. Dec. 3. Tell Sandra. Draw after Carol Service.

*A Christmas Sing a long .  With Stephen.  . Dec. 14  2 p.m. 

*Bible Study.  Tuesday at 10 a.m.  with Rev. Peter.  Daniel.

*Rinsed empty drink containers for Keanna. 

*Food Cupboard.  Thank you everyone! Butch. 519-615-9106. 

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3.

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

 

*The Church Website http://www.thechurchofepiphany.com/

*Please Like Our PAGE on Facebook.      https://www.facebook.com/11Briscoe

*Crafts Club.  The 3rd Saturday each month January to October.

 

 

*If you wish, our regular weekly donations or special donations may be sent to our Envelope Secretary:

 

Barb Smallman

4860 Whiteoak Road

London, Ontario

N6E 3Y8

 

519-680-0649

 

Bible Readings for November 20 2022

 

Audio for November 20 2022

Opening: 

 

Invitory:

Alleluia! The Spirit of the Lord renews the face of the earth:

O come, let us worship

 

Almighty God,

to you all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hidden.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Thematic Prayer:

Almighty God,

You rescue us from our enemies,

that we may serve you without fear.

Strengthen us,

that we may share in the inheritance of the saints

in your kingdom of light. Amen.

Reading   Luke 23:33-43

 

23:33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.

 

23:34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to divide his clothing.

 

23:35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!”

 

23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine,

 

23:37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

 

23:38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

 

23:39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

 

23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?

 

23:41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”

 

23:42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

 

23:43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

 

Sermon

Luke 23:33-43

 

Outside of a well-known town, 

an old, Victorian house 

stood on the corner of a busy intersection. 

 

It hadn’t always been a busy intersection. 

 

When the home was built,

it was one of only a few in the area,

 marked by farmland. 

 

A small, dirt road ran nearby

 but with plenty of space in the yard out front.

 

 However, as we all know, times change.

 

 As the years went by 

and streets were built, traffic increased, 

and the town grew, 

the road inched closer and closer 

to the front door of the home, 

which had long since been abandoned.

 

The windows boarded shut, 

the house in disrepair, 

and the home precariously perched 

upon the corner of the intersection, 

something had to be done. 

 

Either they would need to raze the building,

 move it, 

or renovate it elsewhere on the property.

 

It’s rare that a building is condemned. 

 

When a home is condemned, 

it is no longer livable. 

 

It poses a safety hazard, 

a fire hazard,

 and is structurally no longer sound. 

 

Even if a house has fallen into the saddest of states, 

this often is more cosmetic than structural, 

even if expensive.

 

The decision was made to restore 

and move the house to another location, 

to make it a historical landmark,

 and to create a farming museum. 

 

Wealthy donors contributed, 

the town’s historical society got involved, 

and the house was transported, repaired, and restored. 

 

It has now entered its second life 

as a gift to all who enter.

==

It is the same with people.

Like: 

Justine was a young teen 

when she first began to get into trouble.

 

Her family had experienced difficulties, 

and she found herself acting out 

instead of dealing with her raw emotions. 

 

This went on into her early adulthood 

until one too many offenses 

landed her in prison for a time. 

 

Lost, alone, afraid, and with no hope for a future, 

she resigned herself  to eventual condemnation 

–by others and herself.

 

Then one day, 

a fellow offender

 invited her to take part 

in a Christian Bible group. 

 

She scoffed at first,

 but one day, down and out, 

she decided to give it a try, 

just to relieve herself 

of the monotony of the day for a while.

 

At that meeting, 

the leader read our scripture for today: 

 

He explained that each of the men 

there with Jesus that day were guilty. 

 

But when one saw Jesus for who he was 

and asked him to keep him in mind,

 Jesus immediately made the decision

 to offer him restoration.

 

But he was given the gift of redemption, 

simply because he asked Jesus for it.

 

Justine left that day with her life changed. 

Nothing physically had changed, 

but she had changed. 

 

Hope had been restored. 

 

She finally understood what she needed to do.

 

 She knew she had done wrong. 

She knew she had messed up her life. 

 

And yet, someone, Jesus, 

thought she was worth enough 

to move her to a different place, 

restore her, 

and give her another chance at life. 

