Join us for the 1st Sunday of Epiphany

The Holy Eucharist
in the Sanctuary

 Sunday, January 7, 10:00 am
Bach cantata series continues with
BWV 171 - “Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm"

SUNDAY PARKING at the Back Bay Garage (entrance located at 199 Clarendon Street Boston, MA 02116). Vouchers are available during coffee hour. Your ticket is good for a 3 hour period on Sunday beginning at 8:00am. The price for 3 hours is $5. Beyond that the regular rate applies. 
Emmanuel's Pledge Stewardship Season Continues
Thank you to the 105 pledgers who have indicated their intent to support Emmanuel Church in 2018! If you have not yet returned your pledge card, please do so as soon as possible, so the vestry can prepare a budget for staff and programs in the coming year. If you would like to pledge, but have not received a packet of materials, please speak with a member of the clergy or vestry, or email Amanda March, our Parish Operations Manager, at
Rector's Bible Study
Morning Bible Study takes place on Tuesdays in January and meets from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Emmanuel Room. Come whenever you are able to join us for this lively conversation with the Rector.
This weekend: Epiphany Lessons and Carols
Greetings everyone!  I want to invite all in the Boston Harbor Deanery (and beyond) to join us at our Cathedral Church on Saturday, January 6 for this collaboration with St. James’s Cambridge (Holly Antolini), Karen Montagno (Congregational Resources and Training), and Bishop Gayle for an anti-oppression Epiphany Lessons and Carols. If anyone would like to sing in the choir from your congregation, please have them contact Pat Michaels, minister of music at St. James’s, directly at He will send the music for the choral piece (The Storm is Passing Over) and a link for audio.

We hope to gather all singers, readers, and leaders at 11:00 for a rehearsal that day, followed by lunch and the liturgy beginning at 1:00. Please spread the word and come!
The Bach Institute 2018
Emmanuel Music, Winsor Music, and Oberlin College and Conservatory announce The Bach Institute 2018 , hosted by Emmanuel Church and supported by generous grants and contributions. From January 6 through 22, 2018, twelve college and conservatory students selected by audition, from colleges and conservatories throughout the country, will embark on an intensive exploration, mentored by faculty from Emmanuel Music, into the historical framework and performance of Bach arias and cantatas. 

Bach Institute 2018 Event Schedule – all activities take place at Emmanuel Church
T o reserve seats at the following events, visit
-Saturday, January 6 at 11:30 am Cantata rehearsal, BWV 41 followed by brown bag lunch discussion with Ryan Turner and Pamela Dellal
-Saturday, January 13 at 11:30 am Cantata rehearsal, BWV 79 followed by brown bag lunch discussion with John Harbison, “How Bach Works”
-Saturday, January 20 at 11:30 am Cantata rehearsal, BWV 3 followed by brown bag lunch discussion with Ryan Turner and Pamela Dellal
-Thursday, January 11 at 7 PM Conversation with Bach Scholar Christoph Wolff, “Bach’s most ambitious project ever: the chorale cantata cycle of 1724/25.”

- Sunday, January 22 at 7:30 PM Culminating Concert of Bach Arias and Bach Cantata BWV 186a, conducted by Artistic Director Ryan Turner
CANTATA PRESENTATIONS during the Sunday Services at Emmanuel Church – no reservations needed:
- Sunday, January 7, Cantata BWV 171 at the 10 am service, Ryan Turner conducting
- Sunday, January 14, Cantata BWV 79 at the 10 am service, John Harbison conducting
- Sunday, January 21, Cantata BWV 190 at the 10 am service, Ryan Turner conducting                   
Bach Institute students participate in the weekly cantata at the 10 am Emmanuel Church services on Sundays and present preludes and postludes to the services.

Faith and Work Event
This is the first in a series of conversations for those shaping their professional and academic lives who are curious about the ways faith and work might inform and transform each other. We invite you to gather for an evening of networking, fellowship, and worship sponsored by The Cathedral Church of St. Paul and Christ Church Cambridge.
January 30, 2018
Christ Church Cambridge
0 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
1) Opening Reception with Wine and Hors d’œuvres 
2) Guest Speaker with Q&A: The Rev. Lisa Fortuna, M.D. Lisa Fortuna, MD is a physician, board certified in child and adult psychiatry and addiction medicine. She is also an Episcopal priest. Her expertise includes immigrant/refugee mental health, adolescent health, Hispanic ministry, science and faith. Read more at
3) Closing Compline Prayer 
For additional information and to RSVP, please contact The Rev. Kevin Sparrow ( by January 28, 2018.
From the Parish Office
We welcome Dylan Hillerbrand to the administrative offices of Emmanuel Church, who will be with us on a temporary basis while we search for an administrative assistant. He can be reached at or 617-536-3355 x21.
Morning Prayer resumes in February
At 8:00 am on Tuesdays in February, gather with us in the Lindsey Chapel for Morning Prayer Rite II. Services will continue throughout the year on even numbered months. Join us in deepening our connection to God and one another through common prayer.
Ordination to the Priesthood
Ordination to the Priesthood
God willing and the people consenting

