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Epiphany Service For June 26,  2022 

Image:  Hodges Hill, Crescent Moon and the Exploits River by Christopher Pratt

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of a dear husband Jean-Pierre Tremblay given by Hilda Sampson.

*Thank you Rev. Peter for Preaching, June 26.  

**Crafts Third Saturday 10 till 12.

*Rinsed Aluminum Cans for Keanna

*Church services at 9:15 and 11 am.  No services in August. Start after Labour Day.

*Altar Flower, Dan & Sue (shrimpforbait@rogers.com). A donation of $20 

*Calendar Planning meeting.  

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

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3.  

*Bible Study Tuesday at 10 a.m  Rev. Peter..  Closing potluck June 28.

*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. Ron Adam Anusha Stephen. Dan D for helping with this weekly on line service.

 

Audio for Jun 26 Service 2022

 

 

Opening: 

Officiant Lord, open our lips,

People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise

 

Officiant O God, make speed to save us.

People O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

All Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the

Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now,

and will be for ever. Amen.

 

Invitory:

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

O come, let us worship

 

Almighty God,

to you all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hidden.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

Prayer:

Beckoning God,
as you moved in the lives of Elijah and Elisha,
move in our lives,
inviting us to journey to unknown territory,
to listen for your voice,
and to speak your prophetic word
in a world that does not want to hear.
empowered by your Spirit,
grant us the courage we need
to journey, trust, listen, speak,
and accept your commission
to be your faithful servant people. Amen.

 

Reading  Luke 9:51-62

9:51 When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.

9:52 And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him;

9:53 but they did not receive him, because his face was set toward Jerusalem.

9:54 When his disciples James and John saw it, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”

9:55 But he turned and rebuked them.

9:56 Then they went on to another village.

9:57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

9:58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

9:59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

9:60 But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

9:61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”

9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Sermon

Luke 9:51-62

Anyone ever visit a water park? 

It’s that time of year when people flock to parks and stand in hour-long lines to go down the biggest, best water slide in the entire region. 

You wait and you wait until finally you get to the top of that slide, look down, and….panic! 

It looks like a long, long way down. 

You look back. 

The line is thick and there’s no way you can turn back. 

You’ve got to go ahead, close your eyes, and risk it, despite the paralyzing fear! 

We love the excitement and novelty of doing exciting and somewhat dangerous things. 

But when it comes down to the moment of truth, we often want to chicken out. 

That’s where true commitment to following through is the only way to go.

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There is  the same fear from getting a companion animal. 

That phrase, “you’re never ready,” is often quite true. 

As the adoption draws near, we can start to panic!  

What if I’m not a good owner! 

My entire life is going to change. 

Can I really pull this off? 

When the moment comes, it’s too late to turn back. 

But once that pet is here, its little eyes melt our  hearts, and all of that fretting and worry is soon forgotten. 

You go forward and commit to a lifetime of loving  that animal, 

along with all of the responsibilities that go with it.

Your life does change.

 But no one would say it wasn’t entirely worth it.

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Now that said, committing to the wrong things can get you into a lot of trouble. 

Sometimes, you can be on the road to a very poor decision, 

realize your mistake, 

and turning back is entirely the right thing to do. 

Unless you can’t! 

And sometimes that can happen. 

Anyone who has seen Jurassic Park remembers the line, “Do you know what you’re committing to?”

 Because sometimes, 

there’s truly no turning back,

you have to be committed not only to your decision 

but to the responsibility that goes with it, 

the outcomes, 

the consequences.

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Today’s scripture story is about commitment

 –the commitment to discipleship, 

to following Jesus, 

with all of the danger, 

responsibility,

and difficulties that go with it. 

 

He has come to the time of reckoning in his ministry

— he’s on his way to Jerusalem. 

 

The road ahead is not going to be easy. 

 

Anyone going with him at this point 

will be committing to a very difficult life indeed, 

Jesus does not hide this fact. 

 

He very bluntly lets whoever wants to follow him 

know what life as his disciple will truly be like.

