January 27, 2022

"Thank You"

Mature prayer always breaks into gratitude. 
– Richard Rohr

The more times I travel around the sun, the more often my chats with God begin and end with two words, "thank you." Now, that's not to say that I am "mature" in my prayer life or relationship with God — as if I've hit my growth peak and it's all down hill from here. No, a relationship with God is always growing or it's not. But, here is one thing I've learned about being a parish priest — and about leadership in general: Mature leadership always breaks into gratitude. Even as I have so much more to learn and grow into as your rector, I hope that my first and last words to you will always be this: "Thank you."

Thank you for being you. Thank you for another year. Thank you for not giving up on me or us or God's directing Spirit. Thank you for caring for one another and for our neighbors. Thank you for helping us "figure it out" during this year; thank you for forgiving me, all of us, when missteps were made, or pain was caused unintentionally. Thank you for showing up and standing up and sharing your gifts and your lives here in this place. Thank you for challenging and questioning and encouraging me and our life together. Thank you for your faithfulness and trust. Thank you.

In my gratitude, I know this: none of this is about me, or us. It is about God. The great mystery, the unexpected gift, is that when it isn't about us, it becomes about us — that is, it becomes about God's untameable, unrelenting love for us and for all. In thanks, through gratitude, we can see how we have a part, a role, in something much bigger than our individual and precious lives. We pour ourselves, with thanks, into the lives of others. I am grateful you allow me to pour myself into you, into our common life together. Sometimes, I make a mess of it; sometimes, I miss the mark; but, always, when I'm at my best, mature, all I'm left with is thanks. Friends, thank you. I look forward to being with you on Sunday for our Annual Meeting to reflect upon the year that has been and imagine what might be next.

See you Sunday,

Sunday: Annual Meeting via Zoom

This Sunday, January 30 at 12:00 pm, we look forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting via Zoom for a review of 2021 and to look ahead to 2022. The annual meeting is the principal parish-wide event to celebrate our common life and to experience our ongoing financial and organizational transparency. The 2021 Annual Report can be found here; hopefully you will have a chance to review it in advance of the meeting. Please don’t forget to register your proxy vote in time for the meeting so that your votes during the meeting can be properly counted.


Sunday: Youth Groups ONLY via Zoom

In anticipation of the forecasted winter storm this weekend, Middle School and High School groups will be meeting ONLY on Zoom this Sunday, January 30. Youth groups will return to hybrid the following week. Please contact Eva Dalzell with any questions.

High School Zoom Link (11:15 am - 12:15 pm)

Middle School Zoom Link (5:30pm - 6:30pm)


CANCELLED: Candlemas & Cocoa

Please note that Midwinter Candlemas & Cocoa scheduled for this Sunday, January 30 has been CANCELLED in anticipation of the forecasted winter storm. 

Midwinter at Epiphany on February 2

During the month of February, our Midweeks will become Midwinter @ Epiphany! Please join us on Wednesdays February 2 and February 16 for a time of fellowship, warming snacks in the Cloister, and indoor formation for all ages. 

This Wednesday, February 2, we will offer cocoa, cookies, and hot dogs from 6:30 - 7:00 pm in the Cloister Garden. Starting at 7:00 pm, we will move inside for adult Bible study with Rev. Nick in Upper Parish Hall, and creative arts programming for children with Bryn in Hadley Hall. We'll wrap up our evening at 7:30 pm. Please grab your boots and join us! 


Archbishop Tutu Celebration of Life
Hosted by Cathedral Church of St. Paul

The diocesan community is invited to join in giving thanks for the life and witness of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Wednesday, February 2 at 6:00 pm. The livestreamed service of Holy Eucharist will be held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris will co-preside, and a sermon will be offered by the Rev. Noble Scheepers, co-chair of the diocesan Racial Justice Commission, who was mentored by and worked with Tutu. The livestream will be available to view on the cathedral's website, as well as the cathedral's YouTube channel


Organ Recital by Jeremy Bruns

All are invited to a solo organ recital by Jeremy Bruns at Christ Church Andover on Saturday, February 5 at 4:00 pm. The program features the works of Johann Kuhnau, J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Vincent Persichetti, George Shearing, Marcel Dupré, Jeanne Demessieux, and Maurice Duruflé. There is a suggested donation of $20/$10 for students and seniors; $35 for families. Masks and social distancing required. The recital will also be broadcast live via YouTube with a link available on the Christ Church website


Thank You from Craig Benner

Dear Epiphany,

Darren and I wanted to express our thanks for the wonderful sendoff you gave us on January 16. I am so grateful for the many lovely cards and emails that I received, and for the many conversations I had over my last few weeks.  

Darren and I are settling into our temporary apartment, and have just made an offer on a more permanent home. We look forward to hanging the beautiful mosaic that you gave us over our new front door. Thank you, Suzanne, for your beautiful artistry! 

Know that you continue to be in my heart and in my prayers.

With gratitude,


February Birthdays & Anniversaries

Do you have a birthday or anniversary in February that you would like noted in 3 Crowns and the Sunday bulletin during the first week of the month? If so, we invite you to send the details to Kathryn at office@3crowns.org by Sunday, January 30. 


Contemplative Book Discussion Group

Join us via Zoom on Thursdays at 7:30 pm January 20 through February 24 for a contemplative book discussion on Breathing Underwater by Richard Rohr. Please contact Sandra LaPerche with any questions.  


