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Sunday October 25

Epiphany Service For October 25, 2020.

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Jan’s father – Donald McColl and Ron’s family – Cameron, Jean and Douglas Stewart given by Jan and Ron Stewart.

Audio for Oct 25 Service

Announcements:

*All Saints.  November 1.  Please bring the people you wish to pray for on a paper to deposit in a basket or email them to me.  Teresa

*Bible Study.  Tuesday’s 10 till 11.  Mask..Social Distance.

*Take Out Beef Dinner/ Beyond Meatloaf?  Due to rise in costs, $25.00.  Would you like this? Email or tell Teresa.

*Keanna.  There are nightly updates on facebook. [ https://www.facebook.com/sarashrubsall ]. We are praying hard, and saving our pop cans for extra family expenses.

*In place of in person visiting, please feel free to call and chat.  If it is preferable, email or email to arrange a time for a call.  Teresa

*Apportionment: Jar $230 + 6.25!  Thank you to all giving In various ways, weekly in our envelopes etc.

*Food Cupboard.   Butch. 519-615-9106.

*Remembrance Day this year. We will have a short ceremony on Nov 11 at the church.  We will listen to the broadcast on CBC radio. Lower the flag. This way we will have a ceremony to keep the tradition of a service of Remembrance every year since the end of WWI at the church of the Epiphany intact.

 *There are three ways to contribute at Epiphany : Prayer for the church; Help at events; donations if possible. Our Lord knows us.

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare.   Let’s all keep up our Good Work!

Opening:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,

be with you all.

And also with you

Matthew 22:34-46

22:34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together,

22:35 and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.

22:36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”

22:37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

22:38 This is the greatest and first commandment.

22:39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

22:41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question:

22:42 “What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.”

22:43 He said to them, “How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying,

22:44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet”‘?

22:45 If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?”

22:46 No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Sermon

If someone were to say to us

“Give it to me in a nutshell!” 

We would know they mean

make it short, brief, easy to grasp.

That’s what Jesus does for all time

In today’s Gospel Incident

Jesus gives it to us

in a nutshell.

The question?

Teacher, which commandment is the greatest?”

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Rudolf Bultmann a well known theologian puts it this way:

Bultman says:

This reading asks, “What, does God want us to do?.

Bultman answers:

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself!”

Also: “You shall love the Lord your God

 with all your heart and with all your soul

and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mk. 12:28-34)

 Love has to prove itself

in the concrete situation of relating to another being.

Bultman points out that this story

In Luke (10:29-37),

 Makes the relating to another

 clear by combining the story of the Good Samaritan

together with  Jesus’ discussion of the greatest commandment.

The demand of  love surpasses every legal demand;

Love knows no boundary of limit;

love holds up one’s enemy (Mt. 5:43-48).

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Love is the very nature of God.

Love is the very foundation of our faith.

It is truly love

in a literal sense that makes

the world as it is

.

Mother Teresa was serving

 among some of the neediest people on earth.

She went into one place

 where she could see

the hollowness of the children’s eyes

 thinness of the parents.

They had not eaten in days.

 Mother Teresa had brought to the family

a small portion of rice.

When she presented the rice to the mother,

 the mother divided it into two equal parts,

then rose to leave the room.

“Where are you going?” Mother Teresa asked.

The woman answered

“Next door they are hungry also.”

That mother lived what it means to follow Jesus.

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Love is a circle,

That is to say,

Love gives back,

even as we give.

=

Like:

In 1977, a man is hiking in the mountains.

He is taken by surprise by a sudden snowstorm

He quickly loses his way.

 Since he was not dressed

 for the chilling temperature,

 he knows he needs to find shelter fast

 or he will freeze to death.

Despite all of his efforts,

 time slips by

his hands and feet became numb.

 He fears his time is short.

Then he literally tripps over another man

 who was almost frozen to death.

 The hiker had a decision to make:

Continue in hopes of saving himself

or try to help the stranger in the snow.

