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Epiphany Service For January 23, 2022 

Image: Snow at Argenteuil by Claude Monet

 

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.

*March 12.  St. Pat’s party.  All restrictions lift March 14.  Stay tuned.  Save the dates in this area.

*We are taking a cautionary break from in person worship.  Until February 6 unless we are surprised by good news!   A service is available on our website weekly.  Feel free to call, email or text me anytime. 

**Meat Pies. $4.00 See Barb. Lots left in our freezer.  Yum!

*Twoonies for Turkeys Thank you.  Thank you to the folks at St. James for your generous gift of “Twoonies for Turkeys” .  Also, thank you to everyone who supports our food cupboard with food donations and donations for food cards throughout the year.  Thanks to you we never have had to turn away anyone throughout this entire pandemic.  

*Food Cupboard.   If you wish to donate to the food cupboard & to the church, please write a separate cheque or use cash = different accounts.  Thank you everyone! Butch. 519-615-9106

*Mint smoothies Sandra $2.50

*Bible Study on hold until February.   Rev. Peter.

*Vestry Feb. 6

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

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

*Please Like Our PAGE on Facebook.

*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

 

*Thank you Thank you to you for being part of our church and for all you do everywhereRon for posting our service on our website, Adam for recording our service To Anusha for the music.  Also Stephen.  Thank you Dan D. for arranging for the flower dedications.  

 

Bible readings for Jan 16

 

Audio for January 23 Service

 

 

Prelude: Joy Shall Be Yours in the Morning performed by Adam Corrigan Holowitz and Stephen Holowitz

 

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 we respond with: And with thy spirit.

 

WE pray:

 

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   Luke 4:14-21

4:14 Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.

4:15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

4:16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read,

4:17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,

4:19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

4:20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.

4:21 Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

 

Sermon

Luke 4:14-21

It’s tough to preach your first sermon at a new church. 

Most pastors experience at least a few jitters as they head to a new church to preach. 

It’s nerve-wracking. 

So we can appreciate a story Pastor John Jewell.

It was his first time preaching as a pastor at Good Hope Church. 

A supervisor gave Jewell directions to the church 

sent him off with the words, “They’ll be expecting you.” 

That made Pastor Jewell feel good. 

He hoped it meant the congregation was ready to welcome him.

 

But when Pastor Jewell got to the church, no one welcomed him. 

No one even seemed to notice he had arrived. 

A few minutes before the service began, 

Pastor Jewell tapped the shoulder of the man in front of him and introduced himself: 

“Hi. My name is John Jewell and I am preaching this morning.”

 

The man responded, “Nice to meet you, John, but I am the pastor here and I believe I am preaching!”

 

Talk about an unwelcome surprise! 

 

But the pastor cleared up the confusion quickly when he explained that there was another church with the same name just a few miles down the road. 

Pastor Jewell sped to the other Good Hope Church as fast as he could, but he arrived to see the congregation walking out the doors.

 They had grown tired of waiting for the visiting preacher who showed up late. 

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This morning it was Jesus’ turn to preach. 

The passage Jesus read was a prophecy from the prophet Isaiah, who had lived about 700 years earlier. 

But instead of interpreting this passage for his listeners in the synagogue, Jesus simply ended his reading of the scripture with these words: “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 

We can almost be certain that nobody was expecting that! 

Because Jesus, a local boy, a carpenter from a family of modest means, had just announced that he was the Messiah sent from God.

How’s that for something to talk about over Sabbath lunch?!

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The nation of Israel had waited around 1,000 years for God to send His Messiah, His Anointed One. 

 

They didn’t expect that one of their own would claim that title for himself. 

So what was Jesus talking about?

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But If he was the long-promised Messiah, the hope of the nation, then what was God revealing about His nature and His plan for the world?

 

The first thing we learn is that Christ came to bring good news to the poor.

That’s a vital truth to understand about the Messiah. 

Because it tells us so much about God’s heart, about God’s character. 

 

The poor are the people who need God daily, so they are closest to God.  

 

Like us in a crisis, then we find ourselves aware of God helping us, walking with us. 

 

It is no accident that Jesus spent his adult life without a home of his own, without any possessions beyond what he could carry as he traveled from town to town sharing the message of the love of God with everyone he met.

It seems Jesus was dependent on others sharing what they had..

So Jesus understands us ….