Next Sunday: Starring Jesus Christ

Over 130 films have been made about Jesus since the advent of cinema, and like no other art form, these movies have influenced the perception and understanding of Jesus for Christians and non-Christians alike. This class will examine some of the most influential of these films and delve into how they have been shaped by the Gospels, Christian tradition, and the film’s own cultural context. But perhaps more interesting is the way they have fed back into the culture and influenced spirituality and theology on a large scale. We will begin with the silent era, move through to the wide screen Biblical epics, and on to more modern and subversive interpretations of traditional elements.

Even if you didn't attend the last class, you are always welcome. The class will be a hybrid offering, hosted in the Chapel and via Zoom. Bring your popcorn wherever you are!


Next Sunday: Episcopal 101 at 11:30

Join Rev. Nick and Rich Goldhor as we explore the story and theology of our Episcopal tradition. We will explore both the history and story, the theology and thinking, the vision and vocation of our branch of the Christian faith. This is a great space to ask questions and explore answers together about our church. This course is great for those new to the Episcopal Church, as well as those who are interested in deepening their understanding of and calling within the life of the Episcopal Church as a spiritual home.

Please click to view recordings of Sessions #1 and #2. Even if you didn't attend the last class, you are always welcome. This course will be hybrid, hosted in Hadley Hall and available via Zoom


Next Sunday: The Practice of Prayer at 11:30

In this mini-course, we will explore various perspectives on prayer in our lives using Margaret Guenther’s book The Practice of Prayer as our initial guide. The course will be an interactive discussion based on our reading and experience. Many of us were raised to believe that prayer was practiced only in quiet, on our knees, possibly in church, but prayer can be and is so much more.

We will read and explore a select number of chapters in Guenther’s text, and use some of her suggested group questions for deeper discussion. Reading of the book will be helpful though not required to participate in the discussion. 

Even if you didn't attend the last class, you are always welcome. This course is available only via Zoom


Confirmation Begins February 27

Confirmation class is approaching! Our first meeting will be Sunday, February 27 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm in the Garrett, with an option to join virtually. The class will conclude with a confirmation service on Saturday, May 21, at St. Anne's Church in Lowell. Please find the tentative schedule posted here and reach out to Eva Dalzell to register, or if you are interested in joining the team as a mentor! 


Music Director Search: We Need Your Help!

Music Director Survey

The search team working with Nick to help find the new music director for Epiphany invites you to fill out a brief survey, available by clicking on the button above. As we develop the job description for posting in the next several months and look forward to interviewing candidates, the survey results will help us to understand what parishioners care about most in the music program. Our goal is to have the new person start sometime in the late summer. The final day to participate in the survey is January 27. Thank you for helping Nick and the team as we move forward in the process.


Yoga Class Returns to Epiphany

After a several week hiatus due to the Omicron variant, Friday morning yoga with Pam Gaither will resume this Friday, January 28 from 9:30 - 10:45 am in Hadley Hall. From beginners to seasoned practitioners, all levels are welcome. This class is pay as you can (suggested: $18; seniors, students, military: $15). Full vaccination is required. Bring a yoga mat and water. Wear comfortable clothing. Props are provided. Questions? For more information, contact Pam at phgaither@gmail.com or visit her website


Serve at St. Luke's Food Pantry

Sign Up to Volunteer

There are several opportunities each week to serve at the St. Luke's Food Pantry (201 Washington Ave, Chelsea): 

  • Fridays from 9:00 - 11:00 am — unload the truck, shelve and bag food
  • Fridays from 2:00 - 5:00 pm — bag non-perishable food
  • Saturdays from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (divided into 2 shifts) — assist with food distribution to clients

This Week's Calendar

Click here to access the complete parish calendar.

Thursday, January 27

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom 
7:30pm Contemplative Book Discussion Group Meeting via Zoom 
7:30pm Director of Music Search Team Meeting via Zoom 
7:30pm Healing Ministry Team Meeting via Zoom 
9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Friday, January 28

9:30am Pam Gaither Yoga in Hadley Hall 

Sunday, January 30

8:00 am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room and via Zoom
9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
9:00am Zoom Church School Lesson via Zoom 
10:00am Holy Eucharist in the Sanctuary, Hadley Hall, and via YouTube 
10:00am Church School in the Upper Parish Hall 

11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall

11:15am High School Youth Group via Zoom

12:00pm Annual Meeting via Zoom 

CANCELLED: 4:30pm Candlemas & Cocoa in the Cloister Garden 

5:30pm Middle School Youth Group via Zoom

Monday, January 31

6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall

Tuesday, February 1 

8:30am Employment Transition Group via Zoom 
9:30am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room 

1:00pm Epiphany Visitors Meeting in Hadley Hall 

4:00pm Circle of Life via Zoom 

6:00pm Property Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

6:00pm Welcome Ministry Meeting in the Upper Parish Hall 

7:00pm Prayer Team Meeting in the Sproat Room 

Wednesday, February 2

6:30pm Midwinter @ Epiphany in the Cloister Garden, Hadley Hall, Upper Parish Hall 

Thursday, February 3

5:30pm Men's Group via Zoom 

7:00pm Healing Prayer via Zoom 
7:30pm Parish Choir Section Leaders Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
7:30pm Contemplative Book Discussion Group 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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