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The Last Sunday of Epiphany
Not to be confused with the Feast day of the Transfiguration, on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, our Gospel reading reveals to us a “transformation” of Jesus from the point of view of the disciples, Peter, James and John.
“Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.” Mark 9:2-9
We began our Epiphany season with the Baptism of Jesus and the words “You are my son, the beloved.”
Now we end our Epiphany season on a mountaintop with the same words “This is my son, the beloved.”
From St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church, St. Augustine, FL
REV. TED VOORHEES
Vicar of St. Cyprian’s
“So, what does the Transfiguration mean? For me, it means that Jesus who lived his life as if God were alive in him [and that is what I believe it means to be God’s Messiah] is to be prophet and lawgiver. It means that God in human form is about justice, a right relationship with God and God’s creation, and a healer of a broken world. It means more than mere words. Not only did Jesus teach, but he also lived by his words. He lived with the poor and the dispossessed, and the marginalized, and the disenfranchised, and the outcasts, and the ill, and the unclean. He invited them to his table … to God’s table … and he ate with them. He healed not only their blindness or their crippled feet or their leprosy but also their psyche and their souls. He included those who others deemed unworthy because it was God’s justice to do so and it was God’s law in action.
Peter and James and John saw Jesus transfigured. They saw the meaning of what it meant to live as if God was alive in Jesus. They saw robes dazzling white, beyond human comprehension. And standing next to Jesus they saw the archetype of what it meant to be a prophet and proclaim God’s justice to the world. The prophet Elijah was the embodiment of the proclamation of God’s justice. And, on the other side of Jesus they saw the archetype of God’s law… Moses. The Realm of God would be a world where God’s law would reign; where everyone would be in right relationship with God, with each other, and with all of God’s creation. Moses was the ultimate lawgiver.”
In summary, the three disciples witness the Transfiguration; a transformed, radiant Jesus flanked by Moses, the law giver, and Elijah, the prophet.
Or, maybe it’s coincidence.
If you attend Rite I services, near the beginning of our early service, tucked between the “invitation” and the “Gloria” is a little bit of scripture called the “Summary of the Law”. (Not to be confused with the Decalogue, or, all 10 Commandments)
“Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.“
The Beloved, the lawmaker and the prophet.
Everything just depends on Love.
The Lessons Appointed for Use on
Last Sunday of Epiphany
2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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World Mission Sunday – February 14, 2021
Traditionally celebrated on the last Sunday after Epiphany, this year World Mission Sunday is observed on February 14.
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry invites the church to observe World Mission Sunday, focus on the global impact of the Baptismal Covenant’s call to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 305), and raise awareness of the many ways in which The Episcopal Church participates in God’s mission around the world. Watch his message here.
World Mission Sunday is also the launch of the Global Mission Digital Toolkit. A collaboration between The Episcopal Church Office of Global Partnerships (OGP), the Global Episcopal Mission Network (GEMN), and the Standing Commission on World Mission (SCWM), this toolkit explores The Episcopal Church teaching that the mission of the church is “to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ” (Book of Common Prayer, p 855) in a global context and offers resources to help Episcopalians live into this teaching. The project collaboration is supported by a generous grant from the Constable Fund.
The toolkit is intended for individuals, small groups, congregations, dioceses, and our partners across the Anglican Communion. The lens of the toolkit focuses on The Way of Love, Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life and the Standing Commission’s Guiding Principles for World Mission. These principles have guided the work of the Standing Commission on World Mission in this triennium and will be proposed for adoption at the next General Convention.
The toolkit includes webinars, videos, downloadable PDFs, articles, and other online resources. These resources explore the biblical, theological, historical, ecclesial, and cultural dimensions of God’s call to global mission. The materials also highlight the sacred truth that world mission means being present with others, as Jesus became incarnate and was present with us, and that as companions in mission, we are open to one another, learn from one another, and are transformed as we reach a deeper understanding of what it means to be Christians together, even across boundaries that might otherwise divide.
Additional resources for World Mission Sunday include a sermon from The Rev. Paul Feheley, interim partnership officer for Africa, Global Partnerships.
“We need to be able to experience the wonder and mystery of God to live out our baptismal promises. Over the years many have made the mistake of assuming that ordination was the call to ministry. It is in fact baptism that makes us missionaries,” said Feheley. Read the sermon here.
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Episcopal Church missionaries have served in many international locales, including Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel/Palestine, Panama, the Philippines, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Additional resources on global mission can be found here.
Additional global mission resources from GEMN can be found here.
Current Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corp members here.
Information about Episcopal Volunteers in Mission here.
For more information, contact Jenny Grant, officer for Global Relations and Networking, 212-716-6269.
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Mark your calendar for Trinity Episcopal Church’s
St. Monica Guild 91st Annual Valentine Silver Tea
The tea will be held online Friday, February 12, 2021 from 3 PM to 4 PM on Facebook @TrinityEpiscopalinthePass. Regretfully, we are unable to bring the Silver Tea from a Pass Christian featured home as was done in the past due to COVID-19, but look forward to doing so next year.
The Silver Tea is an annual fundraiser given to support many ministries of Trinity Episcopal Church’s St. Monica Guild. All monies collected will be given to charities:
The Boys and Girls Club,
Gone Fishing Ministry,
Mercy Flight Southeast (which provides free air transportation to ill families needing medical treatment from out of state hospitals and facilities),
Wilmer Hall Children’s Home,
Missionary work in Chile,
St. Monica Benevolent Fund,
Trinity Rector’s Discretionary Fund,
Camp Able (for communities that celebrate our diverse abilities and gifts), and
Christian Concern Ministry Food Pantry.
There is no registration or charge to attend the tea, however donations are requested and greatly appreciated. Donations may be made out to St. Monica Guild and sent to Wilma Rizzardi, Treasurer, 101 Hursey Ave., Pass Christian, MS 39571 or give online at trinityinthepass.com > Give > Online Giving > select St. Monica Guild under Fund.
The online Silver Tea event will feature some of Trinity Episcopal Church’s physical assets as well as highlight the charities St. Monica supports. Past Silver Tea recipes including favorites such as Cucumber Sandwiches, My Pimiento Cheese, “Not So Sweet” Spiced Tea, Coffee Punch, Sand Fingers, Rum Balls, and more will be posted on the Events Facebook page @TrinityEpiscopalinthePass.
We invite all to join us online in the comfort of your own home to experience the St. Monica Guild 91st Annual Valentine Silver Tea. For more information call 313-598-4786 or 228-216-3646.
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