The Season of Epiphany
The Epiphany (‘manifestation’) begins with the visit of the far-travelled magi, understood as the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Matthew’s account speaks simply of ‘wise men from the east’; later tradition fixed their number at three, made them kings and recalled their resonant names – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. In this perspective, Epiphanytide is an apt season to pray for the worldwide mission of the Church. The feast of the Conversion of St Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, appropriately falls in the Epiphany season, as does the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18-25 January. During this season we also celebrate Jesus’s baptism at the hands of John, when the heavens were opened and a voice from heaven declared Jesus to be God’s beloved Son. The miracle of Cana in Galilee, where Jesus ‘first manifested his glory’, follows immediately:
Manifest at Jordan’s stream,
Prophet, Priest, and King supreme;
and at Cana wedding-guest
in thy Godhead manifest.
The season of joyful celebration that begins at Christmas now continues through the successive Sundays of Epiphany, ending with the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas, marked this year on Sunday 31 January). The child who has been manifested to the magi at his birth is now recognized by Simeon and Anna, when he comes to be presented in the Temple according to the Law of Israel. He is both ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles’ and ‘the glory of God’s people Israel’. But the redemption he will bring must be won through suffering; and Simeon’s final words move our attention away from the celebration of Christmas and towards the mysteries of Easter.
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8am Holy Communion BCP 17th Jan 2021
Healing & Wholeness 17th January 2021
Four Quartets Seminars by Richard Harries
Richard Harries will be convening a series of seminars on T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets
on Thursdays at 4pm on Zoom beginning on January 7th 2021 and ending on February 4th 2021
The Four Quartets seminar series
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 844 0853 2853
All are welcome, no prior expertise is needed and all you will require is a copy of the poem, available in paperback from about £10. You can also listen to T S Eliot reading the poem on YouTube. This poem expresses Eliot’s mature faith and repays close reading.
The first session Zoom recording can be viewed here
The second session Zoom recording can be viewed here
The third session Zoom recording can be viewed here
24th January 2021 4pm Abiding in Christ: Christian Unity Service
Every year we mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th-25th January. This year it isn’t possible to have a physical gathering together in worship in Barnes. However, we can join together in worship online and it is an opportunity to reconnect and encourage one another during this new lockdown.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 650 965 9502
Parish Eucharist 17th Jan 2021
Sermon on 17th Jan 2021
If you would like Rev’d James Hutchings or someone from the church to contact you or if you would like to ask for prayers for yourself or someone else, please telephone 0208 741 5422 or email [email protected]. We will be happy to get back in touch with you.
Barnes Cares: is co-ordinated by the Barnes Community Association. Barnes Cares
Richmond Council Community Hub: 0208 8716555 or [email protected]
Foodbank: Donations can be left at the church when open in the collection box by the entrance, or delivered direct to Castelnau Centre, 7 Stillingfleet Road, Barnes SW13 9AQ, 9.15am-11.15am on Friday mornings Richmond Foodbank