 

Justine began to change. 

 

She came at life with renewed energy. 

 

She engaged in college prep courses 

during the remainder of her time in prison. 

 

She went to the Bible group every week.

 

By the time her sentence was up,

 Justine was ready.

 

Today, 

Justine is a lawyer for young women 

who have been incarcerated for juvenile 

and young adult crimes. 

 

She not only helps them legally the best she can,

 but she lets them know that they too 

are worth a second chance 

in the eyes of Jesus, 

a ticket for a different life.

==

Not all of us need to be incarcerated in a prison 

to understand the promise 

that Jesus makes to us, 

if only we will ask him.

 

 The beauty of Jesus 

is that he opens that door to every one of us, 

no matter how guilty we feel. 

 

Jesus is all about restoration.

 

Often, we can get the wrong idea about God. 

We are hard on ourselves 

decide to ourselves

 that God must surely think the same. 

 

God has every desire to “renovate” our spirits, 

 to establish in us a new lease on life.

That is God’s “paradise promise.” 

And we see it in that scripture today with Jesus.

====

The word “paradise” is an unusual one. 

 

In the Septuagint,

 the Greek version of the Hebrew scriptures,

 the word was used for the “Garden of Eden.” 

 

The word “paradeisos” is a Persian loan word,

 meaning pleasure garden. 

 

Within that garden lies the Tree of Life. 

 

We left God’s beautiful Eden, 

once our garden of pleasure, 

and our lives fell into disrepair. 

But God’s goal throughout the entirety of scripture 

has always been to return us to that garden,

 that beautiful place of life, peace, pleasure, and serenity. 

 

When that thief on the cross, 

who knows what he had done, 

turned to Jesus and asked him to remember him,

 to keep him in mind,

when he entered into his kingdom, 

 

Jesus replied,

 “I tell you

 today,

 you will be with me in the “garden of life”.

 

In saying those words,

Jesus offered a condemned man hope,

 the hope for a different, renewed,

 reconstructed life, 

a hope for a new tomorrow,

 a hope that he might have a new chance,

 the hope for eternal life.

The man had done nothing in his life to deserve it. 

 

 He had been condemned justly. 

 

But all of that is erased away by Jesus.

 

Jesus has 

the grace to take our weary, imperfect souls 

and to transfigure them.

==

Many of us suffer in various ways in our lifetime on this earth. 

 

Whether from things we have done 

or from just trying to live on earth,

we carry hurts and disappointments. 

 

And yet Jesus sets us free.

===

We all know the end to this story –resurrection! 

 

Jesus’ life does not end on that cross.

Resurrection,  eternal life are real, 

God’s promise to us is real.

 

Jesus keeps every one of us in mind.

He remembers all of us,

when he enters into that kingdom, 

that place of new life.

 

Does our spiritual house

continue to have value in the eyes of the Lord?

 

YES

May Jesus’ blessing of peace and promise 

KEEP YOU IN PEACE

this day and always.

 

Hymn:  Christ Whose Glory Fills the Sky 

See whose glory fills the skies:
Jesus, the light of the world!
Sun of righteousness, arise:
Jesus, the light of the world!

Refrain:
We’ll walk in the light!
Beautiful light!
Shine where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright. 
Oh, shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus, the light of the world.

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief,
Jesus, the light of the world!
Scatter all my unbelief,
Jesus, the light of the world! 

More and more thyself display,
Jesus, the light of the world!
Shining to the perfect day,
Jesus, the light of the world! [Refrain]

Visit, then, this soul of mine,
Jesus, light of the world!
Fill me, Radiancy divine!
Jesus, the light of the world! 

 

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again

to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Prayers:

As the shepherd who cares for the flock, O God,

you guide all things through Jesus

whom you have exalted over all creation as king.

Hear the prayers we offer in his name

for the creation he cherished

and that you entrust to us.

