In this Issue
Interim Rectors Reflection

Dear Friends,

We live in anxious days as we prepare for a new President and a new administration without much clarity as to what they will attempt to achieve. The best antidote to anxiety that I know is to commit to the renewal of those practices by which we remember what truly matters for life and remember who it is that we follow and who we are created to be. You have heard me talk of worship as turning to 'that which is of ultimate worth' and allowing our lives to be shaped accordingly. You have heard me testify to my own practice of making a gift when I'm aware of my own anxiety. But no one has spoken of the liberating power of service better than Martin Luther King Jr. in his final sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta two months before he died. A friend sent me this and I believe it will be helpful as we contemplate the next four years and beyond.

"Jesus gave us a new norm of greatness. If you want to be important-wonderful. If you want to be recognized-wonderful. If you want to be great-wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness.... It means that everybody can be great because everybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve. You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant."

Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany

Parish Announcements

Celebrating 175 Years
To mark our 175th Anniversary, we are highlighting 365 people and events -- one per d ay! Explore January here, and be sure to check back each day for your daily dose of Epiphany History.

Road Closures
Due to the inauguration ceremony and parade, the Downtown streets leading to Epiphany will be closed Thursday, January 19 and Friday, January 20  -- if you plan to visit the area at this time, please use Metro.

Metrorail will open at 4:00am on Friday, January 20 and 5:00am on Saturday, January 21. For more information visit

Street Parking
Restrictions on Downtown area street parking will continue until Monday, January 23 at 1:00am. We have been told that if the road is open, the parking garage will be open. Please look out for a confirmation email regarding parking early Sunday morning. 

For a day-by-day guide to inauguration-related street closures and vehicle restrictions, click here.

Church Closings
The church will be closed on  Friday, January 20 in observance of Inauguration Day.

Epiphany and the Women's March on Washington 

Join Epiphany sisters and brothers for Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21. We will meet at 8:00am at  Peet's Coffee over Metro Center (13th and G). We will depart at 8:15am to metro to the start-site. 

Please let us know if you'll be meeting us at Peet's. Email Marge McNaughton ( ) or Bea Trapasso Dermer ( )

Red fleece hats embroidered with "Church of the Epiphany, 1/21/17"  and "Marching for God's Justice and Mercy" will be available for $10 at Peet's on Saturday (or before Sat. by arrangement).  Email Marge McNaughton to reserve, .

The Metro  will open at 5am with extra cars, but large crowds are still expected. (Buy your card before 21st).

For information what to bring to the march, and restrictions, click here or here.

For route details, click here. 

The program:
  • 8 a.m.- activities start with images and video on display.
  • 9 a.m. - pre-rally with speakers, music and public service announcements.
  • 10 a.m. - the official rally starts, featuring celebrities including Katy Perry, Cher, America Ferrera and Uzo Aduba
  • 1 p.m. - March starts to The Ellipse where the program will end.
God's Abiding Love Ignatian Retreat at The Church of the Epiphany
The "God's Abiding Love", Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life will be held at The Church of the Epiphany from January 29 - February 4, 2017.   Sponsored by the Holy Trinity Church, the Ignatian Retreat in Daily Life is an individually directed retreat, made at home, for individuals who want to be introduced to praying in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola. Rev. Stephen Wade is available for one-half hour conversations Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM through 2:30 PM the week of the retreat. T o make a reservation, please visit  or email Martina O'Shea at

Music & The ArtsMusic

Tuesday Concert Series
January 24, 2017 at 12:10pm

Barbara Hollinshead, alto, &  Howard Bass, lute, in  Time, Cruell Time: An exploration via lute songs about the passing of time, from angst to anticipation, and relief to reflection. Music by Dowland, Danyel, Campion, Holbourne and Rosseter.

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

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. 
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 (
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 (

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 (
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 (

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

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:


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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