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Sunday, January 30 was the fourth Sunday after epiphany. Fr. Glen based his sermon on the gospel for the day, St. Matthew 8:1 in which Jesus heals the servant of a Roman soldier, a centurion who has come to Jesus for help. This passage continues the theme of the epiphany season, which is the manifestation or showing forth of Jesus to the world at large. The theme of this story is authority and contrasts God’s authority with earthly authority. The centurion represents the Roman Empire, which was the undisputed secular or earthly authority of the world in which Jesus lived. Jesus, however, is God’s presence manifest in the world and His authority is highest of all; Jesus manifests this authority by healing the Centurion’s servant.
Congratulations to our acolyte, Chandler Connell, who celebrated his 18th birthday on January 26 and is now legally an adult with a selective service card, voting card and adult drivers license to prove it.
Everyone is welcome at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church where Fr. Glen Hartley conducts services Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. assisted by lay leader, Tom Berthold, acolytes, Chandler and Lincoln Connell, and organist, Kip Smith. Visit our website at stfrancisavamo.org.