Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 2, 2016

Mustard SeedThis is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The scriptures for this weekend speak of the wonderful, positive power of faith amid all kinds of problems and challenges. The violence of which Habakkuk speaks in the first reading has been made real in our generation in wars and acts of terrorism, genocide, domestic violence, and in all sorts of disputes. War, bombings, ethnic clashes, and foreign interference continue in in Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, the Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Chechnya, Ukraine... Wealthy nations and corporations continue to exploit and control. Extreme poverty continues economic inequality is increasing dramatically. Ideological disputes continue in U.S. politics, making Congress ineffective. Personal attacks are part of public discourse. We can easily feel discouraged and disgusted with everything in our public life.

Today we are reminded that God has a different vision. There is alternative to violence and discord. Our faith can make a miraculous difference. Active nonviolence and peace are possible. Habakkuk writes “… the vision still presses on to fulfillment, and will not disappoint.” God calls us all to live in peace and justice. We need that increase in faith that can only come from God. We are not in charge of everything, and we don’t have to be in charge of everything. We don’t have to use force. We don’t have to be more than we are. [“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.'"] With this sort of “servant” realism and humility, we will have the wisdom to talk to one another, to avoid violence, and bless the world with Christ’s gift of peace and justice.

Skating Party for Anchorage Covenant Churches

Anchorage Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Epiphany Catholic Church

…are proud to sponsor a community skating party for members of our Covenant Churches

ChampsWhat: Skating Party for Anchorage Covenant Churches

When: Sunday, September 25, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Champ’s Rollerdome (9851 LaGrange Road)

Cost of Admission: a donation one of  these charities listed below

  • (Boxes will be marked and provided on site for collection of items. We cannot accept cash. Checks to charities must be mailed directly to each charity.)
  • Cost of Skate  Rental: Each church will cover the cost of skate rental for their families.  (Skate trainers are available to families for an additional fee on an hourly basis.)
  • Come join the fun and skate for door prizes!
  • Snack Bar Available

Descriptions of Charities Designated by Churches

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 25, 2016

Lazarus, the poor manThis is the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We tend to ignore those who challenge us to hear the truth about ourselves and how we should live. But we have also learned that when we take to heart the message of Jesus, we grow towards fullness of life. Today’s readings raise some hard questions. Shall we be like the complacent rich in the gospel, blind to those in need around us? What are the needs--for food, shelter, friendship, advocacy, justice—that we tend to ignore? May we hear and put into practice the truth of the gospel given us through Jesus, who rose from the dead.

“‘The Church, guided by the Gospel of mercy and by love...hears the cry for justice and intends to respond to it with all her might’...working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor, as well as small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter.” Evangelii Gaudium, 188

The Sunday readings:

Epiphany’s Justice Ministry Network offering HOUSE MEETINGS

House MeetingCome and join us for conversation and a bit of community. We want the gathered groups to learn what each other values highly and what you are most concerned about.

Our house meetings are hosted by one of our network leaders.

The host of each house meeting will invite you to share stories about the worries, fears, and problems affecting our lives. They will invite you to become more deeply involved in our Justice Ministry through Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, also known as CLOUT. There is no expectation. The first and main point is to listen to you.

Ministry: 

Worship Connection: Exploring the Connections between Worship, Faith and Mission

BoatsCome and see what boats and liturgy have in common…

What: The Worship Connection

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: Community Center

Presenter: Melanie Prejean-Sullivan

Many people tell us that one of the experiences that draws them to Epiphany is the worship that we celebrate here every week. If you worship with us, and especially if you serve in one of our many worship ministers, please join us this Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Community Center for the Worship Connection, a time to reflect on the spirituality of worship and how it enriches your life and the lives of those who come here.

  • What’s the connection between our prayer and how we live out our faith? Come explore it at the Worship Connection!
  • What do boats and liturgy have in common? Come to this year’s Worship Connection to find out.
Ministry: 

Scouts Flag Retirement Ceremony Promotes Homeless Veterans Awareness

Flag ceremonyTwo scouts from Epiphany participated in the program reported in this story.

St. Vincent de Paul held an American flag retirement ceremony to kick off its memorial flags program. The program raises awareness and critical funding for homeless veterans. This was a collaboration between Troop 71 (Epiphany) and Troop 380 (St Patrick’s). Parishioners Harrison Cabral was the bugler and Zak Osborne was one of the presenters.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 18, 2016

Serve God by serving othersThis is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that we often squander opportunities to gain “true wealth,” and to live boldly the life of love to which we are called. We should handle the things of this world and our daily actions in relation to what is eternal, and with shrewd decisiveness—but whom do we serve? How shall we, like the dishonest steward of the Gospel parable, use even the "dishonest wealth" of this world for the good of others?

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.” (Pope Francis)

Obituary for Bill Davis

CandleWilliam Ross Davis, 79, died September 5, 2016. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann (Hackmiller); children, Virginia (Bill), and Jane (David) Adams; step-children, Ricky, Dan, Terry Eifler, and Nancy (Barry) Amettis; grandchildren, Kyle Amettis, Lucy Eifler, Andrea and Jake Amettis; and 3 great grandchildren.

Bill was a handyman, a Korean War veteran, Boy Scout leader, Mason and a member of AA.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 11, 2016

Shepherd and lambThis is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The first reading from Exodus is about the process of coming to find a God who is not vengeful, but who is willing to show mercy and forgiveness. It is about finding a God of healing and new life. Jesus tells stories to make his point about the mercy of God. He wants to teach us that God is concerned about redemption and forgiveness. God wants to bring people to the fullness of life, and to reconcile individuals, groups, and nations.

Sometimes even religious people have trouble finding the merciful side of God. So many people fall into the trap of condemning others and showing no mercy. We can be tempted to violence and revenge when we face evil. Nations and groups can be tempted to resort to war or terror rather than understanding, nonviolence, and reconciliation.

Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in our Communities

Pray for peaceWhat: Prayer Service for Peace

When: September 9, 2016, 7:00 PM

Where: St. Martin de Porres Parish (3112 West Broadway, Louisville, KY)

In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, Archbishop Kurtz, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities on September 9, 2016, the feast of St. Peter Claver. He also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society.

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