Epiphany Service For Oct 17, 2021

 

Impression, soleil levant
Impression, sunrise by Claude Monet 1872

 

The flowers in the Sanctuary are to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Lenora H. given by her aunt Hilda S.

The flowers in the Sanctuary are also in loving memory of parents Don and Doris and brother Alan Cavanagh given by the family.

*Meat and Veg Pies. Sat. Nov. 27. 

*The Manor Park Christmas Post.  Sunday Dec. 12.  3:00 till 4:00 p.m.  featuring Katy Clark, Paul Grambo, Kydra Ryan, Stephen Holowitz and Adam Corrigan Holowitz.  An hour of music , poetry, Stories, comedy for the holiday season.  Tickets 25$  Proceeds to the work of the church.  Seating capacity currently 35. Judy and Bob Tickets.  

*Our Thanks to Dave Mullen of the Millard George Funeral Home for washing all our church windows.  Much appreciated!

*Sandra is selling mint smoothies though.  $2.50

*November 7.  All Saints Day.  Who are you thinking of this year?  Barb will compose our list of names.  Bring a note?

*Calendars are $10 each. There are 4 themes … Best Friends (Dogs), Cats and Kittens, Streams and Lakes, Majestic Sunsets. To order, sign the list at back of church or call 226 – 378 – 1250 or write to judyandbob@rogers.com.

*Bible Study Monday’s 10 a.m.  In the Hall.

*FUNDrive  collection day now moved to November 17.  We are collecting items we normally would have collected for our Spring/Fall yard sale for delivery to Value Village. Value Village will pay us 15 cents a pound for” wearables” (clothing, purses, belts, backpacks, shoes, etc) in green garbage bags and 10 cents a pound for “housewares” in boxes.   (Housewares are things home-related, but NOT furniture).   Thanks Jan for leading in this! Ron (519 472 9142)  Truck? Vehicles?

*Cancelled stamps. Gloria Thompson.

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

*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/

*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 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.  Thank you to you for being part of our church and for all you do everywhere.

 

Bible Readings for Oct 17

 

Audio for October 17 Service

 

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:

Eternal One, whose thoughts and ways are not ours,

you alone are God, awesome, holy, and most high.

School us in the ways of faith and wisdom,

that we, like Job,

may learn to truly see and hear,

and in humility find blessing. Amen.

Mark 10:35-45

10:35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”

10:36 And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?”

10:37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”

10:38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”

10:39 They replied, “We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized;

10:40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

10:41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John.

10:42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them.

10:43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant,

10:44 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.

10:45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

 

Sermon Mark 10:35-45

What would you say are the best 

employee perks in a workplace? 

 

Some places offer “casual Fridays,” 

where the dress code is less formal. 

 

Other business owners 

go out of their way to offer unique benefits 

to attract and retain employees.

 

Scripps Health, 

a California Health Care System,

 offers pet insurance for their employees’ pets. 

 

Another company, S.C. Johnson, 

offers their employees a concierge service

 that takes care of daily tasks for them, 

like picking up dry cleaning

 or taking packages to the post office, 

so the employees can relax 

when they get home from work. 

Google offers its employees 

free food, massages, ping pong and video games in the office,

 

Plus the right to bring their pets to work every day.

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In our Bible passage for today, 

two of Jesus’ closest disciples, 

James and John, ask him for a perk

 

They ask him to allow them to sit

 on his right and left hand in glory. 

—to have places of honor and prestige. 

 

Jesus says to James and John,

“You don’t know what you are asking. 

Are you able to drink from the cup that I drink,

 or to be baptized with the baptism

 with which I am baptized?”

 

In other words,Jesus was asking,

 

 “Are you willing to do whatever 

is necessary to see 

the kingdom of Love established?”

James and John answered, “We are able.”

 

Jesus says to them, 

“The cup that I drink, 

you will drink, 

 

and the baptism with which I am baptized, 

you will be baptized, 

 

but to sit at my right or left hand 

                              is not mine to grant . . .”

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What does it take to drink from Jesus’ cup?

                 What does it mean to be baptized with Jesus’ baptism?

 

Actually

drinking from Jesus’ cup 

being baptized with Jesus’ baptism 

    means you are willing to pay a price

                                   no one else will pay.

==

 

Jesus fully understood and fully accepted

                                the sacrifice he was risking .

 

He wanted James and John,

                                and us, 

                                to understand that if we choose to follow Christ, 

 

then we are following him

                  maybe all the way to the cross. 

 

Jesus’ glory isn’t the glory 

            of power, authority and respect. 

