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February 5- Hymn Sing with Theodicy Jazz Collective

Join young adults from around the diocese for a Hymn Sing with the Theodicy Jazz Collective on Friday, February 7th at St. Stephen’s and the Incarnation from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Food and beverages will be provided. This event is free to all. For more information, check out the Facebook event.

February 7- Absalom Jones Celebration

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry returns to the Diocese of Washington to preach at a Eucharist commemorating Absalom Jones, the first African American to be ordained an Episcopal priest. The service, which will include traditional African American hymns and music of the African diaspora, takes place at 3 pm on Sunday, February 7 at Washington National Cathedral and is open to all.

February 9- Mardi Gras Party

On February 9th from 6:00-8:00pm, we will have our annual Epiphany Mardi Gras Party! The evening’s festivities include a New Orleans style dinner and a live Dixieland band. Tickets are $20/adult, $5/children under 12. RSVP to 202-347-2635. Tickets can be purchased online here. Please select “Mardi Gras!” in the drop-down menu.

February 10- Ash Wednesday

Come to Church on Ash Wednesday! This is one of the most important services of our church year, when we begin our Lenten devotion together. We are delighted that the Revd Dr James Farwell, Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary, will be preaching at both our Choral Eucharists.
  • 7.30am Morning Prayer
  • 8.00-9:30 am & 4:30-5:30pm Ashes To Go at Metro Center  (G & 13th)
  • 12.10pm Choral Eucharist with Guest Preacher
  • 6.00pm Choral Eucharist with Guest Preacher

January 24 Church Closed

 

The Church of the Epiphany will be CLOSED on Saturday, Jan. 23, Sunday, Jan. 24, and Monday, Jan. 25 due to severe weather.

A Note from the Interim Rector:

“By his command he sends the driving snow…” – Sirach 43.13a

Being reminded we are not in control may be a difficult lesson but one we continue to learn.
Please stay safe as we weather this storm. Our prayers for one another will be what binds us in worship on Sunday. I invite you to spend some time with the gospel reading and, if possible, post your reflection on our Facebook page. It will be interesting to see how each of us hears the word of God in this new context. I, for one, am excited to hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.
Be safe and God bless.
Elizabeth Gardner
Interim Rector

 

January 17 Sunday Bulletin

January 17 Sunday Bulletin

RESCHEDULED January 26 Tuesday Concert

Due to the severe weather conditions this week’s Tuesday Concert Series will be rescheduled later in the year. We look forward to welcoming pianist Tzu-Yi Chen at another date.

Our Tuesday Concerts will resume on February 2 with Renaissance music for viola da gamba, theorbo and organ, led by Amy Domuingues (viola-da-gamba).

Thank you for your continued support and patronage of our magnificent music each week. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you on February 2.

Weekday Worship December 28-January 1

There will be no noonday Eucharist on December 28, 30, or January 1. We do apologize. We will resume our regular weekday worship service the following week.

December 28- January 1 Calendar

There will be no weekday worship services during the week of December 28- January 1.

Monday, December 28
Church and Parish Office open from 10:00am- 2:00pm
12:00pm AA
1:15pm Dhuhur Salat

Tuesday, December 29
Church and Parish Office open from 10:00am- 2:00pm
12:00pm Al-Anon
1:00pm Street Church, in Franklin Square
1:15pm Dhuhur Salat

Wednesday, December 30
Church and Parish Office open from 10:00am- 2:00pm
12:00pm AA and Al-Anon
1:15pm Dhuhur Salat

Thursday, December 31
Church and Parish Office Closed

Friday, January 1
Church and Parish Office Closed

 

Christmas Message from Epiphany

Happy Christmas from Church of the Epiphany

“…while they were there, the time came for Mary to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”

As we celebrate the extraordinary festival of Christmas today, across the world women will be giving birth to baby boys and wrapping them in bands of cloth, just like Mary did with her baby – Jesus -more than 2,000 years ago.

