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Sunday, January 20 was the second Sunday after Epiphany. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the gospel for the day, St. Mark 1:1 “Behold I send my messenger before me…” This messenger was John the Baptist and his baptism of Jesus and this passage tells us both the facts and the theological meaning of the event: John’s baptism by water is preparatory but Jesus’ baptism by spirit is definitive. Moses, the O.T. prophets and John the Baptist were sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus, who in turn prepares the way for us.
After the service we had a potluck dinner with more wonderful food. Our dinners just keep getting better and better and I don’t know why so many excellent cooks ended up in our church, but I’m not complaining. Afterwards we held a vestry meeting to discuss business.
We appreciate Brian Connell for taking down the nativity scene for this year. Congratulations to Atonya Mansi for making the Dean’s List at Drury and to Jennifer Berthold for making the Dean’s List at College of the Ozarks.
We were minus one acolyte as Lincoln Connell had traveled to Washington D.C. for the inaugaration of President Obama, following the family tradition of his brother, Chandler, who was there for the first one.
Bishop Glen Hartley holds services at St. Francis Anglican (Traditional Episcopal) Church at 10:30 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Our website is stfrancisavamo.org.