 

Prayers: Jamie; Drew T. (Gloria);Maddex; Randy; Rick W.; Shelley and Martin C.; Sharon;  Anne F.; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Linda H.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mathew & Annika;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland;  Clark & Helene.(Suzie D.)  Donna Mc.; (Ron and Jan); Diane; Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane);     Marilyn; Val ; Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);   Joel; Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);     Brooks (Kim); Brian; Linda; Allan;  (Brian G.); Eunice S.; Jean N.; Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; (Church)  Debbie H (Lorenz); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack);  Pat P; Grant K; (Jack & Julie); Jean (Bruce J.); Brian (Jeanne)

Look upon your people who rejoice in your justice and mercy,

and grant that the prayers we make

may reveal Christ’s reign in our time. Amen.

 

As our Savior taught us, let us pray,

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done;

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation;

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us,

can do infinitely more

than we can ask or imagine.

Glory to God from generation to generation,

in the Church and in Christ Jesus,

for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Prayer:

O Wellspring of salvation,
we come to you in joy,
for you have heard the prayers of the poor
and raised up the lowly.
Pour out your Spirit
on young and old alike,
that our dreams and visions may bring
justice and peace to the world. Amen.

 

Blessing from the Book of Common Prayer:

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

Our Parting Blessing Song:

May God’s blessing surround you each day

As you trust Him and walk in His way

May His presence within guard and keep you from sin,

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

 

Craft Club 2022

“John Denver” concert a great success

Jeremy Smith sings John Denver 

 

On Sunday July 31st at 2 pm our friend Jeremy Smith – world’s greatest John Denver tribute artist – gave a concert at our little church. The concert was well attended and everyone thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon full of music, something that has been missing from Epiphany since the start of the pandemic. 

Jeremy started off the concert with songs made famous by the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Frankie Valli. This was followed by a gospel tune, a country ballad and a weird by wonderful rendition of Homegrown Tomatoes made famous by Guy Clark. After that Jeremy moved into his strength as a performer, John Denver songs.

It was a great afternoon of music, One we will remember for a long time.

Thanks Jeremy.

Helen Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JOHNSON, Helen

Peacefully on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Helen Eileen Johnson (nee Walker) in her 91st year, passed away surrounded by family. Beloved wife of the late Leonard Johnson and mother of the late Pam Johnson. Survived by her daughter Janet (Scott), her grandchildren Matthew, Andrew and Renee (Jeff), great-grandchildren Dominic and Natalie, her sisters Sheila, Gerrie, Carole and many nieces and nephews. Also remembered by her son-in-law Dave and close family friends Anne, Declan (Phyllis) and Liz. Helen found great joy in her family, friends and spending time at the family’s cottage in Port Bruce.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 1:00-1:45 p.m. at the A. Millard George Funeral Home, 60 Ridout Street South, London where the memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Private inurnment at a later date at Woodland Cemetery, London. In memory of Helen, donations may be made to Church of the Epiphany, 11 Briscoe Street West, London, ON N6J 1L9. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

Connie is 100

Hi Everyone

Here’s some pictures from Connie Chatterton’s 100th birthday

Intro to Ramadan

 

Above is a picture of our friend and neighbour, Nazia along with Rev. Teresa and Judy

 

A few weeks ago our Muslim neighbours Nazia & Humaira (Members of ICNA Sisters London) contacted Epiphany through our website with the following beautiful words.

Rev. Teresa responded and the result was a small informal get together last week. I have added a couple of links at the bottom of this post for those of us who wish to know more about our Muslim neighbours and the celebration of Ramadan.

Greetings of Peace and everlasting Health!

I am writing to you today to express my wish to extend a small symbol of my respect and neighborly love for you and your Church community.  I am a Muslim neighbor of yours and a member of a Muslim women’s organization called ICNA Sisters Canada, and we are reaching out to you in friendship and goodwill.

This year as we celebrate Eid, which is a celebration at the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, we want to share our happiness with you. Islam teaches us, as I believe Christianity does too, to spread love and peace and instructs us to begin with those nearest to us. Moreover, not only are we neighbors but brothers and sisters in the Abrahamic tradition. As Muslims, we honor and recognize the immense love for God the Creator that you, as Christians, have in your hearts and see your dedication to all things good as an example for humanity. If you would like, we would love to drop by and hand you a small Eid gift some time/date to your preference.

 

What is Ramadan

Ramadan Fasting and Traditions

ICNA Sisters