 

Jesus is not into sugar-coating discipleship. 

 

He doesn’t say, come along with me. 

You’ll get a great salary, 

awesome benefits, 

lots of perks, 

excellent food, 

5-star hotels,

 and a gym membership. 

 

He says, 

life with me is like being perpetually on the run. 

 

You can’t stop to rest,

 you’ll be constantly watched and threatened.

 You may be in danger. 

Many will reject you and give you no place to sleep at night.

 We move from place to place. 

You must be entirely committed to the journey, 

so much that you’ll spend most of your time 

away from your family and friends.

 

 You will need to give your time and energy 

entirely to this mission. 

 

And then you’ll be rejected by nearly everyone.

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Sounds like a great job, right?

 

Like a firehouse that had a sign outside on the lawn, 

it read:

 

Fire Fighters Wanted:

 

Hard Labor, Low Pay, Odd Hours, Cool Ride

 

While it was meant to be amusing, 

the sign also spoke the truth! 

 

And yet, ask a firefighter in any town, 

 you’ll find a community loving volunteer 

who is proud to serve 

who loves the camaraderie and satisfaction 

of protecting homes and lives.

 

Think of the health care workers,

 exhausted, 

who worked long hours in wearing masks

taking personal risks 

in the midst of a dangerous Covid shut down.

 

Think of the teachers who went back into the schools.

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We commit to what means a great deal to us. 

When we are serious about what we want to do,

 we will find no excuses for not doing it.

 

We leap into dangerous situations all the time, 

when we are committed to the mission 

and purpose of what we are doing.

 

It takes real courage.

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We all know this. 

 

No one commits to a semi-marriage. 

No one commits to partial care giving. 

No one commits to winning a race by refusing to practice. 

No one commits to school and does not attend their classes. 

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What we care about, 

we commit to, 

what we truly commit to, 

we will go through anything to follow through.

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This is the challenge that Jesus is presenting 

to anyone wanting to follow him,

 especially during this time 

near the end of his ministry.

 

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How serious are you about doing this? 

                                   Jesus might have said. 

                                       What does it take to come with me?

 

Unconditional commitment. 

        No half-way.

                 No sort of disciples. 

                           No change your mind tomorrow.

 

You’re in or you’re out. 

          Look ahead, not behind. 

 

Once you come on the road with me, 

                           there’s no turning back. 

 

Can you look ahead and not back? 

 

Can you leave your friends and family? 

 

Can you risk danger, little sleep, rejection, and discouragement? 

           Do you know what you’re committing to?

 

If you do, 

           “Come follow me,

                      If you’re not on it, you’ve lost your shot.”

 

We most often look at Jesus 

                as a kind, loving, caring person, 

                               he certainly was.

 

 But he was also tough as nails 

            blunt as he could be. 

                                      He had to be.

 

Jesus knew that true discipleship 

          is not an afterthought 

                           or a fun excursion, 

                             and definitely not a walk in the park 

                                      (maybe Jurassic Park!). 

 

It’s a serious occupation, 

                driven by mission, 

                   and fraught with the unexpected.

 

Today too, this hasn’t changed. 

 

Anyone looking at the church today

                knows how much commitment

                      it will take to continue to carry out the mission 

                                that Jesus intended 

 

                   –to bring the message of God’s love 

                                                           to the world.

 

In our culture today as well…..

          if you are truly a disciple of Jesus….

               truly committed to the mission of the gospel, 

                           you too will experience discouragement,

                                      rejection, dismissal, or worse.

 

 For discipleship is not an easy road. 

             It’s a life-long mission that will challenge you 

                             and change you.

 

Discipleship with Jesus is a risk.

 

NO guarantees.

 

No certainties.

 

No security.

 

No plan.

 

All it requires is for you to let go of your expectations 

             and your past, 

                  and to forge into the future, 

                             trusting Jesus

                                     to lead you into future places, 

                                          where you have never been before.

 

Are you ready to sign up?

         Let’s Go ahead.  

