The Prelude by Stephen Holowitz and Paul Stevenson, Scripture and Reflection and Hymn are available on the audio file below. Or you can read the text version. Thank you Adam for your technical help and for leading our hymn.
Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!
May our Lord’s grace and peace be with you.
May Our Lord fill our hearts with joy.
Acts 1:6-14 (251)
1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?”
1:7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.
1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
1:9 When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.
1:10 While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.
1:11 They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.
1:13 When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.
1:14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. –
Sermon based in Acts 1:6-14
There is a well known story.
Ivan Denisovich endured the horrors of a Soviet prison camp. One day he is praying with his eyes closed when a fellow prisoner noticed him. The other prisoner said mockingly, “Prayers won’t help you get out of here any faster.” Opening his eyes, Ivan answered, “I do not pray to get out of prison but That I may do the will of God.”
Prayer is always important. In Acts we read “All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer.”
In Acts we also read” So when the disciples had come together, they asked the risen Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” When will the kingdom of love come.
There are cartoons called “Pot Shots.” There is one: Two people with walking sticks in hand are climbing a mountain in knee-deep snow. The caption reads: “Keep Climbing Upwards! You may never reach the top, but it’s definitely in that direction.”
That could be an ad for Christianity, for following Christ. We have to continue to work toward unity and understanding – That is the Kingdom of Love. We may never reach the Kingdom of God’s Love, but by working toward it, at least we’ll be going in the right direction.
In Acts Jesus promises: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses.” Witnesses of Love.
Love, is so difficult…Like a story:
An rabbi once asked his pupils how they could tell when the night had ended and the day had begun. “Could it be,” asked one student, “when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it’s a sheep or a dog?” “No,” answered the rabbi. Another asked, “Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it’s a fig tree or a peach tree?” “No,” answered the rabbi. “Then when is it?” the pupils demanded.
The Rabbi answered “It is when you can look on the face of any person and see that it is your sister and brother. Because if you cannot see this, it is still night.”
In other words when you can witness that in God’s light, we are all of us, brothers and sisters. When we can see everyone on earth is one family; when we can understand that we are connected deeply, that to help another anywhere on earth is to help us….
In Acts we also read:
As they were watching, Jesus was lifted up, a cloud took him up out of their sight.
he was going, they were gazing up toward heaven…
Now, Sometimes we think this is silly, to think heaven is up. But then again…think of this…
When Humans were still traveling to the moon there was an astronaut, named David Scott, who looked up into the heavens at the planet he was from. As he stepped outside his spacecraft, on to the moon’s surface, he said, “I can look straight up and see the earth.” At the same time, millions of People heard these words on their radios and TV’s, they could look straight up to see the moon. From the moon above, you could look “up” and see the earth below. And from the earth below, you could look “up” and see the moon above.
Maybe in our universe, to go anywhere else, to another realm, we go up. Maybe to talk about going up is not silly, it is simply true.
While Jesus was going, they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two persons in white robes stood by them. The persons in white robes said, “So, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? He is coming back…
The friends of Jesus get caught looking up, instead of getting on with living…with loving….it is like that sometimes.
Is this the first time someone said, as Oliver Wendall Holmes did, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good?”
Were the angels sent to remind the disciples that they have work to do, to stop looking up, to get going?
WE all have something to contribute in life. We may not think we do, but we do…
Like a story:
Folks of a seacoast town watched the village smith day after day as he painstakingly wrought every link of a great chain he was forging. They wondered at such care being taken on such an ordinary thing like a chain. But the craftsman worked on.
Eventually the chain was attached to a great anchor on the deck of an ocean vessel. For months it was never put to use. But one day the vessel was disabled by a breakdown in its steering gear while nearing the coast in a storm. Only a secure anchorage could prevent the vessel from being driven onto the rocky coast.
Thus the fate of the ship and hundreds of passengers depended on the strength of that chain. No one knew of the care and skill that had been lavished on each link of that chain by an obscure smith doing his best. Lo and behold, the chain held, both the ship and its passengers and crew were saved. The blacksmith had saved many lives that day. But no one knew him, or even thought of him. He received no credit, not thanks…
That is like us, every day we live, and we don’t know what we have done for Love …
We pray to do the will of God, we Keep Climbing Upwards striving for the Kingdom of Love, where we know everyone everywhere is our family.
Our Prayers are asked for:
Avery; Ralph; Linda Melanie; Marlene; Pam; Zaden; Kendra; Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie Nancy & Clyde; Sylvia; Sharon; Jim; Mary; Keanna, Ella; Alex; Sonia; Evelyn; Marion; Mark; Dan; Alanna; Howe; Jeff; Brian; Doug; Alex, Gord; Jim . Jack; Pat; Grant; Kathy; Lynda; Aunt Frankie; Diane; Jean; Michael; Ola and Roman; Mildred; Brian; Belinda,; Kim; Edie; Ross; Francis & Bill ; Jeff; Diana, Ian, Edna, Matthew & Annika; Evie & Rodger; Darrin; Joanna; John & Lynda; Val; Grace; Craig; Erika.
We remember and pray for Michael, for all who mourn his passing, especially his family and friends.
Creator of the universe, the light of your glory shines in the
darkness of our lives. Make us attentive to your presence,
prompt to serve you, and ever eager to follow in the steps of
the one who is our true light, Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.
Epiphany Announcements for May 24:
The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a dear husband and father Don Hawkins, given by Carole Hawkins and family.
