This year the major feast day of The Epiphany falls on a Sunday. We will worship with hymns of the journey to the manger at 8:00 am using the Rite I service of Holy Eucharist. There will be no Family Service. Instead at 9:30 am our children and youth will be undertaking their final preparations for the Epiphany pageant with which we will begin our 10:30 am service. I invite you to celebrate the journey of the maji to lay their gifts at the feet of the baby Jesus with us this Sunday.
We hear in the Gospel of Matthew of the journey of wise men from the East, highly respected bearers of truth in their culture who come to honor the Christ child. We know that there was a high sense of expectation in the culture at the time. There was hope and faith grounded in prophecy of the coming of a king, a ruler, who would lead the Judean people to regain control of their lives, their country, their futures.
Certainly those who were drawn to a stable must have wondered deeply about the likelihood that the baby they discovered was in some way a fulfillment of the prophecy. Yet, their journey and their discovery of the child had an impact. The memorable aspect of the story to me is that the wise men returned by another way. The shepherds left to share the good news. They were changed by what they found. And so today we come to that stable, visibly as we watch the children of our parish enact the story in which our faith is grounded, or in our hearts as we approach the mystery in awe and wonder in our times of prayer and reflection. May we, too, be humbled during this holy season. May we move into this new year changed by all we discover.
Yours, in Christ’s light,
The Rev. Dr. Ann J. Broomell
Transition Priest In Charge
Announcements from Sunday’s Bulletin
Celtic Spirituality Adult Formation Series: The series will start this Tuesday, January 8 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The session is entitled: The Web of Life: A celebration of the goodness of creation. We will be looking at the roots of the Celtic branch of Christianity and its reverence for nature. The meeting will include presentation and Celtic prayer. Please sign up on the hall bulletin board so that we can get an idea of numbers.
Is your pledge in? Thank you to everyone who has pledged to enable the ministries of St. Paul’s for 2013. If you haven’t brought your pledge card to church or mailed it to the office, we would appreciate it if you could do so as soon as possible. We are putting together the 2013 budget and our options reflect your prayerful pledges.
Pledge envelopes for the new year are available to be picked up in the Great Hall.
Poinsettias, used in the Christmas flower display, are offered to any parishioner wishing to have one for their home. They may be picked up in the flower room.
New Directories available If you haven’t picked up a new parish directory , please do so in the Great Hall. We have printed enough that each family or individual in the parish will have one copy. If you need to have one mailed to you, please telephone the office and speak with Susan Tyler.
8:00 Coffee Hour As we are using paper cups, this has become a simpler task. Let’s keep this tradition going. Please sign up to help with the 8:00 coffee hour gatherings.
The Outreach Committee is proud to announce that we will continue to serve lunch at Mid-Coast Hunger on the third Saturday of the month from January until June. We are asking for volunteers. Our goal is to recruit a group of people who will become familiar with the operations of the meal so that we may eventually expand to more than one Saturday a month. All that are interested, sign up on the bulletin board and include which month(s) you are interested in. We ask that people be available form 9-1, but if you want a partial shift, we are willing to accept those as well. Our next lunch is on Saturday, January 19. If you have any questions, please contact James Ford at email@example.com or 841-9377.
On behalf of all the needy families in this area, a grateful thank you to all who contributed to the recent food drive. With your generosity, St. Paul’s donated over 500 lbs. of non-perishable food to the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. All we donated made a difference and brightened the holidays of many.
From The Discernment Committee The Discernment Committee is pleased to announce that we have decided on the finalists for the position of rector of St. Paul’s, and are now working on setting up interviews. Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we go forward.
Are you on Facebook? If you are, please “like” the St. Paul’s church page.
The Journey to Adulthood will be providing technology help for all of your new Christmas gadgets on Sunday January 13th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Help is available for computers, phones, ipads, kindles, cameras, and more! We will be in the Great Hall following both services with the opportunity to sign up. Thank you!