March 2, 2023

Your Priest Is Not Perfect

Maybe you've had this thought once (maybe many times; don't worry, I won't tell). It's true: your priest is not perfect. In fact, sometimes they just don't seem to get it. This is so much the case, that the Bible has a story about priests who just don't get it. We'll hear one this Sunday, as we listen to the story of Nicodemus and Jesus. Jesus says some things that really confuse Nicodemus. So much so, that it might feel like Jesus is giving up on the guy. After all, he comes to Jesus at night — apparently worried about what his other priestly friends might say. Nicodemus just doesn't understand Jesus. There are times that I struggle with Jesus too. I find some of Jesus' teachings about forgiving our enemies, loving all our enemies, not worrying about the things of life/this world to be particularly hard. I suppose it's why the story of Nicodemus is one of my favorites. I get Nicodemusand it's not just because I'm a priest. No, what I really love about Nicodemus and Jesus is that this isn't the last time Nicodemus appears in the gospel story. When Jesus has been crucified, Nicodemus shows up again. This time, though, he does not come at night, but in the light of day and he makes clear that he loves this Jesus, even if he has not always understood it all. What he does know is that Jesus and the promise of God's love is the answer to all his restlessness under the dark of night. I take that to be reassuring. It means that your priest doesn't have to be perfect (Thank God!) and you can bet they won't be. It is the love of God alone that is perfect.

This Sunday, I'm excited to have the Rev. Isaac Everett join us to preach at both services and share at our Faith Forum after the 10:00 am service. Isaac is the Executive Director of CRECHE here in Boston, and he'll share with us and invite us to imagine how we can live more deeply into God's perfect love through the power of community, kinship, and making home for all. I'm looking forward to it and seeing you there!

See you Sunday,


March Birthdays & Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our Epiphany friends celebrating birthdays and anniversaries during the month of March! 


Adult Forum: Lenten Series, March 5

Join Rev. Nick and our guest, Rev. Isaac Everett, this Sunday after the 10:00 am service in Hadley Hall as we join together to discuss how our faith invites us into deeper community and kinship in our fractured world. Isaac (he/him) is the Executive Director of the Charles River Episcopal Co-Housing Endeavor (CRECHE), a nonprofit launched by the Diocese of Massachusetts in 2018 to create and support a network of faith-rooted, affordable, long-term intentional communities. Isaac has lived in an intentional community himself for over a decade, and was part of the founding team that conceived and created Creche along with Epiphany's own Thea Keith-Lucas. Isaac will be joining us to talk about the role of the church in housing justice, intentional community, new movements of monasticism, and his work with CRECHE.

Isaac Everett (he/him), Executive Director, Creche

Lenten Evensong: This Sunday

All are invited to a service of Choral Evensong this Sunday, March 5 at 5:00 pm. Choral Evensong is the most particularly Anglican service in all of Christian worship. Originating from monastic hours, it consists of the distinctive parts of the ancient offices of Vespers and Compline. The Parish Choir offers canticles, prayers, and anthems so that everyone's devotions at the end of the day may be enhanced by music, scripture, and candlelight. 


Parish Weekend Away Planning Committee:
Would You Like to Help?

We are beginning to plan our next Parish Weekend Away. Would you like to join our planning committee? This committee creates the outline for our time together at the Barbara C Harris Camp this coming September 22-24. We plan workshops, worship, outdoor activities, art, fellowship, and more! We need many types of help (from budgeting to hiking to crafting to snacking). If you are interested in helping, please reach out to Bryn. 

Our first planning meeting is Sunday, March 5, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Suter Room. 

