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Service for Jan. 29, 2023

 

The Flowers in the Church are in memory of Leonard Sylvester given by Nephew Stephen Holowitz and Great Nephew Adam Corrigan Holowitz and fondly remembered by Teresa.

*Trivia Night.  Raised $2000 for Aluminum risers for our hall. Thank you to everyone who made this a success! We are off to a strong start in our fundraising campaign. 

*Vestry Sunday. Feb. 5.  Vestry Reports.  Sunday January 29.  

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3.

*Meat Pie available. 5$.   Thank you to all workers.  Veg &meat. 

*Crafts Club.  Join the fun.  The 3rd Sat 10 a..m.

*Pancakes at St. James. Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Cost: $4 for children under 12 , $7 for adults and $20 per family.  Everyone is welcome!  Lets support St. James.

*Ash Wednesday.  Feb. 22.  7:00 p.m.

*St. Patrick’s Day. Friday March 17.  Come at 6:30 to enjoy a beverage and snacks before the show at 7:30. Music by Stephen, Amy, Dave, Grace. Souwesto Kitchen Party follows the show in the Hall till 11 p.m. Corned beef on buns. Veggie meat too! Set Up? Clean up?  Help need! $25.

*Garage/Rummage/Bake Sale.  Sat. May 6.  Sorry we can not store items ahead.  Just no room.

*Denise Pelley and Stephen Holowitz at Epiphany.  Sunday May 7.  2 p.m. 20$  Church fundraiser..

*Penny Social.  Friday May 19.  1:00 set up.  Help very much needed.  Doors at 6:30.  Calling or Drawing at 7:30.

*Epiphany Emporium.  Manor Park Community Market/Crafters Show and Sale. Saturday June 17. Pop Up Sale.  Set Up Friday June 16.  10 a.m. till 3 p.m.

*Jeremy Smith in Concert.  John Denver.  Sunday July 30 at 2:00  !

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

*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

*World Day of Prayer.  March 3

 

 

*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 January 29 2023

 

Audio Service for January 29 2023

 

 

Opening: 

 

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:

Perfect Light of revelation,
as you shone in the life of Jesus,
whose epiphany we celebrate,
so shine in us and through us,
that we may become beacons of truth and compassion,
enlightening all creation with deeds of justice and mercy. Amen

 

Reading Matthew 5:1-12

5:1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.

5:2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

5:11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

5:12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

  

Sermon

Matthew 5:1-12

At the start of today’s Gospel reading

 

The crowds have grown. 

 

Jesus had been in Galilee for a while now, 

         speaking, healing,

                   and calling his disciples to follow him.

 

 The leaders from Jerusalem 

        certainly had their spies keeping an eye on him, 

               but with the crowds he was gathering, 

                   all they could do right now was watch and listen. 

 

Wherever Jesus went, 

   there were always a few Pharisees and Sadducees

        We can read Good Religious People 

              in the crowd

                looking for things he might do or say

                       they could use against him 

                             when  they did finally get the chance.

Today, Jesus is walking along the road .

 

 Along with his disciples,

       there was a large group of people following him, 

               more coming down the roads from all directions. 

 

Jesus looked around for a spot open enough  

                 to hold everyone 

                          Jesus found a place to sit down.

 

Jesus began speaking. 

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, 

       for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

The folks  knew poor in spirit. 

 

When Jesus said it,

          most of the crowd turned and glanced

                   at  the little group of Pharisees and Sadducees. 

 

Those guys defined rich in spirit.

 

The Pharisees and Sadducees 

           stood out from the crowd. 

                

They were proud of their faith 

            because they knew that their faith 

                                       was the right faith.

 

Their spirits were anything but poor. 

 

If you want to follow Jesus, 

            you have to be humble, ordinary. 

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Next: 

Blessed are those who mourn.

 

Everyone mourns at some point, 

 

But also Jesus means

 Blessed are those who look at the world

                                    and they mourn. 

 

Their heart aches at how 

           some are being treated; 

                 even the ones

                        they  do not know..