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God cares about the poor. 

They may be overlooked, left out in our world. 

But in God’s kingdom, the poor are precious and held close to God’s heart. 

Because they were most receptive to Jesus message of caring for others. 

 We know that, those who have little know to care for others around them. 

Those who have little are the first to share…

Jesus is at home with those who as the Lord’s prayer says “live to receive daily bread” 

not bread for the future, 

but bread for this day. 

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Like a story:

Jim Wallis is the founder of the Sojourners community and the magazine of the same name. 

The Sojourners community advocates for peace and social justice based on the teachings of Jesus. 

Their ministries focus on meeting the needs of the poor.

 

When Wallis was in seminary, he and some classmates were deeply impressed by all the verses in the Bible emphasizing God’s concern for the poor.

 

So they took a Bible and they cut out every verse that related to love for the poor. 

 

As author Richard Stearns wrote about their project,

“They wanted to see what a compassionless Bible looked like. 

By the time they finished, not much was left.

When you read the words of Jesus, God’s compassion leaps off the page. 

 

And so, Jesus’ first publicly-recorded sermon we read today began with the words: 

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.”

 

The second thing we learn is that God’s love covers everyone who is hurting . . . of every station in life. 

 

Jesus’ next words in this passage are, 

“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, 

to set the oppressed free, 

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 

Jesus meant these words literally. 

 

In his life on this earth, 

he set people free, 

he heals them, he stands up for those who were oppressed. 

 

He welcomed and looked out for the forgotten. 

He was a voice for the voiceless. 

Jesus never wavered in his mission to bring hope, healing and freedom to those who were most in need.

 

Like us, we too are to stand up for those who need protection.  

For those who need justice, fairness….

 

Also no matter how good our life looks on the outside, many of us suffer from a poverty of spirit

Many of us are imprisoned by shame, anger, envy, fear, guilt and sorrow. 

No amount of money or friends or accomplishments can fill that sense of emptiness .

 

Poverty can be a condition not of the body but of the soul.   

Jesus is there for you then too.

==

 

This passage shows us we have a God who loves us 

who cares about our challenges, our heartbreaks, our suffering.  

Jesus has experienced it all. 

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The deepest question of the human heart is, “Is there a God?”

 

 And the question after that is, “If so, what is God like?” 

 

In Jesus’ first publicly-recorded sermon, he answers both these questions. 

 

God is right here with you. 

God cares about those who are hurting and in need. 

 

Hymn: Good Christians All Rejoice

Good Christians, all rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now give heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born today,
ox and ass before him bow,
and he is in the manger now.
Christ is born today;
Christ is born today.

Good Christians, all rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now you hear of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this.
He has opened heaven’s door,
and we are blest forevermore.
Christ was born for this;
Christ was born for this.

Good Christians, all rejoice
with heart and soul and voice;
now you need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save,
calls you one and calls you all
to gain the everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save;
Christ was born to save.

 

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

 

 

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: Merico (Darlene);Gillian (Pam);Baby Lexi (Jeanette); Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church) Linda; Dean; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.);  Donna (Jan and Ken); Debbie H (Lorenz); Alexandra; Donna Mc (Ron and Jan); Val Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Bob R.; Zac; Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane); Brian; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Jade (Carol R.); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack); Michelle P.;(Jim P.)  Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);   Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Jean (Bruce J.); Brian (Jeanne); Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mat-thew & Annika;   David & Lyla ;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Clark & Helene (Suzie D)

 

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.

 

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.

Epiphany Service For January 16, 2022 

 

 

The flowers in the church today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of our daughter and sister Lisa Aldington, given by Bob, Linda and Christine Aldington.

The flowers in the church today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a dear husband Roland Rees given by his wife Gail Rees and family.

*March 12.  St. Pat’s party.  

*We are taking a cautionary break from in person worship.  Until February 6 unless we are surprised by good news!   A service is available on our website weekly.  Feel free to call, email or text me anytime. 

 **Meat Pies. $4.00 See Barb. Lots left in our freezer.  Yum!

*Twoonies for Turkeys Thank you.  Thank you to the folks at St. James for your generous gift of “Twoonies for Turkeys” .  Also, thank you to everyone who supports our food cupboard with food donations and donations for food cards throughout the year.  Thanks to you we never have had to turn away anyone throughout this entire pandemic.  

