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Sunday, January 26 was the Third Sunday after Epiphany.  Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the scripture readings for the day.  The Gospel, St. John 2:1, is the wedding at Cana passage in which Jesus shows his divinity to the world by changing the water into wine, performing his first miracle.  This demonstrates his power over nature and causes his disciples to belief in his divinity.  It is our responsibility as Christians to demonstrate our belief in Christ to the world.  The Epistle, Romans 12:16, is a letter Paul sent to a church that he had not founded but wanted to demonstrate to them his beliefs & their responsibilities as Christians.  These  two scripture readings introduce Christ & Christian concepts to the world.

This was a big weekend for my friend Chandler Connell & I as we attended two events in Springfield.  Friday night was the Flavor & Flair event at the University Plaza Convention Center, a fundraiser for the Springfield Symphony at which a number of chefs from Springfield & Branson restaurants had set up food booths at which we could sample a variety of very good foods.  Then Saturday night was the Jazz Aria event held at the Savoy Ballroom on Commercial Street.  This is a fundraiser for the Springfield Regional Opera at which food was provided by chef James Martin from our favorite restaurant, Gilardi’s on Walnut & entertainment was provided by Les Brown, Jr. (son of Les Brown & His Band of Renown) & his jazz quintet, & vocalist Stephanie Washington who sang both opera & jazz numbers.

Sunday was Chandler’s birthday & I was happy to be invited to the Connell home that afternoon to help him celebrate with ice cream & cake & had a very good time.

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