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Sunday, January 9 was the first Sunday after epiphany; altar and vestment colors are green, the color of growth and new life.
The word epiphany is from the Greeks for manifestation and commemorates the manifestation or showing forth of the Christ child to the world as represented by the Magi, also known as the Three Wise Men or the Three Kings. Fr. Glen based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Romans 12:1, in which St. Paul exhorts the Romans to “present your bodies a living sacrifice…which is your reasonable service.” In the Jewish tradition of the time, sacrifice meant the sacrifice of animals in the Temple, but for Christians it means dedicating our living bodies and our lives to the service of God.
On Monday, January 3 Fr. Glen and Laurie drove to Mtn. Home, Arkansas where Fr. Glen officiated along with Fr. Sam Seamans at the funeral service of Tim Woods who died in a fire at his home in Clarkridge, AR. on December 23. Jim was a U.S. Marine Veteran of the Korean War and had been a radar and computer tech for the Illinois and Arkansas National Guard.
Everyone is welcome at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church where Fr. Glen Hartley holds services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.