                               they will never meet. 

 

They mourn. 

          In their pain,

               they are blessed.

 

Jesus says

             Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness.

 

In other words, 

   You are blessed when you long for justice,

              A loving world.

 

Blessed are the merciful.

        Jesus was asking that when you look around you

                 at other people, 

 

do you try to see them through their eyes 

           try to understand who they are 

                     why they are where they are?

 

When someone clearly makes a mistake, 

               do you define them by that mistake

                      or try to understand what led to it happening 

                          and try to understand there is more to that person

                                 than that one mistake? 

 

Pharisees lived in a simple world. 

        You either agreed with them 

                 and followed the biblical laws

                           and were right 

 

                             or you broke the biblical laws 

                                                       and were wrong.

 

 Jesus said you have to be understanding.

             Merciful.

 

Next: 

         Blessed are the pure in heart.

 

Jesus knew that no one in that crowd was pure.

 

 But he knew that even those who made mistakes 

               could have the very best of intentions;

                         they could be pure in heart.

 

We all make mistakes. 

 

But some, 

          once again giving a nod to the Pharisees and Sadducees,

                  some are never quite what they present themselves to be. 

 

They approach you as a friend 

           But watch for ways to attack you.

 

 They speak of justice and love 

          Then pounce on you 

                       when you slip- up.

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 Some people are always planning and plotting.

 

 Everything they do is a step 

        to position themselves for some next step 

                  on their list. 

 

They may seem to care about someone or something, 

                                                  but there are reasons.

 

 They may seem to  have hearts of compassion, 

                but that compassion is there

                         to help them achieve something else.

 

Jesus said blessed are the pure of heart….

 

Blessed are the peacemakers.

 

We realize that when we talk about peace, 

          we might be talking about peace between countries,

                   or peace between people in town,

                               or even just peace in our families.

 

 But regardless, 

             we are all in support of peace. 

 

We try to get along with people. 

 

We go out of our way to even

               be polite to those folks 

                       we had an  argument with before.. 

 

We don’t hang out together,

       but if we happen to bump into each other at church 

            or something we are polite. 

 

           We support peace.

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 But Jesus did not say, 

            “Blessed are those who support peace.” 

 

He said peacemakers. 

 

Blessed are those who do the things

             that are required to do to create peace,

                     to bring peace where there is now no peace. 

 

Blessed are those who make peace happen.

 

Sure, we think:

    Hey, I’m just here where I live. 

 

I don’t have the power to make countries quit fighting. 

 

I’ll vote for the person I think might do that, 

           but what else can I do? 

 

But  there are still a few opportunities for peacemaking

                          within our reach such as broken relationships.

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Remember, 

            Jesus didn’t say that we’re blessed 

                  if we do our best to be polite, 

 

or if we say that we’ll stop calling 

          that other person names, 

 

or that we’ll accept their apology 

                        if and when they offer it. 

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Jesus said blessed are those 

                  who do make peace happen. 

 

Blessed are those who don’t just hope for it 

                               or wait for someone to offer it, 

                                   but those who get up in the morning 

                                     and spend their day to make peace happen.

==

This is the basis of the passing of the peace in church.

 

The peace is based in the idea that

  “if you have any broken relationships 

         or have anyone with whom you are at odds,

                    go and make it right 

                      and then come forward to Christ’s table.”

 

Imagine a person hopping  in their car 

            Going to find those folks

                     they needed to patch things up with 

                                 before they came back to communion?

 

Blessed are those

           who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,

                      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Jesus knew what the crowd was thinking.

 

If they actually did the things

                 he was telling them to do,

 

if they were really as different

                as he said they needed to be,

 

                they were going to end up in a heap of trouble. 

 

Even way up there in Galilee,

           if you went against the temple leaders long enough

                               they would find out and come and get you.

 

 You could get arrested. 

 

 For crying out loud, 

          you could even end up being crucified. 

 

If Jesus had a modern day public relations person

  among his disciples, 

           he probably would have suggested that Jesus 

              speak this last one really, really fast, 

 

like those things at the end 

                 of a drug commercial on television.