 

Jesus’ glory is in doing the will of God,

                                      no matter what it costs. 

 

That’s the cup he drank from.

                 That’s the cup he offers to his followers. 

 

How do we know 

            if we are ready to drink from his cup? 

 

When we are ready to let go of

                                 our own agenda,

                        our own privileges and comforts, 

 

then orient our life

              around the will 

                        around the works of God.

 

==

 

What does it take to drink from Jesus’ cup? 

        Simply,

               The willingness to pay a price no one else will pay.

 

It also requires making the hard decisions

                                            no one else is willing to make.

 

Jesus is asking his followers

               to make an irreversible decision.

 

 To burn our bridges 

                so that we can’t go back to our old life. 

 

Instead,

                 we have to move forward 

                           in only one direction

                          —into the good works God is calling us to.

==

You notice in the Bible

            that Jesus never asks anyone to think over a decision 

                     and get back to him.

 

One last thing.

         Drinking from his cup

                   means being willing to give more

                                                than you expect to get.

 

Calvin Coolidge once put it like this:

                “No person was ever honored 

                                          for what they received. 

 

                            Honor has been the reward for what they gave.” 

 

As Jesus said, 

          “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

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The cup from which Jesus and his disciples drank 

                                    meant giving everything they had. 

                 Are we able to drink from that same cup?

==

Like:

 

When the Soviet Union occupied Romania in 1944, 

                  Christians and Christian churches were forced 

                            to “go underground”

                                       to escape persecution 

                                                 from the occupying Communist government.

 

 Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand 

                 spent 14 years in prison

                           for preaching the gospel. 

 

His captors tortured his body,

                but they could not defeat him.

 

 He testified,

              “Alone in my cell,

                    cold, hungry, and in rags, 

                            I danced for joy every night.”

 

Put yourself in this man’s shoes.

 He was innocent of any crime. 

            He had lost his job and his freedom. 

                         He was imprisoned and tortured. 

                                     His only crime was believing in Jesus Christ 

 

Imagine Jesus standing nearby and asking him,

            “Can you drink the cup I drink 

                 or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”

                               Are you really willing to pay the price?

 

The man responds,

           “I have no words to express my thankfulness Lord.

                                               I would never have it another way.” 

==

How about us? 

       Are we willing to do whatever is necessary—

                                 whatever Christ may call upon us to do?

 

 Are we willing to pay a price, 

                        to make hard decisions 

                                    give more than others are willing to give? 

 

Love

         through the years has changed the world

                   because at its heart

                           were a group of people

                               who were willing to drink from Christ’s cup 

                                                            to be baptized with his baptism? 

 

Their names are not known 

                like St. Paul’s or Simon Peter’s. 

 

But they are truly disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

                                     They are Christ’s loyal companions

 

 

How about you and I? 

 

Are we made of such stuff? 

 

Will our contributions to this world live long? 

 

Are we living now 

                         In such a way 

                              that the earth will be a better place

                                               because we have walked upon it?

 

Yes, we will…

         because Christ takes our all

                     And makes it enough to change the world.

 

Hymn: Alleluia Sing to Jesus

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

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

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

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

 

In the Eucharistic feast! 

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:

We praise your abiding guidance, O God,

for you sent us Jesus, our Teacher and Messiah,

to model for us the way of love for the whole universe.

We offer these prayers of love

on behalf of ourselves and our neighbors,

on behalf of your creation and our fellow creatures.

 

Prayers  Donna Mc (Ron and Jan); Debbie H (Lorenz)Karen T.;Bill, Sheila, Jessica, Sonya, Jamie (Peter); Grace L.; Hope (Marilyn B.) ;   Bob R.; Zac; Peter T.;  Mark Mc; Dan B.;. (Garfield & Diane); Velma H.; Zaden; Kendra; (Gloria); Shirley P.; Helen, Debrah G.,and Regina G (Pat M.);  Linda; Dean; Allan; Aunt Frankie; (Brian G.); Brian; Marcel D.; Tara; Jeff B.; Nicole; Shelley (Sandra); Connie C.;  Jim P. Jack B.; Jack and Julie.  Jim M; Mary B.;  Keanna,  Ella D.; Evelyn Mc; Marion R.; (Church)  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); Valerie (Carol F.); Pat and Tony  (Marilyn B.); 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)

 

 

Loving God,

open our ears to hear your word

and draw us closer to you,

that the whole world may be one with you

as you are one with us in 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.

 

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.

 

 

Link: Man of Sorrows by Joni Mitchell.