The Last Sunday After The Epiphany, Year A February 23, 2020

A Reading from Hebrew Scripture Exodus 24:12-18

The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.”

Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights. 

A Reading from The New Testament 2 Peter 1:16-21

We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain.

So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.   

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ     Matthew 17:1-9        

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Announcements, Sunday – February 23, 2020

The Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper, this Tuesday beginning at 5:30 p.m., is offered by the men of St. John’s –  free of charge – and all are welcome! 

Ash Wednesday services are this Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Parish Life is visiting the Women’s Museum in Seneca Falls this Thursday, February 27. If you are interested, or call Dorothy Grant at (585) 905-0369 for details.

TheGleanersWalktoEndHungeris Sunday, March 8, 1-3:00 p.m. at Finger Lakes Community College. All are welcome to participate and/or donate! See the bulletin board for details. 

The Women of St. John’s Movie Night, screening “Chocolat” (complete with our own chocolate fountain for you to dip your treats into), is March 8, at 4:00 p.m. All the women are welcome: bring a snack and enjoy! Please sign up on the bulletin board.

Candles and Flowers There are no flowers during Lent. Dates that are available to dedicate a sanctuary candle are March 8 and 15. To reserve a date for a dedication, please note on the Reservation Board the date you wish to reserve, fill out a form (located next to the sacristy in the reception area), and submit it with your payment into the box next to the forms or to the church office. 

The sanctuary candle and flowers are given to the Glory of God and 

in memory of Harold L. Allen and Gene M. Winter

by Neal and Tracy Allen. 

Calendar of the Week – February 23, 2020


Sunday         8:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist

9:00 a.m.   Bible Study

  10:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist, Sunday School

Monday     7:00 p.m.   Boy Scouts

Tuesday    5:30 p.m.   Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

  Wednesday  12:00 p.m.   Holy Eucharist, Ash Wednesday

    6:00 p.m.   A.A. “Big Book Study”

   7:00 p.m.   Holy Eucharist, Ash Wednesday 

   7:30 p.m.   A.A. 

Thursday   10:00 a.m.   Parish Life trip to Women’s Museum

             7:00 p.m.   Choir Rehearsal

Saturday   10:00 a.m.   A.A.

Sunday    8:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist

   9:00 a.m.   Bible Study 

  10:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist

  Sunday School

Please hold these people in prayer: 

Pat, Peter, Mike, JoAnn, Jim, Joan, Dennis, Roger, Terry, Peg, Ann, John, Lois, Ken, Richard, Betty, Laura, Maud, Anna, and Bill    

Christmas Eve 2019

Advent 2019

Although the weather outside was frightful, Advent I at St. John’s was delightful . . . Ellery Barg and her dad lighting the first Advent candle, while her sister, Audrey gave the reading.