*Food Cupboard.   If you wish to donate to the food cupboard & to the church, please write a separate cheque or use cash = different accounts.  Thank you everyone! Butch. 519-615-9106

*Mint smoothies Sandra $2.50

*Bible Study on hold until February.   Rev. Peter.

*Vestry Feb. 6

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

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

*Please Like Our PAGE on Facebook.

 

*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

 

*Thank you Thank you to you for being part of our church and for all you do everywhereRon for posting our service on our website, Adam for recording our service To Anusha for the music.  Also Stephen.  Thank you Dan D. for arranging for the flower dedications.  

 

 

Bible readings for Jan 16

 

Audio for Jan 16 Service

 

Prelude: Heard from Heaven Today performed by Adam Corrgian Holowitz and Stephen Holowitz

 

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 we respond with: And with thy spirit.

 

WE pray:

 

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   John 2:1-11

2:1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

2:2 Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

2:3 When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”

2:4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.”

2:5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

2:6 Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

2:7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.

2:8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it.

2:9 When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom

2:10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”

2:11 Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

Sermon

John 2:1-11

If you were to make a list of jobs

 that require the ability to think 

on your feet and handle extreme levels of stress, 

which jobs would make your list?

 Fighter pilots, police officers, perhaps? 

 

What about wedding planners?

Wedding planners juggle hundreds of tiny details while also managing the emotions of the wedding party. 

When issues arise at the last minute,

 the wedding planner has to do whatever it takes 

to redeem the situation.

 

 For example, 

A wedding planner named discovered at the last minute

 that the church had scheduled a funeral 

at the same time as the wedding. 

 

She needed to keep the wedding guests

 out of the church for about an hour. 

Fortunately,

 she spotted an ice cream truck down the block. 

She convinced the owner 

to park the truck at the church.

 

Then to serve ice cream

 to the waiting guests. 

 

Everyone assumed this was part of the wedding entertainment. 

 

The guests had a great time, 

and no one guessed that they were being distracted 

from a scheduling mistake. 

 

 

Our Scripture this morning

 is about a wedding planner faced with a crisis.

 

Jesus and his disciples and his mother 

are attending a wedding in Cana.

 

 In that culture, 

wedding parties lasted for days. 

 

At some point during the festivities,

 the hosting family ran out of wine. 

 

Jesus lived in a culture that valued hospitality and community.

 

No more wine meant no more wedding celebration, 

which would be humiliating for the bride and groom’s families. 

 

Jesus’ mother, 

Mary, must have heard whispers

 about the lack of wine, 

so she took the problem to Jesus.

 

“They have no more wine,” she said.

 

Jesus answered, 

“Woman, why do you involve me? 

My hour has not yet come.”

 

His mother said to the servants, 

“Do whatever he tells you.”

 

This passage is a great example of mom-power.

 

Mothers have that unique power 

to talk their kids into doing their bidding. 

 

Mary didn’t ask Jesus directly to do anything. 

She didn’t demand. 

She just presented the problem to him in such a way

 that he couldn’t say, “No.” 

That’s mom-power.

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Note this: Jesus has the power to do miracles, Mary knew this. 

 

But notice this also,

if you read through the Bible, 

God often asks ordinary people to assist in His work. 

God partners with us to do miracles. 

 And so Jesus asks the servants 

to fill the ceremonial water jars

used for washing

 to the very brim. 

 

The servants must have thought they were wasting their time,

Filling those huge water jugs.

 

Carrying water from the well to the jug.  

 

How often do we wonder if we are doing anything

Serving God…working in the church?

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Once the huge stone jars are full

Jesus says, 

“Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” 

So those servants showed some tremendous trust

 when they obeyed Jesus.

 

They took the host a dipper full of wine.

 

Imagine the master of the banquet’s surprise 

when he tasted the wine the servants brought him! 

 

He didn’t even know Jesus had performed a miracle. 

 

He called the bridegroom aside and said, 

“Everyone brings out the choice wine first 

 then the cheaper wine after the guests 

have had too much to drink;

but you have saved the best till now.”

 

Now:

It’s easy to look at Jesus’ first miracle

then think it’s just an impressive party trick

 

But the last line of our Bible passage reads, 

“What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee 

was the first of the signs through which 

he revealed his glory; 

and his disciples believed in him.” 

What? 

