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THE SEASON OF EPIPHANY
January 11– February 17, 2015


Holy and awesome God,
your Son's authority is found in integrity
and living truth,
not the assertion of power over others.
Open our imaginations to new dimensions of
your love,
and heal us of all that severs us from you
and one another,
that we may grow into the vision you unfold
before us. Amen.

Behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?

We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage” (Mt 2:1c-2).

The feast of the Epiphany of our Lord (January 6) concludes the traditional 12 days of Christmas. During this season, we celebrate the ways God enlightens the darkness of our hearts and enables us to grow in faith, hope and charity. Epiphany is the season of illumination, highlighting God’s revelation to all of mankind.

The Season of Epiphany begins with the manifestation of Christ to the Magi in the manger in Bethlehem (Matthew 2). “The child “showed himself forth” to them, like a candle shows forth in the dark.” (Fr. John Foley, S. J.) The second major epiphany is at Jesus’ baptism (Mark 1: 4-11). Jesus continues to reveal himself to his new disciples culminating in his Transfiguration in their presence (Mark 9: 2-9).

During Epiphany, we celebrate the revelation of Jesus in our own time. “He is revealed as the Word of God speaking to us in the marvelous workings of nature, in the achievements of the human spirit, and in the dialogue between Church and the world.” “He is revealed to us as King in every victory over ignorance, alienation and powerlessness. He is revealed to us as Suffering Messiah in the heart and face of every poor person, every stranger, every wanderer living in a back alley or under a bridge, every person victimized by others. His glory has shone among us. We have only to recognize him and to do what the magi did in his presence: They prostrated themselves and did him homage.” (Gerald Darring)

JOIN US AT ST. FRANCIS DURING THIS SEASON OF ILLUMINATION AND THROUGH WORSHIP COME
TO SEE CHRIST MORE CLEARLY, LOVE HIM MORE DEARLY, AND TO FOLLOW HIM MORE NEARLY.

SERVICES OF WORSHIP DURING EPIPHANY ARE AT 8:30 A.M. AND 10:30 A.M.

DURING THE SEASON OF EPIPHANY (SUNDAYS, JANUARY 11– FEBRUARY 17, 2015).

Our Mission Statement

As a Christian community, we seek to share the Gospel by welcoming all people, nurturing them through Word and Sacrament, and equipping God's people to serve others in Christ's name.

St. Francis Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 11406
503 Forest Hill Dr.
Goldsboro, NC 27532
Voice: 919-735-9845
Fax: 919-735-9893
E-mail:
parish@stfrancisgoldsboro.org
Our church is completely
handicapped accessible.

The Reverend Doug Culton, Priest-in-Charge,
may be reached by e-mail at parish@stfrancisgoldsboro.org or call the Parish Office.

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