10am Staff Meeting

6:30pm Youth Ski Trip Pizza Party at Ascension

1:00pm Youth Leadership Lunch

1:00pm Youth Confirmation Lunch

6:30pm International Bible Study

 International Bible Study

What: English learners are invited to a Bible study and discussion of the

Christmas event

Dates: January 3, 10 and 17

Time: 6:30pm (5:30pm on the 17th)

Where: Church of the Ascension (Room 105)

Who: ESL Students, Internationals and others interested

Contact: LuAnn at PittsburghEnglish4U@gmail.com

Capernaum Friends Club

Monthly Saturday Capernaum Friends Club:
Our monthly club typically meets on the second Saturday of each month from 2 – 4pm, September through May. Participants have a great time together celebrating holidays, dancing, singing, making crafts and much more! Visit our Facebook page to check us out. Another great benefit of the program is the relationship building that happens between parents and families. If you want to know what’s coming up, please contact the program directors, Christina Carlucci or Dana Kaasik. 

6pm Women’s Bible Study Fellowship

7pm Choir Rehearsal

9:45am Women’s Bible Study

All women are welcome. Childcare is open at 9:45am with the study beginning 10am. The group meets in Room 105 of Ascension’s education wing.

Epiphany 6: Sunday Scriptures

Epiphany 6: The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus (Mark 9:2-9)

Epiphany Sermon Series: The Baptized Life

The Lectionary is a gift to the church and its preachers. It spares us from vanity, self-flattery, and staleness by forcing us to consider, week in and week out, the ‘whole counsel of Scripture’ (Acts 20:27). Preachers are assigned texts to preach: we do not have the luxury of choosing comfortable passages to preach on, nor do we have the luxury of substituting passages without episcopal permission. Moreover, if you follow the Anglican ‘rule of life’, which commends the devotional practices of joyful and attentive participation in weekly communion, the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer, and private devotions (Q. 255, To Be a Christian), you will read through the entirety of Scripture every year in the Daily Office Lectionary and once every three years in the Sunday Lectionary: a thorough immersion in the Bible.

At the same time, the Sunday Lectionary does not take us passage by passage through books of the Bible, and it gives us each week readings from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the NT Epistles, and the Gospels. Preachers may focus a sermon on any or all of these readings. For all of these reasons, it can be difficult to get a sense of the continuity of the Scriptures – to get a sense of the purpose of each book, and to get a sense of how the whole hangs together in the light of Christ – even through attentive participation on Sunday morning.

With all of this in mind, in 2018 we are focusing our preaching consistently on one reading in the Sunday Lectionary. In most cases, this will mean that each preaching ‘series’ will be on one book of the Bible, enabling us to unpack the meaning of that specific book over a series of Sundays and to place that book in its context within the whole of Scripture. Each week, our preachers will also craft a series of questions based on the reading on which they are preaching for use in Community Groups, families, and other settings.

We hope that in all of those settings, you will return to the Scripture and read it again, with the second reading freshly illuminated by the preaching of the word on the prior Sunday. These questions will be made available on the website no later than Sunday afternoon for use during that week. Along with the devotional guide we now provide in the bulletin on Sunday mornings, these preaching series and the accompanying questions are aimed at ‘equipping the people of God’ to pray and ‘hear…read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest’ the Scriptures so that we “may embrace and every hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life” (Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent).

Our first series in Epiphany 2018 will be through the Lectionary readings in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and John. We are calling this series “The Baptized Life.” The first Sunday in Epiphany, January 7, we celebrate The Baptism of Our Lord, and our readings in the Gospels help us to understand our identity as those who have put on Christ’s death and resurrection in baptism, and therefore who we are to be and what we are to do as his body. We look forward as a preaching team to meditating upon the word of God with you, and to being transformed by the Holy Spirit speaking through Scripture.

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