The Church of the Epiphany Episcopal Church The Third Sunday after the Epiphany: ~ 26 January 2020 ~
Good day! Welcome to Epiphany! This is a place where we nurture souls with prayerful worship, 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
#126 Hymnal (Processional) The People Who in Darkness Watched Page 355 – Book of Common Prayer (BCP) Opening Prayers #S-280 Hymnal Glory to God in the Highest
The Collect: (Read together) Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Old Testament: Isaiah 9:1-4 The first lesson is a hymn of thanksgiving and hope offered at the birth of a new king in Jerusalem. The reign of this king will end oppression and bring justice, righteousness, and lasting peace. Sound familiar? There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness--on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. The Word of the Lord. Response: Thanks be to God.
Response: Psalm 27:1,5-13 1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? * the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid? 5 One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek; * that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life; 6 To behold the fair beauty of the LORD * and to seek him in his temple. 7 For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter; * he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock. 8 Even now he lifts up my head * above my enemies round about me. 9 Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness; * I will sing and make music to the LORD. 10 Hearken to my voice, O LORD, when I call; * have mercy on me and answer me. 11 You speak in my heart and say, "Seek my face." * Your face, LORD, will I seek. 12 Hide not your face from me, * nor turn away your servant in displeasure. 13 You have been my helper; cast me not away; * do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.
The Epistle: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Paul is disturbed by news of in-fighting and factions in the church. Paul reminds them they must be unified in Jesus, in whose name they are baptized. He reminds people to look to the cross of Christ and get along. Imagine Christians arguing! Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. The Word of the Lord. Response: Thanks be to God. #550 Hymnal (Gospel) Jesus Call Us
The Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles-- the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
Sermon: The Rev. John Davis
Page 358 BCP – The Creed
Prayers of the People Leader:let us pray. People’s Response:Hear us, God of Glory.
Page 360 BCP – The Confession
The Peace & Announcements
#304 Hymnal (Offertory) I Come with Joy
The Lord’s Prayer
The Distribution of Communion #581 Hymnal (Communion) Where Charity and Love Prevail
Page 365 BCP – Prayer after Communion
#527 Hymnal (Recessional) Singing Songs of Expectation
Serving today: Saturday, 5 pm – Anne Hawk (reader), Linda Rogers (intercessor), Dan Bubnis (chalice bearer), Jus Hoyt (usher) Sunday, 11 am – Angie Mitchell (reader), Rick Little (intercessor), Dan Bubnis (chalice), Sam K (crucifer), George S (acolyte, reader), John Voigt (usher), Mary-Jo Cliff (organist), Melissa Driscole (choir director), Maureen Wezmar, Lori Moran, Dan Bubnis (altar guild)
Parish Intercessions: Birthdays: Lindsey Reinheimer Loss (1/24); Mary Jo Schmaltz; Eli Bader-Saye; Sr. Teresita – St. Gabriel’s; Emily Rancier; Ted Baildon; Kurt Massoudi; Marie Bianco; David Wimsatt. For Mo. Lou, our Priest-in-Charge – For Our Vestry & Staff For the Ugandan Pygmy Ministry, Fr. Charles & Alice – For St. Gabriel’s Passionist Nuns For Enner, the Honduran child sponsored by our Sunday School & The Group Diocese of Bethlehem: St. Andrew’s, Allentown; and the Diocesan Council
Making Connections: January 26 Being a Christian is a lot of work. It means believing that every human being is worthy of our care and respect. It means believing and living as if there is hope even in darkness. For Lent, the parish will be encouraged to read “Tattoos on the Heart – the Power of Boundless Compassion” by Greg Boyle. The organist, Rev. Mary Jo Cliff, preached on this at Christmas. It will probably turn up in sermons through Lent. It is also not too late to read the Bible in a year. See: biblechallenge.org; bibleinayear.org; oneyearbibleonline.com. Or, purchase a Bible in a year bible.
