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January 18, 2017, 6:39 AM

A word at mid-week 1/18

Greetings and happy mid-week to all of you!

Last Sunday, as we continue to move in the light of Epiphany, the Gospel of John provided yet another look at Jesus' baptism. John's perspective differs greatly from that of Matthew, Mark, and Luke in that he does not focus on the events of the baptism as much as he does on the significance and importance of Jesus' baptism for our lives. In John's account, we hear John the Baptist pointing not toward himself, but to Jesus - Behold! Look there! He is the Lamb of God who came to save us and free us from the bondage of sin! John tells us that Jesus comes to "baptize" to "wash us" in the Holy Spirit and by doing so, we are transformed.

Although this transformation happens internally, in the depths of our character, our spirits, people throughout history often signify the manifestation of this change in various ways; perhaps, most notably by changing one's name. Simon is called Peter - the rock, the foundation. I recall living in the monastery at St. Meinrad. When a monk professes solemn vows, he is given a new name to signify and to magnify the change or transformation that is taking place in his life. It is, indeed, a powerful manifestation of God's spirit at work in us.

This week, I want to call your attention to a new addition to the weekly email. Dale will be frequently contributing some reflections. Some of these will be personal in nature, some theological, some educational, and some conveying a spiritual reflection about music ministry. I hope you will enjoy these!

We are quickly approaching the 100th Parish Annual Meeting. Please help folks remember that we will only have ONE SERVICE at 9:30am followed immediately by the Annual Meeting. There is information below about the proposed changes to the By-Laws. We will also elect new Vestry members, hear highlights from 2016, talk about future goals and plans, and celebrate our achievements. We will keep reports to a minimum and promise not to be boring!!!!!

Pictured here is a sampling of from a set of Stations of the Cross that has been generously gifted to St. Matthew's from Ann Boruff in memory of her husband. The set has been ordered and we are hoping to have them by (or near) the beginning of Lent. 

 

Finally, we are trying out a new bulletin format beginning this Sunday. With the new format, the readings will be included in the body of the bulletin, eliminating the inserts. Also, there is enough space with this new format to include Announcements. So, you will be able to take your bulletin home along with the weekly Announcements! We hope this new format is easier to use and that you will have the information you need all in one!

God's love to you all! Fr. Frank


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