Weekly Word for May 11, 2018

May 11th, 2018

Choral Evensong for The Feast of the Ascension
May 13 | 5 pm | Chapel

Sung by the Epiphany Parish Choir
Radcliffe Responses
Psalm 93
Stanford Evening Service in G
Mathias Lift up your heads, O ye gates

Reception to follow.

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30 Minutes to China

Dear Epiphany,

I watched a TED talk the other day. I often find these thought-provoking. This one had something to do with being able to fly to China in thirty minutes. The speaker claims that will happen within the next ten years, and the price of the ticket will be somewhere between a coach and a business class ticket. She said something about having to travel a bunch for work now and that she would prefer to go home at the end of each day. That was her motivator for working on the thirty minute flight to China.

In a world where you can fly to China for a business lunch and be home for dinner, neighborhood matters more than ever. Where you live and how you live and who you live next to impacts very much who you are and how you grow. The rootedness of church, I believe, will play an increasingly important role in where people decide to live and how they decide to live together.

Here is why: the church, when it is acting as its best self, honors the blessings of all people. Identity, aptitude, and interest find their depth and groundedness when set in the context of the Kingdom of God. Church is the sacramental location of God’s Kingdom. Beauty, majesty, and mystery are equal to service, outreach, and pastoral care, which are equal to athletics, technology, and industry. All of these frameworks fit neatly within the Kingdom of God. Church celebrates the richness of life, and in particular, the richness of each life, recognizing what people love to do and calling out its value to God and to all people.

How we engage God and other people set the parameters for our human identity. The Bible sums up this God and neighbor formed identity in the title: royal priesthood. The priesthood component of this identity points to the reality that our life’s work is initiated by God as a gift to magnify our life with God. The purpose of the with God life is joy. The royal component reminds us that we are regal children of God set in the world to care for one another and for this blue-green globe upon which we live.

Epiphany is called to stand ready to be a spiritual center of gravity, designed to help the royal priesthood of each person in our community know joy and care for creation. It is our role to be the spiritual home people continue to come home to after a quick trip to China.


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Madrona Mayfair This Weekend
May 12, 2018 | 9 am to 1 pm

Madrona Mayfair is a long running (over 40 years) kids and family tradition organized by the Madrona Community Council (MCC). Mayfair starts in the morning with a 3-block walking and kids’ bicycle parade down 34th Ave. from Al Larkins Park to the Madrona Playground.

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Still time to help at the  Madrona Mayfair!
Please help as Epiphany reaches out to the children and families of Madrona at the annual Mayfair event. We need volunteers to help with staffing, making, and serving popcorn at the Epiphany booth! Other volunteer opportunities are available. Please contact Ruth Anne @ rgarcia@epiphanyseattle.org ASAP!

Monthly Taizé Service
May 15 | 8 pm | Chapel

Join this peaceful prayer service in the candle-lit Chapel. Taizé music is beautiful simple, repetitive chant sung as a prayer. We sing with the help of a piano and a cantor, say a few prayers, and sit together in one long period of silence in the middle of the service. Some people sing and others just rest in the beauty of the experience.

Taizé music was developed by the monastic community of Taizé in southern France. Founded after WWII to pray for peace, the Taizé community is the only ecumenical monastery in the world which is authorized by both the Anglicans and the Roman Catholics. Along with this spirit of ecumenism, Epiphany is part of a group of churches in Seattle which are organizing to offer Taizé somewhere in Seattle every week. We are the 3rd Tuesday of every month!

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On-going Taizé Schedule:
1st Tuesday | 6:30 pm – The Well, 1606 5th Ave W in Queen Anne
2nd Sunday | 8 pm – Valley & Mountain in Columbia City (Rainier Ave S & S Orcas streets)
3rd Tues | 8 pm – Epiphany Parish in Madrona
4th Sun | 8 pm – Ravenna Collab, 5751 33rd Ave NE, in Wedgewood/Ravenna


Upcoming Events

Pipe and Bow, Wind and Wood: A Concert for Violoncello & Organ
May 20 | 6:15 pm | Church
Michael Kleinschmidt, organ
Page Smith, cello
Program to include a virtuoso arrangement for cello and organ of a Toccata by the early baroque composer, Girolamo Frescobaldi; an adaptation for cello and organ of the gorgeous “Moderato Cantabile” from Charles-Marie Widor’s Eighth Organ Symphony; and J. S. Bach’s beloved Sonata in D for viola da gamba and harpsichord, here
performed on pipe organ and modern cello.

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Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday & Recognition of
Dr. Carole Terry, Artist-in-Residence
May 27 | 5 pm | Church
Sung by the Epiphany Choirs & Choristers
Radcliffe Responses
Psalm 29
Dyson Evening service in D
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Pentecost Sunday
May 20

Pentecost is the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.

The main sign of Pentecost in the West is the color red. It symbolizes joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Priests wear red vestments, and in modern times, the custom has extended to the lay people of the congregation wearing red clothing in celebration as well.

At Epiphany, we encourage you to wear red and enjoy red cupcakes during the Everybody Hour.

If you would like to help by baking cupcakes, please contact Diane Carlisle.

It’s Time to Register for
Epiphany Vacation Bible Camp
July 9-13 | 1-4 pm

Vacation Bible Camp (VBC) at Epiphany is a place for all ages to experience God’s love in a safe and welcoming environment.

Bible Storytelling | Crafts | Games | Chapel | Music | Service

To register now, click here.

VBC 2017

Epiphany has 3 free tickets!
Please contact Steve Clemons or call 206-355-1269.

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Multiethnic and Missional? Leading Diverse and Vibrant Churches
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 12 to 2 pm
(with optional breakout groups from 2 to 3 pm)
Upper Gwinn, Seattle Pacific University, $25
(student/group discounts available)
Lunch provided.

Click Here for more information and tickets.

Celebrate Joseph O’Berry!

Joseph’s last Sunday as Interim Music Director will be Sunday, July 1, 2018 and we will honor him with a Coffee Hour reception after the 11 am service.

We can use help with planning, cooking, and decorating in order to send Joseph off in style. Please contact Elizabeth Walker at ewalker@epiphanyseattle.org.

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Wash your picnic blankets!
Now is the time to put our annual July Friday night concert series in your schedule of summer plans! Join your Epiphany community as we welcome our fellow Seattle neighbors on Fridays – July 6, 13, 20, and 27. Bring your family and friends!

Mission Trip to Kenya

Anyone interested in participating in a mission trip to Mulundi, Kenya this coming July is asked to call Tom Holford at 206-829-9841 for further information. Tom is a former missionary himself, and describes the experience as “one of the best things he has done in his life”.

If you need any further information, please contact at the phone number in the notice.

Thank you and God bless!

Tom Holford

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Ascension Day
Acts 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:15-23
Luke 24:44-53
Psalm 47
or Psalm 93

Seventh Sunday of Easter
Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
1 John 5:9-13
John 17:6-19
Psalm 1


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