 

 Yes, they could be persecuted,

                  we really ought to warn them, 

                                but let’s tell them really quickly

 

. That’s why this whole thing is so darned difficult.

 

Being a follower of Jesus of Nazareth

                 is not a difficult thing to understand. 

 

But:

Following Jesus

        Living the beatitudes

             might be the most difficult thing

                      we’ve ever tried to do, 

 

Hymn: Alleluia Sing to Jesus 

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
His the scepter, his the throne;
Alleluia! His the triumph,
His the victory alone.
Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
Thunder like a mighty flood.
Jesus, out of every nation,
Has redeemed us by his blood.

Alleluia! Not as orphans
Are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us;
Faith believes nor questions how.
Though the cloud from sight received him
When the forty days were o’er,
Shall our hearts forget his promise,
“I am with you evermore”?

Alleluia! Heavenly High Priest,
Here on earth our help, our stay;
Alleluia! Hear the sinful
Cry to you from day to day.
Intercessor, friend of sinners,
Earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea,
Where the songs of all the sinless
Sweep across the crystal sea.

Alleluia! King eternal,
You the Lord of lords we own:
Alleluia! born of Mary,
Earth your footstool, heaven your throne:
You within the veil, have entered,
Robed in flesh, our great High Priest:
By your Spirit, left us heavenward,
In the Eucharistic feast!

 

 

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:

Sisters and brothers,

let us lift our hearts in faith

to the one who hears all prayers

and holds close all those in need.

 

Prayers: Hope (Marilyn B.) Jay P.; Maddex; Randy; Rick W.; Shelley and Martin C.; Sharon;  Anne F.; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Sarah-Jane P.; Linda H.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mathew & Annika;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland;  Helene.(Suzie D.)  Gloria; Eunice S.; Jean N.; Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Evelyn Mc; (Church)  Walter; Joel; Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);  Ella D., Keanna, Nancy (Dan & Sue); Donna Mc.; (Ron and Jan); Jamie; Drew T. (Gloria); Diane; Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane);     Marilyn; Val ; Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);       Brian; Linda; Allan;  (Brian G.); 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)

 

Holy God, you gather the whole universe

into your radiant presence

and continually reveal your Son as our Savior.

Bring healing to all wounds,

make whole all that is broken,

speak truth to all illusion,

and shed light in every darkness,

that all creation will see your glory and know your 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 based on Scripture for today:

God our deliverer,

you walk with the meek and the poor,

the compassionate and those who mourn,

and you call us to walk humbly with you.

When we are foolish, be our wisdom;

when we are weak, be our strength;

that, as we learn to do justice

and to love mercy,

your rule may come as blessing. 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.

Service for Jan. 22, 2023

 

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a dear Mother Marion and Father Jack Plumridge given with love by the children and grandchildren.

*Thank you for Preaching Rev. Peter.

*Vestry Sunday. Feb. 5.  Vestry Reports.  Sunday January 29.  

*We paid our apportionment.  Thank you!

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3.

*Meat Pie Making. Saturday January 28 at 10 a.m. Help needed!.   ( Friday January 27 prepare filing.) 5$.   Order list. Veg and meat. 

*Crafts Club.  Join the fun.  The 3rd Sat 10 a..m.

*Ash Wednesday.  Feb. 22. 

*St. Patrick’s Day. Friday March 17.  Come at 6:30 to enjoy a beverage and snacks before the show at 7:30. Music by Stephen, Amy, Dave, Grace. Souwesto Kitchen Party follows the show in the Hall till 11 p.m. Corned beef on buns. Veggie meat too! Set Up? Clean up?  Help need! $25.

*Garage/Rummage/Bake Sale.  Sat. May 6.  Sorry we can not store items ahead.  Just no room.

*Denise Pelley and Stephen Holowitz at Epiphany.  Sunday May 7.  2 p.m. 20$  Church fundraiser..

