Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,
What a joy to baptize Francis (Frankie) Keith Armato on Sunday to celebrate the Baptism of Jesus our Lord. This sacrament brought the lift we needed to begin our second week of the new year.
Let us Pray the words from the Chaplain of the Senate, Dr. Barry C Black:
Lord, sometimes what’s happening in this country feels out of control. We’re swept up in a swirl of charges and counter-charges, lies and half-truths. But you are Truth—and you can handle it all. I put my hope in you, Lord. Help our leaders do the same. Amen.
Connection: On Sunday we heard Paul’s experience at Ephesus when he asked, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you came believers?” The response was, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Paul then baptized them, laying hands them the Holy Spirit spilled out on them. He did this by speaking Truth in Love through the Spirit. Not an emotional love, but a love that involves sacrifice. This encounter came during his second missionary journey to visit those in this rapidly growing religion.
Part of the growing edge of in those early times was understanding the love of sacrifice. The love of selflessness. That seeks the good of ‘the other’ and ‘self’. Thankful it continues today.
The Way of Love has been done successfully in our lifetime in South Africa. People like Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela guided South Africans through dangerous times of civil war into a prospering nation. It required its citizens to look at painful truths, then speak about ways of reconciliation that was best for all. They had to do what was just and merciful by exploring the pain and sufferings of the past, then promise and live as a reconciled people.
Epiphany 2021 is our opportunity to be a people of the Spirit that willing sacrifices for the common good with justice and mercy. What a wonderful opportunity to speak truth in love through Jesus our Lord.
Fr. Galen Snodgrass
Good Shepherd Annual Meeting: Will be held on Sunday, January 24th beginning at 10:15 AM via Zoom. You may attend in person, if you wish, but you must call the office to reserve your seat. Otherwise please join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/95905674107 Please make sure you’ve downloaded the latest Zoom updates before Wednesday, January 20th. Thank you for sending your ministry reports to Laura ASAP.
Pray for our vestry candidates: Phyllis Cameron, Kathy Potter, Susan Eveland, and Mike Wilkinson for the Holy Spirit’s guidance in wisdom and discernment.
Souper Bowl of Caring January 11-February 7. Please help us restock our BPS Room with canned vegetables, canned pasta, Jell-O or pudding packs, peanut butter, popcorn, granola bars, tortillas, small packs of raisins, pancake or cake mixes, or financial contributions. The BPS Box will be by the chapel for your food contribution.
Educational Connections and Zoom Links
Weekday Services, Events, and Education
Noonday Prayer at Noon via Facebook Live Monday through Friday.
Compline at 8 pm via Facebook Live Monday-Tuesday, and Thursday-Friday. Not on Wednesday; instead Wednesday Eucharist for Households.
*****Wednesday Eucharist for Households via Facebook Live Only: Wednesday at 6:00 PM from Our Lady of Walsingham Chapel via Facebook Live
Wednesday Noonday Bible Study via Zoom each Wednesday at 12:30 pm. Mark 3:13-6:13. Meeting ID is https://zoom.us/j/91477770100
Episcopal 4 U at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Email Judy Kile at firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Circle of Friends Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM. All are welcome. https://zoom.us/j/99608591532
FMC Council Meeting Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM. https://zoom.us/j/97777240162
Facebook Live this Sunday
Holy Eucharist Rite II-Epiphany II, Year B, Sunday, January 17 at 10:15 AM. I Samuel 3:1-20, Psalms 139:1-5, 12-17, I Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51. Join us on Facebook Live
Sunday Christian Formation Classes Zoom Lectionary Study for all. Sunday, January 10 at 9:00 AM:Epiphany II, Year B, I Samuel 3:1-20, Psalms 139:1-5, 12-17, I Corinthians 6:12-20, John 1:43-51. FYI: This Zoom link will remain the same till February 14, 2021. God willing and the technology works.! https://zoom.us/j/93045831122
It’s all about Zoom!
Zoom Technical Support: Contact Kim Snodgrass at email@example.com or 417-793-0780.