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Epiphany Episcopal Church

Sunday, January 20, 2019

8:00 am & 10:30 am Holy Eucharist & Sermon
9:30 – 10:15 am Bible Study
9:30 am Choir Rehearsal
10:25 am Sunday School 

Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of his dreams for America in one of the most influential speeches in all of history, known as the “I have a dream speech.” His message and his delivery moved mountains. He challenged tens of thousands of civil rights supporters in Washington that day in 1963 to move toward change and never give up. His words continue to challenge us today. King’s speech was simple. “That all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the ‘unalienable Rights’ of ‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’” He described the many ways in which this dream might be visible in America, but the message singled out one mission: equality for all. King made it clear that resistance would only delay the inevitable. King’s speech was urgent Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. … It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. King’s speech was compelling And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. King’s speech was easy With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. King made it easy for his listeners to believe they weren’t alone and that change was possible. King’s speech was visible King gave his speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to 250,000 civil rights supporters during one of the most significant demonstrations in history. The speech was broadcast to millions more. King’s speech understood the audience I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. He spoke to those who suffered and painted a picture of a brighter tomorrow, motivating them to stay the course and press onward.

In our own generation and in our own circumstances, how do we “stay the course and press onward?” This is an on-going question for us as individuals, as a church community, and as citizens of this nation. The legacy of Dr. King is a personal challenge–a call to each of us to use our skills, talents, and everyday experiences–the very stuff of our lives–to contribute to the dream–“God’s Dream,” as Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls it. Epiphany Church, “a diverse community seeking to embody and share the teachings and love of Jesus Christ for all people” is a living testament of “staying the course.” Faith is not so much a set of doctrines and beliefs as it is a practice, a way of living inspired and sustained by the power and love of God in Jesus Christ for all people.

Sunday Worship Schedule

8:00 am Holy Eucharist  & Sermon
9:30 am Bible Study
9:30 am Choir Rehearsal
10:25 am Sunday School
10:30 am Holy Eucharist & Sermon

Let’s help those who are facing hardships b/c of the Government Shutdown. Bring food items this Sunday and we will be sure to get them to a distribution center.
Here are some suggestions: (non-perishables)
-Peanut Butter
-Oatmeal (packets)
-Cereal (Low sugar/high fiber)
-Pancake Mix
-Canned Tuna
-Salad Dressing
Let’s hope this ends soon!

(Doors open at 6:45 pm with light refreshments.)

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

You may recall that a few years back members of Epiphany made a PILGRIMAGE to Church of the Fellowship for all Peoples in San Francisco. “Fellowship Church” was the first multiracial congregation established in the United States in 1945 by The Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman. MPT is offering a free preview of a new film on Dr. Thurman’s life and writings. A number of Epiphany members have signed up including the Rector whose doctoral thesis and current musical play (in development), is inspired by the writings of Dr. Thurman.

There are no obstacles which separate peoples that cannot be overcome by shared experiences over an extended period of time.

An RSVP is needed–directly to MPT.Contact us at outreach@mpt.org

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story

Explores the extraordinary life and legacy of one of the most important religious figures of the 20th century.Born the grandson of slaves, Thurman became a “spiritual foundation” for the Civil Rights Movement, inspiring many of its leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr, Jesse Jackson and Congressman John Lewis In the mid-1930s, Thurman was the first Black American invited to meet Mohandas Gandhi who shared his strategy of non-violent resistance. Gandhi suggested it would be through the African-American experience that the non-violence resistance movement could take on global significance. When Thurman returned to America, his writings and speeches planted the early seeds for the non-violent Civil Rights Movement. A discussion with the film’s producer and Director, Martin Doblmeier follows. Backs Against The Wall is produced and directed by Martin Doblmeier. Mr. Doblmeier is a filmmaker known for award-winning films such as BONHOEFFER, The Power of Forgiveness, Chaplains, and The Reinhold Niebuhr Story.

Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117
As always, Friday Freeview Screenings are free and open to the public!
Questions? Contact us at outreach@mpt.org.

Here are Dr. Thurman’s thoughts on
The Feast of the Epiphany called “The Work of Christmas.”

When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock…
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.


Fall Parish Picnic – The Feast of St. Francis & The Blessing of Animals – All Saint’s Sunday and the Memorial Flower Cross Armistice Day Weekend – Saturday Ol’ English Tea & Sunday Guest Speaker –  Advent Wreath Making – Christmas Pageant – Feast of the Epiphany – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday – Ash Wednesday Services – Lenten Book Group – Holy Week Services – Pentecost Sunday – June Parish Picnic

LOCATION 1419 Odenton Road Odenton MD 21113
410-336-8383 epiphanyodenton@gmail.com

All Are Welcome!