The First Sunday After the Epiphany, Year C

The First Reading Isaiah 43:1-7

Thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you, I give people in return for you, nations in exchange for your life. Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east,  and from the west I will gather you; I will say to the north, “Give them up,” and to the south, “Do not withhold; bring my sons from far away and my daughters from the end of the earth– everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

The Second Reading   Acts 8:14-17

When the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (for as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ    Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased. “ 

Announcements, Sunday – January 13, 2019


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration, followed by a light lunch, will take place at the Congregational Church on Monday, January 21, at 12 noon. All are invited. 

The Annual Meeting of St. John’s will take place Sunday, January 27. There will be one service, at 10 a.m. Please bring something to share for the brunch.

Dates that are available to dedicate the sanctuary candle are January 20, and 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24. Dates that are available to dedicate the flowers are January 27, February 3, 10, 17, and 24. 

Please hold in prayer:

Pat, Nancy, Colby, Peter, Celeste, Mike, JoAnn, Jim, Joan, Dennis, Brad, Roger, Taylor, Anna Ruth, Peg, Gary, Dawn, Terry, John, Joe, Tom, Lois, Wayne, Dave, and Richard.

Calendar of the Week – January 13, 2019

Sunday 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II

9:00 a.m. Bible Study

 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rit ll

Monday     7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts

Tuesday     2:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Quail Summit

    6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts 

    6:30 p.m. NAMI

Wednesday   10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, All Saints Chapel

    6:00 p.m.     A.A. “Big Book” Meeting

    7:30 p.m.   A.A.

Thursday     7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Saturday   10:00 a.m.     A.A.

Sunday      8:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist, Rite II

    9:00 a.m.     Bible Study

  10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II


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

in celebration of the 26th birthday of Mark Callsen Greer.

The Annual Indian Dinner

First, I want to thank all those who helped out at the Indian Dinner on Saturday night and all those who came to eat and share the message of Roja Singh and the Dalit school, and to those who couldn’t come yet still donated. We raised over $1,200 to send to assist with the needs of the girls and young women whose lives are being forever changed because of education and support efforts like ours. It was a great evening, the most touching moment for me being the tender song offered by the Rev. Abi John, his wife and two beautiful children. It was inspiring. Folks coming down the buffet line included our Canon to the Ordinary, Johnnie Ross (on the left) and our own Peter Grant (on the right).

Some of the food preparation by Roja, herself. The smells coming from the kitchen all of Saturday were amazing! We believe we had a about 80 people, based on the seating availability and raised over $1,200 for the Dalit school.

Ingrid and Dissa Lagoe – two of our genuine Swedish chefs – cooking Indian, which they do at home all the time, so this was a piece of cake. The look on Dissa’s face – priceless!