This miracle revealed his glory 

This miracle caused his disciples to believe in him?  

thats an important miracle.

 

The first thing this story tells us about God is that in Jesus, 

God is doing a new thing.. 

 

God expects people to help God do what is needed,

Like the servants hauling all that water.

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Speaking of challenges, 

the COVID-19 pandemic presented all of us with some challenges 

that we would just as soon forget.

 

A husband-and-wife team who rose to the occasion

-they found a better way. 

 

When they got bored staring at the same scene outside their window,

this couple created a website called WindowSwap. 

 

WindowSwap allowed users to upload photos or video 

of the view outside their window. 

 

Then, when they got bored with the view from their home,

 they could click through photos or video of other people’s views 

from around the world.  

 

What a creative way of serving with God,

Keeping spirits up,

Making lemonaide out of lemons…

 

God needs our best help…

like the servants and the water…

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The second thing we learn from this miracle

Of the wine at the wedding is that 

God’s generosity flows from His love for us. 

 

God’s abundant love 

frees us to live generously. 

 

Here’s another area where God calls us

 into partnership with Him.

 

 We receive God’s blessings

so that we can be a blessing to others. 

 

Like:

Dale Schroeder was a carpenter from Iowa 

who became a blessing to others. 

 

He worked at the same company for 67 years. 

 

Dale was known for being hard-working and frugal.

 

After Dale Schroeder’s death in 2005, 

It was revealed that  that Schroeder had saved up 

nearly $3 million in his lifetime, 

he had left all his money

 to pay for kids to go to college

 

In all, Dale Schroeder’s fortune sent 33 kids to college. 

 

None of those kids could have afforded a college education

 on their own.

But today, 

they are doctors, lawyers, therapists and teachers.

 

Dale Schroeder had just one condition for accepting the money.

 

 “All I ask is that you pay it forward,” reports Nielsen.

 

 “You can’t pay it back, because Dale is gone, 

but you can remember him, 

Moreover, you can belike him.” 

 

That’s what we do when we give generously 

to the needs of others: 

 

we pay it forward.

 

WE emulate our Lord,

Who is so generous.

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This miracle of the wine is showing God’s Grace. 

 

Grace is a difficult concept.  

 

But really it is that God’s grace is about

unconditional love

 

the wedding folks receive unconditional un earned love….

 

You see, Jesus’ first miracle and his last meal 

have something in common. 

 

Just before Jesus was arrested and crucified, 

he had a final meal with his disciples. 

 

After the meal, he picked up some leftover bread, 

gave thanks to God and broke it. 

 

He gave it to his disciples and said, 

“This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

Then he picked up the cup of wine and said, 

“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, 

which is poured out for you.”

 

Just like the miracle at the wedding, 

That cup, communion,

Feeds us sustains us,

Is food for the journey of life…

 

Beyond expectations.

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Jesus’ first miracle wasn’t for show. 

 

Its about love for us…

Its about us needing to help God serve the world…

 

Hymn: Gather us In

Here in this place new light is streaming
Now is the darkness vanished away
See in this space our fears and our dreamings
Brought here to you in the light of this day
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken
Gather us in, the blind and the lame

Call to us now and we shall awaken
We shall arise at the sound of our name
We are the young, our lives are a mystery
We are the old who yearn for your face
We have been sung throughout all of history
Called to be light to the whole human race

Gather us in, the rich and the haughty
Gather us in, the proud and the strong
Give us a heart so meek and so lowly
Give us the courage to enter the song
Here we will take the wine and the water
Here we will take the bread of new birth
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters

Call us anew to be salt for the earth
Give us to drink the wine of compassion
Give us to eat the bread that is you
Nourish us well and teach us to fashion
Lives that are holy and hearts that are true
Not in the dark of buildings confining
Not in some heaven light years away

But here in this place the new light is shining
Now is the kingdom, now is the day
Gather us in and hold us forever
Gather us in and make us your own
Gather us in, all peoples together
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones
Fire of love in our flesh and our bones

 

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

 

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: Merico (Darlene);Gillian (Pam);Baby Lexi (Jeanette); Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church) Linda; Dean; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.);  Donna (Jan and Ken); Debbie H (Lorenz); Alexandra; Donna Mc (Ron and Jan); Val Karen T. ;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Bob R.; Zac; Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane); Brian; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Jade (Carol R.); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Edie K., Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack); Michelle P.;(Jim P.)  Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);   Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Jean (Bruce J.); Brian (Jeanne); Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mat-thew & Annika;   David & Lyla ;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland & Pansy V;  Clark & Helene (Suzie D)

 

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.

