May 29- Mardi Gras in May

Mardi Gras in May: Friday
May 29, 6:00-9:00pm

Celebrating Epiphany’s transition from the present to the future calls for a party, a big party.  If you remember, our Mardi Gras got snowed out this year, so we rescheduled it for Friday, May 29.  Dixieland Direct, our fantastic band, will perform on the chancel platform, and the transepts on the sides with be available for dancing.  Midway through the event, we will crown a Queen and King and the band will lead us around the block.  Refreshments will be served, so we need to know if you are coming.  Contact Catherine Manhardt, Parish Administrator, at 202-347-2635 or cmanhardt@epiphanydc.org

May 31- Trinity and Transition Sunday

Trinity and Transition Sunday: May 31, 8:00am and 11:00pm

Celebrating Epiphany’s transition from the present to the future also calls for worship.  The day our rector, Randolph Charles will hand over to the wardens the canonical responsibility for our parish is also a major feast day, Trinity Sunday.  The music will be splendid as usual.  The liturgy will be important, maybe even historic, in that it will mark the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new and very significant chapter in Epiphany’s story.  We hope that you and every parishioner will come to Epiphany to worship on May 31.  We want you to be present as Epiphany’s faith journey continues to evolve and develop.

May 31- Sunday Bulletin

BUL2015-05-31 (Yr B) Trinity Sunday

Adult Formation and Alternative Liturgy during Pentecost

Adult formation and alternative liturgy during Pentecost
Join us as we explore the significance of bodies to our faith, liturgy, and place in Creation in:

This is My Body: Celebrating and Incorporating Our Physical Selves in Faith
“I discovered the truth about my body: It is a gift. A sign of God’s love. And so is yours.” -Ragan Sutterfield, featured June 28

Sundays during Pentecost
Learning, reflection, and outdoor liturgy

Sunday, June 7–Labyrinth walk
How can the movement of our bodies facilitate peacefulness, meditation, and presence with God?
Meet in the sanctuary.

Sunday, June 14–Prayerful yoga
Connect simple body postures to prayer and appreciation of our creatureliness.
Meet in the sanctuary. If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it. Chair yoga available and encouraged. Wear comfortable clothing.

Sunday, June 21–What about animals?
How do we relate to the other bodies in creation? How are our bodies connected to all creatures? What difference do animals make to our practice of faith?
Meet in the side garden.

Sunday, June 28“This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith”
Book reading and discussion with author and Epiphany seminarian Ragan Sutterfield.

Many of us think of our bodies as burdens that drag us toward failure and guilt. But what if God actually glories in the flesh? What if we had the same joy about our bodies as God does?

Limited number of books available in parish office. Also available on Amazon. Reading the book prior to the session will enhance the discussion, but it is not required.
Meet in the side garden.

No program July 5

Sunday, July 12–Our Bodies in Eucharist
Learn the practice and significance of bodily signs in Eucharist. When, why, and how do we reverence the cross and cross our bodies? How can these practices deepen our experience of God’s presence?
Meet in the side garden.

Please contact Farley Lord Smith at farleylord@gmail.com if you have any questions.

May 17- Formation: Big Questions

During the Sundays of Eastertide (April 19th-May 17th), we at Epiphany will be living into the season of resurrection and renewal by bringing together all of Epiphany (both 8:00 and 11:00) to join in conversation around a series of Big Questions, with the aim of more clearly learning who we are as individuals and as a community. This will take place during the education hour (9:45-10:45) in the Willard Room.

The questions for this Sunday, May 17th is “What does the world need from you?”

Epiphany Calls Interim Rector

Epiphany Calls Interim Rector
April 29, 2015

Dear Epiphany Parishioners,

With humility and gratitude, the vestry would like to announce that we have called the Rev. Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner to be our Interim Rector. An interim rector typically stays with a parish for 12 to 18 months and is not eligible to be long-term rector. One of her primary responsibilities will be to guide us through the process of discerning who we will call as our next rector. Please read a note from her below. We have been impressed with her energy, her intelligence, and her strong sense of vocation to the diverse community of Epiphany, and we are excited to welcome her on July 1.

We will be without a rector for the month of June. This is not an unusual or unexpected circumstance, and we have made provisions for the normal operations of the parish during that time. You will see many familiar faces at the pulpit on Sundays and throughout the week, and the lay leadership will be a constant presence as well. During this brief time, please contact our Parish Administrator, Catherine Manhardt, with any pastoral concerns or business matters, and she will get you to the right person, whether that is a clergy member, a staff person, or a lay leader. She may be contacted at cmanhardt@epiphanydc.org or by calling the office, (202)347-2635.

