Servants Building • Building Servants
** NEW POSTING - 3/10/2014 ** ONWARD Video - Watch the video launching Epiphany's ONWARD campaign. Here's an inspiring look at where we have been, and, most importantly, where we are called to be. --> http://youtu.be/25eLCcPwlUE
At the Annual Parish Meeting on January 19, 2014, the Facilities Master Plan and ONWARD Capital Campaign were presented. All the latest news and documents associated with ONWARD can be found by clicking this link --> http://www.epiphany-richardson.org/ministries/home.asp?id=577
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Welcome to The Church of the Epiphany
Every July 4th, we as a nation pause for a moment to celebrate the founding of our great country. The date calls to mind the Declaration of Independence, that great document that outlines the dream that became the United States, and the courage of those who gathered to adopt and to sign it. Of course, for many others, none of that is on their mind and ‘the fourth’ is an opportunity to have a picnic and watch fireworks.
Holy Week is something like this as well. Holy Week—that procession that begins with Palm Sunday, goes through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and ends in triumph on Easter Day—is also a time when the Church and its members are invited to pause and reflect. We are challenged to take time out of our busy lives and to reflect on ‘God’s saving deeds in history, how he saved his people in ages past’ (from the Easter Vigil Liturgy). It is a great story of Jesus entering Jerusalem in triumph with people placing palm branches before him, how he is increasingly seen as threatening to the authorities, his poignant final meal with his disciples, his terrible death and the wonder of the resurrection three days later. It is a story of how God works in the world as well as in our lives, taking pain and disaster and brokenness and transforming them into victory and new life.
The stories of Holy Week are central to the message of Good News that God has for us and for all people. That is why we come back to them again and again. But, of course, many people don’t—the third week in April will be a week like any other, filled with busyness and cares with Jesus Christ either overlooked or ignored. For us, as we are part of the liturgies of Holy Week, we have the opportunity to hear the story of God’s love once again, allowing it to permeate ever deeper into our hearts and minds. As your Rector, I invite you to be part of Holy Week this year at Epiphany. It is more than merely a commemoration of event that happened long ago, it is a time for this great story to become our story as well—a reminder that God’s power is greater than every enemy and that “nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:39)
About The Church of the Epiphany
The word “epiphany” (e-PIFF-an-ee) means “appearance” or “a sudden new understanding of the essential nature of something”. At the Church of the Epiphany, we believe that in Jesus Christ, God has appeared to humanity. Even more, we gather in order that we, as individuals and as a community might have ‘epiphanies’ in our own lives—new and deeper understandings of God, his love for us and his purpose for our lives.
As a parish community, we are committed to our vision to be “Servants for God, our parish and the community”. Jesus reminds us that as we serve others, especially ‘the least of these my brothers and sisters’, we encounter and serve Jesus himself.
We invite you to join with us. Come visit us for worship on Sunday. For more information, please explore the website or contact me at email@example.com.
God bless you!
The Rev. Bill Cavanaugh - Rector