Isn’t it wonderful that we have the promise of God’s loving care and faithfulness?! When we respond to his constant invitations of care, provision, and mercy, he gives us the grace to persevere no matter what is happening! And I need his grace daily to make it possible to persevere!
This coming Sunday we have the joy of celebrating the Feast of Our Lord’s Baptism! If you follow the readings for Midday prayer, you might notice that each of the homilies (from Fathers of the Early Church) focus in on that momentous and life-giving (for us) event in Jesus’ life. What a treasure it is to hear the testimony of the saints who have gone before us (and, very often, drew closer to Jesus than we ever will).
And, on top of that, (if Mark Sadowski is able – please keep his Mom in your prayers!) we’ll begin our Discipleship Hour this Sunday at 9:00am! Mark is going to lead us in studying the Word! Yours truly is bringing some doughnuts (with sprinkles, of course!) and we’ll have a pot of coffee brewing, too! If you plan on attending, please prepare by reading these Scripture passages: Isaiah 49:1-7, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, and John 1:29-42. This promises to be a very rich time of learning and sharing!
I’m also excited to share a new avenue for praying Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline! You can now pray the Daily Office by going to www.dailyoffice2019.com! Everything is laid out for you there: You don’t need to juggle between prayer book and Bible (unless, like me, you like making notes in your Bible and/or physically touching the books). Since we are – first and foremost – a community of prayer, this is an amazing step forward for us!
Finally, I’m able to share that Bishop John will be in Lexington (at Apostles Anglican Church) on Saturday, January 25. He will be meeting with clergy in the morning/afternoon and in the evening will preside at Mass. Some of you have expressed a desire to either be Confirmed and/or received into the Anglican Church – this is the time for that! Let me know by Friday of this week if you’d like for that to happen (the Diocesan office needs to know so they can print the certificates next week).
As always, we'll send you a copy of this week’s “Our Life Together” if you send us an e-mail to email@example.com. And also as always, let’s stay in the Word each day. There’s no better recipe for receiving God’s abundant grace than by listening to his beautiful heart!
Laudetur Jesus Christus, in saecula saeculorum! Amen. (Praised be Jesus Christ, for ever and ever! Amen.)