O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son
to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by
faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to
face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen. Collect for the Epiphany (BCP 214)
Dear Cathedral friends and Congregation,
Twelve or thirteen years ago, I started working in a church, and part of my responsibilities was to take part in the Epiphany pageant. I still remember it well - one person was a the front of the church reading the story of all the different people journeying to the christ child... the shepherds, the animals, the wise men, and in this particular case, a batman and a lobster (two children insistent to claim their own costumes). On this particular night, the journey did not go as planned. The children needed to only go from point A to B, but in a flash, dispute broke out if the shepherds or kings/wisemen go first, so Batman and the lobster took the initiative, leading the way as well as a bit of a brawl.
More than the kings or the wisemen or gentle singing of hymns while holding a candle, that is the image that comes to mind on this night. The baby Christ came into the world so bright for all to see and come forth. It's both fantastic and altogether messy humanity at the same time. It was a chance to see the divine, experience the divine, and partake of the divine but still require the call of humanity to show up - in whatever form they are, be transform, transform others, and join the in divine process through their lives and well after.
This Sunday, we see that in full form - with the Baptism of some children and adults followed by the Second Sunday celebration in Cathedral House. I hope you all can attend.
I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and wonderful New Year. I also pray that you have an Epiphany and season after filled with the light of Christ and the ever continuing journey with and toward it.
In the meanwhile, you have my prayers.
P.S. As a heads up, I will be away from the office most of the next two weeks, beginning January 9th until the 23rd completing some writing for my doctorate. Chanmi will be in the office, and I can be reached in the case of any emergency.
This Sunday: Baptisms & Second Sunday
This Sunday, we will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with Baptisms at the 11 AM service, followed by our Second Sunday Celebration in Cathedral House. Please plan to come join in this wonderful celebration of new members of the body of Christ!
Pledges & Giving
The week before Christmas, pledge envelopes for the next year were sent out. If you did not receive them, please let us know. Thank you so much for your continued giving and support of this community.
If you are unsure about your pledge amount, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. At the end of January, we will send out your 2016 Annual Giving report. This will include a confirmation of your 2017 pledge as well as anything outstanding for your 2016 pledge.
Mark your Calendar: Annual Meeting & Annual Report
The Congregation of Saint Saviour Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 5th at 12:30 PM. If you are in charge of a committee or ministry and would like to be included in the annual report, please submit it via email by Monday, January 23rd to email@example.com.