Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
On Palm Sunday here at Epiphany, we walk in a procession through the streets surrounding our church, waving palms and following bagpipes just before our 10 am liturgy. We will be celebrating the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, beginning the last week of his life on earth before his resurrection. But walking through the streets in reenactment of an event in the life of Jesus nearly 2,000 years ago can feel awkward in downtown DC. People will stop and watch and wonder at us. They might even laugh or think we are religious fanatics. It would definitely be easier for our comfort level to remain indoors, in pews and in control of our reputations.
Sitting in a pew offers a level of emotional comfort that exuberant processions lack. Pew sitting can engender feelings of familiarity, anonymity, and detachment. Conversely, participating in an exuberant procession can feel awkward, encourage physical and emotional interaction with others, and demand engagement. In other words, exuberant processions clash with the self-concept of many Episcopalians as God's frozen chosen.
Jesus' decision to leave his native region of Galilee to approach Jerusalem was both brave and dangerous. He knew that some would wave palms in affirmation while others would gawk and even plot against him in response to the triumphal entry of a man called 'Messiah' and his marginal, radical and devoted followers. But he was fulfilling God's will for his life to love the world unto death.
When we step outside our familiar pews and familial places, we follow the brave steps of Jesus to walk into a doubting and even dangerous world, proclaiming a way of hope, love and resurrection. Our procession of palms is not the prelude to our walk with Christ through Holy Week. It is our very first step.
Mission & Ministry
Worship at Epiphany
A Pilgrimage of Prayer
Friday, April 7 at 11:30am
Meet at Epiphany
Join us for the Stations of the Cross: A Pilgrimage of Prayer, with a special focus on Washington's homeless community. This guided pilgrimage of Stations 8, 9 & 10 will be l
ed by Msgr John Enzler, CEO of Catholic Charities. We will begin at Church of the Epiphany and walk to First Congregational UCC, and end our walk at Catholic Charities. This event will end with a short service in the Chapel at Catholic Charities, and a sandwich lunch will be served.
Easter Eggs for our Welcome Table Guests!
Please take a few minutes when you are hard boiling eggs for your own Easter baskets to think of our Welcome Table guests and boil an extra dozen for them. Bring your eggs to church during Holy Week or on Easter
if you would like to join us in dyeing the eggs. Please Mark the egg carton with "hard boiled for Welcome Table" and put it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator in the kitchen.
All are invited to join us and dye eggs for our Welcome Table guests on
Saturday, April 15 at 10:00am
in the Community Hall.
Easter Sunday Coffee Hour
The Coffee Hour committee will be setting up a festive coffee hour after the
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!
Please contact any member of the committee for more information:
Celebrate Easter with a floral donation! Suggested Donation: $25. All tributes will be listed in the Easter bulletins. Please submit your dedication to the parish office no later than Sunday, April 9.
You can also submit your donation online.
Peoples Climate March
Saturday, April 29
On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, join thousands of others in the streets of Washington D.C. to show the world and our leaders that attacks on our people, our communities and our planet will be resisted. For more information, please visit peoplesclimate.org
This week in Epiphany History
The Episcopal Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, Washington's First National Artist and A Navy Surgeon; be sure to
get your daily dose of Epiphany History by following
Stations of the Cross
March 1, 2017 - April 16, 2017
The journey continues -- Be sure to download the app 'Alight: Art & Sacred' or visit
to continue your pilgrimage to all 14 of the stations and for info on upcoming events.
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
recreates this profound combination of text and music.
Music & The Arts
Tuesday Concert Series
April 11, 2017 at 12:10pm
Rebecca Kellerman Petretta & Laura Choi Stuart,
Amy Domingues, v
iola da gamba, and
present a Holy Week performance of Francois Couperin's sublime Leçons de Ténèbres. (Lamentations).
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
in the church office or by contacting our Director of Music,
April 7, 2017, 7:00pm - The Heritage Signature Chorale
The Heritage Signature Chorale is committed to preserving, at the highest possible level, the performance tradition of African-American choral music, especially the Negro Spiritual; to elevating the African-American singer and composer in all musical genres; and to bringing a unique interpretation of classical music from America, Europe and other regions of the world. This Open Doors concert is free and open to the public.
April 8, 2017, 10:00am- Levine Music Group, String Theory Masterclass
The 2017 Composition Weekend brings together the provocative intensity and contagious energy of the Del Sol String Quartet with the rigorous poetry of composer Jeffrey Mumford and Levine high school composers. We will explore how string theory can be a parallel with the fusion of rhythmic energy, multi-voiced textures, and imaginative timbres that light up music..
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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