Interim Rector's Reflection
"The law of gravity tells you what stones do if you drop them; but the Law of Human Nature tells you what human beings ought to do and do not."
- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
One of my favorite pastors, Andy Stanley at
in Atlanta, is doing a sermon series called Address the Mess. It isn't about closets or garages... although we all know something of those messes. It is about the messiness of life. Whether it is financial mess with too much debt, an academic mess, a messy relationship or work situation, we know a mess when we see one. And that is because we are one. As he puts it, we are either in a mess or blissfully between messes, but one thing we all have in common is the mess.
Sunday's gospel lesson
, we hear about the man waiting at the pool to be healed. He didn't wait a day or even a week. He waited at that pool for thirty-eight years! That is a long time to be living with a mess. Of course not all messes are of our own doing. And we often need to rely on others to help us out of a mess. But one way to get out of a mess is to first recognize you're in one.
One of the best things about Epiphany is that we embrace the messiness of life. We don't expect people to come to church looking or even acting perfectly. We know that life can get in the way sometimes. And if you can't bring that messiness to church, well then where can you bring it?! Church should be the place where we are able to come with all of our imperfections and be loved by one another just as God loves us. It doesn't always happen, of course, but we try.
We preach God's love extends to all. We claim God's message of hospitality is meant for all. Epiphany is working tirelessly to offer a lasting welcome to those who come to us and to all we try to reach outside our doors. That out-stretched hand might have a little paint on it or even some dirt under the nails, but it is hand of love and support. And it is a hand of grace to those who see the world differently. Remember, the one thing we have in common with even those whom we dislike (or even despise) is we are all a bit of a mess.
The next time try saying, "I recognize a mess when I see one, because I am one." Only God is perfect. We are all a little rough around the edges - seen or unseen. In Jesus, God came into the world to show us how love and compassion; healing and kindness can transform. The man at the pool waited a lifetime to be healed. What would it look like if we offered God's healing love to one another starting now?
Sure, the world is messy. Life is messy. Relationships are messy. Let's extend to one another some grace and healing to ensure our little corner is a place where messes can come to feel the power of God's love.
The Calling Committee announces their Fellowship Group schedule below! Please join them in creating our
, which is an integral step in calling our new Rector.
Please call or email Sandi Ingram as soon as possible to let her know your preferred group, and any alternate choices
Please note the date and time corrections from yesterday's announcement email.
Saturday, April 30
Bob and Susan Weinbeck are hosting a gathering in North Arlington, VA
Sunday, May 1
Anne and Tony Schmidt are hosting a potluck in Bethesda, MD (please RSVP with
Carter Echols and Bill Johnson are hosting dinner in South Arlington, VA
Saturday, May 7
Lee Tyner (weekday worshiper/Calling Committee member) will be hosting a brunch in NW DC
Bob Wallin and Bea Dermer will be hosting a wine and cheese gathering in Alexandria, VA
Sandi Ingram will be hosting a gathering in SW DC
| Mission & Ministry
May 4- Choral Evensong
Choral Evensong with Schola Epiphaniensis will be sung on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00pm. The service music will include Thomas Tomkins (1572-1657 ) - The Second Service and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621) - Viri Galilaei. Choral Evensong is sung on the first Wednesday of the month.
Being Christian: Coffee and Conversation
in the Dunlop Room
Gather to explore the essential elements of Christian life and life at Epiphany Parish. Open to all, especially those preparing for confirmation or baptism.
May 1- History
May 8- Discipleship
Joint Service for Pentecost
Pentecost is a special day in the church where we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. To honor that day and building on the success of Palm Sunday, we will have another joint service at 10:00am. We will have singing and prayers at 8:00am and our Welcome Table programming will remain the same. However, we will combine our services of Holy Eucharist so that we can worship together as a parish community. Please join us at 10:00am on Sunday, May 15 for a Pentecost Celebration followed by a parish picnic. To volunteer at the service or for the picnic, please contact Elizabeth Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office.
Support Episcopal Relief and Development efforts in Ecuador & Japan
Earlier this month, both Ecuador and Japan were hit by devastating earthquakes. The death toll in Ecuador has risen to 600 and people in both countries are faced with major damage and displacement. You can support Episcopal Relief and Development's efforts to assist these countries by donating to the International Disaster Response Fund. You can also read a statement from the Bishop of Ecuador Litoral here.
May 14- Cathedral Confirmation
The Diocese of Washington will hold a confirmation service at the Washington National Cathedral on May 14. If you are interested in exploring confirmation, please contact
Fellowship and service can be found in all aspects of life at Epiphany.
To volunteer in worship, with Welcome Table programs, Street Church, the Tuesday Concert Series, contribution counters, or any other ministries contact the Parish Office. 202-347-2635. Explore the work of the people on our
Music & The Arts
Tuesday Concert Series
On May 3 at 12:10pm
The Washington Bach Consort
returns to perform
Cantata: Bringet dem Herrn Ehre seines Namens, BWV 148 and
Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540,
Todd Fickley, organ
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January-June 2016 Tuesday Concert Series
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Upcoming Guest Performances
April 30, 2016, 7:00pm- Honor and Majesty: Music of Bach and Handel
Presented by Choralis
Enjoy a concert that highlights works by the giants of Baroque music. With a stunning cast of soloists and the Baroque specialists Three Notch'd Road, the program will include Handel's
Let the Bright Seraphim
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
, as well as Bach's
Christ lag in Todesbanden
, BWV 4,
Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft
, BWV 50, and
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
, BWV 1050, along with a few surprises! For more information and tickets, please visit the Choralis website.
May 1, 2016, 7:00pm- Catholic University of America University Singers
Presenting Magnitude and Melody: Britten's
Rejoice in the Lamb
For more information, please visit the CUA Benjamin T. Rome School of Music website.
May 5, 2016, 7:30pm- Let's Rock
Presented by Encore Creativity's Encore Rocks DC and Encore Rocks Glen Echo
More than 120 singers take the stage to present a concert featuring Rock classics including, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "Stairway to Heaven," as well as a medley of Rock & Roll "Oldies" and hits by Elvis and Frankie Valli
May 12, 2016, 7:30pm- With A Song in My Heart
Presented by Encore Creativity's The Capital Encore Chorale
Encore: Creativity of Older Adults returns with a concert featuring the romantic music of Rodgers and Hart, blues favorites by Hoagy Carmichael and a medley from the Broadway show
Guys and Dolls.
Please note that all of Epiphany's guest artists and ensembles handle their own ticket sales. Please contact the respective individuals/ensembles for ticket sales and information pertaining to these concerts.
Learn more about musical events at Epiphany by visiting our website.
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