Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: March 8, 2015

prayThis is the Third Sunday of Lent. Today we are asked to look at how well we live in covenant relationship with God and with each other. Jesus invites us to remove those trappings of religion that hinder us from really speaking to God in prayer. We must re-examine how well we make our church a place of prayer for all people -- an oasis of mercy in a world of indifference. How is God inviting me to open to deeper prayer and more loving relationship with community?

Readings:

  • Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17: The Covenant of Moses can be summarized in the ten commandments. They are a special wisdom from God who liberates us. They become the constitution of the new people of God. They set up right relationships between us and God and between each other. We do these things “that we may have life.” We welcome each other with the respect required of a covenant people (living in covenant with God and with each other).
  • 1 Corinthians 1;22-25: The wisdom of God is fully revealed in Jesus. He is our way, our truth and our life. Lent invites us to follow him more fully and more deeply. God’s wisdom and power is the person of Jesus. We welcome each other in the shared wisdom of Jesus.
  • John 2:13-25: At the start of his ministry Jesus removes from the worship of Israel (symbolized in his day by the Temple worship in Jerusalem) all the is extraneous to the meaning of worship. Meeting God in simple prayer is the greatest act of worship. Lent is a time for us to deepen this reality in our lives. It explains why Jesus was so often found in prayer. It was the center of his life. We are called to make it the center of our lives as well. We welcome each other by making a space for prayer as a community of believers.

Empty Your Cup: A Lenten Reflection

Empty CupThe following reflection was given by parishioner Stephen Murphy at our Ash Wednesday Evening Prayer service.

ASH WEDNESDAY 

Stephen Murphy, Reflection

Empty Your Cup

A great scholar of comparative religion was thrilled to have the opportunity to ask a religious master many questions. The two conversed politely over tea for some time. The scholar was quite pleased with himself; it was clear that he knew very much about the master's tradition, and he felt he was surely impressing the old man with the intelligence of his questions.

Ministry: Worship

Reflections on the Sunday’s Readings: March 1, 2015

TransfigurationThis is  the Second Sunday of Lent. Though the disciples are fearful and confused about Jesus’ identity and mission, Jesus is shown in Mark’s gospel to be God’s beloved, the messiah who would be raised up. Life, not death, is God’s desire for all beloved sons and daughters. “Jesus wants evangelizers who proclaim the good news not only with words, but above all by a life transfigured by God’s presence.” (Pope Francis: Evangelii Gaudium) How would my life be different if I was “transfigured by God’s presence?”

Readings:

Senior High Lock-In Coming Soon!

Lock-inWhat: Senior High Lock-In

When: March 7-8, 2015 – 5:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Where: The Lighthouse & Skyzone

Cost: $15-Covers for Skyzone pass & food!

Who: 9th-12th grade youth

All youth in 9th through 12th  grades are invited to the Senior High Lock-In!

Join us for…

Ministry: Youth Formation

Winter Weather Update for February 20, 2015

Winter WeatherPlease note that when Jefferson County Public Schools are closed or opening on a delayed schedule, then the morning mass at Epiphany will be cancelled.

  • However, to provide services for the community, the parish offices WILL BE OPEN on Friday, February 20, 2015.

Thank you for your patience during this extend weather emergency in our area.

Ministry: Administration

Opportunities for Lent 2015

Lent 2015“The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Gospel!” The waters of the flood and the waters of baptism are both about major change, about reshaping -- in other words, about repentance.

  • How is the Spirit leading you, like Jesus, into 40 days of prayer, fasting and almsgiving?
  • How can you open to the transforming flow of God’s mercy?

The community is encouraged to commit to a communal Lenten spiritual practice of attending to a focus phrase, prayer, and action offered each week, and using the Little Black Books for daily reflection. As a sign of this commitment, please bring an item for the needy to weekend liturgies, and contribute to the Rice Bowl collection.

Weekly Communal Spiritual Practices:

Ministry: Worship

Obituary for Gloria Horrall

GloriaGloria Jean Gardner Horrall, 68 of Louisville, died Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Naples, unexpectedly and quickly, peacefully joining angels in heaven.

She was born August 18, 1946 in Louisville, to Genevieve and Warren Gardner. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1964 and married the love of her life Barry Horrall on August 30, 1969.

Gloria is survived by her husband Barry, daughter Ashley Horrall McDonald, son-in-law Brian McDonald, and two grandsons, Henry (4) and Cooper (1); two brothers William (Bud), John (Jack) Gardner; three sisters Joy Mullin, Elenor (Dodie) Gimbel, Juanita (Sissy) Gavin. Gloria is an aunt, great-aunt, great-great aunt and great-great-great aunt to many.

Ministry: Bereavement

Lenten Taizé Prayer for February 20, 2015 CANCELLED.

CancellationDue to the continuing severe weather this week, please note that the Lenten Taizé Prayer scheduled for 6:50 AM on Friday, February 20, 2015 has been CANCELLED.

  • We hope to resume this Lenten prayer next week.
Ministry: Worship

Ash Wednesday Evening Service still on

Ash WednesdayThe Church of Epiphany is still planning to conduct an Ash Wednesday service tonight at 7:00 PM It will be Evening Prayer with Distribution of Ashes.

Ministry: Worship

For Lent, Spend Tuesdays with Thomas Merton

LentWhat: A Retreat with Thomas Merton

When: Tuesdays (Feb 24 through Mar 24) – 7:00 PM

Where: Chapel

MertonWant to celebrate Thomas Merton’s centennial?

Join us in the chapel this lent for a CD series titled “A Retreat with Thomas Merton” on Tuesdays, starting on February 24.

The six-week series continues weekly through Tuesday, March 24.

Ministry: Worship

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