Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Greetings to all!

This Sunday, January 6, is the Feast of Epiphany, which has been observed
since the 4th century (or earlier).  Epiphany means "manifestation," marking
the first public manifestations of the mighty act of God found in the birth, life,
death, and resurrection of Jesus.  What began in hiddenness at Bethlehem,
is now made known to the world through the visit of the Magi (Matt 2), the 
baptism of Jesus (Mark 1 etc), and the changing of water into wine (John 2).
Epiphany invites us to behold the wonder of God's love manifest in the world 
and to do our part in making the divine love manifest to others.  May we do so 
this Epiphany and beyond.

In Memory: Dr. V. Gayle Alexander, a Member of Walnut Hill Church, departed
this life on December 30, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gayle's
family.  Visit Gayle Alexander for the complete obituary.  

The lectionary texts for January 6, the Epiphany of the Lord…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Jan 6, 10am, in Trinity Hall, with
a conversation focusing on spiritual practices for the New Year.  Start the
New Year off right with a renewed attention to your spiritual life and health.

A Host is needed for our after worship gathering this Sun, Jan 6.  Use reply
email to volunteer for this Sunday, or visit the online sign-up sheet for 
opportunities to host this Sunday or later in January - March.  Thanks to all
our Sunday hosts.

Being Disciples is the title of a conversation series beginning Sun, Jan 13.
This conversation series is inspired by the book, Being Disciples, by Rowan
Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, offering six reflections on what
it means to live as a "disciple" of Jesus Christ.  Several copies of Williams'
book are available at Walnut Hill, and it can also be purchased through
numerous booksellers.

Walking Through Scripture is a weekly practice of reading the Sunday
lectionary texts (see above) ahead of Sunday morning.  It is a simple practice
inviting "walkers" to engage the scriptures individually before we engage
them together on Sunday morning.  Use reply email for more information
and/or to subscribe to Mike Ward's weekly "walking guide."

Thanks to all those who helped to make the 2018 holiday season a festive
and joyful one at Walnut Hill Church!

Happy New Year!

Mike Ward

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