*Penny Social.  Friday May 19.  1:00 set up.  Help very much needed.  Doors at 6:30.  Calling or Drawing at 7:30.

*Epiphany Emporium.  Manor Park Community Market/Crafters Show and Sale. Saturday June 17. Pop Up Sale.  Set Up Friday June 16.  

*Jeremy Smith in Concert.  John Denver.  Sunday July 30 at 2:00  !

* Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

  *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

*World Day of Prayer.  March 3

*Trivia.  Saturday January 21. 7 till 10.  $10. To Buy Aluminum risers for the Hall.

 

*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 January 22 2023

 

Audio Service for January 22 2023

 

Opening: 

 

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:

O God,

you spoke your word

and revealed your good news in Jesus, the Christ.

Fill all creation with that word again,

so that by proclaiming your joyful promises to all nations

and singing of your glorious hope to all peoples,

we may become one living body,

your incarnate presence on the earth. Amen.

 

Reading Matthew 4:12-23

4:12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee.

4:13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,

4:14 so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

4:15 “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles

4:16 the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

4:17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

4:18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen.

4:19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”

4:20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

4:21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.

4:22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Sermon

Matthew 4:12-17

 

Baby Boomers will probably remember

 the name of the rock star Alice Cooper. 

 

Alice Cooper was the first “shock -rock” act.

 

He used to parade on stage with makeup and live snakes –a pretty raunchy act. 

A few years ago his career received quite a boost when he appeared in the movie WAYNE’S WORLD. 

The scene everyone remembers is where Wayne and Garth have a chance meeting with Mr. Cooper, and they fall to their knees in worship, saying, “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy.”

 

Alice Cooper’s long and successful career is the epitome of everything that critics hate about rock-n-roll. 

He has glorified rebellion, immorality, idolatry, and excess like practically no other rock artist. 

Considering this, many people were surprised when it was announced that Alice Cooper had converted to Christianity.

 He gave his life to Christ, and is now involved in a Bible church in Phoenix, Arizona. 

He even sings in the choir and volunteers to help at church dinners. 

Cooper is keeping a low profile and concentrating on growing in Christ, and finding out what his next step should be as a disciple of Jesus. 

When asked if he was ashamed to say he believed in Jesus Christ, the rock star replied with a confident “no.”

 

“People talk about Alice being a rebel — there was never more of a rebel than Jesus Christ,” he said. “You wanna talk about a rebel — he was the ultimate.”

 

Cooper has been outspoken about his religious awakening for quite some time. 

In a 2018 interview with New York Daily News, he said: “My wife and I are both Christian. My father was a pastor, my grandfather was an evangelist. I grew up in the church, went as far away as I could from it — almost died — and then came back to the church.”

 

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People whom we would never have thought of having a religious conversion have found meaning in the person of Jesus.

 

When Jesus heard that John was in prison, Matthew tells us, he withdrew to Galilee. 

“From that time,” Matthew continues, “Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 

Repent! What an important word for our time. It simply means, turn around. Alice Cooper turned around. 

And many of us would profit from taking Jesus’ words seriously–turn around. 

 

But how? How do we make a new start? How do we make a new beginning?

 

WE BEGIN BY TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR LIVES. 

This is one mark of a mature person, and it is the mark of the person for whom there is hope–we quit blaming our situation or our family, or our boss, or our spouse. 

We point the finger of responsibility squarely at ourselves.

 

A few years ago, Dr. John Trent received a letter from a fellow who had suffered a few hard knocks in life.

 This man insisted that all his problems in life stemmed from his lack of hair. 

It seems that ever since he started going bald, his life had fallen apart. 

He had been divorced three times. 

Seems his obsession with his hair had driven away at least one of those wives.

 He wasn’t doing well in his sales job. 

Surely if he had more hair he would be making more sales. 

He had undergone two sessions of hair implants, but neither of them gave him enough hair to restore his lost confidence.

 He would be successful in business and happy in his marriage if only he had more hair. (2 )

This man sorely needs to get on with his life. 

