April 14, 2022

The Cast Down Is Being Raised Up

Here we are — our first Holy Week and Easter together, in-person, since March 2019. I am so very excited for this time together as a parish family. Even as some of us will be away, visiting family or traveling during the school break, I want you to know that the promises of Easter are yours. The things which have been cast down, are being raised up, and the things which have grown old, are being made new. 

I hope you can join us for our Maundy Thursday Dinner and Service tonight at 6:15 pm. We'll have indoor and outdoor seating, as we share a simple meal together this evening and are reminded of Jesus' central call in our lives: "Love one another, as I have loved you." On Good Friday, we invite you to come together at 7:30 am in the Chapel, or at 12:00 pm or 7:30 pm for Good Friday services as we remember both the cost and the gift of God's love in this world. At our Easter Vigil on Saturday, at 7:30 pm, we will hear and experience (think candles, incense, song, and bell-ringing) the fullness of the Easter promises as we tell the story of God's love-life throughout scripture and welcome the newly baptized into the life of faith.

Join us on Easter Sunday at our 9:00 am or 11:15 am services, when we will have a festive Eucharist with wonderful music led by our Parish Choir and brass ensemble. We will have an Easter Reception and Egg Hunt between the services at 10:00 am. 

I am absolutely thrilled that we will be together, in-person and online, during this Holy Week and Easter. Our life together is one small, but significant, manifestation of the new life God promises our world through Christ. Amidst the turmoil and violence of our world, the discord and disdain, in the face of the worry and the challenge, it is absolutely necessary for us to stay rooted in the life-giving power of relationship and community we find and create together. We may not be there yet, but isn't that the point? We are rooted in hope and faith and joy that the old is being made new and the cast down is being raised up — to new life. New life. Now. Together.

Blessed Holy Week and Joyous Easter to you, my friends,


Holy Week Worship Schedule

We invite you to join us for Holy Week at Parish of the Epiphany! 


Tonight: No Healing Prayer or Compline

Please note that there will be no Healing Prayer or Compline tonight due to the Agape Meal and Maundy Thursday Worship. Healing Prayer and Compline will return next Thursday, April 21. We look forward to seeing you then!  

Show Hospitality — Wear a Name Tag!

As many new and returning visitors will be joining us for Holy Week services and for our welcome celebration for Reverend Nick in early May, the Welcome Ministry and our ushers encourage all parishioners to wear our name tags to worship services, fellowship gatherings, and other parish events. Name tags play an important role in conveying our sense of hospitality and inclusiveness to those visiting our parish. We invite all parishioners to wear their name badges as we welcome our guests over the coming weeks.


Easter Egg Helpers Needed

Hey grown-ups and teens, do you want to get in on the fun and excitement of the Easter Egg Hunt this Sunday? Bryn needs a few helpers to hide eggs, give out prizes, and keep an eye on the proceedings. All these jobs will take place between the services on Easter (10:00 - 11:00 am). Volunteers are paid in jelly beans. Please email Bryn if you'd like to help! 


Church School on Easter Break

There is no Church School this Sunday, as we all celebrate Easter together. There is no Church School the following week, April 24, because of school vacation week. Church School resumes on May 1, in-person at 10:00 am and on Zoom at 9:00 am. We'll start our new Storymakers zine and learn about Jesus, his disciples, the early church, and the Holy Spirit! 


Parish Office Closed for Staff Holiday:
April 18-22

Please note that the parish office will be closed following Easter, from Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22. Epiphany's staff will be on break during this time. 

For pastoral emergencies, please call 781-729-1922 Ext. 5. Rev. Nick will be away but checking the pastoral emergency line. 

Happy Easter to you and your loved ones from the staff of Parish of the Epiphany! 


Help with Fellowship Hour in April

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour!

We are looking forward to several celebratory fellowship hours on Sundays during April, including the reception between the services on Easter Sunday. We would greatly appreciate your help with one of these upcoming celebrations. Please click on the button above to sign up! 


Epiphany Spring Golf Outing

On Saturday, April 23, we invite you to Parish of the Epiphany's Spring Golf Outing at Sagamore Spring Golf Course (1287 Main Street, Lynnfield, MA). Tee times begin at 9:00 am (18 holes). The green's fees are $59 walking or $80 riding. All Epiphany members (and guests), men and women, regardless of ability, are welcome to play. Please RSVP no later than April 11 to Rich Bartels at rich.bartels@gmail.com or 781-862-8208. Carpooling from the church is encouraged. 


State of the Church Forum on April 24

Join Rev. Nick and the wardens of the parish for a forum after the 10:00 am service on April 24 to discuss the state of our parish, and to reflect upon our hopes moving forward. As you know, our priorities for 2022 have been reconnecting with each other, increasing our staffing capacity, and expanding our digital ministries. As we start our planning for 2023, we're looking to engage with you to share a bit about how we have been spending our time as a vestry, and to learn about what's important to you.  

