Happy Epiphany season!
One week into the season of Epiphany and it is FRIGID! 25° reminds me of college in Troy, NY, except I won’t be able to ice skate on the front yard today. Thankfully, this is Virginia Beach and it will hit high forties this afternoon. But what we share with upstate NY (and everywhere) in Epiphany is God’s self-revelation, if we have eyes to see and minds open to contemplation.
One “manifestation” of God’s presence is the gift of hope and confidence of faith evident in your steadfast approach to ongoing life with COVID. This week many of you explained why COVID rates, family exposures and symptoms you experience were keeping you home. Some were more of a concern than others, but there is a sense of resolve and “one step in front of the other” in your responses that are testimony to trust that we will make it through this. And we will, because God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a SOUND MIND. That sound mind helps us stay vigilant and be smart about our protocols, to keep everyone as safe as possible, but moves us forward.
This Sunday we continue our three service schedule with 8:00am and 5:00pm in the Church, plus 10:00am combined worship in the Great Hall, where we have much better spacing. The live stream is on Facebook at 10:00am and later distributed by email for YouTube. I will be preaching, focused on Jesus’ first miracle at a wedding in Cana.
That SOUND MIND keeps us from holding much in-person other than worship right now, but we are offering the Good Book Club bible study on Exodus. Your email comes out for the week’s reading on Thursdays. This week we began using the noon prayer time to discuss some of the key points. The clergy will find a few dates for Zoom discussions over the course of Epiphany.
Additionally for your study and spiritual growth, we will focus on this Monday as the day of remembrance for Martin Luther King, Jr. Our newest commission, “Becoming a Beloved Community” is sponsoring an evening parish-wide Zoom event in the evening at 7:00pm. We will read sections of King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and reflect on its application in the 60’s and today. Watch for more information in an email Friday to prepare.
The Parish Annual Meeting will be Sunday, January 30 at 11:15am, held virtually on Facebook like last year. Look for more information next week.