Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Risen Jesus,
Monday is the Confession of St. Peter and Martin Luther King Day. What a pleasure to share the collect for the day and a reading from Acts. Students enjoy your day off. Remember no mail.
Collect for St. Peter: Almighty Father, who inspired Simon Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Acts 4: 8-13
Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is `the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.
Connection: Yesterday’s Old Testament reading from I Samuel is part of the early chapters when we see a transition from the last Judge, Eli the priest who knew that he had not obeyed God and the boy Samuel is God’s called leader. These early chapters remind us: 1) God opposes the proud and exalts the humble. 2) Despite human evil, God is always at work. 3) God will raise up a Messianic leader, who we know as Jesus. As followers of Jesus this should bring us comfort and confidence with the beginning of the Good News of Jesus the Christ. We can also say that God is immutable. We may mute ourselves on Zoom meetings, but God is never mute. He may sometimes remain silent, but He’s always watching. We are blessed to have Eli to instruct Samuel to the God with the words: “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” Join me this week in being faithful listeners to Jesus early in 2021.
Good Shepherd Annual Meeting: Will be held on Sunday, January 24th beginning at 10:15 AM via Zoom (after the Sunday service which begins at 9:00am on Facebook Live). 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 Backpack Shepherd Room with:
- canned vegetables
- canned pasta
- Jell-O or pudding packs
- peanut butter
- granola bars
- small packs of raisins
- pancake or cake mixes
- 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.
Vestry Meeting: Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM. Outgoing and Vestry Candidates should attend.
All members are welcome to join us by Zoom https://zoom.us/j/93779250861
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
Wednesday 7:00 PM Episcopal 4 U via Zoom. Email Judy Kile for an invitation.
Facebook Live, Sunday, January 17th at 9:00 AM. – Holy Eucharist Rite II-Epiphany III, Year B. Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Psalms 62:6-14, I Corinthians 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20. Join us on Facebook Live
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
NO Sunday Christian Formation Classes because of the early Eucharist, followed by the Good Shepherd Annual Meeting.
It’s all about Zoom!
Zoom Technical Support: Contact Kim Snodgrass or call 417-793-0780.