News from St. Bart’s (1/13)

St. Bart's east wall facadeDear Brothers & Sisters in our Lord,

During this season of Epiphany, we move from the miracle of Christmas to the meaning of it in the various manifestations of the divine glory of Jesus Christ.

First, we encounter the wise men coming from the east to worship at the cradle of the Infant Christ.  Next, there is his Baptism in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, with the voice from heaven declaring that this Jesus is the beloved Son of God.  Then the visit of Jesus, at twelve years old, to the temple of Jerusalem, where the learned doctors were astonished by his knowledge and understanding.  Finally, we recall a series of Jesus’ miracles:  the changing of water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana, the healing of a leper and the Centurion’s palsied servant, and the calming of the troubled sea.

The season serves to remind us that the restoration and transformation our eternal, incarnate Lord came to bring to this world is very much available to us today.  Now that the exuberance of Christmastide has been set aside for the year, we respond accordingly by setting out in faith to seek Christ through Mere Christianity—that is, in the common, everyday, disciplined routines of Christian worship, prayer, fellowship, and charity.

Tomorrow, on the Second Sunday after Epiphany…  
Join Father Bart for Bible Study (Gospel According to St. Matthew) at 9am.
As always, we’ll celebrate The Holy Eucharist at 10am.
Sunday School for children is offered simultaneously in the Leen Center.
Coffee Hour follows in the Parish Hall. 
The Vestry is also scheduled to meet.

Look for the newly posted 2018 sign-up sheets in the Narthex for sponsoring Altar Flowers and the Sanctuary Lamp, as well as in the Parish Hall for hosting Coffee Hour.

If you’ve not yet done so, please submit your 2018 Pledge Cards tomorrow.

The Anglican Church Women are set to meet on Sunday the 21st at 11:30am.

The 2018 Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for January 28th.  Sign-up sheets for the preceding potluck lunch are in the Parish Hall.

Remember to deposit food items in the Narthex for distribution to the needy.

See you soon—much love & many blessings,

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