The Right Reverend Alan M. Gates
Bishop of Massachusetts
will ordain

J. Amanda March
to the Sacred Priesthood
on Friday, January 5, 2018
at six o’clock in the evening
Parish of St. Paul
1135 Walnut Street
Newton, Massachusetts 02461
Your prayers and presence are requested.
Clergy: Red Stoles       
Reception follows    

Ecclesia Ministries
Support Ecclesia Ministries and common cathedral’s programs : Click on the link below that will take you to a new way to support the programs. Please consider checking out our wish list by clicking the green button below. Click on an item and help out! 
Thank you!
Amanda Grant-Rose
You can help...
Episcopal Relief & Development urges prayers and financial contributions for all who are dealing with the impact of the recent hurricanes, earthquake, and fire. Please visit the organization's website for more information about relief and recovery efforts and donate at .
Central Reform Temple
  Central Reform Temple has a monthly e-newsletter, Kol Nefesh (Every Voice). To keep abreast of their upcoming events you can read it by clicking the button below to visit their website . If you are interested in receiving CRT's monthly bulletin, Kol Nefesh, please send an email request to: 
Becoming Beloved Community: the
Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment
Becoming Beloved Community : the Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. Churchwide discussion and webinars have begun. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and officers of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies are inviting Episcopalians to study and commit to using Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice. Leaders say Becoming Beloved Community is designed as a strategic path through distinct phases that lead to personal and structural change.

  • Telling the Truth about the Church and Race, via a census to determine church demographics and a Racial Justice Audit to study the impact of racism on the Church’s leadership, organizations and bodies
  • Proclaiming the Dream of Beloved Community, via a series of regional public listening and learning engagements, starting with a partnership at Washington National Cathedral
  • Practicing the Way of Love, via a churchwide Beloved Community story-sharing campaign, multilingual and multigenerational formation and training, pilgrimages and liturgical resources
  • Repairing the Breach in Institutions and Society, via advocacy for criminal justice reform, re-entry collaboratives shaped by people moving from prison back to community, and partnership with Saint Augustine’s University and Voorhees College (the historically black university and college associated with the Episcopal Church)

For more information go to  
At Emmanuel - 

Name Tags for All - Because it's always nice to be able to attach a name to a face, we encourage you to wear a name tag. You may find them along the wall in the Parish Hall, alphabetized by FIRST name. We encourage you to put your pronouns (he/him, she/her, etc.) on your name tag. By doing this, we help make Emmanuel Church a more welcoming place for transgender worshippers. If you don't see a name tag along the wall in the Parish Hall, and would like to have one, please find Penny Lane at church or email her at with your name and pronouns.

Emmanuel Church Photography and Social Media   Communicating through social media helps our efforts to build community and expand our reach to people who are new to Emmanuel, as well as to Emmanuelites around the world. Volunteers help spread the Word by taking photos before, during and after services, posting and sharing online. We value the sanctity of our worship and aim to strike a balance between sharing life at Emmanuel and creating a sacred space for all, filled with wonder, love, thanksgiving and praise. No one will be tagged or identified by name in a photo without their permission and other privacy wishes will be respected on request. If you are interested in helping in these efforts or have concerns please see a vestry member after the service.

Care Commission If you can write notes or make visits, we would love to have your help. Do you know someone who is in the hospital, or confined at home? Know someone who needs a ride to or from a medical appointment, or would just appreciate a visit? The Care Commission wants to help. Contact Pauline Ratta (617-469-2232) or Walter Jonas (617-696-8020) and we will see that a pastoral response is provided.
Reminder of Sanctuary
In a typical week, Emmanuel Church provides sanctuary and hospitality for as many as 1500 people who are living on the various margins of our society because of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, addiction, immigration status, religion, and so on. Coming together to help lift heavy hearts and carry heavy burdens is what we do, and many hands make light work. Every single one of us has some capacity to join in this vital mission, thanks to Love. – plw

Emmanuel Church supports the mission of religious, social service, and artistic organizations by providing space and some staff support for meetings, concerts, events and functions. As our mission states, Emmanuel Church strives for justice and peace. Your financial contributions help us continue to support these organizations vital to the health and spiritual wellness of the City of Boston. We are proud to support the mission of: 

  • AA and Al-Anon Meetings
  • Artists-in-Residence: Sara Peattie, Puppeteer & Ted Southwick, Woodcarver
  • Back Alley Puppet Theater & Free Lending Library
  • Back Bay Chorale: weekly rehearsals
  • Boston Gay Men’s Chorus: weekly rehearsals
  • Boston Early Music Festival
  • BostonWarm (see Ecclesia Ministries below)
  • Calliope: weekly rehearsals
  • Central Reform Temple
  • Ecclesia Ministries: BostonWarm day center for people without shelter; and the common art studio program for unhoused and marginally housed people
  • Eliot Center: Safe Haven, a shelter for women
  • Emmanuel Music, Inc.
  • Ethos: weekly GLBT Senior luncheon
  • Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
  • Onnuri I:um Chapel Korean Presbyterian Campus Ministry
  • Universal Worship in Boston: A Celebration of One Human Family
  The Episcopal Church welcomes you! Come and see...
watch the video below and learn more.   

Contact: The Rev. Amanda March,
Parish Operations Manager
Learn more by clicking the links below.

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