Some of the most successful men who have ever lived have been–how shall we say it?– “follically-challenged.”

 

But before we can make any important change in our life, 

we must take responsibility for our lives.

 

THE SECOND STEP IS TO TURN TO JESUS. 

We have made the point before: It is almost impossible to make significant changes in our life by simply willing those changes. 

It will seem as if every molecule in our body is seeking to resist. 

No, change happens when we turn our lives to Jesus and allow him to work his life-changing purpose within.

 

Like:

 Dr. Richard Dawson learned serving in the British Army during World War I. 

Dawson spent some time in a brutal Japanese prison camp. 

Daily, he watched soldiers dying of treatable illnesses. 

Most of the illnesses and infections came from drinking contaminated water in the rivers and swamps near the camp. 

A little stomach virus, some dehydration—

all perfectly treatable during peace time–meant certain death in the prison camp.

 

One day, 

Dr. Dawson remembered a piece of advice someone once told him: the water inside of an unripe coconut is almost always sterile. 

Coconuts grew in abundance around the banks of the swamps. 

Dr. Dawson began cutting down coconuts 

and using the water inside for his dehydrated men.

 Soon, many of the men recovered their health.

 

Dr. Dawson marveled at the fact that those coconuts,

full of pure, sterile water,

 grew beside contaminated swamps and rivers.

 Evidently, the root system of the tree took in contaminated water–which was killing the men—

and turned it into something pure and life-giving. 

 

That is  what Jesus does in our lives. 

Like the coconut water giving life, 

Jesus gives us a love and an acceptance.

 

That gives us life, when we come to him.

Come to me He says.

 

That is what Christ does for us. 

Christ sees us as the person we can be, the beautiful person Christ created us to be, and Christ makes it possible for us to start over. 

The world turns around for us.

 

We find new hope, new purpose, new vitality

 

But there’s one more step: 

Life comes  WE JOIN CHRIST’S FAMILY. 

Here is where many people miss out on the joy of Christian living—

they try to go it alone. 

This is why we often say I miss going to church.  

I miss being with my family.

 

The second thing we know is that the kingdom has to do with community. 

It has to do with God’s people. 

It has to do with the body of Christ, 

which is the church. 

When we give our lives to Christ, 

we become part of his family. 

We become responsible for one another.

 

 And that helps us become what Christ has called us to become.

 

 

. We are now under new management.

.. Become part of his team, his family today.

 

Hymn:  Just A Closer Walk With Thee

 I am weak but Thou art strong
Jesus keep me from all wrongI’ll be satisfied as longAs I walk, let me walk close to Thee

Just a closer walk with TheeGrant it, Jesus, is my pleaDaily walking close to TheeLet it be, dear Lord, let it be

When my feeble life is o’erTime for me will be no moreGuide me gently, safely o’erTo Thy kingdom’s shore, to Thy shore

Just a closer walk with TheeGrant it, Jesus, is my pleaDaily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be 

 

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:

To God who welcomes all in love,
let us pray for the good of the church
and the concerns of those in need.

Prayers:  Hope (Marilyn B);  Jay P.; Maddex; Randy; Rick W.; Shelley and Martin C.; Sharon;  Anne F.; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Sarah-Jane P.; Linda H.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mathew & Annika;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland;  Clark & Helene.(Suzie D.)  Gloria; Eunice S.; Jean N.; Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Evelyn Mc; (Church)  Walter; Joel; Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);  Ella D., Keanna, Nancy (Dan & Sue);  Donna Mc.; (Ron and Jan); Jamie; Drew T. (Gloria); Diane; Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane);     Marilyn; Val ; Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);       Brian; Linda; Allan;  (Brian G.); 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)

 

God of every land and nation,

you have created all people

and you dwell among us in Jesus Christ.

Listen to the cries of those who pray to you,

and grant that, as we proclaim the greatness of your name,

all people will know the power of love at work in the world.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. 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 based on Scripture for today:

God of Blazing light,

through the power of the cross you shattered our darkness,

scattering the fears that bind us

and setting us free to live as your children.