Pop Cans for Keanna. Exciting News! Keanna is in the early stages of getting a work up to have a kidney transplant at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto! We are very appreciative of all the pop cans, and other returnable for deposit containers, to help with expenses in Toronto. Eventually when transplant happens we will be in Toronto for up to eight weeks! Thanks for your continued support! The Shrubsall Family. Contact info: Sara Shrubsall – email@example.com
*Pastoral Phone Calls. In these unusual times, Please do not hesitate to call. To chat, to share, to touch base. Teresa
*Our thanks to the people who are continuing their envelope givings because the church expenses continue, even while we are not at weekly worship.. If you wish, if you are able, you may mail your donation to:
Mrs.Barb Smallman. Envelope secretary
4860 White Oak Road
*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany. Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare. Let’s all keep up our Good Work!
As our Saviour 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,
All 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.
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,
Even though we are not attending our church as usual we wish to acknowledge and remember the loved ones who are no longer with us. We will continue to do this through our weekly “Flowers in the Sanctuary” program
Flowers in the Sanctuary for May 24
The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a dear husband and father Don Hawkins, given by Carole Hawkins and family
Here’s a link to some recorded audio services at our Mother Church St James Wesminster. Thanks to the St James worship team; Rev Keith Nethery, Steve Holowitz, Paul Stevenson, Paul Grambo, Shen Jones, Victoria Piovesan, Gerry Adams, Hana Scorrar and Keith Nethery. Thanks also to our friend John who serves as recording engineer. Please sit back and enjoy some spiritual renewal time.
It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you that effective immediately all services at Epiphany have been put on hold. We don’t anticipate gathering before the upcoming Easter Weekend. Please keep you and your loved ones safe. Our prayers are with you and everyone affected by the Covid-19 virus pandemic outbreak.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our little angel of 5 years, Olivia Marie Formosa, on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Olivia was an old soul, loving, smiling and singing Frozen and Frozen 2 songs through her biggest battles. ‘Liv’ was the cherished daughter of Brooke Formosa and Zachary Mayer and adoring sister of Paisley. Precious granddaughter of Lino & Kari Formosa, Mary Mayer and Robert Cubrt and great granddaughter of Mary & the late Arthur Formosa, Donald & the late Patricia Moore, Phillip & the late Sue Mayer. Treasured niece of Sarah and Katie Formosa and Brandon Mayer. She was a feisty, unforgettable and magical beacon to her family, friends and community. A private family visiting will be held with a proper celebration of Olivia’s life to be announced at a later date. The HAYCOCK-CAVANAGH FUNERAL HOME, 409 Nelson Street in Wallaceburg has been entrusted with funeral arrangements. If desired, remembrances to Childcan, The Childhood Cancer Research Association may be left at the funeral home 519.627.3231. Online tributes may be left at www.CavanaghFuneralHome.ca The family would like to thank the community and especially the angels of the Children’s Hospital – London Health Sciences Centre, Sick Kids Toronto, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Holland Bloorview Rehab Centre and Ronald McDonald House for their outpouring of love and support.
Published on May 2, 2020
The community came together on Tuesday for a touching tribute and celebration for a brave local girl, who has received her angel wings.
Olivia Formosa passed away at her home in Wallaceburg on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
She was five-years-old.
Olivia inspired many, was a fighter and showed tremendous courage during a three year battle with brain cancer.
Shortly after Olivia turned two years old, doctors found a mass that surrounded her cerebellum, her brain stem and down into her spinal cord.
Over the past few years, Olivia underwent multiple procedures.
She returned home from the hospital on Monday.
To honour Olivia and support her family, a special celebration of life cruise took place in Wallaceburg on Tuesday evening.
Over 450 vehicles packed the parking lot outside of the former Sobey’s building on McNaughton Avenue. Bicycles, ATV’s, cars, trucks and emergency service vehicles drove in a parade down Albert Street and by the Wallaceburg Christian School, where the Formosa family gathered.
Some of Olivia’s favourite characters, Princess Elsa, Anna and Cinderella were present and waving as the cruise drove by Olivia’s family.
Honking horns could be heard throughout the entire neighborhood as the parade participants tried to make the parade a fitting tribute to Olivia.
Wallaceburg resident Madison Bembridge, a friend of the Formosa family, told the Sydenham Current she has known Brooke Formosa, Olivia’s mother, for a few years, as her child Scarlett used to have play dates with Olivia, as they were only a few months apart in age.
“When I heard about Livie getting sick, I was heartbroken,” Bembridge said.
“I’ve followed her journey and prayed that she would fight this. After three long years of battling, God decided that it was time for Livie to gain her angel wings and go up to heaven.”
Bembridge added: “Olivia has touched many hearts and Brooke is a strong will-powered mom, who did the best she could through this hard battle. Livie is a warrior. She was a strong, beautiful little girl. She fought her battle till the very end. Fly high sweet angel.”
The Chatham-Kent Police Service traffic unit was supportive of the event, helping to organize the blockades and direct traffic during the celebration cruise.
Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services Station #3 Wallaceburg firefighters and Chatham-Kent EMS paramedics were also present to show their support.
Our newly elected Bishop Todd Townshend visited Epiphany Sunday March 1st. The Bishop praised our congregation for the fine outreach we do for our local community. He also congratulated Rev Teresa for her 15 years of outstanding service at the Church of the Epiphany.
One of Bishop Townshend’s official duties was to bless and officially dedicate our new lectern given by Bob, Linda and Christine Aldington in memory of daughter/sister Lisa.
Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Friday, February 21, 2020, Margarete Haussner of London in her 85th year.
Wife of the late Roland Haussner (2004). Loving mother of Birgit Price (late Randall) and Rainer Haussner. Cherished Oma of Wendy and Michael, great Oma of Zackery, Jade, Tristan, Taylar, Draven, Savannah, Kyra, Zander and Liley and great great Oma of Audrey. Predeceased by her brother Helmut.
A celebration of Margarete”s life will be held at Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St., London, Ontario (between Colborne & Waterloo St.), on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior.
Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Margarete are asked to consider the charity of your choice.