Sunday, February 2, 2019
Preaching Schedule

8:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - the Rev. Charlie Holt
9:00 am - Awesome Worship in the Hall Life Center - the Rev. Reagan Cocke
9:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Charlie Holt
11:00 am - Contemporary Worship in the Hall Life Center - the Rev. Reagan Cocke
11:00 am - Traditional Worship in the Church - the Rev. Charlie Holt
5:00 pm - Traditional Worship in the Chapel - the Rev. Reagan Cocke

Sunday Brunch

You are invited to stay for brunch today! 10:00 am - 12:30 pm in Sumners Hall.
Cost: $10/person. Also available to go!

Blood Drive

Give the Gift of Life today! Sign up at the Get Connected Center in Sumners Hall and bring a photo ID. Giving blood is painless (pretty much), and each blood donation helps THREE patients. Email D.C. Toedt.

Conversations with the Clergy

Please stop by the parlor after the 9 am service for conversations and questions with your clergy. All are welcome! Email Kim Jameson for more information.

Sunday School

Wonderfully Made (Special Needs): 8:30 am - 12:30 pm in Rm 122
Nursery (Birth - Age 4): 10:00 am in Preschool Playground - Rm 104, 112, and 113
Kindergarten - Grade 3: 10:00 am in The Park - Rm 115 and Scout Room East
Tweens (Grades 4-5 and parents): in The Park - Rm L18, L19, and L20
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Level I & II: 10:00 am in Rms L07, L08, L17, L18
Junior Daughters of the King: 9:00 am in Rm L21
Middle School Class (Grades 6-8): 10:00 am in Rm 238
High School Class (Grades 9-12): 10:00 am in Rm 241
Confirmation (Grade 8): 10:00 am in Rm 236
Preparation for Communion (Grades 2-3): 9:00 am in Rm L17
Sunday Morning Adult Education: 10:00 am in Hall Life Center
The Core - Apologetics & Ethics: 10:00 am in Rm 201
Generous Justice - Walking Humbly with God: 10:00 am in Rm 203

The Collect of the Day

Almighty and everliving God, we humbly pray that, as your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple, so we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts by Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Matthew 5:1-12

5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

This Week's Musical Offering - Traditional Worship

Today, the 40th day after the birth of Christ, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of our Lord. It is also referred to as The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple or Candlemas. As this feast day falls on a Sunday this year, its propers supersede that appointed for Epiphany 4. The Presentation is an early event in Jesus’ life, describing his presentation at the Temple in Jerusalem. The event is described in today’s Gospel. Upon bringing Jesus into the temple, they encountered Simeon. The Gospel records that Simeon had been promised that "he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.” Simeon then uttered the prayer that would become known as the Nunc dimittis, or Canticle of Simeon, which prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus:

“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” As such, the Chorale sings a setting of this text during the Ministration by 20th Century American composer Harold Friedell. Mr. Friedell taught at the Julliard School and at Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, in addition to holding prestigious positions as organist-choirmaster of Calvary Church and ultimately St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan.

At the Offertory, the Chorale sings one of Vaughan Williams’ most popular and cherished anthems, “O How Amiable.” Written in 1934, it is based on Psalm 84, one of the appointed Psalms for today and concludes with the great hymn “O God, our help in ages past.”

Read about the musical offerings for this and previous weeks at the Music Ministry blog.