2 Epiphany Rite II Mass,  Jan 17, 2021
Rev. Richard A Chandler, Jr. Celebrant

(link to the St. Anne's YouTube channel,
and the replay of the live-streamed service.)

1 Epiphany Rite II Mass, Jan 10, 2021

Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, Celebrant

(link to the St. Anne's YouTube channel,

and replay of the live-streamed service.)

Morning Prayer (each Wednesday @ 9:00 a.m.) and
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prayers of the people

Prayers for the healing power of the Holy Spirit to be ever present in the lives of our friends & family: Mary Jane, Joe and Sandy,  Maureen, Megan, Janice, Tony, Jean-Claude and Sandra, Dolores, Sister Ann Rose, Sr. Joseph Maureen IHM, Jack & Doris, Bert & Dn. Cheryl, Jack, Mark, Tom, Richard, Thomas Burns & Family,  John, Joanne, Linda, Pat Daniels & family, Arden & George, Francis, Ina-Ruth, and our whole nation.

 

Prayers for the safety and the empowerment of the ministry of our missionaries: Wayne & Rena Goodrich, Sean & Rebekah Conklin, Fr. Dass & Mary

 

Prayers for the continuing safety and return of loved ones actively serving in the military, and the reserves: Romulo Camargo, Joshua Smith, Ben Fradette, Talon, Clafdia & Austin Harbison, Ritchie, Janae Sparks, Patrick Reed, Tony, Marc Williams, Matthew, Sean, Christian Frolish, Jordan Greenlaw, Maydia Sorgie, Jake Devoe, Zach Belden, Joey Castillo, AJ Leininger, Dalton Underwood, Cade Hartong, Nash Hartong, Robert, Zach Castle, Luke Nagel, Tom Maddox, Rachel Snow, Leah Montalvo, Mark Bunker, Tressa Cavalliere, Sidney Castle, Sean Outhouse, Ryan Allen, Ryan Chandler, Tony, and for all of our veterans.

 

Prayers for the safety, encouragement, and enrichment of parishioners and/or loved ones of parishioners who are students: Makayla, Sean, Tiffany, Jerrod, Nathaniel, Juliet, Mark, Abigayle, Calvin, Angelina, Madelyn, Elijah, Zach, Charlotte, Anisha, Tiffany, Taylor, Kalista, Clyde, Dennis, Daisy, Franklin, Aubrey, Morgan & Peyton, Landon, Jariah, Elijah, Janelle, Tatiana, Richard, Ava, Elizabeth

Epiphany 1, Year B, 2021-01-10

Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11

 

Genesis 1:1-5

  • 1 “In the beginning” The beginning of what?

  • 2 “wind” The word translated wind by the NRSV is often translated breath or spirit.  What should it be translated here?

  • What exactly did God create in this passage? What does the writer of this passage want us to know?

 

Psalm 29

  • Many see a connection between Psalm 28 and Psalm 29. The beginning of Psalm 28 begs the LORD not to be silent; Psalm 29 alludes to the voice of the LORD seven times. What other recurring themes are in Psalm 29?

  • 3-9 These verses describe the LORD’s awesome power. What is the psalmist’s response to this power?

  • 11 Is this a surprise ending to the psalm?

 

Acts 19:1-7

  • 1 Were these folks that Paul found in Ephesus disciples? 

  • 2 How would you answer Paul’s question?

  • What does this passage teach us about the Holy Spirit that is relevant to our lives?

 

Mark 1:4-11

  • 1-13 Some see vv. 1-13 as a unified introduction to Mark’s account of the gospel.  What are the unifying words?

  • 4-11 What contrasts do you find in these verses?

  • How important is John the Baptist?

  • How important is baptism?

joy of giving

Budgeting for the calendar year is always a little challenging; 2021 Pledge Cards are available from an usher, or you may request to receive one by mail or by email.  Contact the church office for more information  (352) 795-2176.

You may also set up a recurring weekly or monthly tithing through our online giving at: https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/1396302

Our Daily Bread

Aunt Betty’s Way

Bible in a Year:

 

This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

1 John 5:2

When I was young, whenever my doting Aunt Betty visited, it felt like Christmas. She’d bring Star Wars toys and slip me cash on her way out the door. Whenever I stayed with her, she filled the freezer with ice cream and never cooked vegetables. She had few rules and let me stay up late. My aunt was marvelous, reflecting God’s generosity. However, to grow up healthy, I needed more than only Aunt Betty’s way. I also needed my parents to place expectations on me and my behavior and hold me to them.

God asks more of me than Aunt Betty. While He floods us with relentless love, a love that never wavers even when we resist or run away, He does expect something of us. When God instructed Israel how to live, He provided Ten Commandments, not ten suggestions (Exodus 20:1–17). Aware of our self-deception, God offers clear expectations: we’re to “[love] God and [carry] out his commands” (1 John 5:2).

Thankfully, “[God’s] commands are not burdensome” (v. 3). By the Holy Spirit’s power, we can live them out as we experience God’s love and joy. His love for us is unceasing. But the Scriptures offer a question to help us know if we love God in return: Are we obeying His commands as the Spirit guides us?

We can say we love God, but what we do in His strength tells the real story.

By:  Winn Collier

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