Rector's Blog 12/23/2019
Dear friends in Christ,
The new year promises to be filled with continuing opportunities to experience the presence of Christ living among us and working through us. We will also stop every once in a while and reflect on how our lives are becoming intertwined with the Story of God’s love.
To begin, let me tell you the special events planned during Epiphany:
January 1- It may still be Christmas season, but we will keep the feat of the Holy Name of Jesus with a Eucharist in the chapel at 9:30. It is a great way to start the new year by identifying ourselves with the name and person of Jesus.
January 5- We will be keeping the second Sunday of Christmas in the morning with a special Morning Prayer with Christmas music. In the afternoon we will offer a Eucharist at 4 pm with music for the feast of the Epiphany. Following the Eucharist, let’s have a pot luck supper concluding with a cutting of the Epiphany cake.
January 12- We keep the 2nd Sunday of Epiphany with the story of the Baptism of Jesus. It is an appropriate day for baptisms in the Church, and we will be celebrating with my family as we baptize my grandson Bronson at the 9:30 service that day!
January18 to 25- The week of Christian Unity. Please keep in your prayers our brothers and sisters throughout the world, united by our confession of faith in Christ.
January 15 to 20- Marilyn and Fr David will be traveling to Newport, RI to visit with Bishop Jim. On Sunday, January 19, Morning Prayer will be said for the 9:30 am service.
Beginning on January 26 and continuing through the rest of Epiphany season, we will begin a study entitled, “If This is Our Church, What Is Our Story?” Look for details after January 1, but we hope everyone will participate, for each of us is a storyteller and character in the ongoing story.
February 2- The Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and the Bishop will be making his annual visitation to St John’s. At present we hope he and Leslie will be arriving on Saturday to meet with the vestry, and then celebrate the Eucharist with us on Sunday and be with us all for the coffee hour after.
February 25- Shrove Tuesday. Let’s celebrate the close of the Epiphany Season and the beginning of Lent on Wednesday with a Eucharist at 5:30 pm followed by a Mardi Gras party to follow. Look for more details as we get nearer.
Epiphany is traditionally a season for people to have their homes blessed, as we celebrate walking with Jesus and welcoming him into our lives. If you would like to have your home blessed, please see Fr David. You might want to have your home blessed if it has not been blessed before, or there have been changes to the home since the last time it was blessed, or there has transition in your family. A blessing might be done with just your family, or as a parish gathering. Whatever shape it takes, it can be a wonderful experience of inviting and welcoming the presence of God into your life through your home.