                   Double dare us

 

Hymn:  Holy Holy Holy

Holy, holy, holy
Lord God almighty
Early in the morning my song shall rise to thee
Holy. holy, holy
Merciful and mighty
God in three persons, blessed Trinity

Holy, holy, holy
All the saints adore Thee
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea
All the cherubim and seraphim are falling down before Thee
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be

Holy, holy, holy
Though the darkness hide Thee
Though the eyes of sinful man Thy glory may not see
Lord, only Thou art holy and there is none beside Thee
Perfect in power, in love and purity

Holy, holy, holy
Lord God almighty
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea
Holy, holy, holy
Merciful and mighty
You are God in three persons, blessed Trinity
You are God in three persons, blessed Trinity
Oh, God in three persons, blessed Trinity 

 

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

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

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again

to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

Prayers:

As you heard the prayer of Isaac and Rebekah, O God,

and guided them in the way of your love,

so listen now to those who call upon you.

 

Prayers: Anne F.; Brian; Dorothy; Mary; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra);  Joel; Melanie; Marlene H. Pam B. (Barb & George);    Joyce R. (Bev); Val ; Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Brooks (Kim); Linda; Allan;  (Brian G.); Colleen; Jean N.; Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; (Church)  Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane); Merico (Darlene); Debbie H (Lorenz); Donna Mc.; John (Ron and Jan); Jade (Carol R.); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; Ross B., Francis & Bill W.; Jeff G. (Dori & Jack); Michelle P.;(Jim P.)  Pat P; Grant K; Kathy W. (Jack & Julie); Lynda D . (Mary Beth & Paul); Jean (Bruce J.);Brian (Jeanne); Joyce and Jim W.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mathew & Annika;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland;  Pansy V;  Clark & Helene.(Suzie D.)

 

 

Move us to praise your gracious will,

for in Christ Jesus you have saved us from the deeds of death

and opened for us the hidden ways of your love.

We ask this through Jesus 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:

 

God of heaven and earth,
before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time
you are the triune God:
the Author of creation,
the eternal Word of salvation,
and the life-giving Spirit of wisdom.
Guide us to all truth by your Spirit,
that we may proclaim all that Christ revealed
and rejoice in the glory he shared with us.
Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for 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 June 19,  2022 

                   The silhouette of a large red deer stag walking in the golden morning mist one autumn day

 

The flowers in the sanctuary today are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of my husband Robert, granddaughter Lindsay, sisters Linda and Dianne,  parents Les & Ethel Whittington and in-laws Marjory & Robert Williams given by Sharon Williams and family

*Thank you Rev. Peter for Preaching, June 26.  

**Crafts Third Saturday 10 till 12.

*Rinsed Aluminum Cans for Keanna

*Weekly service on website.  

*Church services at 9:15 and 11 am.
No services in August. Start after Labour Day.

*Altar Flower, Dan & Sue (shrimpforbait@rogers.com). A donation of $20 

*Tues June 21.  7 p.m.  Calendar Planning meeting.  

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

*Mint smoothies Sandra $3.  

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

*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. Ron Adam Anusha Stephen. Dan D for helping with this weekly on line service.

 

Audio for Jun 19 Service 2022

 

Bible readings for Jun 12 2022

 

Opening: 

Officiant Lord, open our lips,

People And our mouth shall proclaim your praise

.

Officiant O God, make speed to save us.

People O Lord, make haste to help us.

 

All Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the

Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now,

and will be for ever. Amen.

 

Invitory:

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

O come, let us worship

 

Almighty God,

 to you all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from you no secrets are hidden.

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

 

 

Prayer:

God of delight,

your Wisdom sings your Word

at the crossroads where humanity and divinity meet.

Invite us into your joyful being

where you know and are known

in each beginning,

in all sustenance,

in every redemption,

that we may manifest your unity

in the diverse ministries you entrust to us,

truly reflecting your triune majesty

in the faith that acts,

in the hope that does not disappoint,

and in the love that endures. Amen.

 

Reading   Psalm 42 

42:1 As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.

42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?

42:3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?”

