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The Episcopal Church in the City of Euclid

Dear Friends in Christ,

This summer has been a season of transition here at Epiphany. Chase Castle graduated, and is moving on to Philadelphia by way of Maine. We are welcoming Bryan Shilander to lead us in music. Dave McBee completed his Field Education time with us as part of his ongoing diaconal preparation. The Revd Josh Butler has joined us as our regular Deacon in attendance. There is new lawn furniture as part of the Connecting Communities experiment. These are only the three most visible sea-changes rippling through Epiphany this summer – you each know of many more, personal and parish-wide.

Change makes many of us uncomfortable, but it is inevitable. If we were to stand still, the earth would move, time would pass, and we would be changed by the ongoing creativity of God, unleashed at the beginning of time and still moving.

Change energizes others of us. We fly our kites in the wind that has circled the world since God’s breath first stirred it, and laugh at the lightning that strikes inspiration and heat into the earth.

At the least, I would invite you to exercise some curiosity about how this new season of life at Epiphany will grow, bloom, and bear fruit.

With that in mind, I’d like to invite you to try a few new things as the summer shifts into fall:

Tuesday evenings are returning after a summer break, with a new look, and new commitment to weekly prayer and Bible Study. Centering Prayer will meet at 6:30pm for a period of sustained silent meditation, while Bible Study will offer its reflections out loud starting by 7:15. In between, from 7-7:15, there will be time to transition from one state to the next, brew tea, catch up with neighbors, and settle in for the evening. We’ll close with Compline at 8pm, and say goodnight around 8:10.

Sunday mornings will see more sustained Christian Formation flowing out of Coffee Hour. There will still be time for coffee and cake, then stay and chat with friends and strangers, or gather for some focused conversation on the topic of the month. September, broadly speaking, looks at Liturgy, including feedback on our new liturgical translations. October (sneak preview) will be all about Pilgrimage. We continue to meet on the third Sunday before church for a book discussion. This month’s book is Sharon Risher’s For a Time Such as This, featured in August 18th’s sermon.

Our Thursday evening Healing Services were becoming squeezed, between the work day and choir practice, so we are looking to try something new: a Second Chance Service on Mondays at 1pm (excluding holidays) for those who missed Sunday, or who need some extra prayer in a quiet, contemplative setting.

As the Spirit moves you, please do try one or more of the new, old, or adjusted ways to pray, grow, and learn from one another as the Church of the Epiphany continues to discover the creative ways in which God seeks to engage us…

Faithfully,

 

Rosalind +