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Silent Ministries

October Community Prayers

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As you know, the 2017 Stewardship Campaign is entitled "Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also." Below are some responses from "What keeps your heart at Church of the Epiphany" cards. ---

  • "Jesus calls us to love our neighbor. I take part in outreach because of that call."
  • "I truly feel this parish is full of love for one another. This will always be my home."
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Dear Epiphany,
In this week when the Church has remembered St. Francis of Assisi (October 4), that saint of gentle love for all God's creation as well as fierce identification with the poor, we have also marked one of the more horrific acts of gun violence in recent national memory. Two entirely opposed realities. I don't know how this latest tragedy has touched you. I can only imagine your shock and anger, horror and frustration. To be honest, I haven't read more than the headlines about it this week nor watched more than a few seconds of television news. I don't need to. I know the story. A lone man with automatic weapons has killed scores of people. The numbers and the setting and the details change, but the underlying story always seems to be relatively the same. And the reactions on the news are always the same: thoughts and prayers for the victims and somber vigils. It is a pattern we have rehearsed well. However, there was one article that caught my eye so far. It was a letter to the Editor of the NY Times penned by a college freshman.

It is a poem of lament. Like the laments God's people have written for millenia. Like the laments that fill the pages of the Biblical books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and yes, Lamentations. To lament is an act of faith, a protest against what is for the sake of how God would have it be. Thoughts and prayers for every soul affected by this trauma are right and good, but so are laments and protests and calling our society to account. I have to wonder if God might prefer those at this point.

In Isaiah 58, the Lord says through Isaiah's prophetic words: "Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself in prayer and weeping? No. Is not this the fast that I choose; to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke?---If you refrain from pointing the finger, the speaking of evil, if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday---Your ruins shall be rebuilt and you shall be called repairers of the breach, the restorer of the streets to live in." This is our work. To finally make some sense out of our gun laws that would allow this kind of violence. To stop pointing fingers and repair the breach with our neighbors. If the Bible is our guide, the work begins in courageous lament, is rooted in peace and reliant on God's grace.

Yours in Christ,
Rev'd Jen

Statement from our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry

  • This Sunday
  • The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost:
    Sunday, October 8, 2017

    8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Sermon: The Reverend Greg Prior

    Adult Bible Study: The Book of Exodus, 9:15 a.m
    NO Adult Forum or Children's Formation classes

    Scripture readings:
    Isaiah 5:1-7
    Psalm 80:7-14
    Philippians 3:4b-14
    Matthew 21:33-46

    Read these lessons

    Liturgical Ministers for this Sunday:

    8 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Server-John Turner
    Lector-Sally Erskine
    Ushers-Carl Mayse & Neal Harrington
    Greeters-Nancy Leggat & Carol Robitaille
    Healing Prayer Team-Virginia Rocha
    Coffee Hour-Janice Johnson

    10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Servers-John Eastwood, Caroline Haggerty & Brideget Dee
    Lector-Richard Marsland
    Ushers-Scott & Will Haggerty
    Greeters-Ernie & Bev Fairhurst
    Healing Prayer Team-Denise Messier & Michelle Callahan
    Coffee Hour-Carol & Richard Marsland & Denise Messier
    Altar Guild-Betsy Kelley & Mel Inman
    Counters-Kevin Kelley & Dawn Campbell
    Lawn Mower-Phil Campbell, Evan McCarthy & Bernie Klim

  • Preschool Chapel Worship - 10:30 a.m. once a month
  • All Epiphany children ages 3-Kindergarten are invited to join us for a Godly Play program to be held monthly during the 10:30 a.m. service. We will meet downstairs in the community room at 10:15 and proceed to the classroom while parents enjoy a peaceful mass. Before Communion, we will bring your children to join you in the church. The first class will be this Sunday, October 8. Please email Meg Pilato at, or talk to Rev'd Jen or Meg on Sunday.

  • Episcopal Charities
  • Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Episcopal Charities Campaign this year. With your generous giving Church of the Epiphany was able to exceed our goal of $4,000!

