St. Francis – Gary Kester

Sunday January 27 was the Third Sunday after Epiphany.  The Gospel reading for the day, St. John 2:1, is the well-known story of the marriage at Cana where Jesus turns the water into wine, his first public miracle and a passage full of symbolism.  It is the first instance in which Jesus shows His power over nature and thus fits the Epiphany theme of showing forth. It is also at this time that the disciples begin to believe in His divine power. For us, the lesson is that we should show forth or demonstrate our faith by living as Christians and the New Testament books show us what is expected.  In the Epistle for the day, Romans 12:16, St. Paul writes to the church at Rome to introduce himself, not as in many of his letters to deal with problems in an individual church.  Here he discusses how to live as Christians: we must sacrifice our will to God.  Evil will always be present and we must do all that is possible in our lives to avoid it and not bring discord into the world. 

During prayer time Bishop Hartley said the birthday prayer for Anna Meador whose birthday is January 25 and for Chandler Connell whose birthday is January 26.  Chandler is on active duty with the U.S. Marines & couldn’t be with us but his mother Stephanie brought a birthday cake in his honor & we all enjoyed it during coffee hour after the service.

Wednesday we had a very enjoyable time with our weekly lunch & history discussion group.  Our friend Ken Brown came down from Springfield and joined my sister, Cinita Brown & I for lunch then we all went to Cinita’s house where we were joined by Kirby & Mary Mackey & their son David.  Ken has a large collection of historical photos of the Rome community which he was able to project onto Cinita’s TV screen so we had a great time looking at photos, reminiscing about Rome, and eating homemade cookies.  A great day.

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