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We continue to celebrate the Christmas season with the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord today. The magi represent all the nations. It is the beginning of the process of the manifestation or revelation of Christ in the world.
The ongoing nature of this manifestation is portrayed in an antiphon for this feast: “Three mysteries mark this holy day: today the star leads the Magi to the infant Christ; today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast; today Christ wills to be baptized by John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation.”
This ongoing manifestation of Christ continues in our day. It happens every time we experience an epiphany moment, a further revelation of who Christ is for us. When have you experienced this kind of epiphany?
Our pastor, Fr. Tom Krenik, will lead a Bible study during Lent on the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament. This includes the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom, Sirach, and the Song of Songs. The focus will be on the unique contribution of these Sacred Scriptures in our Bible. Emphasis will be given to how these books appear in the Liturgy of the Church and the implications for our daily Christian living.
These sessions will be held on five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning February 23 through March 23, 2021 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Because of the pandemic, at this point we are offering the series via Zoom and will alert registrants if safety protocol changes and allows for an in-person option. Sessions will be recorded and sent to all registrants.
I’M INTERESTED! WHAT NEXT?
There is no cost to participate. We ask participants to bring a copy of their Bible (hard copy or electronic version) to each session. Other materials will be sent electronically. Submit your registration using the online form below.
Free will offerings accepted towards “Adult Faith Formation.” You can either (1) send a check to Church of the Risen Savior, ATTN: Grace Koleczek, 1501 E. Co. Rd. 42, Burnsville, MN 55406 and in the memo line write “Adult Faith Formation: Wisdom” or (2) use our online one-time donation link to donate with your credit card. Select “General Fund” from the drop-down menu and be sure to type “Adult Faith Formation: Wisdom” in the box at checkout titled “Order notes (optional).”
Questions? Contact Grace Koleczek, Adult Faith Formation & Social Justice Coordinator, email@example.com or (952) 698-1724.
Prayers of the Faithful December 26 & 27, 2020
Let us pray now for ourselves, our own families, and families across the world.
- For members of the community of the church, the family of God, we pray:
- For the people of the world, the family of humanity, we pray:
- For families suffering loss, division, or hardship, we pray:
- For families separated by distance or military service, we pray:
- For those who serve families in crisis, we pray:
- For ourselves gathered here, the parish family, we pray:
- For those who are ill and have asked for our prayers, including Gerri Migletz, Cheri Henderson and Kiar Peotter
may they be blessed and healed in this coming new year, we pray:
- Today we pray for our beloved dead: Robert Riegert, George Kohler and Flavio Palestino de la Rosa as well for those who have recently died and the families that mourn their passing, we pray:
Good and gracious God, watch over and protect us and our homes. Strengthen the love which unites families in peace and joy. We pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers of the Faithful: December 24/25, 2020
As we rejoice in the love of God, which is reborn among us on this holy night/day; let us also remember those in need throughout the world.
- For the Church on this glorious Feast of Christmas: that we may know how close God is to us, how blest we are, and how God is always with us, we pray:
- For an outpouring of God’s favor in our time; that the Spirit will rekindle a childlike spirit of wonder and awe within us and an openness to all the opportunities that God offers us, we pray:
- For Pope Francis and all who serve the church: that God will inspire them in leading us to deeper faith and greater love during this Christmas season, we pray:
- For a spirit of connectedness: that as the birth of Jesus united God with humanity, we may grow in our relationship with God and with all who walk the human journey with us, we pray:
- For all who are experiencing darkness through isolation, depression, grief, or violence: that the light of Christ may scatter the darkness and bring hope to their hearts, we pray:
- For all who are assisting others this Christmas season: that God will guide and protect healthcare workers, public safety officials, and utility workers, we pray:
- For all those who are ill and have asked for our prayers: especially Cheri Henderson, we pray:
- For those who have died in the knowledge that Christ has overcome sin and death, (especially) _______________________________________
that God will fill them with life and give consolation and peace to those who grieve them, we pray:
Lord God, we thank you for sending us the most perfect gift – Jesus, the Messiah;
and for revealing your grace to us. Help us to accept your gifts of Salvation.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.