This gets to the core of the wonder that is Christmas: the extraordinary meets the ordinary. Christmas speaks to us of this amazing, glorious celebration of the most unbelievable act – God becoming human. It is enveloped in the story of one particular birth, which is both extraordinary and ordinary – a story that mirrors the experience of generations of people of every creed, colour and background.

This week I was walking down G Street staring at the twinkly Christmas market near the Verizon Center and making my way passed the MLK library and the coffee shops wafting “holiday season” lattes from their doors. My eye was caught by the Macy’s Christmas window displays with Charlie Brown and his friends, accompanied by jingles piped from speakers in the windows. It occurs to me that this face of Christmas must seem so far from real life for so many people – in this city and across the world. Frosty the Snowman, Christmas gift wish lists and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer really are little more than a shop front facade. They may help us escape some of the harsher aspects of life, but they feel a long long way from what our TVs and newspapers tell us about the state of our world in this season.

What can these aspects of Christmas say to the peoples of the Middle East whose lives continue to be decimated by war? What can they say to the hundreds of people this year who have lost their lives to gun crime in America? What can they say to the victims of terrorist attacks? What can they say to the millions of refugees who have trekked across Europe risking their lives to find safety? What can they say to the vast majority of faithful peace-loving Muslims who feel so misunderstood and alone in the face of widespread Islamaphobia? What can they say to our homeless and unemployed friends here in DC?

The tinsel and the twinkles convey a Christmas message where life is suddenly rosy, where we can escape into the joy of Christmas cheer and forget about everything that is not okay with our lives and our world. They may offer good news, but it can feel as impermanent or illusory as the materials from which they are made, because they seem so disconnected from what we know to be true about the world.

Whilst the world of jingles and gifts may not offer much in the way of consolation or hope to a world engulfed in violence, where the value of life appears to have sunk lower than anyone thought possible, there is particular meaning and relevance in what the Church has to say about Christmas. For those of us who seek to follow Christ, the message of Christmas is one where the highest possible value is placed on each and every life. Because in the Christian faith we deal in particularity. God became human in a particular place at a particular time in history for a particular period, because God is interested in the particular situation of each individual. God is interested in you as an individual and God became an individual human being to prove it.

That is the point of the message of Christmas, this is a message that everybody can relate to, because God relates to each of us, knowing what it is like to be you or me, because he became just like us. Christmas is not about escaping the truth about our current situation, the God we celebrate at Christmas does not gloss over the difficult bits, He dives right into the mess.

The world of suffering that we see is the world into which God physically placed Godself when born as the baby Jesus. Born into the harsh reality of a people living under oppressive rule forced to flee their country and seek refuge somewhere else. This was 1st century Palestine and it is the case for many people across the world today. That is the world God in Christ inhabited, that is the world into which God comes again this Christmas, and in that truth I find hope.

Hope. Not because God can magic it all better. The wars will not suddenly cease, there will still be millions of refugees, and America will not rid itself of guns overnight. This is not temporary tinselly escapism. It isn’t that we have somehow to force ourselves to feel all happy and shiny, or to pretend even though so much about our world gives us cause for despair. It is a message that is more truthful about the state of our world. Into the darkness, the mystery of the Incarnation shines a glorious light: God became human so that God would know what it was like to be you and me, and the person on the street corner you pass every day on your way to work. In the words of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’, which we sang at our Christmas Service last night: ‘tears and smiles like us he knew; and he feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness’.

Hope because if God knows what it is like to be you or me, we need never feel alone. God is with us. However bleak it gets, however much our fellow human beings may let us down, however afraid we might feel, we will never be completely alone. That is the message of the mystery of the Incarnation. Emmanuel: God amongst us. God is with us and amongst us, weeping with us, and sharing our joys now and forever. May the hope and light of the Incarnation be a comfort to us all this Christmas.

Merry Christmas and our prayers for you and your loved ones for a blessed 2016!