The Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church November 23 @ 5 PM & November 24 @ 11 AM, 2019 Proper 29 Good morning! Welcome to Epiphany! This is a place where we nurture souls with prayerful worship and uplifting hymns - both old and new. We are glad you are here! If we can help you in any way, please let the priest or an usher know. Please stay in touch! Church Office: 570-563-1564 Rev. Lou Divis: 570-878-4670
Processional hymn #178 Jesus is Lord Opening Prayer – Book of Common Prayer (BCP) pg. 355 Gloria #S-280
The Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament: Jeremiah 23:1-6 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD. The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."
The Response: Canticle 16 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; * he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty savior, * born of the house of his servant David. Through his holy prophets he promised of old, that he would save us from our enemies, * from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers * and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, * to set us free from the hands of our enemies, Free to worship him without fear, * holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, * for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, To give people knowledge of salvation * by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us, To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace. 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.
The Epistle: Colossians 1:11-20 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers-- all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Gospel hymn #495 Hail! Thou Once Despised Jesus
The Gospel: Luke 23:23-33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." And they cast lots to divide his clothing. The people stood by, watching Jesus on the cross; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews." One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
The Creed – BCP pg. 358
Prayers of the People
Leader: Sing to the Lord a new song:
People’s Response: You have come to your people and set us free!
Confession – BCP pg. 360
The Peace and Announcements
Offertory hymn #458 My Song is Love Unknown
Eucharistic Prayer B – BCP pg. 367
Holy, holy, holy #S-125 #P-59 vs.3 Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb. Holy, holy, holy is the Lamb. For He is glorious and worthy to be praised, the Lamb upon the throne; And unto Him we lift our voice in praise, the Lamb upon the throne.
Communion hymn #324 Let All Mortal Flesh
Prayer after Communion – BCP pg. 365
Recessional hymn #494 Crown Him with Many Crowns
Serving today: 5 pm – Anne Hawk (reader), Linda Rogers (intercessor), Dan Bubnis (chalice), Al Mileski (usher) 11 am – Angie Mitchell (reader), John Baildon (intercessor/chalice), Madison D (crucifer, YR) & Thatcher L (acolyte), Emily & Lee Rancier (ushers), Mary-Jo Cliff (organist), Melissa Driscole (choir director), Lori Moran, Maureen Wezmar, Dan Bubnis (altar guild)
This week's Announcements
November 22/23 Calendar of Events: Saturday 11/23 7:30 pm ~ Marywood Community Choir, at Covenant Presbyterian Scranton, Performing Marcel Dupre' Four Motets & Maurice Durufle’ Requiem
Sunday 11/24 9:30 am ~ Sunday School / The Group 1.30 pm ~ Epiphany serves Meal at Good Shepherd – Confirmed YES! 3 pm ~ No. Tier Symphony Concert, Tunkhannock Middles Schl – Tickets $10 4:00pm - Marywood Community Choir, Stephen's Pro-Cathedral Wilkes-Barre, Performing Marcel Dupre' Four Motets & Maurice Durufle’ Requiem
Monday 11/25 10 am – Book Group; meets at Epiphany (also on Dec 2nd) 5.45-7 pm ~ Food Pantry Distribution, Dalton UMC ~ Volunteer help needed!
Tuesday 11/26 8.30 am ~ Check Request Fulfillment, Epiphany Office Wednesday 11/27 11.30 am ~ Chapel Service: Morning Prayer for Thanksgiving (no luncheon)
Thursday 12/19 6 pm ~ Carol-singing to Homebound; meet at Clarks Summit Sr. Living
Saturday 12/21 5 pm ~ Longest Night Service at Epiphany with eucharist
Christmas Memorial Flowers: Envelopes are in the pew holders for poinsettia sponsors, to decorate the sanctuary & warm the hearts of our homebound parishioners. Envelopes due 12/15!
Guideposts for Our Homebound: Epiphany has purchased the 2020 Guidepost Book for homebound parishioners to receive at Christmas. We gratefully accept any amount to defray the cost; suggested donation $15 min. An example of the book will be on display in the Narthex.
