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Sunday, January 8 was the first Sunday after epiphany which falls on January 6 and is the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Altar and vestment colors continue to be white and gold. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the epistle for the day, Romans 12:1, in which St. Paul gives instruction on the duties or obligations of the Christian life and is thus appropriate for the new year season “be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” It is the obligation of the Christian to live in the world, but to live for God and not for earthly gain, and not to think that you are better than other people.
Chandler Connell has left to return to Kettering University in Michigan but we spent a pleasant day Thursday in Springfield where we met at the Springfield Art Museum to tour the exhibit of prints there, then had lunch at Pickwick Place, visited some art galleries downtown, and rode around to look at historic homes as we are both interested in history.
Bishop Glen Hartley holds services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.