Finally, please remember that on Sunday, June 7, Joey Rick will preach at both services. She is the Canon for Congregational Vitality for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and will be talking to us about what to expect as we begin the process of searching for our next rector.

With thanksgiving for our parish community,
Rachel Barham, Senior Warden

A note from our Interim Rector

I thank you, O God, for this new beginning. Be with us in this time of change. Bless us with opportunity and the will to seize it. Grant us energy and strength, wisdom and discernment. Thank you for the gifts You give us to succeed in joy. We come to You in prayer, open and ready to make the most of our time together. Amen.

Adapted from Prayer for a New Beginning (beliefnet.com)

Like so many in this area, I came to Washington just after college looking to make a difference. Would you believe my internship was located at 14th and I Streets, just around the corner? I tried Capitol Hill and politics. I tried business. I even trained first responders. Eventually I listened to God’s call and was ordained (You might say I had an epiphany!). For the past two years, I’ve been a pastoral minister and associate rector at an Episcopal church in Virginia near where my family lives but always remained a committed member of the Washington diocese. This feels like I’m coming home.

The history and legacy of your parish is great. It is an honor to walk with you as you begin your search for a new rector. Along the way I know we will discover just what makes this church unique. We will delve into history, explore possibility, examine legacy and pray for discernment about where God is calling Church of the Epiphany in today’s often shifting landscape. It will undoubtedly be a wonderful journey – one we will share together.

I look forward to what lies ahead… for you, for me, for us, and for the church.

The Rev. Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner

For more information about this process, please visit the Clergy Transitions page. 

Episcopal responses to the events in Baltimore

Weeping for Baltimore: A Statement by Bishop Eugene Taylor Sutton
“‘According to data stretching from 1999-2011, African Americans have comprised 26 percent of all police-shooting victims. Overall, young African Americans are killed by cops 4 ½ times more often than people of other races and ages.’ (quote from the Daily Beast, Nov. 26, 2014)

We need to remember these statistics, because each of those black lives mattered – if not to all of us, then at least they mattered to God. Those of us who regularly attend an Episcopal church renew our baptismal vows several times a year. At the renewal, the presider asks this question: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”  To which the people respond, “I will, with God’s help.” (Book of Common Prayer, pgs. 292-294) That’s one of the most difficult vows for all of us to keep in a nation that has struggled with the sin of racism since its inception.”

The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart
“As I look at what is occurring in Baltimore in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of the Baltimore City Police, it’s time to call police officers and members of the community together to discuss both cultures. Where are the police learning how they view minorities, and how are members of the minority community learning their attitudes about the police? It’s also interesting that those being killed and those doing the shooting are the same generation. It’s not “senior” police officers killing young, black males. How can we explain that? We need to start the conversation now because, unfortunately, there will be a next time. The church has always been on the forefront of social justice and this cries out for the reconciling hand of the church.”

EDOW Blog: Listening to the Silence
The Rev. Canon Kim Baker
“At a prayer service in Baltimore on Tuesday, young people who live in areas afflicted by the recent uprising rose to tell their stories. “No one is listening, no one cares,” was the ubiquitous lament present in each story. Over and over again, we were told that no one was listening to their pleas for the hope that comes from education, employment, and empathy.”

May 2- Empower the Homeless Community Walk

Mark you calendars, on May 2 Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington will hold an Empower the Homeless Walk, beginning at 9:00 am at St. Paul’s K Street (2430 K Street NW) and ending right here at Epiphany. This community walk will launch the 2015 Empower the Homeless Campaign to see the homeless as a neighbor, raise awareness, and mobilize an effective response. 11,000 of our neighbors need a home – today!

Coffee and donuts will be provided at the start of the walk. Contributions will be invited at check-in. Walkers who contribute at least $50 in advance or on the day of the walk will receive a T shirt and other goodies.

You can register for this walk online. We hope to see you there!

April 12- Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Concert

Sunday, April 12, 3:00 pm- Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
Purchase tickets online or call 703-799-8229. Tickets are 50% off with code COE3.

  • Samuel Barber Cello Concerto, op. 22 with cellist Stephen Framil
  • Paul Leavitt Requiem with NOVA Community Chorus

Music Director James’ comments: Washington DC composer Paul Leavitt is a rising star in the world of composers. His deeply expressive and moving Requiem has received acclaimed  performances in New York and Paris, as well as here in Washington.  Barber’s cello concerto, lyrical and invigorating, requires a virtuoso soloist due to its extreme difficulty.  We are fortunate to have critically acclaimed cellist Stephen Framil perform with us. Another concert not to miss!