 

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.

Cancellation

It is with a sad heart that I must tell you, that the wardens and I have decided it is best to cancel in person worship for January.  Err on the side of caution.  I hope this is a good decision.  So we will be back February 6 which is our vestry meeting?  There will be no in person January  board meeting either.  

Here is hoping that this is the end of the pandemic, and church life will return to normal soon.  How we will appreciate the simple things like working together, worshiping together.  Remember, that our weekly services will be posted to our website Saturday evenings.

Take Care

and keep safe

Rev. Teresa, and the Wardens

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.

Reopening our Churches

In Person Services

In person services have been put on hold for the month of January. We are planning to reopen for services on February 06. For the latest pleas read the letter from Arch Deacon Tanya Phibbs below.

                Bishop Todd

 

Dear friends,

 
The Ontario government announced yesterday a return to a modified Step 2 of the Reopening Ontario protocols beginning at 12:01am on Wednesday, January 5th until at least January 26th.  Capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies is limited to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room.  Our diocesan protocols further state that the maximum attendance per service is the fewer of the number of persons who can be seated with a 6ft (2m) distance from all other persons not of their own household (or, in the case of single persons, the bubble to which they belong) or 50% of the capacity of the room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 meters of physical distance.
 
The majority of the parishes in the diocese are now worshipping on-line.  Others continue to worship in-person.  We are grateful for the careful discernment that the leadership of each parish has made in reaching these decisions.  For those continuing to worship in-person, please continue to carefully follow the diocesan COVID-19 protocols which can be found here.  You may wish to further reduce the amount of singing in a service and/or the maximum number of persons attending.  Please continue to keep services to 45minutes or less in length.
 
Whether services are in-person or virtual, parish leaders will want to have contingency plans in place should the incumbent need to isolate for any reason. This may include honorary assistants or Licensed Lay Readers taking services—in-person or on-line—or directing parishioners to an on-line service.  This service may be one within their deanery, or parishioners may be directed to St. Paul’s Cathedral Sunday service which is live-streamed at 10am here.  While the government has decreased the required length of isolation following exposure to COVID-19 to five days, we ask that all parish leaders who are exposed to or positive for COVID-19 self-isolate for 7-10 days before re-engaging in in-person pastoral care or worship.
 
So often throughout this pandemic, it has felt like we start to move again toward ‘normal’ life and are pulled back into tighter restrictions and protocols.  This is for us all a continuing source of frustration and grief.  In this Christmas-tide, may we be reminded that the God-incarnate entered our world to bring us hope even, perhaps especially, in the times of darkness.
 
Blessings
Tanya+
The Venerable Tanya Phibbs
Archdeacon of Huron
 

 

Dear friends,

We have made some changes to our diocesan COVID-19 protocols, at least one of which many of us have been waiting for with some longing.  Reopening our Churches, the Next Step can be found at the link below.  The changes come into effect on Sunday, November 14, 2021.  Some of the the changes include:

  1. Singing is permitted in worship services while masked and physically distanced.  Choirs may rehearse while masked and physically distanced.  Services and choir rehearsals are to be no longer than 45 minutes.

  2. Brief fellowship times of 20 minutes or less are permitted following worship services.  Food and beverages are not permitted.  It is preferable if this can be held in a location other than the sanctuary.

  3. The Provincial Government’s vaccine mandate applies to all activities held in a church building with the exception of worship, food sustainability ministries, and 12-step groups.  Renters are required to ensure that they follow the government’s directions regarding their members and activities.

  4. As the weather cools down, it is important to remember that HVAC systems can efficiently spread COVID-19 aerosols.  If your church is heated by forced air, please turn the furnace fans off approximately 15 minutes before the beginning of worship. Fans (ceiling and other) should not be used.  In all buildings, please keep some windows open at least partially as this greatly improves ventilation and reduces the risk of the virus being spread.

