Reflections on Sunday’s Reading: September 21, 2014

PaymentThis is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. What employer would pay the same salary to one who worked 2-3 hours as the one who worked 8 or more? The answer is easy: None. Not if they want to remain in business. However, today’s gospel is not about business practices. It’s about the abundance of God’s love. It’s a crazy, upside down, backwards kind of love. It’s a love that takes us where we are and gifts us with a lavishness of grace that can draw us ever closer to God.

We who are children of God are blessed. We are invited, constantly, to enter into relationship with God. God calls us to himself at every moment of our lives. Yet, we get to choose: Will we work in God’s vineyard, providing fruitful labor for others or not? There are no promises of easy labor. Today’s second reading comes from Paul while in prison. Paul, who worked mightily for the gospel, suffered much. If asked “why” I can almost hear him say, “Because the rewards are beyond anything I could imagine. I live with God’s everlasting love. Nothing is more important than that.” Might Paul not then turn and ask his questioner, “How are you responding to Jesus’ gift and call?”

Obituary for Nancy McMullen

NancyNancy Jane (Hoban) McMullen, 76 of Louisville passed away Friday, September 12, 2013 at Baptist Health Louisville.

She was born June 24, 1938 in Pittsburgh, PA the daughter of John and Henrietta Hoban, who preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Duquesne University, with a degree in nursing. Nancy's greatest joy in life was with her family and her involvement with the Eucharist Sisters Group at Church of the Epiphany.

Ministry: Bereavement

Obituary for Dick Blake

Dick BlakeRichard L. "Dick" Blake, Sr. died Thursday, September 11, 2014 at The Episcopal Church Home. He was a graduate of St. Xavier High School and the University of Louisville. He was a retired Army veteran of World War II, where he served with the 17th and 82nd Airborne Divisions in Europe. He was active in the furniture and kitchen cabinet industries for over forty years. He served a term as President of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing Association in 1982-83.

Survivors include his wife, the former Martha Renfro; two daughters, Dr. Maria Blake (Mel Stampe) of Cincinnati, OH and Sara (Sally) Blake (Kingsley Durant); two sons, Richard L. (Rick) Jr. and Robert C. (Robbie) (Linda Modjeski); and a grandson, Sam.

Ministry: Bereavement

Join the Sages at the Young Hearts Theatre

FiftiesWhat: Young Hearts Theatre production of "The Frisky Fifties"

When: Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:00 PM

Where: Ursuline Arts Center, 3105 Lexington Road

Join the Sages for this fun Friday night outing. We will board TARC bus ($3.50/person, CASH), Epiphany parking lot at 6:00 PM and return around 10:00 PM. There is no charge for the show but donations are most welcomed to help defray production costs. The show is at Ursuline Arts Center, 3105 Lexington Road.

This is a fun-filled musical comedy that deals with the rise of rock and roll and how it was accepted by young and old. It has some beautiful songs full of nostalgia such as: "Only You, Blueberry Hill, The Great Pretender, Mona Lisa" and others. Also some funny 50's music; "Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, Charlie Brown and See You Later Alligator".

Ministry: Epiphany Sages

Do You H.O.L.Y.?

YouthWhat: 9-12th Grade Retreat

When: October 10-12, 2014

Where: Gasper River Catholic Youth Camp & Retreat Center

Cost: $95 Youth/ $45 Leaders (Scholarships are available)

All 9-12th grade youth are invited to our fall retreat to learn how to help others, love yourself (H.O.L.Y.). We'll participate in fellowship, prayer, high ropes courses, games, music, and fun!

Ministry: Youth Formation

National Eat Dinner Together Day

Eat TogetherMonday, September 22, 2014 is National Eat Dinner Together Day.

Maybe you always eat dinner together. If not, make a special effort to eat together on this day.

Tell stories of your day. What was the high? What was the low?

Reflections on Sunday’s Reading: September 14, 2014

CrossThis is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. As Catholic Christians, the cross plays a prominent role in our prayer life. As we enter Church, we dip our fingers in the holy water from the baptismal font and make the sign of the cross. Eucharistic liturgies (the Mass), communal and devotional prayers always begin with the sign of the cross. Infants, children and adults being initiated into our Catholic faith are always signed with the cross by their parents/godparents/sponsors. Why? The sign of the cross is our sign of victory. Jesus is exalted on the cross, raised up. Our entrance antiphon of today says it well: “We should glory in the Cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.”

Readings for this Sunday:

Everyone is invited to the WORSHIP CONNECTION!!

Connection

What: Worship Connection – A special time for all Worship Minsters

When: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon

Where: Worship Center and the new Epiphany Connector

ConnectionConnect with others and explore Eucharist, the center of what we’re all about… Eucharist is the heart of who we are, and the main connector for all of us. How does my personal prayer impact our communal worship, and vice-versa? How can we continue to develop our faith and spirituality through our experience at mass? Melanie Prejean Sullivan (community member and Campus Minister at Bellarmine University) will guide us in exploring Eucharist and celebrating our connections on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9:00 AM -12:00 noon.

Ministry: Worship

Youth participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Ice Bucket ChallangeThis past summer, a creative charity spree began and stretched across the globe to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or also known as ‘Lou Gehrig’s disease’. Celebrities, athletes, business owners, and even religious leaders participated in the awareness with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge is a fun, creative opportunity for all ages to learn & show support for those diagnosed with ALS. Participants are challenged by friends & family to donate a monetary gift to an organization, or dump ice cold water on them. Many, who participated in the challenge donated and also dumped water on them to get some instant relief from the hot summer heat and join in on the fun.

Ministry: Youth Formation

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 7, 2014

WatchmanThis is the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Think of a time when you saw something happening that you knew was not right, where your conscience tugged at you. Maybe it was a child being treated roughly or abusively - maybe on the street, in a grocery store, or even in your family or church. Maybe at work, a coworker was being harassed and put down, or someone lied about what happened and another person was getting the blame. Maybe you are out with friends and one of them makes a racist statement or treats someone less than human.

It could be a bigger issue where a school policy was unkind or even cruel, or as a veteran, you discovered the war you were asked to fight in was not right, or the boss tells you that the way to get ahead was do deceive others. Maybe you are a nurse who knows policies are being made at the hospital that were bad for care of the patient, but good for the bottom dollar. Or maybe we are the one being wronged.

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