Sunday, January 10, 2016
1 Epiphany (Feast of Christ’s Baptism)
PreachingToday is The Rev. Dr. L. Wm. Countryman
Presiding Today is The Rev. Este Gardner Cantor
The texts this week follow the announcements.
Sunday’s Hymns: 135, 339, 510 and 448
Please pray for: Susan Bergmans, Cynthia Morse, Jim Schnobrich, Raphael Sanchez Casa, friend of Rev. Susan Mills, undergoing chemotherapy treatment, and for Jenny Moss, preparing for surgery on January 15th for breast cancer and treatment.
This quarter’s thank offering recipient is Urban Adama, a local garden cooperative.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2016
It’s a thankless task, but fortunately, we had angels do it! A very big thank you to Margo Webster, Judey Miller, Bill Trego, Jon Vieira and Bill Countryman, our clean-up crew that took down the Christmas decorations!
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
MEDITATION CLASSES TO RETURN to Good Shepherd, starting February 8 through March 14, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Church. The class will be led by Ernest Isaacs, MFT, who offered the autumn series of meditation classes. Dr. Isaacs has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1977 and has led meditation classes for 25 years.
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR THE PARISH DIRECTORY:
If you are new to Good Shepherd or have changed your contact information, now is the time to give us your updates for the parish directory. Please send your information to our deacon, The Rev. Ellen L. Ekstrom, at email@example.com.
MINISTERS: ANNUAL REPORTS will be due on January 17, 2016, for inclusion in the annual report. Please send them to Dan and Ellen.
SAVE THE DATE: Our Annual Parish Meeting is on January 24, 2016 after the 11:00 a.m. Eucharist. We’ll meet in the parish hall. More details to follow.
YOGA CLASSES continue this Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church! The class will be led by our intern neighbor, Em Kianka.
EQUIPPING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY: January 30, 2016, 10:00-5:00pm at Grace Cathedral. This is a combined event – Equipping the Beloved Community & Vestry/Bishop’s Committee Day. Lay Eucharistic Ministry training, workshops for Vestries and Bishop Committees are a few of the programs offered. For my information, click on this link: http://diocal.org/equipping-beloved-community
WEDNESDAY NOON PRAYER AND LAYING ON OF HANDS. The service begins at noon in the church and uses the noon prayer service from the New Zealand Prayer Book. Meditation and laying on of hands for healing are also offered.
BRINGING THE EUCHARIST TO OUR NEIGHBORS. Join us as we bring the Eucharist to Strawberry Creek Lodge at 2:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. The Rev. Teddy Knight, Tom Slocumb and The Rev. Susan Bergmans will officiate at an ecumenical service based on the BCP “Communion Under Special Circumstances.” Bread and wine will be consecrated at our table at the 11:00 a.m. service, and the ministers will be commissioned to bring the sacraments. The Strawberry Creek Lodge is located at 1320 Addison near Acton in Berkeley.
Lessons for 1 Epiphany (from the Oxford Annotated Bible, NRSV Edition, Unless Otherwise Stated)
Old Testament – Isaiah 43:1-7
Thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you.
Because you are precious in my sight,
and honored, and I love you,
I give people in return for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
and from the west I will gather you;
I will say to the north, “Give them up,”
and to the south, “Do not withhold;
bring my sons from far away
and my daughters from the end of the earth–
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
The Psalm – Psalm 29 (From the St. Helen Psalter)
1 Ascribe to God, you heavenly beings, *
ascribe to God glory and strength.
2 Ascribe due honor to God’s holy name; *
worship the Most Hight in the beauty of holiness.
3 The voice of God is upon the waters;
the God of glory thunders; *
God is upon the mighty waters.
4 The voice of God is a powerful voice; *
the voice of God is a voice of splendor.
5 The voice of God breaks the cedar trees; *
God breaks the cedars of Lebanon;
6 God makes Lebanon skip like a calf, *
and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of God splits the flames of fire;
the voice of God shakes the wilderness; *
God shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
8 The voice of God makes the oak trees writhe *
and strips the forests bare.
9 And in the temple of the Holy One *
all are crying, “Glory!”
10 God sits enthroned above the flood; *
enthroned as Sovereign for evermore.
11 God shall give strength to the people; *
God shall give the people the blessing of peace.
The New Testament – Acts 8:14-17
When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
The Gospel – Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”