"Dear Good Shepherd Parish Family,
This is our first (calendar year) 2019 Fanfare. Hope your 12 Days of Christmas has been joyful and fulfilling so far.
Coming right up: a Rare Sunday: January 6th...The Feast of the Epiphany!! Let's light it up!!
(A) SUNDAY I S EPIPHANY!
Ordinarily, the Church's Feast Day of EPIPHANY falls on a day other than Sunday. Since that is so, our usual Sunday after Christmastide is "The Sunday After the Epiphany"...with its focus on The Baptism Of Christ.
But: this year, January 6th is ON Sunday. We can, therefore, fully focus on the Western's Church's Epiphany Event: the Wise Men finding He who is "The King of the Jews" in Bethlehem.
"Epiphany" means "Manifestation"...the "Shining Forth" of Messiah to the Gentiles. The Church celebrates a season of Sundays between Christmas and Ash Wednesday in which the emphasis is on the showing forth of Jesus Christ to the whole world. Jesus is not a "Jewish" Savior only. He is the Savior of the World (John 4:42).
Over the next eight weeks, then, we will behold the Light of the World! We will glory in its revelations, and draw warmth and vision from its brightness.
(B) SHARING THE LIGHT WE HAVE RECEIVED: THE MISSION OF CHRIST
Epiphany is also a "missionary season". After all, the holy purpose of God revealing Messiah to the whole world is intended to be the Church's guiding Light. We- who have received the Light of Jesus Christ- are to take this revelation with us wherever we go. Two very special events in January relate to this showing forth of Jesus in our lives:
1. Sunday, January 20th is our Annual Parish Meeting. Amidst the 'business' of the Annual Meeting, we will celebrate what God has done among us and through us in 2018, while turning our eyes toward the opportunities for Mission in this new calendar year 2019. This is a Sunday for recalling our Mission Statement and Vision Statement: Knowing Christ and Making Him Known to Others, as we live out who we are as "Good Shepherd Anglican Church".
2. Sunday, January 27th we will have as our guest Preacher and Christian Formation Presenter Fr. Gresser, a Missioner Priest who is beginning a new work in the nation of Malawi. Fr. Gresser will stand as a testimony to the importance of world-wide Mission work: Christian formation and Ministry equipping to our Companion Diocese in Northern Malawi!
Then: Add one more special event in early February: Fr. Scott Wilson brings us "TELET" instruction on Saturday, February 2nd. More about this as we get closer to that date. For now, remember that being an Evangelist....sharing Christ with others...is the every day mission of a Christian's life...right here in North Texas! "TELET" equips believers with gifts for turning conversations and relationships into missionary moments. Some people are gifted and called to the specific charism of "evangelists"...preaching and teaching the Gospel in public gatherings and settings. More often, we are given opportunities to be humble testifiers to what God has been up to in our own lives, and to bring encouragement and God's balm to those who are seeking Him.
Epiphany is a long season in 2019, because Ash Wednesday comes on March 6th...rather than the usual last half of February. Let's take advantage of this season of Revelation and Light.
(C) THE CALENDAR FORWARD :
Here's what's percolating in the life of GSAC the next couple of months...
Upcoming Special Dates!
01/06 EPIPHANY SUNDAY MASS: 9:15 a.m.
SHEPHERD’S PANTRY INGATHERING
(please bring food item to stock our pantry)
01/11 SECOND FRIDAY FASTING & PRAYER
for the Election of a Bishop-Coadjutor for our Diocese.
01/20 PARISH ANNUAL MEETING and LUNCHEON after Sunday Mass. 9:15 Mass, followed by Lunch & Meeting in parish hall
01/25-26 VESTRY RETREAT at Smiths' Home
01/27 SUNDAY MASS GUEST PREACHER: Fr. Robert Gresser
(Pastoral Associate, All Saints – Weatherford) on:
MISSION TO MALAWI.
01/28 - 01/31 Fr. Smith, Fr. Bloodgood & Fr. Cardona away for Annual
Clergy Conference in Dallas, Tx.
02/02 T.E.L.E.T.: Special Guest “Fr. Scott Wilson” Everyone is invited to
join in this special event.
02/17 BISHOP IKER’S ANNUAL VISIT with CELEBRATION LUNCHEON
(Candidates for membership into the Church & their Sponsors will be Confirmed, Received, and Re-Dedicated.)
03/06 ASH WEDNESDAY – LENT BEGINS
04/21 EASTER SUNDAY
05/04 GOOD SHEPHERD OLD ENGLISH TEA