In an instant he made his decision

then threw off his wet gloves.

 He knelt beside the man

 began massaging the man’s arms and legs.

The man began to respond

 together they were able to find help.

The man was later informed that

by helping the man

who had fallen in the snow,

 he had most certainly helped himself.

The numbness that had stricken him

vanished while he was massaging the stranger’s arms and legs.

We cannot truly love another

without helping ourselves.

Love is not in vain.

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An old Russian woman lay on a sofa.

Due to illness,

 The simplest tasks

had become almost impossible for her.

The only part of her body

she could still control was her right hand.

The routine was the same every morning

 as the old lady’s husband propped

her into a sitting position on the sofa.

A battered old typewriter was placed on a little table

 in front of her.

 Every day the old woman would begin to type.

 She could only use that one index finger

 to peck out the letters.

This woman served God by translating religious books

 into Russian.

It was slow going—

sometimes only typing a page or two a day

 but this was her way of loving God.

The woman’s attitude was extraordinary.

She saw her sickness as a necessity,

not a detriment,

for the work she did.

Every other Christian in the city

was watched by the secret police.

But because she had been sick for so long

the police took no interest in her,

she could work undetected.

“Not only does she translate these books,”

her husband said,

 “but she prays while she types.

That’s loving God.

People make the same mistake

with loving God that they make with loving a spouse.

 They confuse love with a feeling.

Feelings are important,

 but love for God is,

 first of all,

 a commitment.

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During the days of Nazi occupation in Holland,

Peter Van Worren transported Jewish children

under the cover of darkness

 from their home to other secret hiding places

where they were saved from the Nazis.

Peter was eventually caught

He spent several months in prison.

 After the war,

Peter had a massive heart attack,

 they rushed him to Haddasah Hospital in Jerusalem.

 The doctor on call that day skillfully saved his life.

After he recuperated,

Peter expressed his gratitude to the medical staff.

When they discussed the Holocaust,

the doctor suddenly burst into tears.

So did Peter.

For as they compared notes,

 the doctor told Peter

 that he was one of those children

Peter had rescued.

Now, years later,

 their paths had providentially crossed.

One of those

whom Peter had saved

was there to save him.

Peter van Woerden has modeled for us

 the kind of love Christ talked about.

It is a love without boundaries or borders

What is the greatest Commandment?

22:37 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

22:38 This is the greatest and first commandment.

22:39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Let us go do just this.

 

 Hymn:Joyful Joyful

1 Joyful, joyful, we adore You,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before You,
Op’ning to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

2 All Your works with joy surround You,
Earth and heav’n reflect Your rays,
Stars and angels sing around You,
Center of unbroken praise;
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain
Praising You eternally!

3 Always giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Well-spring of the joy of living,
Ocean-depth of happy rest!
Loving Father, Christ our Brother,
Let Your light upon us shine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

4 Mortals, join the mighty chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
God’s own love is reigning o’er us,
Joining people hand in hand.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife;
Joyful music leads us sunward
In the triumph song of life.

 

Our Creed: All together.

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified

under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic

and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen

A Responsive Intercession

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

Silence

For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbours, and for all those

who are alone.

For this community, our country, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the

needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the gospel, and all who seek the truth.

For Todd our bishop, and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

For our own needs and those of others.

Our Prayers: Helen (Pat M.); Lori (Maya) Marcel De C and family; Tara; Jeff B.; Brian; Doug T.; Alex,  Gord, (Sandra); Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Henry (Katherine and Harold K); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George); Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria);  Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter); Nancy & Clyde (Hilda); Jim M; Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Alex T.; Sonia O’D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church) Mark Mc; Dan B.; Alanna R. (Garfield & Diane);  Jim P. Jack P. Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Linda; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Diane (Garfield);  Jean (Bruce J.); Ola and Roman; Mildred Mc. (Jan & Ron); Brian (Jeanne); Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack);  Diana, Ian, Edna, Matthew & Annika; Evie & Rodger B; Darrin R; Joanna Mac; John & Lynda W; Val T; Grace A; Craig W; Erika,I David & Lyla M; Janice L.; Lisa G.;(Suzie)

T; Grace A; Craig W; Erika,I David & Lyla M; Janice L.; Lisa G.;(Suzie)

 

Hear us, Lord;

For your mercy is great.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.

