Thursday, January 10, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his
Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 214

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

During the beginning of this season of Epiphany--of God being revealed--we lift up three moments when Jesus was revealed as the Messiah, the Son of God.  The first one we celebrated last Sunday with the arrival of the wise men from the East who followed a star and worshipped the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.  They gave him gifts worthy of Jesus as Christ: gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The second moment we will celebrate this Sunday. After Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, a voice came from heaven saying, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased" (Luke 3:22).  The third moment of revelation we will lift up on January 20th is Jesus's first miracle, changing water into wine at a wedding feast.  God is revealed; "God in man made manifest."  This is what the season of Epiphany is about, the revelation that God is present among us.  As Jesus says in Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is among you."

Our Wednesdays, Our Service of Healing and Holy Eucharist has begun again.  We meet at 12:05 p.m. in the Lady Chapel, off to the right side in the Sanctuary.  After the service, there is a light lunch followed by Bible Study of the next Sunday's readings at 1:30 p.m. in the Guild Room.  Please feel free to join this lively and engaging group!

I am delighted to announce that we will be having a Concert of two string quartets (Beethoven and Mendelssohn) as part of our ongoing fundraising effort to restore our Clerestory Windows on Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m.  The flyer is attached.  Please feel free to forward this to your friends, family and colleagues.  These four young people are outstanding musicians and are blessing us with the gift of their music-making in order to help our efforts to raise money for this restoration.  We are very grateful!  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students, and may be purchased by PayPal or at the door.

Our wonderful Priest Associate, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, will preach and celebrate this coming Sunday, January 13th at both services while Bob and I visit our children in Los Angeles. Our daughter Nadia is hosting a new podcast concert entitled "Living Music LIVE" on Saturday night at the Ace Hotel.  We're thrilled that we will be able to be present!

Prayers for us all, and for our country, that during this season of Epiphany, God's light shining in the darkness may reveal Christ's love to the world.

In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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