Last Week to Contribute:
Clothing Drive for Malden Warming Center

The Malden Warming Center provides a warm and safe shelter for those experiencing homelessness during the winter months. They are currently on the lookout for these items:

  • Hoodies/Sweatshirts
  • Sweatpants
  • Coats
  • Winter Boots
  • Backpacks
  • Small or Medium Suitcases with wheels
  • Thermal Underwear

Let’s care for our unhoused neighbors! Leave donations in the back of the church in the shopping cart in the Nave until March 5. Rev. You can learn more about the Malden Warming Center here


Photo courtesy of Malden Warming Center

Malden Warming Center Training

Epiphany will be doing a training at the Malden Warming Center this Sunday, March 5 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The Malden Warming Center offers overnight housing for adults during the winter months. Interested in volunteering (ages 18+)? Contact Rev. Janelle


March 11 Youth Service Morning Cancelled

Please note that the youth service morning at St. Luke's–San Lucas Food Pantry in Chelsea originally scheduled for Saturday, March 11 has been cancelled, as the pantry does not need any additional volunteers that day. However, please take a look at our upcoming youth offerings here


Bishops' Appeal Sunday: March 12

On Sunday, March 12, we invite you to give generously to the Bishops’ Annual Appeal. This diocesan-wide fundraising effort goes to support ministries that directly serve the needs of our communities in transformative ways. To give by credit card, go to, or make your check payable to “Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts,” with “Bishops’ Annual Appeal” in the memo line. We encourage you to explore all of our shared outreach ministries here and give as you are able on Sunday, March 12 during this special offering.


Youth Forum on Vocation and Discernment

On March 12 from 11:15 am – 12:00 pm, all youth (grades 6-12) are invited to join our regular confirmation class time in the Garret for a forum on vocation and discernment. We will be joined by the Rev. Bethany Myers, a palliative care social worker and ordained deacon, and Peter Dickson, a law student who teaches classes inside prisons. They will share how one's professional identity aligns with one's Christian call (vocation) and help youth think about their own emerging sense of vocation.


Update: Small Groups @ Epiphany

A committee of parishioners and Rev. Nick have been working for several months on a vision for a small group ministry at Epiphany as encouraged by the vestry. You may remember that last spring, small groups were discussed at the Adult Forum with Rev. Nick and Brian Litzenberger, and the vestry endorsed forming a small groups ministry at their Spring retreat in April 2022. Small groups are coming to Epiphany. Using resources from the national church and other sources, the committee has been working to design faith-based small groups that are open to all, and focus on building loving and life-giving relationships with God and one another. These faith-based small groups will be an ideal space that invites us to go deeper into the practice of sharing life with each other and God. Look for more information to come and for a kick-off in the fall.

Committee Members: Rev. Nick, Mary Street, Jeff Neal, Sue Morse, Angelina Hawley-Dolan, Jake Montwieler, Sandra LaPerche, Corey Hollenbeck, Marie Lee


Lenten Quiet Day: March 18

Sign Up for Lenten Quiet Day

On Saturday, March 18 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, join Br. Sean Glenn, a brother from the Society of St. John the Evangelist, who will lead us in a Lenten quiet day at Epiphany around the theme of finding strength and courage amidst the challenges of life. Create some space in yourself, in your day, and during the season of Lent to sense God's nearness.


St. Luke's Community Kitchen:
Reopening in March!

Great news for Epiphany parishioners and friends who are interested in volunteering at St. Luke’sSan Lucas Saturday Community Kitchen in Chelsea! After closing for three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the soup kitchen will reopen in March! Established in 2009, the Community Kitchen is a partnership between St. Luke’sSan Lucas and four congregations from the Mystic Valley Deanery, including Parish of the Epiphany. Epiphany volunteers can prepare, cook, and serve a hot breakfast or lunch to Chelsea residents on the third Saturday of every month, starting on Saturday, March 18.