42:4 These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.

42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help

42:6 and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

42:7 Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me.

42:8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

42:9 I say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?”

42:10 As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?”

42:11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.

Prayer

Psalm 42:1-11

 

We know eating and drinking  is natural and necessary.

 

Our psalm today says::

 Like eating and drinking, 

             prayer is natural and necessary.

 

Prayer is at the centre of the Christian life. 

 

Prayer, however practiced, 

             is an from of our hunger for God. 

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Augustine’said

: “For thee were we made, O God,

                     and our hearts are restless

                             until they find their rest in thee

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.” So, that is where we begin 

                     as we talk about prayer .

 

  1. Prayer Is a Hunger

We have  a hunger to experience meaning, 

                        to know that life has purpose. 

 

It is a hunger 

    to know life is cradled in a bigger Is.

 

Augustine’s word is still true: 

    “For thee were we made, O God, 

               and our hearts are restless till they rest in you.” 

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The first beatitude of Jesus (Matthew 5:3)

             in the Sermon on the Mount speaks to this issue.

 

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit” 

        is the traditional translation of this passsage.

 

But it can read:

   How blest are those who know

                          their need of God” 

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The psalmist spoke this truth 

    “As a hart longs for flowing streams,

                   so longs,

                       my soul for thee, O God.

 

 My soul thirsts for God,

                  for the living God. 

 

When shall I come and behold the face of God?” 

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So, prayer is a hunger. 

 

It is also a trust rooted

      in the belief that we are not alone in the world, 

                      that there is help 

                          

  1. Prayer Is Companionship with God

 

Here and now, 

           we are God’s friends.. 

 

John had been with Jesus in the upper room. 

He had heard Jesus say,

             “Greater love has no one than this, 

                  that a person lay down their life for his friends. 

 

You are my friends…

          No longer do I call you servants, 

                 for the servant does not know

                      what his master is doing; 

                          but I have called you friends, 

                              for all that I have heard from my Father 

                                          I have made known to you” 

 

Here at church,

     We have this in common…

 

We are persons in relationship. 

                                             with God.

 

We share that understanding.

 

 The surest sign of relationship is conversation –

                                 talking and listening to another.

 

So since we are friends of Christ,

           As he said,

                         Of course we talk and listen…

                  That is we pray.

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But let us make some more general observations about prayer.

 One, prayer is not easy. 

 

 

There is a difference between the tendency to pray 

                                                 and the practice of prayer.

 

 We have the tendency to pray –

   Pray as in

                 the sudden crying out in the face of pain or trouble;

                       the spontaneous shout of joy in the presence of beauty,    

 

                    We give expression toprayer

                             With  the moods and circumstances of our life.

 

Crying out is prayer,

           But the practice of prayer is more disciplined.

 

To live a life of prayer is something else. 

 

Don’t condemn yourself if you find praying difficult. 

               Most of us do.

 

 Even those whom we call saints found or find praying difficult.

 

 Read their journals and confessions,

               and you will find them struggling.

 

The disciples didn’t find it easy.

 

But to deliberately set aside time to pray

          Is good.

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A second assumption is that communication with God is possible.

 

Someone says:

This has been one of the greatest difficulties in my life 

             – to believe that I could actually talk with God, 

                  that God would hear and listen and respond to me.

 

What it means is that I,

            among all the millions of people in the world,

                        can have personal communication with the Father. 

 

 

Of course we know,

          God is like a shepherd

                  who misses even one lost sheep from the flock, 

 

That said,

      Let us know that  Prayer Is a Privilege

                   not a duty

 

Sometimes  we can see prayer as a discipline, 

                         as a duty, 

                                something we must do. 

 

We’ve been taught that we ought to pray, 

              when we don’t, 

                          we feel guilty. 

 

We will take a giant step forward

            in our adventure with our Lord

                      when we stop seeing prayer as a duty 

                            when we begin to look upon it as a privilege. 

 

As a privilege,

 the discipline of praying becomes a creative freedom,

                   not a bondage of duty. 

