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January 20 - January 27, 2023
An Epiphany Metaphor

I have a confession to make: the wise men in my nativity scene never made it to the manger.

I keep my nativity in a bookcase where I put it out each year for Christmas. This allows me to quickly “decorate” for the season. In December after I took out the nativity, except for the wise men, I shut the cabinet door and turned the key in the lock.  

When Epiphany arrived, I turned the key in the door, and the lock was stuck, so the door didn’t open. My wise men stayed locked in the cabinet. Over the next several days, I tried to place the wise men in the nativity scene to no avail.  

As they continued to be separated from the nativity and the star above it, I felt like they were looking at me wondering when they'd be able to give their gifts to Jesus. If the wise men had been real rather than pieces of pewter, I think that I would have felt like I was letting them down. I realized that this might be a very good metaphor. I began to ask myself, “What is keeping me from getting to the star?”

Jennifer’s sermon on Sunday also asked this question of all of us. She asked us how we can use our lives to be the light of the world. She also gave a preview of this Sunday’s Gospel that calls us to discipleship.  

As we look forward to 2023, some critical questions we might ask ourselves are: “How can I be that light – here at St. Mary’s and in the wider community. What ministries speak to me? What talents do I have to offer? And more importantly – how can I help St. Mary’s become the church that it needs to be?"

Certainly, as we look at the leadership priorities for 2023 that the vestry adopted in November 2022, we can find many ways to serve as these goals become actions.


Murry Edwards

P.S. Thank you to Mattie Gustafson for helping with the essential questions.

P.P.S.S. And in case you were wondering, I tried the lock after I wrote this, and the lock finally moved. The wise men have been placed in the nativity. After all, it’s still the season of Epiphany!
Rector's Continuing Education
Last fall Jennifer began a two-year program of training as a spiritual director at the Haden Institute. This course involves three intensives a year, requiring on-site learning in Hendersonville, NC. She will be away until January 25. While she is away, Sr. Warden, Marlo Pratt will connect you with a priest should you need urgent pastoral care. Marlo can be reached by phone, by calling Jennifer's office extension. X103
For Families
Sunday, January 22

The week's focus is on Jesus beginning his ministry. He invites us to try something new. This week's activities help us with that message.

If you'd like to further discuss this week's readings as a family, illustrated books can provide good starters for discussion. This week's list includes an all time-favorite, Green Eggs and Ham which connects to the Gospel's message of trying something new. Each of the books on this week's list is available through your Ocean State Library.
Sunday, January 22 - 10:15, Study of Exodus, St. George's Chapel. See below for details.

Sunday, February 5 - 10:00 - 10:30, Coffee Hour Hosted by the Stewardship Commission, Gathering Space

Sunday February 5 - 10:30, Annual Meeting of the Corporation, St. George's Chapel.

Friday, February 10 - 6:00, Movie Night, St. George's Chapel. Details below.


For a calendar of all of the activities visit the church's website.
Worship
Third Sunday after the Epiphany
For the weekly bulletin,
click on the picture above.

Collect

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgical Ministers

Altar Guild
 Joanne Gracia, Jennie Nestlerode

Celebrant and Preacher
The Rev. Meaghan Brower

Musicians
Michael Templeton,
Julie Zecher, Brooke Huminski
and the St. Mary’s Choir

Organist
David Warfield

Greeters
Cory Thurston Lallo,
Christine Cotsoridis

     Lector and Intercessor
Lauren Lema

Acolytes
Leo Barker, Samuel Brower,
Isaac Nestlerode

Crucifer/Server
Steve Bakios

Audiovisual
David Brierley
Holy Eucharist at 9:00

The service will be live streamed on Facebook.

If you are joining us online, please use the comment section to say hello. We are trying to make better connections between those who are in person and those who are at home. Please direct feedback to David Brierley regarding your online connection.

You may watch our service online on Facebook.
Daily Evening Prayer on Facebook Live

Lay leaders are praying the evening office at 5:30 p.m. daily online via Facebook Live. You do not need to have Facebook in order to participate in these daily prayers. If you cannot make it at 5:30, the service will be recorded and remain on the St. Mary's Facebook page.
Prayer Requests


If you would like to add someone to the prayers of the people, to be included in the Sunday morning prayers and in the daily evening prayers, please contact Parish
Administrator, Karen Laroche. We typically keep people in the prayers for one month.
Want to hear a favorite sermon again? Or see what you missed one Sunday?
You can find past worship services online in three different places. You can watch on our website, YouTube Channel, or on Facebook.
Well-Being
ECC Summer Camp Registration

Believe it or not -- the days are getting longer. And before we know it, summer will be here!

Don't forget to plan to "Rise and Shine" at summer camp at the Episcopal Conference Center. ECC offers 8 camps for everyone during the summer of 2023. Be sure to register before they're full.
Bible Study on Sundays

Following 9:00 service in St. George's Chapel.

Come walk with us as we journey through the Book of Exodus. All are welcome!

Scriptures for Sunday, January 22nd
Exodus 19:1-25 Israel is God's special possession
Exodus 20:1-21 The "Ten Words"
Exodus 21, 22, 23 The Covenant Code
Exodus 24:1-18 The solemn acceptance of the Covenant
Service
Save the Date

The Community Outreach Team will be sponsoring a Pizza and Movie Night on Friday, February 10 at 6:00 pm. The film will have an environmental theme and will be followed by a brief discussion and a challenge to make a behavioral change during Lent that will benefit Mother Earth. This event will be for all ages and an appropriate children's film and activity will be available. Watch eNews later this month for an opportunity to register on Sign-Up Genius.
Communication & Other Announcements
Streamlining Digital Communications

In an effort to connect St. Mary's digital communications, we are moving to an online form for eNews, website, and Facebook announcements. Please use this form to share information about your ministry. This enables those who are working on the eNews, website, and Facebook to have the information in one place and accessible to everyone who needs it. The form is available online. The deadline for publication in eNews is 5:00 on Wednesday before publication on Friday. If you have questions, please contact website@smcportsmouth.org.
For all other types of communication:

The Rector  if you'd like it verbally announced at worship. 
Parish Administrator Karen Laroche to be included in writing in
the weekly worship bulletin.
St. Mary's Staff
Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org

St. Mary's Officers
To contact an officer of the vestry, please see our website.
Image credits: Richard Grosvenor, Historic Church, watercolor, used with permission.

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