We pray for all those who have died in the peace of Christ,

and for those whose faith is known to you alone,

that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom.

Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;

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.

Closing:

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.

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.

This Week at Epiphany

This Week at Epiphany – Oct 18 – Oct 25:

Flowers in the Sanctuary

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Jan’s father – Donald McColl and Ron’s family – Cameron, Jean and Douglas Stewart given by Jan and Ron Stewart.

Before going to church checklist.

Announcements:

*All Saints.  November 1.  Please bring the people you wish to pray for on a paper to deposit in a basket or email them to me.  Teresa

*Bible Study.  Tuesday’s 10 till 11.  Mask..Social Distance.

*Take Out Beef Dinner/ Beyond Meatloaf?  Due to rise in costs, $25.00.  Would you like this? Email or tell Teresa.

*Keanna.  There are nightly updates on facebook. [ https://www.facebook.com/sarashrubsall ]. We are praying hard, and saving our pop cans for extra family expenses.

*In place of in person visiting, please feel free to call and chat.  If it is preferable, email or email to arrange a time for a call.  Teresa

*Apportionment: Jar $230 + 6.25!  Thank you to all giving In various ways, weekly in our envelopes etc.

*Food Cupboard.   Butch. 519-615-9106.

*Remembrance Day this year. We will have a short ceremony on Nov 11 at the church.  We will listen to the broadcast on CBC radio. Lower the flag. This way we will have a ceremony to keep the tradition of a service of Remembrance every year since the end of WWI at the church of the Epiphany intact.

 *There are three ways to contribute at Epiphany : Prayer for the church; Help at events; donations if possible. Our Lord knows us.

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare.   Let’s all keep up our Good Work!

Mrs.Barb Smallman.  Envelope secretary

4860 White Oak Road

London, Ontario

N6E 3Y8

519-680-0649

*Thank you to Adam for the technical work.  Thank you to  Ron S.for his faithful work on the website.  Thank you, Stephen and Anusha for the music.

 

Bible Readings for Sunday Oct 25

Here are our weekly recommended Bible Readings for Oct 25

Our Prayers

In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

Silence

For all people in their daily life and work;

For our families, friends, and neighbours, and for all those

who are alone.

For this community, our country, and the world;

For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

For the just and proper use of your creation;

For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the

needy.

For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

For all who proclaim the gospel, and all who seek the truth.

For Todd our bishop, and for all bishops and other ministers;

For all who serve God in his Church.

For our own needs and those of others.

Our Prayers: Helen (Pat M.); Lori (Maya) Marcel De C and family; Tara; Jeff B.; Brian; Doug T.; Alex,  Gord, (Sandra); Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); Henry (Katherine and Harold K); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George); Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria);  Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter); Nancy & Clyde (Hilda); Jim M; Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Alex T.; Sonia O’D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church) Mark Mc; Dan B.; Alanna R. (Garfield & Diane);  Jim P. Jack P. Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Linda; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Diane (Garfield);  Jean (Bruce J.); Ola and Roman; Mildred Mc. (Jan & Ron); Brian (Jeanne); Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack);  Diana, Ian, Edna, Matthew & Annika; Evie & Rodger B; Darrin R; Joanna Mac; John & Lynda W; Val T; Grace A; Craig W; Erika,I David & Lyla M; Janice L.; Lisa G.;(Suzie)

T; Grace A; Craig W; Erika,I David & Lyla M; Janice L.; Lisa G.;(Suzie)

From Rev Teresa

*Link for  October 11 and October 18 Services in case you missed them.