The Monday Book Group: will meet the following dates and places at 10.00 am: December 2 at Epiphany; December 9 (Sabbath) at Barb Monick's home - Thank you! All are welcome!
Advent Event, Prepare! Sunday, December 8th following 11am worship, Epiphany folks will come from far and wide to participate in our annual Advent Event: children rolling & baking cookies, carols being sung, wreathes being made, cards for our shut-ins crafted and signed, all enjoyed after a potluck luncheon – oh, and decorating the tree, too! Please bring a dish to share (no desserts, please) and if you are crafty, an idea and supplies with which to make it. Welcome, all!
Images in Today’s Readings: The Bible maintains that God's power and majesty is radically different from the reign of human monarchs (including presidents). There are many images in the readings: sheep, flock, lost lamb, light and darkness. What other images can you find? In the Gospel, Luke 23.33-43, Jesus bears no resemblance to an earthly king. Jesus is nailed to the cross, humiliated, tortured, killed. But the 'kingship' of Christ occurs through the reversals that characterize his ministry: the first shall be last, he has lifted up the lowly, included the outcast, glorified the humble. Where do you see this happening today?
AGAPE: As we enter the colder months (or at any time of the year), if you know anyone who needs assistance including YOURSELF from Epiphany’s AGAPE Fund, please contact Joe Skinner 570-587-2073 or Mo. Lou Divis 570-878-4670. All assistance requests are confidential. ‘The AGAPE Fund was set up as a type of Parish Discretionary Fund to enable the AGAPE Committee to freely help those with financial needs. This help may be of an emergency nature (one-time need) or can be an ongoing requirement. It also provides a means to assist charitable agencies to carry out their ministries.’ If you want to assist this ministry financially, there are pink AGAPE envelopes in the pew holders for so doing. Volunteers are needed for the committee who do their decision-making via e-mail. Thank you, God bless & keep your hat on tight!
Looking Ahead: Epiphany’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Presentation of 2019 Reports will be Sunday, January 19, 2020. We will gather for fellowship and brunch at 9am; meeting convenes 9.30-10.30am. Worship at 11am. Reports may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion. Thank you!
Parish Directory Updates:
Jack Matechak Rm 216 South, Allied Srvc Skilled Nursing, 303 Smallacombe Dr, Scranton PA 18508-2634, 570-419-1838 (c) – Jack loves phone calls as well!
Clara “Pudge” Adcroft Rm 513, The Jewish Home of Eastern Pa, 1101 Vine St, Scranton 18510
Parish Intercessions: Birthdays: Bradley Rivera; Adaleigh F. Evans; Karen Voigt; Al Henningsen; Linda Phillips; Chandra Carr; Ryan Beck; Anna Moher. Diocese: Christ Church, Stroudsburg; and the Diocesan Standing Committee Priest-in-charge: Mother Lou - Sr. warden, vestry & staff – Friends: St Gabriel’s Passionist Nuns Uganda Pygmy Ministry: Fr. Charles, principal Alice, the children Sunday School: Enner, the Honduran-child Epiphany’s Sunday School & The Group sponsor
Parish Welcome Statement for The Church of the Epiphany on www.integrityusa.org “As you visit the Church of the Epiphany, you may notice a simple white structure with a quaint steeple and a garden. Enter to feel a serene sanctuary, without the noise of the world. We pray, we love, we welcome you as an affirming and inclusive place to worship God. Our house is a house of prayer for all regardless of your age, race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental abilities. We welcome everyone. Whether you are single, married, engaged, partnered, separated, divorced, or abstaining we cherish our time together as a parish family. We believe that all are equal and loved unconditionally by God. May you find the quiet peace of God in our midst. Thank you for considering more than earthly possessions and, in addition, considering the grace of Jesus and blessings from God!”
The Mission of The Church of the Epiphany: to worship God; to love, pray, and care for one another; and to act as the Body of Christ in the community and the world.
Creation Care Team: We are seeking lay members for this Diocesan team, as well as lay liaisons to serve as a communication & support link between the parish and the Diocesan team. Team members may assist in educating people of the diocese, advocate for wise and just environmental policy, and be provided opportunities for service in the stewardship of the earth through various means. Please let Mo. Lou know if you feel called to participate in this newly-formed team.