Shining a Light in the Darkness: The Church of the Epiphany and the Lincoln Assassination

Shining Light in the Darkness
The Church of the Epiphany and the Lincoln Assassination
By Tripp Jones, Archivist Emeritus

On Tuesday, April 14, we mark the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Just as the horrors of four long years of war seemed to be coming to an end, the nation was plunged again into darkness. What should have been a joyful Easter in 1865 turned into one of great sorrow. Located halfway between Ford’s Theatre and the White House, it will come as no surprise that The Church of the Epiphany was an eyewitness to the tragic events of April 1865. Listed below is a chronology of those fateful days highlighting some people of Epiphany (in italics) who sought to shine light in the darkness and bring healing to a suffering nation.

Friday, April 14 (Good Friday)

11am Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and newly appointed Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch attended a cabinet meeting with Lincoln. Later, both commented they had never seen the president so happy and cheerful. Fearing for the president’s safety, Secretary Stanton tried repeatedly to keep Lincoln from attending the theater that evening.

Afternoon Vinnie Ream was a 17-year old aspiring artist who Lincoln had befriended in the preceding months. She had been coming weekly to sketch the president. On that Friday, Vinnie was working at the White House on a bust of Lincoln, which was almost finished. Lincoln had commented to her how pleased he was with it. As Lincoln was leaving for Ford’s Theatre, Vinnie bade him good-bye, hoping he would enjoy the performance.

8pm There were several Epiphany people at Ford’s Theatre that night including John Downing, Jr., James P. Ferguson, William Ennis, Joseph B. Stewart, and Dr. AKA King.

10:13pm Joseph B. Stewart was sitting in the front row of the orchestra. Upon hearing the shot and seeing John Wilkes Booth jump from the presidential box to the stage, Stewart climbed over the orchestra pit and footlights and pursued Booth across the stage shouting, “Stop that man!” He stepped out the back door, only to see Booth ride away on a horse. Dr. AKA King was one of the first physicians to respond to the presidential box after the shot was fired. Dr. King helped carry Lincoln across the street to Petersen House. Secretary of State William Seward had been wounded at his home as part of a coordinated attack on government officials. Dr. Tullio Verdi tended to Seward’s serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

11pm Upon hearing of the events at Ford’s Theater, Secretary Stanton and Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs rushed to the scene, only to find mass hysteria in the streets. Meigs took control of the door to Petersen House and remained there through the deathwatch. He alone determined who gained entrance. Inside, Stanton set up a makeshift War Department with the goals of securing the nation’s capital and finding the perpetrators of the crime. Dr. Robert King Stone, Lincoln’s personal physician, and Surgeon General of the Army Joseph K. Barnes arrived and took control of the medical care of Lincoln.

Saturday, April 15 (Holy Saturday)

7:22am Surgeon General Barnes declared Lincoln dead. After a prayer, Secretary Stanton uttered the immortal words, “Now he belongs to the ages.”

9am A cavalry unit escorted the hearse bearing Lincoln’s body to the White House. From Ford’s Theatre, the solemn procession moved up 10th Street and then west on G Street, passing The Church of the Epiphany, where Lincoln had stood just three years earlier watching the funeral cortege of General Frederick Lander, the first Union general killed in the war.

10am Secretaries Stanton and McCulloch were two of the eleven men to witness the chief justice swear in Andrew Johnson at his quarters at Kirkwood House (Hotel). In Secretary Seward’s absence, Secretary Stanton began making plans for Lincoln’s state funeral.

12noon The autopsy on Lincoln’s body took place in a second floor bedroom at the White House and was led by Dr. Stone, Surgeon General Barnes, and Army Assistant Surgeon J. J. Woodward. Dr. Joseph Bell Alexander was the co-owner of the undertaking firm that embalmed the president’s body and prepared it for its long journey home.

Sunday, April 16 (Easter Day)

11am The hastily amended Easter sermon of Epiphany’s rector, The Rev. Charles H. Hall, was entitled, “A Mournful Easter.” The text can be found online.

Wednesday, April 19

12noon Charles H. Hall was one of four Washington clergymen to lead Lincoln’s White House funeral. He began the service with the burial office from the Book of Common Prayer: “I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord…” Three Supreme Court Justices (Field, Swayne, and Wayne) were among the 600 invited guests assembled in the crowded East Room. Ellen Stanton was one of seven women present.

Friday, April 21

8am Stanton, McCulloch, and Meigs were among the small group that escorted Lincoln’s casket from the White House to Washington’s B&O Railroad Depot. Assistant Adjutant General Edward Townsend was the official military escort for the funeral train’s 12-day journey to Springfield, Illinois.

Later – 1871

Vinnie Ream won a Congressional contest to memorialize the slain president with a sculpture. Her statue of Abraham Lincoln stands in the Capitol Rotunda today.