Tomorrow - Holy Communion and Bible Study All are invited to join us on Thursday mornings as we continue our study of St. Paul's letter to the Ephesi

Septuagesima 2013

Tomorrow - Holy Communion and Bible Study

All are invited to join us on Thursday mornings as we continue our study of St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians.

Holy Communion - 9 am.
Bible Study - 10 am.


Annual Meeting - February 10th

Please make every effort to attend the Annual Meeting, which will begin immediately after the service. Lunch will be served. Please sign up to bring a side dish or a dessert.


The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, commonly called the Purification of Saint Mary the Virgin


Jesus was presented in the Jerusalem Temple at the age of forty days, according to the requirement of the Law of Moses for a first-born male child. There he was greeted by both Simeon and Anna and thus there was a meeting of the five – these two, Mary, Joseph & Jesus.

From the fourth century, this event has been commemorated in the Church by a festival which was first simply called in Greek, Hypapante (the Meeting). Later in the Latin West it has been called “The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary” and “The Presentation of Christ in the Temple.” The word, “Candlemas” is a northern European name for the festival because there had long been a procession with lighted candles at the mass on this day.

The Gospel reading describes the bringing of Jesus by Mary and Joseph to the Temple and their offering of a sacrifice as required by the Law after the birth of a first-born son (Leviticus 12:8; Luke 2:24; Exodus 13:2,15). It continues by presenting Simeon, a devout Jew, who was waiting to see the Messiah of his people. On seeing Jesus, he knew that he was looking at the Messiah and so taking him in his arms, he praised God and uttered the prayer we now call Nunc dimittis. Then Simeon turned to bless Mary and Joseph and prophesied concerning the messianic vocation and work of Jesus. This small group was then joined by Anna, a godly widow, who also was waiting for the advent of the Messiah. After she had seen Jesus and also recognized him as the Messiah, she thanked God and spoke of him as the Messiah to many people.

The Epistle reading from the prophecy of Malachi speaks of the Messiah coming to the Temple of the Lord to purge and to save: “The Lord whom you [Simeon & Anna] seek shall suddenly come to his temple…”
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Ash Wednesday - February 13th


Ash Wednesday is a day on which all Christians should be in church. Please plan to attend one of our services of Holy Communion & the Imposition of ashes - 8 am (said) & 7 pm (sung).


New Pipe Organ: Progress Continues

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Last night the first pipes were installed on the Gospel side.

An update: The final 1/3 of the pipes are now being installed. We are on track to see this completed by Easter.


Briefly Noted:

The Serving Schedule for February is available online here or in the narthex.
The Jewish Roots seminar has been cancelled.
If you have been asked to submit a written report for the Annual Report - today is the deadline. Please e-mail your report to Fr. Patterson.


On the Calendar:

Weekly Holy Communion and Bible Study - Thursday (9 am - Holy Communion; 10 am - Bible Study). All are welcome.
Annual Meeting - Sunday, February 10th immediately following the service. Please make every effort to attend. Lunch will be served.
Ash Wednesday - February 13th. Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. Service times - 8 am (said) and 7 pm (sung).