How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. Psalm 84:1
Psalm 84 always reminds me of the piece from the Brahms requiem. I’ve sung this piece in a number of choirs over the years. It’s meant to provide a comforting vision of heaven for those mourning a loss.
It’s especially wonderful to sing this piece in a church, because church space is such a sanctuary in our world — just a little bit of heaven here on earth. And St. John’s certainly is that. Fairly simple, always peaceful and serene. And especially at Christmas and Easter, the space is especially beautiful. Thanks to the Altar Guild and helpers who decorated for the season.
This Sunday is the Last Sunday of Christmas and we then enter the season of Epiphany. Come sit in this holy and beautiful space this Sunday.
Blessings as you finish your week!
News & Notes
Rebecca’s Schedule: Rev. Rebecca will at St. Agnes’ House Monday, January 5, through Thursday, January 8. Her Sabbath day will be Friday, January 9. You can get a message to her by calling the church office at 606-528-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Today we welcome Emily Cardwell to the pulpit. Emily is in the supervisory part of discerning a call to ministry for the Diaconate. She has been supported in this process by a discernment committee and her Vestry at St. John’s in Versailles, as well as by her husband, Jeff and their three children – Leah, Quinn and Willa. She has been assigned to St. Agnes House for her supervisory reflection, while also being given the opportunity to preach here in Corbin. Emily is on the Pastoral Care team where her focus is prison ministry, and she finishes up her third year as a Vestry member next month.
Adult Forum: In January through mid-February (Christmas and Epiphany), we will discuss the blessing of same gender relationships. Next week, Bruce Cory will continue a discussion on What Does the Bible Say.
Godly Play offered for children. All children are invited to participate in this special program of spiritual development.
Youth Group Bowling. The youth ages 13-18 will go bowling Sunday afternoon, January 18, 1-3pm at Forest Bowling Lanes, Corbin. Please see Rev. Rebecca if you’d like to go.
Vestry Retreat: Please pray for our Vestry as we are in retreat on Saturday, January 10. We will be looking more closely at our mission and the future. To help us with the discussion, please answer these questions and talk to or email Rebecca at email@example.com. Please provide short one or two sentence, powerful descriptive answers to each question. Humanize answers whenever possible. i.e. Share a real-life example.
- How do we help/serve people?
- Who do we help/serve?
- What are our vital services/programs?
- What is our track record?
- Our plans for the future?
- How do we use our money?
- Why do we deserve your support?
Weekday Morning Eucharist will be available Wednesday, January 21, 9am, in the Sanctuary.
Provide Flowers for the altar in honor or in memory of a loved one: Donations for flowers for the altar are accepted for any Sunday of the year. Please place your donation in the envelope, marking whether they are in honor of or in memory of someone.
Hymn Selection Group If you’d like to choose hymns for services, join this group. You will choose hymns for an upcoming service and then meet with the entire group to confirm the final selections. See Billy Hibbitts if you are interested.
Would you like to write Prayers of the People? If you are interested in writing these prayers (there are resources that can help with this task), please let Rebecca know by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Thank Offering. Remember to get your box for your thank offerings for this ministry of The Episcopal Church. The next collection will be in the spring.
Are you interested in assisting with the Sunday service? Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Crucifers, Altar Guild Members and choir members are all important for each Sunday service. If you’re interested in serving, please let Rebecca know by phone 859-429-1659 or email@example.com.
Serving Our Neighbors – See baskets in the parlor.
- Everlasting Arms, Corbin’s shelter for people who are homeless, is in need of men’s and women’s razors, gloves, deodorant and socks.
- The Food Pantry at Corbin Presbyterian Church is always in need of nonperishable food items. Vegetables are especially appreciated.
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