In this Issue
Clergy Reflection

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
 
Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
 
Those of you who love hearing readings from the Old Testament each Sunday have probably been wondering why we aren't reading from the Hebrew Scriptures each Eucharist during this 50-days of Easter. Perhaps you have noticed that during the Easter season, we read from the Acts of the Apostles instead of the Old Testament for our readings before an epistle and the Gospel. This practice goes back as far as Cyril of Jerusalem and was normalized by Augustine in the fourth century. As far as traditions about readings are concerned, this practice of reading most of the Acts of the Apostles instead of the Old Testament in Easter is as old as any lectionary practices we have in Western Christianity.
 
But, you say, aren't the Hebrew Scriptures essential to our understanding of who God is and who we are as God's people? The answer is yes. But think of the Easter Vigil, during which we read together long portions from multiple books of the Old Testament. At that most sacred and ancient of our liturgies, we walked through the salvation history of the people of Israel, through the prophets, leading up to the birth of Jesus. In some churches, there are as many as twelve lessons from the Old Testament read at the Vigil, in order to open the Easter celebration and 50-day season with a review and revival of the sacred story of creation from God letting light be light, up to the voice of John the Baptist. We do not 'skip' the Old Testament during Easter. Rather, we are called through the Easter season to harken back to the Vigil, which sets the course and sets the table for the feast of joy and resurrection during Easter.
 
We read the Acts of the Apostles daily to draw us into the velocity of the first followers of Jesus in the wake of his death and resurrection. The Acts is the story of the very first Fifty Days of Easter. We hear stories of the certainty and the mystery, the bravery and the foolishness of the first followers, and we are invited to walk the road to Emmaus ourselves: to bring our hopes and fears and questions and passion into our daily walk with God in the world. We spend Easter well when we look to recognize Christ risen in the world.
 
And this week we read of St. Paul's response to Jesus, a man-made-missionary who enters a public forum in Athens with monuments to gods of the polytheistic state religion. "Men of Athens," Paul declares, "I see you are religious in every way." After crediting the Athenians for their endless statues to gods of many human ideas and actions (gods of war, love, courage, or folly), Paul points out a 'statue to an unknown god;' a tribute to the Greco-Roman idea that there may, perhaps, be divinity beyond the imagination of the ancient mind. Paul seizes this opening in the armor of arrogance of the stale state religion and dares to say that Jesus is the God unknown to the Roman Empire and to the world. Paul says to the religious, has your religion blinded you from seeing the truth of Christ?
 
Hear this question my friends. It is asked of us all in this week's reading. Is your faith in God so crowded with idols of politics or practices that you are too busy or too bored to spend intentional time at peace and at prayer with the God who made you? Is getting to church or getting to a committee meeting at church distracting you from experiencing the presence of the risen Christ in your life? In this season we are called to unclutter even the sacred spaces in our lives and souls. We are called to spend time with the God who is not unknown, but who, in Christ, has entered the suffering and entered the skin of human life. Don't be an Athenian who is "religious in every way" except in the experience of delighting in the known God who delights in you.

-Tricia Lyons
Mission & Ministry

Worship at Epiphany
Sunday Readings

Parish Announcements

Potluck Picnic Lunch
Sunday, May 21
Please join us as we thank the Calling Committee for their dedicated leadership and hard work that brought us to this exciting time of anticipation as we prepare to welcome Rev. Glenna.  Every step - developing questions for the parish survey, sharing the results, convening focus groups, development of the parish profile, reviewing resumes, interviewing candidates, conducting site visits, and the difficult steps of culling down the list from 45 to 3 was accomplished with great care, attention, and trust in the Holy Spirit.  

We will honor the members during both liturgies and then celebrate with a potluck picnic after the  11:00  service in the garden. 

Fried chicken will be provided. Last names A-M, please bring a side dish. Last names N-Z, please bring a dessert. We hope you can join us!

Parish Picture Day
Sunday, June 4
We are in the midst of updating our Parish Directory and creating new print and digital editions. To complete this process, we would like to have a photo of each person alongside their name.

Arrien, communications coordinator, will be at church to take your pictures on Sunday, June 4 from 9:00am-12:00pm in the community hall. Please be sure to stop by the photo corner either before or after service.

Alternatively, if you already have a photo that you would like displayed in the directory, please email to  communication@epiphanydc.org

Memorial Service for Michael Stoops
May 25, 2017 at 12:00pm
Church of the Pilgrims
2201 P St., NW, Washington, DC
Michael Stoops, co-founder of The National Coalition for the Homeless, Street Sense, and The North American Street Newspaper Association, passed away at Casey House, Montgomery County Hospice on Monday, May 1, 2017. He was 67 years old. Michael, with Mitch Snyder, was the architect of The McKinney Vento Act and numerous academic papers on ending homelessness. Michael served as Director of Community Organizing at The National Coalition for the Homeless since 1988.


This week in Epiphany History
The emancipation of Nelly Easton, the creation of Street Church and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship FoundationBe sure to  get your daily dose of Epiphany History by following  the Celebrating 175 page .


Epiphany Choir Performances
Last week during the Flower Mart Festival our Choir sang Choral Evensong at Washington National Cathedral. They sang music by American Gerre Hancock, with Canticles by Englishman Tustin Baker and the US premiere of an anthem, the  Prayer of a Prisoner by I an Shaw. It took as its text a beautiful prayer by  Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), the German pastor, theologian, spy, anti-Nazi dissident, and martyr, whose writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential in recent years: 

''By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered, and confidently waiting, come what may, we know that God is with us night and morning, with us and never fails to greet us each new day. Yet is this heart by its old foe tormented, still evil days bring burdens hard to bear; O give our frightened souls the sure salvation for which, O Lord, you taught us to prepare. And when this cup you give is filled to brimming with bitter sorrow, hard to understand, we take it thankfully and without trembling, out of so good and so beloved a hand. Yet when again in this same world you give us the joy we had, the brightness of your sun, we shall remember all the days we lived through, and our whole life shall then be yours alone. Now when your silence spreads around us, O let us hear all your creation say; that world of sound which soundlessly invades us, and all your children's hymns of praise." 

The choir will sing a recital and then Choral Evensong at St. Stephen's in Richmond, VA as the closing service of the Regional American Guild of Organist (AGO) Convention on Wednesday, June 28th.


Music & The ArtsMusic

Tuesday Concert Series
May 23, 2017 at 12:10pm

The Valor Brass Quintet in a sonic tour de force with new works for brass quintet written and arranged especially for this group.

Featuring Michael Harding and Michael Mergen, trumpets; Hilary Harding, french horn; Chris Clark, trombone; and Christopher Tiedeman, tuba.

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



Epiphany Choir CD

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

Guest Performances

May 18, 2017, 7:30pm - Encore Chorale Concert
Encore Creativity for Older Adults presents the Encore Chorale in concert at Epiphany. 

May 21, 2017, 3:00pm - The DC Concert Orchestra
The DC Concert Orchestra Society brings classical music to the metropolitan region while providing performance opportunities and continuing education for amateur adult musicians to enjoy a lifetime of music-making.  Admission is free, but a donation to the  DC Concert Orchestra Society  is appreciate.

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
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