The Sunday morning prayers, from the Hour by Hour prayer book that many of us follow, includes within it Psalm 62. It begins this way… “For God alone my soul in silence waits, from him comes my salvation.” It continues on, “For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in him.” And then a line materializes from the text that stirs my soul: “God has spoken once, twice I have heard it, that power belongs to God” (Ps 62:1, 6, 13). This line moves my mind to the incarnation of God through the birth of Jesus.
In the book of Isaiah lives many of the clearest prophecies of the coming reign of Jesus. One is found in chapter 41, and it begins like this: “Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength let them approach, then let them speak, let us together draw near for judgment.” (Isa 41:1) Throughout Advent, we hear Old Testament stories of God speaking through the mouths of the prophets. Throughout the year in the regular rhythms of the lectionary, we hear stories of God speaking through creation. Then, through the person of Jesus, we hear God again for a second time. God has only spoken once, yet twice we have heard it: in creation and in the Word.
The Word became human and dwelt among us. The Word became flesh and blood so we would have the experience of hearing it; hearing it like we hear the cry of a child, or the shout of a congregation, or the buzz of a fan, or the bustle of people. We hear the Word in the utterances of the prophets and in the life of Jesus. And we hear the Word in silence, as radiant beauty that pops out at us as a pure gift, like sun over Seattle, or a child’s birth. Jesus is both this silent beauty that was created and a born reality that lived and spoke.
We have a most amazing God, beyond comprehension, and yet, personal and loving. Christmas seems to call out both of these realities. We, who have walked the season of Advent, appreciate the forces of mystery and intimacy. Many will come to Epiphany on Christmas Eve yearning for the same, without understanding that church is a journey, not a fix. And so, because we know the spiritual life is a journey, for one evening, one moment, we can embrace those who have yet to see this reality and have yet to value it in their lives. Maybe through your kind gesture or good word, they may be so moved to step onto the moving sidewalk of faith. You are is the greatest gift we can give those who arrive at Epiphany on Christmas Eve. Be of glad tidings, good cheer, and joyous expectation.
Peace upon your souls.
Christmas at Epiphany
7:30 in the Chapel & 8:45 am in the Church – Holy Eucharist
12 pm – Christmas Service & Holy Eucharist for Young Children in the Church
4 pm – Christmas Pageant with Holy Eucharist in the Church
5:40 pm – Flute Prelude
6 pm – Festival Eucharist in the Church
8:30 pm – Musical Prelude
9 pm – Festival Eucharist in the Church
10:40 pm – Musical Prelude
11 pm – Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
9 am – Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
1 – The Epiphany office is closed from December 24, 2017 to January 2, 2018.
2 – There will be no Weekly Word for December 29, 2017.
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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land!
December 27, 2017 – January 10, 2018
The pilgrims will be Blessed in at the 8:45 service in the Church on December 24. Keep the pilgrims in your prayers as they travel to the Holy Land. Watch for letters and photos from Epiphany as they travel and share their experiences.
The pilgrims are Holly Boone, Trish Bostrom, Charissa Bradstreet,
Linda Bush, The Rev. Doyt Conn, Jr., Jenny Cummins, Enrique Drummond,
Pieter Drummond, Terry Gudger, Caroline Houser, Mary Anne Howard,
Bill Ingham, Margaret King, Ellie Kniffin, Clip Kniffin, DaCosta Mason,
Paul Meyer, Brad Neary, Jody Nyquist, and Donna Phillips.
A Service of Congregational Lessons & Carols
December 31 at 10 am in the Church
A celebration of lessons and carols to ring in the new year!
January 28 at 10 am in the Great Hall
Every year on the last Sunday of January, we gather as a parish to affirm new leaders and representatives of our parish. The Nominating Committee will present nominations for the vestry, convention delegates, alternates, and the nominating committee. As a parish we will vote on their installation. The Annual Meeting also includes “state of the parish” information from our Rector Doyt and the Vestry.
