The 3rd Sunday After The Epiphany Year A January 26, 2020

A Reading from Hebrew Scripture Isaiah 9:1-4

There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 

A Reading from The New Testament 1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” 

Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 

For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ     Matthew 4:12-23        

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.  As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. 

Announcements, Sunday – January 26, 2020

Next Sunday is the first Sunday of the month. The loose offering will go to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. Please be generous. The need is great.

An Indian Dinner made by Roja Singh to raise funds in support of the Dalit Girls School will be this Saturday, February 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the Dining Room. Please sign up on the bulletin board or contact Debbie Cole-Wenderlich so we know how much to make. All are welcome to assist Roja with the cooking, just call Debbie Cole-Wenderlich for details.

Dorothy Grant is coordinating a visit to the Women’s Museum in Seneca Falls for Thursday, February 27. Please sign up on the bulletin board if you are interested, or call Dorothy Grant at (585) 905-0369 for details.

Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper, Tuesday, February 25, beginning at 5:30 p.m., is offered by the men of St. John’s. Free of charge. All are welcome. Volunteers and diners: please sign up on the bulletin board.

Candles and Flowers Dates that are available to dedicate flowers are February 2, 9, 16, and 23. There are no flowers during Lent. Dates that are available to dedicate a sanctuary candle are February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. 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 to the church office. Payment is due at time of reservation.

Please hold these people in prayerPat, Peter, Mike, JoAnn, Jim, Joan, Dennis, Roger,Terry, Peg, Ann, John, Lois, Ken, Richard, Betty, Laura, Maud, Anna, and Bill    

Calendar of the Week – January 26. 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     6:30 p.m. Cub Scouts

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

    6:00 p.m. A.A. “Big Book Study”

7:30 p.m. A.A 7:00 p.m. Boy Scouts 

Thursday          7:00 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

Saturday     10:00 a.m. A.A.

 5:30 p.m. Indian Dinner – Dalit Fundraiser

Sunday         8:00 a.m.   Holy Eucharist

9:00 a.m.   Bible Study

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

The sanctuary candle is given to the Glory of God, and 

in celebration of Mark Callsen Greer’s birthday, by the Greer family, and

in memory of Ruth Bauernfeind and Alex Abbott, by Richard and Carolyn Rank