  5. The same lectern and/or microphone may be used for more than one reader or speaker if all readers/speakers are wearing masks. COVID-19 is spread primarily by aerosols and small aerosolized particles can hang in the air for a period of time, therefore, masks must be worn for the protection of all readers and speakers.  If a lectern or microphone is only used by one person during a service and it is more than 12 feet (4m) from any other person, masks may be removed at the lectern. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions with regard to these protocols.

blessings, 
Tanya+
The Venerable Tanya Phibbs
Archdeacon of Huron

Dear friends,

The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to evolve, creating both change and challenge as we remain focused on safeguarding and protecting our congregations and the communities we serve.

The latest variant, Omicron is the fifth variant of concern of SARS-COV-2. These variants are evolutions of the virus and can bring with them increased transmissibility, disease severity, risk of reinfection and can affect vaccine performance. While there is not yet a scientific consensus on the severity of the disease caused by the Omicron variant, it has been shown to be much more transmissible than past variants of concern. Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine appear to offer less protection against Omicron than against previous variants. Due to these factors, Omicron is quickly becoming the dominant strain in Ontario.  We encourage all people who are eligible to be fully vaccinated, including the third (or booster) shot.  

It has been decided to tighten up on a couple aspects of our Reopening our Churches protocol regarding the use of facemasks.  Specifically:

  • All persons in our churches must wear well-fitted face coverings that securely cover the mouth and nose.  The only exemption to this requirement is for children 2 years old and younger and others who are physically unable to remove their own face covering.

  • Well-fitted facemasks must be worn at all times.  Presiders, preachers, readers, intercessors and soloists may not remove facemasks regardless of the distance from others or barriers that may be in place. The only time that facemasks may be removed during a service is in order to consume the Eucharist. 

  • We encourage parishes to hold parish meetings and ministries online or outdoors, wherever possible.  As we look toward vestries in the new year, it may be wise have a plan in place to hold your Vestry meeting virtually should that be necessary. 

At this time, these are the only planned changes to our protocols.  The situation with the Omicrom variant is extremely fluid and we ask your understanding, patience and flexibility as we navigate this time. 

Advent blessings,

Tanya+

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

Reopening our Churches

 

 

 

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.

 

Junne Boucher

BOUCHER, Junne

At University Hospital, London on Monday, March 15, 2021, Junne (Winslow) Boucher in her 98th year. Beloved wife of the late Bill Boucher (1981). Dear mother-in-law of Wayne Parker (Connie). Cherished grandmother of Janice Wiersma (Jim), Bob Parker (Sue), and great-grandmother of Laryssa Parker and Michelle Wiersma. Dearly missed by Allan Cross (Barbara). Predeceased by her stepdaughter Dorothy Parker, her parents William and Clara Winslow, her sisters Clara, Audrey and Phyllis. A private graveside service was held at Woodland Cemetery, London. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Humane Society of London & Middlesex, 624 Clarke Road, London, ON N5V 3K5. A. Millard George Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com

Esther Holowitz

Mrs. Esther Holowitz

(nee Sylvester) passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Born in Fort William, ON on July 3, 1924, she was a lifelong resident attending local schools and retiring from the National Film Board in 1989. Predeceased by her father and mother Beniamino and Giovanna Silvestri, sisters and brothers-in-law Mella and Tony Zanni (Thunder Bay), Ada and Joseph Dlhoucky (Thunder Bay), Joseph and Elsa Sylvester (Sudbury), Bruno and Lena Sylvester (Thunder Bay), sister Mary Sylvester (Toronto and Thunder Bay), brother John Sylvester (Ottawa), sister-in-law Gina Sylvester (Toronto). She is survived by Fred, her husband of 67 years, son Stephen (Teresa), London, ON, daughter Cathy (Doug) Thornbury, ON, grandchildren Adam (London, ON), Elena (New Westminster, BC), brother Leonard Sylvester (Toronto), sister-in-law Evelyn Sylvester, (Ottawa), special walking partner and niece Jean Makiw, and numerous nieces and nephews in Ottawa, Toronto and Thunder Bay. A member of the St. Agnes’ CWL and a charter member of TOPS ON 502. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. If friends desire donations in memoriam may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Toys for Tots, Thunder Bay.

The family would like to thank the staff of Birch Wing-Hogarth Riverview Manor for their compassionate care of Esther, particularly in her final days.

Online condolences may
be made through
www.nwfainc.com

 

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.

Published in The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal on Dec. 16, 2020.

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/

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.

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