Meet The Vestry Nominees
Brooke Bascom joined the Epiphany community in 2011 with her husband, Wellesley Chapman, and daughters Zoë (13) and Elliott (11). Brooke has been involved with the small group ministry and Sunday School. Wellesley has been active on the Vestry, as a lay preacher, and as a Eucharistic Minister. Zoë is active in Choristers and both girls are involved in Sunday School and serve as acolytes. Brooke was raised in the Episcopal church in St. Louis, Missouri, and, after working in Washington, DC, and St. Louis, moved to Seattle with Wellesley. Brooke’s background is in public affairs, and she currently works for King County as the Employee Engagement Manager.
Sherilyn Peterson joined Epiphany with her husband, Rich Coyle, just after they were married in January 1986 in the Chapel. Their children attended Epiphany Parish and attended Epiphany School where Sherilyn previously served as a trustee. She has served on the Vestry previously and has been a long-time member of Altar Guild. Sherilyn serves on the Epiphany Parish/Epiphany School Campus Committee and was on the original joint committee that negotiated resolutions to numerous real estate and occupancy issues with the School in the early 2000s. When her children were young, Sherilyn taught Sunday School. She has also served as a lector and an usher. For more years than she can remember, she has headed up holiday drives for YWCA shelter families-Halloween items, Thanksgiving baskets, and Christmas Adopt-A-Family. She and Rich participated in the 2016 Epiphany pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Sherilyn graduated with a B.A. and J.D. from Northwestern University and is a (semi-retired) partner at Perkins Coie LLP.
Coleman Greene joined the Epiphany community shortly after relocating to Seattle from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in June 2015. Coleman and his wife, Courtney, have four (!) kids: Caroline and Mac (6), Elizabeth (4), and Tucker (under age 1). Coleman grew up in the Episcopal church in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, participating in the youth ministry and serving as a mighty acolyte. He has worked in financial services and healthcare over the past ten years, most recently as founder of a digital health company. Coleman got his BS from Vanderbilt University and MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Phil Carter, along with his wife Jennie, began attending Epiphany Church in 1995. They have three children, all baptized here at Epiphany: Christina (21) and Lindsay (19) currently attend college, and Tyler (15) who is in high school. Phil was baptized in the Methodist church in southeast Texas. He has over the years taught Sunday School and been a lector, and he currently serves as an usher and participates as a host for the men’s Operation Nightwatch program. Phil is a graduate of the UW and is currently a managing principal for Wells Fargo Advisors FN in Seattle. He has also served in the past as a board trustee at Epiphany School and on the Epiphany Parish/Epiphany School Campus Committee.
First Sunday Brunch
January 7 at 10 am in the Great Hall
On the first Sunday of every month, join us in the Great Hall for brunch during Everybody Hour at 10 am. Our parish may be spread across four different celebrations of Eucharist on any given Sunday, but this brunch is meant to be your opportunity to catch up with everybody.
The Epiphany Choirs will sing God Bless America at the beginning of the Harlem Globetrotters show at Key Arena!
December 29 at 6 pm
The Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their most epic tour in history, as the world famous team celebrates its world tour, with over 300 games in North America alone. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment.
Reserve your seat now!
Contact Joseph O’Berry
at 206.324.2573 ext 6277 or
The Feast of the Epiphany & Reception
January 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Please join us for a Festival Eucharist as we celebrate together the Feast of the Epiphany. There will be a reception afterward: please RSVP to the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can provide one or more of the following items:
10 bottles of red wine
12 desserts (should feed about 12)
10 fruit platters
2 people to help set up
2 people to help clean up
Baptisms at Epiphany
January 7 & March 31
As Episcopalians, we have set aside four Sundays in the year that are especially appropriate for baptisms. The next two opportunities for baptisms will be at the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord (January 7) and at the Easter Vigil (March 31). If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child on one of these dates, please contact Todd Foster at email@example.com.
Kids and Race, Part 2: Power and Privilege
Saturday January 13, 2018 9 am to 12 pm Epiphany Parish
This follow-up to Kids and Race: Changing the Narrative teaches adults how to recognize and address the misuse of power and privilege in children. This workshop empowers educators and parents to give voice to children of color without tokenizing a child who often just wants to fit in.
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Fourth Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Canticle 3 or Canticle 15
or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Christmas Eve – Christmas II
Christmas Day – Christmas Day
First Sunday After Christmas
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
Psalm 147 or 147:13-21
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