Oct 11

Oct 18

 

*Pastoral Phone Calls.  In these unusual times, Please do not hesitate to call.  To chat, to share, to touch base.  Teresa 519-671-0577

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A Message to the Diocese

Link to Amber Stage Diocese of Huron

https://diohuron.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Loving-Our-Neighbours-AMBER-Stage-Diocese-of-Huron.pdf?utm_source=Weekly+Announcements&utm_campaign=e5ee420893-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_07_20_08_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd375e91ba-e5ee420893-198396001

Yours in Christ,
+Todd
Bishop of Huron

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*Our Weekly Service will now be on the website by Saturday.    If you have trouble getting it, just email, and we can send it out to you.  Thanks for taking part.  So far one week we had almost 200 worshippers, last week we had 100.  *The Church Website You can just click here:  http://www.thechurchofepiphany.com/  

*Pop Cans for Keanna.

*Pastoral Phone Calls.  In these unusual times, Please do not hesitate to call.  To chat, to share, to touch base.  Teresa

*Service September 13?  We are hoping to start services September 13.  It will be socially distances, with lots of safety measures.  But at least we will be back in our church.  Stay tuned for updates.  We will send out the service by internet for those who do not feel an in person church service is the best option for them at this time.

*Our thanks to the people who are continuing their envelope giving’s because the church expenses continue, even while we are not at weekly worship. We are missing our fundraisers.  If you wish, if you are able, you may mail your donation to:

Mrs.Barb Smallman.  Envelope secretary

4860 White Oak Road

London, Ontario

N6E 3Y8

519-680-0649

*Food Cupboard.   For needs text Butch. 519-615-9106. 

*Are you able to help water our garden?  Maybe pull a few weeds?  Please drop by.  Thank you

Thank you to Adam for the technical work.  Thank you to  Ron S.for his faithful work on the website.  Thank you Stephen and Anusha for the music.

 *There are three ways to contribute at Epiphany : Prayer for the church; Help at events; donations if possible. Our Lord knows us.

*Thank you for your generous love of Epiphany.  Our Church does much good, quietly, without fanfare.   Let’s all keep up our Good Work!

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

The Little Church that Cares
www.thechurchofepiphany.com

Contact: Rev. Teresa Corrigan

email: teresacorrigan1@gmail.com

phone: 519-671-0577 [cell]

The Church phone is unmonitored. Please feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you. 519 432 2837

Canada Day at Epiphany

Hello Everyone

I know we can’t be together at Epiphany on Canada day, but I want to share our Music Director Anusha’s version of O’Canada with you.

She very generously shared it with Rev Teresa. So here it is for all to here. Let’s all pretend we’re together and loud as possible sing along with Anusha’s playing.

Anusha O’Canada

St James Westminster Canada Day Service

Hi Everyone

Our friends at St James sent us this link to their Canada Day Service. Have a listen.

 

 

St James Westminster Canada Day Service

St James Reflections

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.

http://justatinker.com/stjames/

Services at Epiphany Cancelled

Hello Everyone.

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.

Bishop Todd Townshend

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.

Mirland Brodie Talk – 1981

Happy Birthday Jim

The congregation was blessed today with a surprise Birthday party celebrating one of our longest serving members, Jim Whittington. The surprise was orchestrated by Jim’s wife Dianne who contracted Jeremy Smith to play a surprise concert. Privacy and ethical concerns prevent me from disclosing the age of our Birthday Boy. Suffice to say, he is a younger man than I.

 

Remembrance Day at Epiphany

The Orange Owls from a nearby daycare made their annual pilgrimage to the Manor and Highland Park Cenotaph. It was a heartwarming experience for the remembrance committee secretary and chairman to interact with these innocent, beautiful 2 and 3 year olds and their teacher Julie. Once again the Orange Owls have touched us by leaving some Remembrance Day art work now on display in the Church.

 

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