To accommodate everyone’s busy schedules, volunteers can sign up to work the 8:00 am – 10:30 am shift or the 10:30 am – 1:00 pm shift. Please know that we welcome family members of all ages (recommended age of 8+). If interested, please click here to sign up. For more information, please contact Claudia Bell


Adult Forum: Lenten Series, March 19

Join Rev. Nick and our guest, Chris Sumner, on Sunday, March 19 after the 10:00 am service in Hadley Hall as we join together to discuss how our faith invites us into deeper community and kinship in our fractured world. Chris is the new Executive Director of St. Stephen’s Youth Programs (SSYP) and will share with us his vision, passion, and faithfulness to creating community and life in Christ’s name. Chris brings over 30 years’ experience leading youth development and faith-based organizations in the Boston area. Most recently, Chris served as Chief Operations Executive of The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center and Executive Director of Operations with Jubilee Christian Church. 


Chris Sumner, Executive Director, SSYP

Introducing Locally Haiti:
Festive Reception, March 25 at 4PM 


Adult Forum: Lenten Series, March 26

Join Rev. Nick and our guest, Wynn Walent, on Sunday, March 26 after the 10:00 am service in Hadley Hall as we join together to discuss how our faith invites us into deeper community and kinship in our fractured world. Wynn is the Executive Director of Locally Haiti and will share with us a new and impactful vision for international partnerships in development in Haiti. Wynn first traveled to Haiti after the earthquake of 2010 to assist with relief efforts. He intended to stay for two months, but over the course of the next two and a half years, he lived and worked full-time in Haiti, developing a deep appreciation for the importance of Haitian leadership and self-determination. Be sure to attend the Locally Haiti reception at Epiphany on Saturday, March 25 at 4:00 pm to learn more about this incredible organization.

Wynn Walent, Executive Director, Locally Haiti

Help with Fellowship Hour

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We are looking forward to fellowship hours on Sundays in February and March, and would greatly appreciate your help! Please click on the button above to contribute a baked good, a gluten-free snack, fresh fruit, or your help with serving and clean-up. 


This Week's Calendar

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Thursday, March 2

5:30pm Lenten Book Study Offered by Men's Group via Zoom 

6:30pm Lenten Book Study in Winchester 

7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
9:00pm Compline via Zoom 

Friday, March 3

11:00am Ruth "Sandy" Alla Funeral Service in the Sanctuary

12:00pm Ruth "Sandy" Alla Funeral Reception in Hadley Hall 

Sunday, March 5

8:00am Holy Eucharist: Rite I in the Sanctuary
9:00am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall 
9:00am Bible Study in the Suter Room
9:00am Parish Choir and Choristers 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 
11:15am Fellowship Hour in Hadley Hall (Sign up to help) 

11:15am Exploring Our Faith (Grades 6-12) in the Garret
11:30am Adult Forum: Lenten Series in Hadley Hall 

3:00pm Lenten Book Study in Melrose 
3:30pm Parish Choir Warm-up in the Sanctuary
4:00pm Lenten Book Study in Winchester 

5:00pm Lenten Evensong in the Sanctuary
7:00pm Parish Weekend Away Planning Meeting in the Suter Room

Monday, March 6

10:00am Lenten Book Group in Belmont
5:00pm Prayer Team Meeting via Zoom
6:00pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall 
7:30pm Lenten Book Study via Zoom
7:30pm AA Meeting in Hadley Hall  

Tuesday, March 7

8:00am Holy Eucharist in the Chapel 
8:30am Bible Study in the Suter Room
10:00am Staff Meeting in the Suter Room
1:00pm Epiphany Visitors Meeting in Hadley Hall 
6:30pm Lenten Book Study in Lexington 
7:00pm Property Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Wednesday, March 8

1:00pm Lenten Book Study in the Suter Room
5:15pm Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 

6:15pm Optional Extra Choristers Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
7:30pm Finance Committee Meeting in the Suter Room

Thursday, March 9 

5:30pm Lenten Book Study Offered by Men's Group via Zoom 

6:30pm Lenten Book Study in Winchester 

7:30pm Parish Choir Rehearsal in the Upper Parish Hall 
9:00pm Compline via Zoom 


For More Information

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