Give us courage and conviction

that we may joyfully turn and follow you

into new adventures of faithful service,

led by the light that shines

through Jesus Christ our Savior. 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.

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

“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.

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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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

All Saints Safe Home

All Saints

At the firehall three bells indicates all safe home. At Epiphany on all saints day we ring our bell as each name on our All Saints list is read. When everyone’s name has been read we ring the bell three times to indicate all safe home.

Here is our All Saints List

Rae Whittington

Stan Whittington

Catherine Whittington

Billy Whittington

Barb and Ross Turner

Bill and Mary Whale

Les and Ethel Whittington

Robert and Marjorie Williams

Robert Williams

Lindsay Williams

James and Susan Whittington

Burt and Goldie Black

Russ Bell

Jack Davies

Ken O’Liari

Eleanor O’Liari

Keith Lindsay

Gerald, Doug, Robert

Randy and Ricky Gillan

Leo and Catherine Corrigan Patrick Corrigan

Diane Buie

Ben and Gert Smallman

Stew and Molly Tack

Helen Jamieson

Cameron and Jean Stewart

Douglas Stewart

Marion Lyons

Don McColl

Mildred McColl

Melba and Tony Zanni

Glenn Whittington

Betty Whittington

Susan Christensen

Janet Whalls

Fred and Janet Haskell

Laura Freeman

Mary, John and David Sylvester

George and Delores Walker

Bob Bonnell

Ernie, Thelma, Bill and Helen Brereton

Theo Joyes

Annie and Howard Aldington

Vic Thompson

Kathy Roedding

Tracy Aldington

Keith and Doreen Winterton

Bert and Mabel Winterton

John and Alta Wilson

Florence and Bill Brock

Ellen Brereton

Joe Bowman

Cliff Varey

Ted Varey

Peter Scott

Jean-Pierre Tremblay

Daniel and Helen Bonner

Florence and Willis Ball

Ev Sweet

Robert “Bob” Cyril England

Phyllis Mennell

Joyce Gillan

Donald Hawkins

June Ball

Dianne Walker Barfett

Lisa Aldington

Raymona Joyes

Fred Bowman

Norman Watterton

Monneen Elliott

Jim Maguire

Norma June Barr

Sonia O’Donnell

Esther Holowitz

Junne Boucher

Jeanne Heighway

Fred and Esther Holowitz

Valerie Jean Lenore Nesbitt

Fred and Marion Rice

Mary Bosley

Helen Johnson

Shine a Blue Light – In honour of Alexandra Stemp

 

Shine a Blue Light

 

It’s not what you want to think about

this time of year

It’s not what you want to think about

ever

but here it is, an exquisite young life

cut short

by unimaginable tragedy

This beautiful young girl,

lost

the result of a terrible accident.

 

What could be better for a young girl

than a Girl Guide Brownie meeting

with friends, teachers, leaders?

Who could have known a safe

supervised walk home would result

in such tragedy?

 

Light up a blue candle.

Shine a blue spotlight on your porch.

Tie a blue ribbon on your lamp post.

Say a prayer for little Alexandra;

and another for her family;

and another for the emergency crews

that attended and gave such loving care

to little Alexandra.

And, find it in your heart

to say another for the driver of the car

that ended a bright young life

in such a tragic way.

Our Prayers go out to our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

 

 

The Church of the Epiphany the Little Church that Cares has lowered the flag in our Cenotaph in honour of our Muslim brothers and sisters who were so senselessly attacked recently in our great city.

Our Prayers go out for you

 

 

Our prayers

Our prayers are for the young and the innocent.

Our prayers are for the souls leaving us too soon

                                                way to early.

Our prayers are for the lonely

                                    for the souls left behind.

Our prayers are for the grief, for the tears

                                    for the sadness.

Our prayers are for time

                                    time to heal

                                    time to love

                                    time to remember all that is good.

Our prayers are for you

                                    for the laughter

                                    for the happiness

                                    for the joy yet to come.

Our prayers are for you.

 

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