 

Consider this testimony of Sir Wilfred Grenfell:

 

“The privilege of prayer to me

           is one of the most cherished possessions, 

                       because faith and experience alike 

                                 convince me 

                                    that God sees and answers

It is only my part to ask. 

It is entirely His to give or withhold,

                                       as He knows best.

 

 If it were otherwise, 

               I would not dare to pray at all.

 

 In the quiet of home

               in the heat of life and strife,

                                        in the face of death, 

                                                  the privilege of speech with God is inestimable. 

 

I value it more 

             because it calls for nothing 

                             that a person cannot give –

 

 that is, 

               the simplest expression to his simplest thought.

 

 When I can neither see, nor hear, nor speak,

                 still I can pray 

                         so that God can hear. 

 

When I finally pass through 

              the valley of the shadow of death, 

                                     I expect to pass through it

                                                      in conversation with Him.”

 

One last thing:

           We Pray to Experience God

 

We pray to experience God as real.

 

Sometimes

       People say that they do not pray

                    because God is not real to them. 

A truer statement might be

               that God is not real to them

                                    because they do not pray. 

 

Harry Emerson Fosdick puts this graphically:

 

The practice of prayer is necessary to make God

                               not merely an idea held in the mind

                                           but a Presence recognized in the life. 

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Likewise

From the heart

the psalmist cried, 

“O God, thou art my God” (Psalm 63:1). 

 

To stand afar off and say “O God”

                   is neither difficult nor searching…

 

 but it is an inward and searching matter to say, 

                                   “O God, though art my God.” 

 

The first is theology, 

            the second is religion; 

 

the first involves only opinion,

           the second involves experience; 

 

the first can be reached by thought,

 the second must be reached by prayer;

 

 the first leaves God afar off,

           the second alone draws near God.. 

 

Is this a new thought to you?

 

What an insight:

 God does not seem real because we do not pray. 

 

If we want to be close with God, 

         we must pray. 

 

However prayer is for you?

 

However inadequate we may feel,

           The important thing is to reach out,

                          To seek like the deer for water

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Hymn:  What a Beautiful Day

As I wake up with the morning, of each day that passes by,
and I listen to the sounds upon my ear,
I can’t help but keep a watch toward the eastern sky,
and I wonder if the trumpet will be the next sound that I hear.

What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again,
what a beautiful day for him to take his children home,
how I long to see his face and to touch his nail scared hand,
what a beautiful day for the Lord to come again.

All my earthly disappointments and my trials here below,
fade away when I remember his last words,
he said he’d return and receive his children unto him
and I’m longing to look upon the face of my dear Lord. 

 

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:

Holy, holy, holy God,

in calling forth creation from the void,

revealing yourself in human flesh,

and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us,

you manifest your concern for your whole universe.

You invite us, as your people,

to gather the world’s needs into our hearts

and bring them before you.

 

 

Prayers: Brooks (Kim); Linda; Allan;  (Brian G.); Brian; Dorothy; Mary; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra);  Colleen; Jean N.; Marilyn B.; Connie C.;  Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; (Church)  Norma A,;Dave F.; Peter T.;  Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane); Merico (Darlene); Debbie H (Lorenz); Donna Mc.; John (Ron and Jan); Val ; Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter);  Jade (Carol R.); Dori;  Belinda,;  Kim; 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); Joyce and Jim W.; Sharon D.; Philip D; Jacquie and Cam D.; Diana, Ian, Edna, Mathew & Annika;   Janice L & Darrin R;  Roland;  Pansy V;  Clark & Helene.(Suzie D.)

 

Holy, holy, holy God,

fill us with strength and courage,

with discernment and compassion,

that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. 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:

 

God of heaven and earth,
before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time
you are the triune God:
the Author of creation,
the eternal Word of salvation,
and the life-giving Spirit of wisdom.
Guide us to all truth by your Spirit,
that we may proclaim all that Christ revealed
and rejoice in the glory he shared with us.
Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for 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.

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.

 

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.

Mirland Brodie Talk – 1981

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