We will have time for conversation, small group discussion, and questions. The forum will take place in Hadley Hall.  


El Hogar Reception with Denise Vargas

All are invited to a reception for El Hogar on Saturday, April 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm in Hadley Hall. Epiphany has a long-standing deep relationship with this program serving children living in vulnerable conditions in Honduras. Many parishioners — youth and adults — have traveled to El Hogar over the years to experience this ministry directly. Meet the new Executive Director in Honduras, Denise Vargas, and learn about her vision and plans for the future of El Hogar. See and hear how El Hogar’s students are doing as they come back together as a community. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Candy Beckwith at cbeckwith@elhogar.org or 781-729-7600


Celebration of New Ministry:
Welcoming Rev. Nick as Rector

Join us on Tuesday, May 3 at 6:00 pm for a grand celebration as Bishop Alan Gates leads us in a worship service to welcome Rev. Nick as our eleventh rector. It will be an evening of celebration, song, and good food. More details to come.


May 4 Midweek @ Epiphany is Cancelled

Please be aware that, because of the Celebration of New Ministry on Tuesday, May 3, our scheduled May 4 Midweek @ Epiphany has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing you on May 3 as we welcome Rev. Nick as rector! 


Rawan Family News

Photo by Katerina Kerdi on Unsplash

During the first full week of Ramadan, the Rawan family entered into this annual observance of fasting and prayer. The Islamic Cultural Center of Medford, a local mosque, has offered a warm welcome and the familiarity of their Muslim faith. The end of this period of fasting comes with the Eid al-Fitr celebration. To learn more about the meaning of this holy month, especially for people displaced from their homelands, visit the UNHCR’s website to read their account of Ramadan 2022. Although thankfully this family are not refugees, they share the dislocation of celebrating in an unfamiliar country, separated from many family members and friends.

Meanwhile the two older Rawan children are enjoying Thompson Elementary School in Arlington. Adil is a 3rd grader while Mansur is in 1st grade. Recently two of the younger children have been accepted into Great Futures of the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. Mansur is starting a youth soccer league this Sunday with his family and some volunteers cheering him on.

Future plans for the Rawan adults include Zahida working with fabric on her newly acquired sewing machine and Ihsanullah exploring possible part-time employment. They both are progressing with their twice weekly English classes.

Our NST (neighborhood support team), together with the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, plans to gather six Afghan evacuee households for an Eid dinner at Parish of the Epiphany on May 7. Speak to Bob Davidson, frbobdav@msn.com, if you can help.

Epiphany Composts

The next time you cook and/or eat a meal at Epiphany, small group or large, look for a composting station like the one below to place your food waste.

Do your part by putting any edible food into the green bag and Epiphany, with the help of Black Earth Compost, will turn it into compost to renew our food supply in an earth-sustaining manner.


No Spring Rummage Sale

Please note that Parish of the Epiphany will not be holding a rummage sale this spring. However, there may be one in the future, if you are interested in holding onto any donation items until then. If not, please look at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Savers, and the many groups such as VietNam Vets which will pick up at your home. Thank you! 


This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, April 14

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

5:30pm Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary 

6:15pm Agape Meal and Maundy Thursday Worship in Hadley Hall and Cloister Garden

Friday, April 15 

7:30am Simple Good Friday Worship in the Chapel 

12:00pm Good Friday Prayer Book Service with Music in the Sanctuary 

6:30pm Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary 

7:30pm Good Friday Prayer Book Service with Music in the Sanctuary and via YouTube  

Saturday, April 16 

6:30pm Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary 

7:30pm The Great Vigil of Easter in the Sanctuary and via YouTube 

Sunday, April 17

7:30am Brass Rehearsal in the Sanctuary 

8:15am Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary 

9:00am Easter Festival Eucharist in the Sanctuary and via YouTube 

10:00am Festive Reception in Hadley Hall and the Cloister Garden 

10:30am Children's Easter Egg Hunt Outdoors 

11:15am Easter Festival Eucharist in the Sanctuary 

Monday, April 18

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Staff Holiday

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, April 19

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Staff Holiday

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Mission and Outreach Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, April 20

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Staff Holiday

11:00am Prayer and Communion Service at The Gables at Winchester

7:30pm Vestry Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 

Thursday, April 21

All Day Parish Office is Closed for Staff Holiday

12:45pm Contemplative Book Discussion Group in the Suter Room

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
7:30pm Healing Prayer via Zoom
7:30pm Contemplative Book Discussion Group via Zoom

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 


For More Information

For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev. Nick by dialing 781-729-1922 Ext. 5. 
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