Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This week we find ourselves entering the final week of Lent. Our Sunday Gospel readings throughout the season have offered a series of questions and answers about who Jesus is. Through accounts of encounters with Jesus, St. John has shown us that Jesus is our second birth; Jesus is living water. Jesus is the light of the world. This Sunday we will see another answer to the question of who Jesus is. Jesus brings life. I wonder which of the accounts from St. John about the nature of Jesus has rung most true for you. Perhaps you are waiting for Palm Sunday, when Jesus is celebrated as the Servant King. Jesus is the one welcomed like a King, but who behaves like a servant. Let me encourage you now to take a few moments and ponder who Jesus is for you.
As we move towards the end of Lent our minds turn to Palm
in ten days time. At Epiphany we will be celebrating the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as a joint service at
10am. This is an opportunity for our two congregations to come together to worship God as one. In our worship on Palm
Sunday we will attempt to reflect aspects of both our
8am and 11am services and we will be inviting members of both congregations to serve as liturgical ministers. Please make every effort to join us for this special service. On Palm
Sunday we recall the whole community of followers of Jesus turning out to welcome him into the city - laying their palms and cloaks along the roadside as he rode in on a donkey. It seems fitting that we should come together as one community to welcome Jesus into our midst. The crowd on Palm
Sunday had great expectations as to what Jesus might do for them and they turned out in droves to celebrate him. As you prepare to celebrate Jesus this Easter what has struck you during Lent this year about the nature of Jesus? What do you hope Jesus will help you do or be? How will you welcome Jesus into what remains of your Lent and Passiontide?
Mission & Ministry
Worship at Epiphany
Upcoming Coffee and Conversations
Willard Room, 9:30-10:30am
Sunday, April 2:
Mary Matthews will lead
"A Theological Reflection on Transgender Rights" based on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's words.
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
WWI, the fight to cure AIDS, and a Civil War General; 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 4, 2017 at 12:10pm
The Washington Bach Consort
returns for Noontime Cantatas.
Cantata: Wahrlich, wahrlich, ich sage euch, BWV 86
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547
Paul Skevington, organ
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 2, 2017, 3:00pm- The Washington Metropolitan Philarmonic
The Philharmonic presents two outstanding works from English composers. The celebrated Violin-Viola Duo of Marc Ramirez and Olivia Haijoff lead off with Britten's lively and charming Double Concerto. The piece is full of energy, with fanfares, soaring and rapturous melodies, and ending with soft far-away chords. Based on Victorian poetry, the Philharmonic and the NOVA Community Chorus showcase John Ireland's celebrated impressionistic choral work, a utopian vision of a future in which free people would live peaceably with one another. Finally, Tchaikovsky's delightfully tuneful Capriccio Italien rounds out the program. Visit the Philarmonic website for tickets.
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.
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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