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CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, MAITLAND, FL Revealing Christ's Love
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Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

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Women's Study: Prayer Room at 6:30 pm

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10:30 am - Noon Men's and Women's Bible Study in the Prayer Room 

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Noon in the Chapel


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Holy Eucharist 
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9:00 am in Roberta's Hall
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CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
Revealing Christ's Love:
Caring for the sheep
Searching for the lost
"Then God said, 'Let there be light," and there was light." (Gen. 1:3)
Beloved,

If you've ever seen a wedding ceremony, you know that words have the power to effect a new reality. When the officiant says, "I now pronounce you husband and wife," he is not just conveying information. The words actually carry the weight of his authority and the "two become one"--in reality! Words have power.

When God says, "Let there be light," and light shines forth, he is not requesting that light from another source be redirected to where he points. He is calling light into existence...with his words! And in doing, God is actually indicating his purposes for all of creation: that there will be light that shines into the darkness of the world.

After humans fall into disobedience and rebellion, inviting darkness into their lives, God is still committed to bringing light. In the Old Testament, the voice of God brings light primarily through the prophets. Many of their warnings and exhortations begin with, "Thus says the Lord..." And the lips of the prophet speak God's truth about reality, creating a light that can illumine the way forward out of darkness. That light always leads to obedience and fellowship with God for those who listen.

Of course, God's voice speaks most definitively in the person of Jesus. There's a reason he is called the "Word of God"! We are now celebrating Epiphany, which is really about how God shone his light to the rest of the world beyond Israel. When Jesus is baptized, identifying himself with humanity, God's "voice" speaks: "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." At once, the Spirit of God anoints Jesus in the form of a dove descending on him. And Jesus begins his ministry of being "the light of the world" (John 8:12). As the Son who perfectly pleases the Father, he illumines our path out of darkness, showing us how to please the Father in our own lives. And his death on the cross is the "sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction, for the sins of the world" (BCP, 334).

How does God's voice now bring light into the world? By the Holy Spirit who has been given to us! In Acts 19, Paul meets some Ephesian disciples who have not yet been baptized in Jesus' name or received the Holy Spirit. After their sacramental encounter with the Apostle, they begin to speak in other tongues and prophesy, showing a new level of intimacy with the heavenly Father! When we receive the Holy Spirit, it's as if God says, "Let there be light in them!" and we come to life in a new way, walking in intimacy with God.

In this new church year, I pray that you seek God's voice by praying to him for the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us, "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:13). Words have power, especially the Word of God. Ask him to speak, and be open to the surprising way in which he might answer!

In the power of the Spirit,

Fr. Cameron+
 

 


 
THE UNEXPECTED
Beginning January 14th.
Jim and Joy Sutton will be showing the movie ALL SAINTS and leading discussions from the Bible about how God does the unexpected. Roberta's Hall 9 am.
PLEDGE INCOME
Thank you SO MUCH to all who have filled out a pledge card for 2018. Just a reminder that we cannot allocate your gifts as "pledge" unless you have completed a pledge card for 2018. If we do not have a pledge on file for 2018 any monies received will be posted to "non pledge income" and will show accordingly on your statements. Pledge cards can be downloaded from the Resources page on the website, or picked up in the narthex of church or chapel, or from the office. THANK YOU!
Clergy
The Rt. Rev’d Gregory O. Brewer, Bishop of Central Florida
The Rt. Rev’d William Folwell, The Rt. Rev’d John Howe, and the Rt. Rev’d Hugo Pina-Lopez, retired Bishops
The Rev’d Sarah L. Bronos, Rector
The Rev’d Cameron MacMillan, Curate
The Rev’d Dick Costin, Deacon
 
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
All Saints Church, Winter Park
St. Richard’s Church, Winter Park
 
The Nation and Those in Authority
The President, Governors, Representatives, Congressmen and women, and the Mayors of Altamonte Springs and Apopka
 
Prayers for Healing and Other Needs
Ayla, Jim, Millie, Evelyn, Rosetta, Valerie, Rhoda, Ann, Louise, Elizabeth, Malcolm, Pam, Sandy, Kristina, Mario, Christine, Lyn, Mary, Lillian, Sallie, Janine, Scott, Joe, Jennifer, Jacquie, Randy
 
Military Personnel and Families
Kate Pierce, Brigit Kincaid, and Dennis Glasgow
 
Our College and Seminarian Students
Karissa Ashcraft, Laura Harris, Stephen Gant, Donny Lisle, Ray Lisle, Debora Lisle, Abbei Moye, Kyra Ashcraft, Rose Thatcher, Nicole Folsom, Jim Louttit, Nina Cassady-Bolton, Gordon Sims
 
Our Diocesan Missionary
The Reverend Stephen and Mary Dass, and the street children of Brazil
 
Birthdays
Deborah Brittain, Frances Sharp, Ralph Darville,
Ayla Van Hissenhoven, Andrea Nicolle, David Ashcraft,
Patrick Van Hissenhoven, Jeannette Steeves
 
Praise and Thanksgiving
Evelyn
 
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