This week's Announcements
January 25/26 Calendar: January 25 (ending) Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (world-wide) Sunday 1/26 1.30 pm ~ Epiphany’s Meal for Hungry, Good Shepherd, Scranton-Confirmed! To volunteer, please call/text Scott 570-575-8342 or email@example.com 3 pm ~ Holy Hootenanny w/AEM Choirs, Church of St. Benedict’s Monday 1/27 10 am ~ Book Club @ Barb Monick’s home (weekly through Feb. 24th) Thursday 1/30 7 pm ~ Adult Choir Rehearsal Saturday 2/1 5.45 pm ~ 1st Saturday Potluck @ Epiphany Sunday 2/2 Groundhog Day Noon ~ Acolyte Meeting ~ Education Meeting 1.30 pm ~ Holy Communion at Clarks Summit Senior Living Friday 2/7 5 pm ~ Chicken & Biscuit Meal, Waverly UMC; Donations benefit CROP Walk Sunday 2/9 Noon ~ Confirmation Class (also Feb 23rd) 12.45-5 pm ~ Spinners Web, Common Room Wednesday 2/12 11.30 am ~ Epiphany’s Chapel Service ~ Noon Potluck Luncheon Saturday 2/15 1 pm ~ Trolley Trail Hot Cocoa Event at Epiphany Sunday 2/16 1:00 pm ~ Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at Epiphany:‘Can't Dodge the Tombstone at Boot Hill’ 6:00 pm ~ Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at St. Peter’s Tunkhannock Tuesday 2/25 5-7 pm ~ Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! Wednesday 2/26 ~ Ash Wednesday 11.30 am ~ Epiphany’s Chapel Service Saturday 2/29 10am-3pm ~ Epiphany’s Vestry Retreat with St. Peter’s Friday 3/6World Day of Prayer
Mystery Money: A cash donation was left at the Epiphany office on Sunday, January 12, lacking a note! Please call or e-mail the office so we may give you credit: 570-563-1564 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rummage Sale Donations: Please hold your donations for Epiphany’s Rummage Sale until April 1st. Then we will again be collecting them downstairs.
2019 Annual Reports Packet: Copies of the 2019 committee/group reports and 2020 budget are available in the Narthex and the Parish Hall.
The Monday Book Club: Our book selection is Tattoos on the heart - the Power of Boundless Compassion by Greg Boyle. This should be a very interesting read & discussion. Bring a friend!!
Friends of Silence Quotations: Now the old has already passed away But the new is too new to be born today So I'm throwing out seeds on the winter snow As the cold wind begins to blow Standing here on a new threshold
I can see a warm dim light in the window...
I pass from mystery to mystery, so I won't lie I don't know what happens when people die but I hope that I see you...
In the distance I see a glow
There's a light, there's a light, there's light In the window.
~ from "A Light in the Window" by Carrie Newcomer.
The Episcopal Church Seeks information on formation resources &practices: All practicing Episcopalians are invited to participate in a survey. Responses requested by: January 31, 2020. The Task Force for the Formation & Ministry of the Baptized… is seeking input from lay and ordained Episcopalians throughout the church about the formation and efficacy of the processes and practices… through a 25-min. survey: https://dfms.formstack.com/forms/baptized_ministry
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Sunday, February 16 at 1:00 pm at Epiphany. Cowboy stew is the menu - and ice cream. Dinner will be served at 12.30, the show follows at 1:00. Open to the public. Western/Cowboy murder. Contact email@example.com for tickets/reservations. Deadline (no pun intended) February 12. Cost: $10 for one ticket; $8.00 each if two tickets bought. Children under 10 are free. If you may provide Stew, bread, crackers, paper bowls, etc. please contact Mo. Lou 570-878-4670. Blessings y'all - heeee hawwww!
AGAPE: 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. If you want to assist this ministry financially, there are pink AGAPE envelopes in the pew holders for so doing. Thank you & God bless! Joe Skinner
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