  • Upcoming Events
  • Blessing of the Animals, RESCHEDULED: Sunday, October 15, 4 p.m. in the Epiphany Welcome Garden.

    Adult Forum: Sunday, October 15 - **BONUS** Edition of Rector's Israel Presentation By popular demand, we will gather for follow-up conversation with Rev'd Jen about her spring study trip to Israel, the Palestinian conflict and your impressions and responses. While it will include some presentation, this session will be more community conversation.

    Holy Hiking #3 - Saturday, October 21, 3 p.m., Weetamoo Woods, Tiverton. We'll gather for our last hike of the season to enjoy the foliage and a simple time of worship together. This time we welcome the youth group from St. Martin's, Providence to join us also! Please note the earlier time to accommodate the earlier sunsets. Meet at the East Rd/Rt. 179 entrance located ½ mile east of Tiverton Four Corners.

  • Silent Ministries
  • Did you know that each week there are people at Epiphany who quietly do important work that helps maintain our life together and our sacred space? Periodically, we'll recognize these faithful servants among us and give them our deepest thanks!

    Janice Johnson - Pledge Clerk
    Throughout the year all of you generously contribute your offerings toward your annual pledge. Each Monday morning, Janice confidentially and diligently records those payments in our computer database (both those given online and in envelopes or the collection plate), generates quarterly giving statements and generally monitors our pledge payments. Janice reviews the previous Sunday's count sheet (completed by the Counters) recording all income the previous week and brings the deposit to the bank. These are valuable ways the pledge clerk assists the treasurer in accurately monitoring income for budgeting purposes. Thank you, Janice, and God bless you for your gift of time and talent to us!

  • October Community Prayers
  • During the month of October our community is praying for:
    Locally: Students, teachers and families returning to school & activities
    Globally: Those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma & Maria
    At Epiphany: Our Vestry & their Retreat on October 14

  • Photos from our Welcome Sunday
  • Liturgy of Belonging

  • From the Office
  • Pickup your 3rd Quarter Pledge Statements this Sunday from the alphabetically organized box on the table in the entrance foyer. We are currently over $5,000 behind on our anticipated pledge income for 2017. So please review your statement and help us to close that gap.

    The Property Team has been very busy with several projects recently and we invite you to take a look at them and thank them for their hard work:

    • The stripping and waxing of all the floors in the building.
    • The demolition and rebuilding of the courtyard stairs.
    • And the repurposing of the Community Garden as a neighborhood Welcome Garden.
    Nametags- As we've recently welcomed new members to Epiphany, it is important that everyone wear their nametags. If you are in need of a nametag please write your name on the list on the table in the entrance of the church or contact Beth in the office ( or 401-434-5012.

  • Next Sunday
  • The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    8 & 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Sermon: The Reverend Jennifer Zogg

    Christian Formation, 9:15 a.m.
    Adult Forum: **BONUS** Edition of Rector's Israel Presentation
    Adult Bible Study: The Book of Exodus

    Scripture readings:
    Isaiah 25:1-9
    Psalm 23
    Philippians 4:1-9
    Matthew 22:1-14

    Read these lessons

    Liturgical Ministers for next Sunday:

    8 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Server-Arthur Manning
    Lector-Tammi Miller
    Usher-Judy Phillips
    Greeter-Judy Phillips
    Healing Prayer Team-Janice Johnson
    Coffee Hour-Sally Erskine & Judy Phillips

    10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
    Altar Servers-John Eastwood, Gabby Virtue & Emma Chartier Lector-Suellen Franze
    Ushers-Nastara & Dave Allen
    Greeter-Gretchen Gammons
    Healing Prayer Team-Virginia Rocha & Carol Marsland
    Coffee Hour-Virginia Rocha, Charlie Bodell & Kerry Lonergan
    Altar Guild-Caroline DeOliveira & Charlene Underhill
    Communion Bread-Beverly Fairhurst
    Counters-Maurice Holmes & Edie Menard
    Lawn Mower-Kristen Dee

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