Bishop Stephen preached at the Maundy Thursday in the Cathedral, at the service where clergy are to renew their ordination vows. The attendance from our Deanery is sparse, given the travel. Here is the text for his sermon as it is found on his blog.
Christ is Risen! As I write, this announcement is a little premature, but by the time you read it, perhaps, it will be better timed.
At bottom, this declaration is the sole reason for the church’s existence. Jesus Christ is Risen is the announcement that the first martyrs embraced even over their own lives. Imagine that. Those who knew Jesus, walked with him in Galillee, forsook him in Jerusalem on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, chose to die themselves, firm in the conviction that in spite of all that, Jesus really was alive.
This declaration is the sole reason for the Church’s threefold mission that I spoke in my Good Friday sermon (if you missed it, click here). Why do we care for the poor? Because Christ is Risen. Why do we worship? Because Christ is Risen. Why do we evangelize? Because Christ is Risen. Without the resurrection of Jesus, the Church is an idiosyncratic social agency with a restrictive morality and strange rituals (much like the Shriners, now that I think about it). With the resurrection of Jesus, we are the Church. And our threefold mission? It is to be the vanguard, the advance force, of the kingdom that will come in its fullness at Christ’s appearing.
This is no mere metaphor standing alongside bunnies and buds and eggs. It is a revolution. And it’s time to “get on board, little children. There’s room for many-a-more.”
Finally, here is a link to Bishop Stephen’s Easter message.
I do hope to see you tonight (Saturday) at 8:00 pm at our Vigil and/or tomorrow morning at 10:30 am for Easter Sunday.
Easter Weekend at the Epiphany
Easter Vigil, April 19: The silence of Holy Saturday deepens as at the Great Three Days ends. Keep vigil at the tomb with the women and be the first to hear and announce the good news: “He is not here. He is Risen!” at 8:00 pm
Easter Sunday, April 20: Christ the Lord is Risen Today! Alleluia. Join us for Eucharist at 10:30 am.
Parking: Dear Epiphanites—If you wish to use staff parking, please make prior arrangements with the church office.
Women’s Bible Study: There will be no Bible Study on Easter Monday. We will study Chapter 11 on April 28th and conclude with Chapter 12 for the summer on May 5th.
PWRDF – Bicycle Ambulances A thank you letter was received, some weeks back, thanking us for the contributions made by our parish in 2013. It is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Algoma Room.
FYI – on the credenza in the lobby are 2 pieces of information which may be of interest to you:
1) the most recent report on homelessness from the City of Greater Sudbury. In 2012, a total of 1165 people of all ages used an emergency shelter and 33.3% of family shelter users were children under the age of 18. The numbers have not gone down. You may be interested to know that the biggest barrier to overcoming homelessness is lack of affordable housing.
2) A Guide to Programs, Services and Locations of the Mental Health and Addictions Program of Health Sciences North. Did you know that just around the corner from the church -127 Cedar Street – is one of the main service locations? Office hours are from 8:30 a.m to 10 p.m., no appointment necessary, 7 days a week; a 24 hour crisis hotline -705.675.4760 -can be accessed 365 days a year, and a mobile crisis unit is available as well.
ACW Annual Meeting will take place on May 26 – 28 at the Water Tower Inn in Sault Ste. Marie. For more information, contact Dorothy Larsen at 705 675 5958. Call the office for a registration form.
Fair Trade Coffee: There are several bags of decaffeinated dark roast bean and ground coffee left at $14 per lb. If interested, please see Mary Donato after church.
Telephone Buddies: Might you to interested in participating? The Pastoral Concerns Team is considering a new way for parishioners to stay in touch – using old technology -a telephone buddy system (TBS). TBS would have one buddy calling another for a friendly chat periodically. The frequency of these calls would be determined by the buddies, of course, but it is anticipated that a call once every week or two would be the norm. With more people living on their own and often with limited mobility, TBS may help to keep some of our shut-ins, elderly and those with special needs more in touch with Epiphany. If you. or someone you know, might be interested in being a telephone buddy please leave your name with Gwen in the office or contact Barbara Bolton for more information at 705-674-1691 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Michael Harvey will be at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church Copper Cliff on May 5, 2014. His subject will be “Inviting People to Stay.” Check out the poster in the Algoma Room for more information!
LINC needs help with child care. It operates from 9:15 a.m.- 2:45 p.m. every weekday. If you have some time, like little children, and would like to assist newcomers to Canada, Jennifer, in the LINC office downstairs at the church, would be delighted to hear from you.
PWRDF: Fred says, “Let’s Jam.” The Cuban Council of Churches (CCC) is working to train people in farming techniques, but also in how to preserve food so their excess harvest can feed their families throughout the year and even how to cook the new foods they are growing. Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio of the Episcopal Church of Cuba told us about how much this training has helped people in the community of Itabo.
“Before the training, people had a very static diet of pork, rice and beans. Many people had diabetes with this diet. Now, people are growing carrots, tomatoes, onions, mango, and other crops. Each month, they bring their extra harvest to the church, where it is blessed and given to those who have need—pregnant women and vulnerable people in the community. The leftovers are then sold so the families that are growing the food have some income to support their families.
“In Cuba, summer is the period when there is very little harvest. So people have learned how to make jams and other preserves to make sure they have enough to eat during those months as well.”
With your help, PWRDF and the CCC can train people in other communities in Cuba so that they can provide for themselves, their families, and their neighbours just like the people of Itabo. A $75 donationcourse to give them the knowledge to teach their family and neighbours farming techniques to improve the lives of their whole community.
Deanery Digest: For more Deanery news and events, be sure to check it out on the Deanery Website, by clicking here.
Next week’s schedule:
Monday, April 21
Women’s Bible Study
Resumes on Apr 28
Wednesday, April 23
Bible Study and Eucharist
(Fr Tim is on retreat in the Sault)
Thursday, April 24
Quilter’s at 9:30 am
BAS Eucharist at 5:00 pm
Chapel of the Nativity
BCP Eucharist at 8:30 am
Chapel of the Nativity
BAS Eucharist at 10:20 am
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