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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity
Daniel Sarrabat, The Wedding at Cana. Wikimedia Commons

WORSHIP

Second Sunday after Epiphany – January 17, 2016
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings:Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:1-11.Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

Epiphany is the season of Jesus’ revelation as the son of God. This was the original Christmas season (which the Orthodox still celebrate as their Christmas). First, the celebration of Jesus’ birth was separated from this festival of Epiphany. Then, Advent developed to prepare for Christmas. Finally, in the 20th century, the celebration of the baptism of the our Lord was moved to the Sunday after the Epiphany, and the festival of the Epiphany has become a time to remember God’s revelation to the Magi who represent foreigners and outsiders.

The Sundays following the festival of the Epiphany present us with the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. This Sunday the theme revolves around the image of marriage and God’s steadfast love.

In the reading from Isaiah, the prophet portrays Israel as a bride of a king, one in whom the Lord rejoices and delights. Whereas Israel had been forsaken and seemingly ignored, now it shall be married to the Lord and the object of God’s favor. The psalm picks up the theme of God’s steadfast love for the people God had chosen.

The reading from 1 Corinthians is one of Paul’s exhortations about unity in the church: we all have different abilities and gifts, but all can be and should be used for the common good because all come from the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who calls, gathers, unites, and sanctifies the church on earth.

The gospel is the story of Jesus’ first miracle. At a wedding he changes water into wine, thereby symbolically replacing the Jewish rites of purification with the Eucharist of his body and blood. Instead of pleasing God by obeying the law, now God comes to us inthe flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.

Bach Vespers at 5:00 PM on Sunday
Bach Vespers is on winter break and will return at 5:00 PM on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

MUSIC

Music for Sunday
Prelude: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 – J. S. Bach
Offertory: Arise, Shine  – Charles Villiers Stanford
Communion: O Nata Lux – Thomas Tallis
Postlude: No. 2 from 6 Short Preludes and Postludes – C. V. Stanford

Hymns
#527  Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now
#488  Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness
#312  Jesus, Come! For We Invite You
#534  Savior, Again to Your Dear Name

COMMUNITY

Dear friends in Christ,

Epiphany is the season of Jesus’ revelation as the son of God. This was the original Christmas season (which the Orthodox still celebrate as their Christmas). First, the celebration of Jesus’ birth was separated from this festival of Epiphany. Then, Advent developed to prepare for Christmas. Finally, in the 20th century, the celebration of the baptism of the our Lord was moved to the Sunday after the Epiphany, and the festival of the Epiphany has become a time to remember God’s revelation to the Magi who represent foreigners and outsiders.

The Sundays following the festival of the Epiphany present us with the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. This year the gospels will be the miracle of changing water into wine (2nd Sunday after the Epiphany) and his reading from the scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue of his hometown and interpreting it to describe his ministry (3rd and 4th Sundays).

This season, like the Pentecost season of the church year, is longer or shorter depending on the date of Easter.  When Easter is in late March, as this year, this season is only a few Sundays.  It always concludes with the festival of the Transfiguration, this year on February 7, which gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ post-resurrection glory before we begin the journey of Lent.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday – this year that is February 10.  We have a resource called Bread for the Day  available (see below) to help us make each day of this year a time for spiritual renewal. As we begin 2016 and look forward to the journey of Lent, may we all take advantage of the opportunities to grow as God’s people in Christ!

Pastor Detweiler

Parish Life Survey
In an effort to better understand the various factors that impact attendance and participation at worship and other activities at Holy Trinity, the Parish Life working group has created a short online survey, the results of which will be used to help schedule upcoming events in the Lenten and Easter seasons. We ask that you please respond to this survey within the next few days. The survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete, and responses are anonymous. Please click here to complete the survey. Thank you!

Congratulations to Anna Bolz for her complimentary mention in a New York Times review of Per Se on 1/13/16.

