Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Lenten greetings and peace to each of you! The opening prayer for Ash Wednesday in our Book of Common Prayer reminds us of the unconditional love of God and the power of the Spirit to move mightily in our lives and make all things new:
"Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts..."
In order for all of us to experience the healing, growth and transformation promised to us by a loving God, we at Epiphany have put together a series of events and liturgies this Lent aimed at inspiring and feeding the soul. All too often Lent is seen as primarily a personal journey - a private path of spiritual practices between a person and God. But although all of us are called to personal practices in our relationship with Christ, we rejoice that liturgical seasons and their fruits are offered and experienced in community.
You are not alone in your desire or design to experience a spiritually transformative Lent. Your family at Epiphany is here with you and for you. In prayer and fellowship, the Holy Spirit is, as promised, moving through our community this Lent, touching and teaching with the grace of God. As we declared in our Ash Wednesday liturgy:
"The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord's passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season on penitence and fasting."
We, like the first Christians, can gather together as a church family to experience God's presence, healing and inspiration as we commit daily to practices of contrition that renew our baptismal vows and our resurrection hope. We desire and expect this Lent to be a season of personal growth in faith and love for our members; a revelation of our next Rector; a time of gratefulness for the enduring fellowship and service of Epiphany members to this church; and a time to prepare for the joy of Easter. Please familiarize yourself with our schedule of liturgies for the season, as well as the Stations of the Cross art exhibits (in which Epiphany is playing an integral part) all over the city.
Mission & Ministry
Worship at Epiphany
Stations of the Cross
March 1, 2017 - April 16, 2017
Stations of the Cross: A Pilgrimage for Art Lovers has officially launched! Please be sure to download the app 'Alight: Art & Sacred' from the Apple store or Google Play to begin your journey.
You are all invited to attend the following opening weekend events, we look forward to seeing you there.
March 3: 6:30pm
"Lamentation for the Foresaken" Artist Spotlight with Michael Takeo Magruder and
Dr. Carolyn Rosen
The Church of the Epiphany
1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005
March 4: 1:30pm
Ecumenical Service and brief pilgrimage, led by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde
The Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
March 5: 12:30pm
Depicting the Women of Jerusalem, discussion with artist Leni Dothan and co-curator
Dr. Aaron Rosen.
First Congregational UCC
945 G St NW,
Washington, DC 20001
To find out more about the exhibition or any of these events please visit
or contact our Communications Coordinator
Rise up for Standing Rock
The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church calls Episcopalians to join the Rise Up for Standing Rock
on Washington on March 10 to support the Sioux nation in protesting the location of the Dakota Access Pipeline(DAP).
For more information on DAP, please click
Sam Wells & the St. Martin's Voices
March 13, 2017 at 6:30pm
As part of the Stations of the Cross exhibition,
we are delighted to be welcoming the Revd. Dr. Sam Wells and the choir of St. Martin in the Fields, London
Sam Wells is the author of a number of books about Christian ethics, and his most recent work, A Nazareth Manifesto reflects on the Christian vocation to serve the poor.
Wells and the
St. Martin's Voices
will explore in word and song what the shape of Jesus' life means for theology and ethics, ministry and mission.
St. Martin in the Fields is a large church in central London, whose ministry is in many ways similar to that of Church of the Epiphany. They too are a downtown congregation in a powerful capital city who seek to serve the poor and marginalized. And like us, they enjoy a rich musical tradition with regular public concerts. This promises to be a fascinating evening where we as a congregation will be able to hear how a church similar to ours understands its ministry and mission. Please make every effort to come along - see it as part of your Lenten commitment.
In addition to hoping that you will come to the event, we are looking for accommodation for the nine singers. If you are able to provide a bed for the night of March 13
please contact Catriona Laing.
Evening Conversation with Rod Dreher
March 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
National Press Club: 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20045
The Trinity Forum
and Pepperdine University invite you to attend an Evening Conversation with author, columnist and editor Rod Dreher on the release date of his new book "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" in conversation with journalists Kirsten Powers and Peter Wehner. During the Evening Conversation, Dreher will discuss a radical vision for American Christians to embrace a way of life modeled by St. Benedict - who built Christian communities focused on prayer, hospitality and worship, and in doing so, create a vibrant counterculture that can address today's socio-political issues.
Dreher is a journalist and author of three books, including How Dante Can Change Your Life, Crunchy Cons, and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming. Responding to Dreher will be Kirsten Powers and Peter Wehner. Powers serves as an analyst for CNN, and Peter Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times. You can register for the event at
Calling Committee Communique
As Lent begins, the work of the Calling Committee is coming to fruition. On
Tuesday, March 7
, we will be meeting for our final discernment to determine which candidates the Spirit is calling us to put forward to the Vestry for their discernment of our next Rector. We are blessed with a final group of very strong candidates with diverse experience and gifts. We would ask your prayers
6:30pm until 10pm
as we sit in prayer and discernment. Thank you.
Gracious God, we pray for this parish church and for the Calling Committee as we seek to call a new Rector. Help us to be strong, open, forgiving -- and truthful to those discerning a call to minister in this place. Accompany us on our journey in the knowledge of your love for us and your power to unite us all. AMEN
Music & The Arts
Tuesday Concert Series
March 7, 2017 at 12:10pm
Washington Bach Consort presents Noontime Cantata.
Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn, BWV 92
Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542
Jeremy Filsell, organ
Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested to support the Concert Series.
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our
Service in Mission & Ministry
How might you become more involved in the mission and ministry of our parish? There is so much going on at Epiphany and we are so grateful for the contributions you all offer towards making this happen. There are a few areas where we could really use your help! Please have a look at the list below and think where you might feel you could benefit from and contribute to the life of our community.
The Welcome Table
team are looking for more volunteers to help in the kitchen and dining room. Please contact Maria Hunter if you are interested in getting involved in this important aspect of our ministry at Epiphany (
after the 11am service. Pat Pickering and John McDermott do a fantastic job, but they can't do it every week. Coffee Hour can be as simple or as elaborate as we want to make it. What's important is that we have a time of fellowship after worship. Please contact Catriona if you can help (
We are always looking for people to help with the important ministries that make our Sunday worship possible. We welcome new additions to the ranks of greeters, ushers, readers, lay Eucharistic ministers, as well as the flower guild, and altar guild. If you are interested in learning more about any of these roles, please contact Catriona (
: We are looking for volunteers to sit at the front desk between 10am-2pm on weekdays. Bertha does a great job on Tuesdays and we're looking for others to help throughout the week. If you want to find out more, talk to Bertha and please contact Catherine in the office if you can help (
Epiphany's music director would appreciate a volunteer to help with organizing the music library, including alphabetizing, rearranging shelves, labeling boxes, and updating the music library spreadsheet. Please email Jeremy at
If you are interested in learning about one or more of these ministries, you can also complete our Epiphany volunteer poll here.
Prayer & Pastoral Care
We invite you to add those on your heart to our prayer list.
We will pray for them aloud on Wednesdays at our 12:10 Healing Service and will add them to the Sunday list. Contact the church office with the name of the person and what we need to know about them.
If you or someone you know is in need of prayer or conversation, please contact the church office. We would rather hear from many than miss the opportunity to connect with someone.
Wednesday Silent Prayer
Come and join us for 20 minutes of silent prayer and meditation followed by a short time of prayer for the parish. We will meet in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 11:30am. All are welcome. To find out more, contact Catriona: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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