April 20, 2023

Expand the Table


One of the best kept secrets at Epiphany is the coffee hour after the 8am service. Ask any 8 o’clocker and they’ll tell you. It’s a beautiful expression of community. Instead of separating into groups at different tables, everyone sits at the same round table.

“How does everyone fit?” You may ask. Well let me tell you. The table keeps expanding. Those around the table push their chairs out to expand the circle to make sure everyone is included.

What a beautiful image for us during this Easter season. Being Easter people means seeking out community practices that bring life and hope. No one gets left out. The beauty of church communities is that they include all types of people. (Even some who might not be the first we’d choose to be friends with.) That’s a good thing! When you reach out of your traditional circle of friends to include others, you are embodying the love of Christ. We get to practice this together as a church community — which is good news for the world.

I’m reminded of the hymn, Draw The Circle Wide. The lyrics go like this: “Draw the circle wide, draw it wider still. Let this be our song, no one (sits) alone. (Sitting) side by side. Draw the circle, draw the circle wide.”

As the season is changing and there is literally new life popping out of the ground and growing on the trees, let us be seekers of new life in our parish community as well.

Grateful for you all!

Rev. Janelle

Word & Table: April 23

Our next Word & Table service will be held this Sunday, April 23 at 5:00 pm in Hadley Hall. Offered once a month, Word & Table is a casual, contemporary, and creative service based on our familiar Episcopal liturgy. Our last Word & Table service of the program year will be on May 21.  


Episcopal 101: April 30 & May 7

On Sundays, April 30 and May 7, join Rev. Nick in the Chapel at 9:00 am for this two-part series designed for inquirers and those interested in knowing more about the Episcopal Church and how we understand and engage scripture and our lived faith. For more details, contact Rev. Nick.


Faith Forum: Exploring New Life Together

On Sundays, April 30 – May 28 at 11:30 am in Hadley Hall, we are excited to welcome back Dr. Brian Litzenberger to our Faith Forum in Hadley Hall. During the season of Eastertide, we will explore the seeds of possibility and wholeness as we discern God’s voice in our own lives and life together. Reflecting upon the post-Resurrection stories in the New Testament, Dr. Brian and Rev. Nick will invite us to explore, through dialogue and teaching, where God is calling us as a community. 


Concert: Ann-Marie Iacoviello & 
Cindy Vredeveld

Next Sunday, April 30 at 5:00 pm, enjoy an evening with two of Epiphany’s Parish Choir section leaders, soprano Ann-Marie Iacoviello and mezzo-soprano Cindy Vredeveld. Both seasoned performers, they combine forces to offer a program of their favorite solos and duets. This event is free; donations are gladly accepted.


Youth Outing: Boda Borg

Sign Up for Boda Borg!

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join Rev. Janelle and the youth leaders for a Boda Borg outing on the evening of Friday, May 12. Boda Borg offers a series of "quests" in which small teams figure out clues in order to advance through challenges. To sign up, click the button above! Please reach out to Rev. Janelle for more information.


Graduation Sunday: May 21

Graduation Sunday will be celebrated on May 21! If you have a graduating senior who would like to be recognized, please contact Rev. Janelle


Help with Fellowship Hour!

Sign Up to Help with Fellowship Hour

We are looking forward to festive coffee hours in April and May. Contributions to the shared food and help with clean-up are always appreciated. Please sign up to help by clicking the button above. 


This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, April 20

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Sunday, April 23

8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I in the Sanctuary 
9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room
Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary 
9:45am Nursery Care Available (Ages 0-3) in the Dewart Room 

10:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite II in the Sanctuary and via YouTube

10:00am Church School in the Upper Parish Hall and the Suter Room
11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
5:00pm Word & Table Worship Service in Hadley Hall 
6:00pm Ann-Marie Iacoviello and Cindy Vredeveld Dress Rehearsal in Upper Parish Hall

Monday, April 24

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall  
7:30pm Creation Care and Environmental Justice Group Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall

Tuesday, April 25

10:00am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room 

Wednesday, April 26

5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
6:15pm Optional Extra Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

Thursday, April 27

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
7:30pm Healing Ministry Team Meeting 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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