In this Issue
Clergy Reflection

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is Maundy Thursday and we continue to pray along this Holy Week path with each of you.

Please join us tonight for our Maundy Thursday foot washing and the Lord's Last Supper liturgy at 7 pm. Also, give yourself the blessing of joining us, if you are able, on Good Friday for our 12:10 pm liturgy. With song, prayer and scripture we will approach the sunrise of Easter together, one sacred step and one holy hour at a time.

These hours ahead are pregnant with grace, truth and freedom for all of us and for the world. Whatever your Lent has been or has not been, the blessings of God's love and healing are ever present in every moment. In observing these four holy days ahead, we are not bringing grace into our lives and into our world, rather we are putting ourselves into the streams of living water that are flooding the earth as they have been since the spirit of God hovered over the waters at the creation of the world.

Seize these sacred hours. Stay awake with Christ, in your private moments of prayer and in the glorious gatherings of our Epiphany community.

We enter the trials, the betrayals and crucifixion of our Lord at the hands of humanity this night and in the following hours. But in following Christ to the grave we shall then follow Him out of it. The more closely you draw to God in the coming days, the more closely you will experience the Resurrection. May it be so.

In the words of St. John Chrysostom, do not worry about what your Lent has been or not been. The invitation to experience your most transformative Holy Week and Easter is here and now. So,

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.

The Easter Sermon, John Chrysostom (circa 400 AD)

With love,
Tricia
Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany
Sunday Readings

Parish Announcements

Easter Eggs for our Welcome Table Guests!
All are invited to join us in dyeing eggs for our Welcome Table guests on Saturday, April 15 at 10:00am in the Community Hall. If you are able to donate hard boiled eggs, please label them "For Welcome Table" and place on the bottom shelf of our kitchen refrigerator by Saturday morning. 

Easter Sunday Coffee Hour
The Coffee Hour committee will be setting up a festive coffee hour after the  11:00  service. We ask for donations of food and drink, table-ready if possible.  We would also appreciate help with set-up, serving and clean-up.  This is a chance to share a favorite Easter or spring dish, and to participate in the ministry of  hospitality.   It will not be the same without you!  


Church Closings
Monday, April 17: The church will be closed for the day in observance of Easter

April 19, 20 & 21: The church will be closed to the public, with the exception of worship, for recording sessions. Noon Eucharist and Jum'a services will be held as normal on Wednesday (4/19) & Friday (4/21). Doors will open 30 minutes prior to services and close immediately after.


This week in Epiphany History
We explore Holy Week 1865 and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Be sure to  get your daily dose of Epiphany History by following 



Stations of the Cross
March 1, 2017 - April 16, 2017
 

The journey is nearly complete! -- Be sure to take advantage of this beautiful Easter weekend to experience the Passion in this pilgrimage for art lovers before it comes to a close on Sunday, April 16. Download the app 'Alight: Art & Sacred' or visit artstations.org to guide you along to all 14 of the stations.
 
Meditation in Music
Regarded as a musical masterpiece by the great 20th century organist & composer Marcel Dupré (1886-1971),  Le Chemin de la Croix  (The Stations of the Cross) was conceived originally as an improvisation and was a musical interpretation of the poetic and incisive evocations of the Station imagery by Paul Claudel (French Ambassador in Washington, DC in the 1930s). Although the poetry was written originally in 1911, the great artistic collaboration of Dupré's music being performed with Claudel's poetry did not occur until 1931. Our Meditation in Music for Good  Friday  recreates this profound combination of text and music.
Music & The ArtsMusic

Tuesday Concert Series
April 18, 2017 at 12:10pm

Nikolai Popov, flute, Vasily Popov, cello, and Ralitza Patcheva, piano, play music by Schubert, Hector Villa-Lobos and Beethoven. Nikolai Popov is First Flute of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested to support the Concert Series.



New CD from the Epiphany Choir

Copies are available now for just  $15 in the church office or by contacting our Director of Music,  Jeremy Filsell .

Guest Performances
April 23, 2017, 3:00pm - The Encore Chorale

The Encore Chorale is dedicated to providing an excellent and accessible artistic environment for older adults, 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek arts education and performance opportunities under a professional artist. 
 
The Encore repertoire includes  Let There Be Music, A Cappella Overtures, There Is Sweet Music Here, Va Pensiero, Do Lord Remember Me, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables, You Make Me Feel So Young and And So I Sing.  

Support the arts at Epiphany by making a donation online now, or set up a recurring gift.
 
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our  website
Service in Mission & MinistryService
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. 
 
Sundays:
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 ( mhunter@strategicm.com).
 
Coffee Hour 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 ( claing@epiphanydc.org).

Liturgical Leaders: 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 ( claing@epiphanydc.org).
 
Weekdays:
Office Volunteers: 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 (  cmanhardt@epiphanydc.org).

Music Library: 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 jfilsell@epiphanydc.org

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

Prayer List
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.

Pastoral Care
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.

Labyrinth entrance 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: claing@epiphanydc.org.

 

Blogs & Websites
Episcopal Cafe   S ite featuring Episcopal news, commentary, and meditations 
Sojourners  Faith in action for social justice
Sacred Space  Daily Prayer from the Irish Jesuits

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