The Baptism of our Lord–Epiphany

Dear St. Stephen’s church family,

Epiphany blessings continued! The sermon for the Baptism of our Lord is on soundcloud. You can click the link on the webpage and it will take you there. The readings are: Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Act 19:1-7 and Mark 1:4-11.

 The baptism of Jesus gives us one of those glimpses into the Triune relationship at the heart of God. We see Jesus, the Son, knee deep in the Jordan, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending on him, and hear a Voice from heaven—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—3 in 1, 1 in 3. 

 Our book study group meets tomorrow at 3 on Zoom to discuss the book, How to Pray—A Simple Guide for Normal People, by Pete Greig. It is such a good book, so accessible and helpful. If you didn’t order it but would like to borrow it, let me know. I am thinking of doing another book study/discussion in Lent (February l7th onwards) for those who are interested. I’m considering what book would be best! I’ll keep you posted !

I have heard back from several others who received talents from me, (the travelling master), way back in November during worship. For example, some talents have been multiplied and sent to on Eagle’s Wings (some found money included!), and others have been used to buy coffee for strangers. Well done, good and faithful servants! What will you do with the talents God has given you in this New Year? (By the way, we all definitely have some (time, resources, energy…)! All of us!)

 I have no new information to report regarding in person worship at this time. We have been asked not to hold in person worship services until at least January 15th, and will receive updates as they become available. I have a meeting on Tuesday with the Bishop and clergy on Zoom, so possibly I will have more to say after that. Please continue to pray for all people in our province as we act responsibly towards one another, loving our neighbour as ourselves. Please continue to pray for our Bishop and leaders as they make decisions for our church life. May they have wisdom and discernment as they lead us through these challenging times. And may we continue in prayer and fellowship with one another as we are able, knowing that we are One in the Spirit.

 Little Things: We cannot too often remind ourselves that life is made up of little things, and it is not only in the little things that we are to love and serve Him, but His love for us must find its place in the little things everyone of which we can offer to Him as our service of love. And it is a great thought that nothing is little with God. Whatever he touches, whatever He inspires, whatever He accepts, He thereby places an infinite value upon it. Thus are we able to offer to Him works of infinite value in His sight, and in His kingdom. Does this not show us the dignity with which He crowns those whom He calls to His loving service? It is always a false humility to think our work for Him as being of little account, as my dear old St. Augustine said, ‘if you do not acknowledge yourself to be holy, you are ungrateful to God. -Shirley Carter Hughson OPU (1867-1949)

Parish Cycle of Prayer:

Monday: Pray for all in our parish family and friends who are living in long term care or in the hospital. Pray for them to know the love of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday: Darryl and Bronwen and family (Marin and Kaleb, Brendan)

Wednesday: Eunice M and family

Thursday: Audrey M and family

Friday: Evadne and family

 In the light and love of Christ,

The Rev. Amy <><