THE FIRST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
"In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”
Mark 1: 9-11
Please join us for 15 minutes of prayer for our nation at 8:00 pm this evening, January 7th, on zoom. This is an opportunity for us to support one another and our society in prayer and community:

 
Meeting ID: 733 8349 7799
Passcode: 2j1AYQ
 
You can also read a reflection from Fr Jarred below Here
 
Celebrate Our Worship
Physically distant, but connected together online!
Service Available on YouTube and Rebroadcast on Local TV: Sunday at 9:00 am Click Here, for TV: Channel 8 in Newburyport broadcast on Tuesday at 9:00 am, Thursday at 9:00 am, and Sunday at 10:30 am. Channel 9 in Newbury and Channel 18 in Salisbury broadcast on Wednesday at 9:00 am.
Note: On a Monday holiday the Tuesday at 9:00 am service will be the previous week.

Let us know if you have trouble accessing the service or our YouTube channel. We can help! Call the office.

Bulletin, Prayers, Virtual Coffee Hour (Meeting ID: 852 8932 7409
Passcode: 445064)

Please make your offering by check, internet banking, or on our website Donation button https://www.stpauls-nbpt.org/donate.
FROM THE RECTOR
Yesterday, on the Feast of the Epiphany, we were all shaken by the scene that unfolded in Washington. You will have received an earlier email today with a short reflection on the events and also a zoom invitation to join together tonight at 8PM for 15 minutes of prayer for our nation. Please come along if you can: Zoom Link; Meeting ID: 733 8349 7799; Passcode: 2j1AYQ.
 
This Sunday we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ, at which we will recall our own baptism and rejoice that Christ, who met us in every aspect of human life, transformed our relationship to God and to one another. Please join us at 9.00AM on YouTube or through local TV stations as we, at a most relevant time, celebrate the God who shows up in the midst of our chaos and brokenness to redeem us and make us new.
 
Please also have a look through this newsletter and see what all is going on in our parish this week, including the resuming of our Ant-Racist book group, beginning a new book together on Wednesday January 13th.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
LEARNING, SHARING & SERVICE for OUR CHILDREN & YOUTH:

How might we help children and youth deal with current events? Click here for advice on
This week's Online Sunday School is "By Water & the Holy Spirit" - look for it on Saturday!

For links to previous classes - to share your thoughts or to say hi! - please email Linda. We're brainstorming ways to make a difference in our communities, to strengthen our faith, and to stay connected to one another throughout 2021.

Happy New Year! How may I be helpful?
News from St Paul's Anti-Racist Awareness (SPARA) book club: our next book is Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson - the Community Read of Newburyport High School.

Come to our next Zoom meeting, January 13, 2021 - we'll send the link.
New members always welcome!
Contact the office if you'd like a copy.
PARISH NEWS
Contemplative Prayer - January 7th at 7:00 pm
“So pray and wait. Wait and pray. As much as you can, be patient. Be still. Hope fiercely. Deep in the gathering dark, something tender is forming. Something beautiful — something for the world's saving — waits to be born.”

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 4959 1504
Passcode: We.Wait1

Please let me know if there’s someone wanting to participate and I will share with them too. Go gently, Victoria at Victoria.londergan@gmail.com 
Stewardship for 2021 – 2nd Week of January
 The Parish Stewardship Program is at 84% of its 2020 pledge target, up from 82% two weeks ago. We are seeking $39,000 in additional pledges. We do understand that some parishioners need to see how their finances stand at year-end. We know that some of you need more time to consider your situation. We will be pleased to receive your pledge when you are ready.
You can submit pledge cards by mail, online, or by dropping them off at the church. To give online, there is a pledge card on the St. Paul’s website at https://www.stpauls-nbpt.org/pledge/. If you have a smartphone, you can scan this QR code using a QR Reader app. Thank you. 
The St. Paul's Stewardship Team
Pastoral Care Team
If you know someone who would appreciate a phone call during this pandemic, or is in need of services please call St. Paul’s Office to let the Pastoral Team know. We will happily add their name to the list of people we call on a regular basis and reach out.
Nancy Jukins/Chairperson
Voucher Program
Please let us know if you or anyone you know are in need of help with food, medications, medical expenses and other needs. Call the office at 978-465-5351. All calls are confidential. Deb Hay/Administrator
Prayer List
If you have would like to add someone to our ongoing Sunday worship prayer list, please email the office at stpauls@stpauls-nbpt.org or call 978-465-5351.
POEM FOR EPIPHANY
The Journey of the Magi

‘A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For the journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.’
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins,
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death,
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.

— T. S. Eliot
We hope you enjoy reading our weekly newsletter which covers the current news of our parish life. If you have questions or news you would like us to include, contact Administrator Deb Hay at 978-465-5351 or stpauls@stpauls-nbpt.org.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church | 166 High Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950 | 978-465-5351