Women’s Shelter

Happy New Year! Please help us get this year’s Shelter season off to a great — and successful — start.
Here are two opportunities to support this important Holy Trinity program, and enjoy some fellowship, too:

1.  A Thrivent-sponsored Shelter Action Team is hosting a Post-Mass Lunch (in the Community Room and in lieu of Coffee Hour) as a “Food/Supplies/Fund Raiser” for the Holy Trinity Women’s Shelter following Worship this Sunday, January 17th.  Please bring a contribution of cash, check and/or supplies (or make a pledge to provide something later) and enjoy a “free” lunch with good company.  The Holy Trinity Shelter Action Team, along with Shelter Coordinator Michele DeCoteau and Thrivent representative Kerry LaVelle, will be there to let you know how your contributions will be put to use, and how the Thrivent’s Action Team sponsorship works.

2.  A Thrivent-sponsored Holy Trinity Musician Community Action Team is presenting a “Fund/Supplies/Awareness Raiser” Recital to benefit the Holy Trinity Women’s Shelter.  The recital, with performances by splendid musicians from Holy Trinity and Bach Vespers, will take place in the nave on Wednesday, January 20 at 7:30pm and be followed by light refreshments. Your free-will donation will be most appreciated. Here’s a list of items that the Shelter could really use:

Food:
*Fresh fruits and vegetables
*Pantry items (seasonings, sugar, flour)
*Canned goods

Supplies/etc.:
*free standing pantry cupboard w/shelves.
*4 slot toaster
*box of mini spray bottles
*6 ice-cube trays
*3 sets of salt and pepper shakers
*3 napkin holders
*5 20 gallon plastic bins
*3 large, round, re-useable table cloths
*donated dvds
*a “dry erase” message white-board
*disposable gloves
*2 clothes drying racks
*socks, gloves, hats and scarves.
*6 drawer filing cabinet.

Please plan to attend either or both of these events with a financial contribution or donation of shelter food/supplies, and enjoy!

VOLUNTEERS!
Did you know about 13 people volunteer during a normal Sunday service, excluding singers? 13 roles X 52 weeks = 676 volunteer jobs to cover!

Currently we have about 35 people who volunteer regularly, meaning those people will volunteer almost 20 times during the year. Holy Trinity can use your help! Come to one of our two volunteer training sessions:
Sunday, January 24, following mass and coffee hour
Monday, January 25 at 6:30 PM

If you are able to volunteer, or want to learn more, let Pastor Detweiler, Donald or Kim Suttell know in person or by emailing the Office.

Fifth Sunday Potluck Lunch is coming on Sunday, January 31. Please join us and bring your favorite winter warmers to share with six others.

Bread for the Day is a daily-use devotional resource filled with rich treasures:
•    A brief scripture reading (NRSV texts) for each day following the daily lectionary developed by the Consultation on Common Texts and presented in Evangelical Lutheran Worship
•    The devotions begin January 1, 2016
•    A prayer and hymn for each day
•    Brief yet helpful introductions to the seasons
•    Table graces/meal prayers for the holidays and seasons
•    Household blessings for special times throughout the year (for example: Blessing for the New Year, Blessing of the Home at Epiphany, Prayer for Placing Palms in the Home, Blessing of the Easter Meal, Blessings for Mother’s and Father’s Day, Remembering Those Who Have Died, Lighting the Advent Wreath, Blessing of the Christmas Tree)
•    Monthly pages for recording prayer requests
•    Notes on festivals and commemorations
•    Simplified forms for morning and evening prayer
•    Waking prayers and bedtime prayers, including prayers with children

Scripture Readings – Week after Epiphany 2
Monday – Isaiah 62:1 – For whom is the Lord calling us to speak out as Isaiah did?
Tuesday – Isaiah 62:2-4 – 3-4 How do these words speak to you today?
Wednesday – Psalm 36:5-7 – Where do you experience the steadfast love of God?
Thursday – Psalm 36:8-10 – What difference does the presence of God make for you?
Friday – 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 – What is your spiritual gift?
Saturday – John 2:1-11 – What does this story tell us about jesus’ relationship with his mother?
Sunday – John 2:11 – How does the point of this account fit with Epiphany?