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Sunday, January 12th

the Baptism of Christ


       Isaiah 42: 1-9
       Acts 10: 34-43
       Psalm 29
       Matthew 3: 13-17

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.

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Christ. In all of the gospels, Jesus' baptism inaugurates his public ministry of teaching and healing. For that reason, it always follows immediately after Epiphany. Just as the Magi recognized him through the leading of a star to Bethlehem, so the whole world recognized him at his baptism when God declared him to be "my son, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased."

We celebrate the Baptism of Christ each year with the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and Asperges. This takes the place of the Nicene Creed in our service, and offers us a chance to affirm our faith, not in the words of the Nicene Creed, but in the words that we use when a person is baptized. At the conclusion of the Renewal of Baptismal Vows, the Celebrant asperges (or sprinkles) the congregation with water from the baptismal font, both as a blessing and also as an opportunity for us to give thanks for the grace given to us at our own baptisms. Elementary school children (and older) will return early from Church School in order to be a part of the renewal of vows, in the hope that they can begin learning what it means to have been baptized into Christ.  

January Agape Supper this Wednesday, January 15th, to celebrate the feast of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Our Outreach Committee will host, and we will be treated to music from the African-American, gospel tradition. Dinner is provided, commencing at 6:30 pm, and will take on a Southern theme. A children's activity begins at 6:00 pm. The whole parish is encouraged to join us for dinner, singing, and Eucharist around the table.  

Adult Forum resumes this week with a two-week series on stories of Epiphany. The stories of Epiphany are of recognizing and understanding manifestations of God. The story of the Magi is only one of three narratives that the church has held as sacred in recognizing Christ in the world. Join us at 11:45 in the Loring Room.    

Thank you for supporting Outreach Sunday! We benefitted from the presence of the Rev'd John Finley, Head of School at Epiphany School, and from our Outreach Committee's report at Coffee Hour. We are permanently indebted to our Outreach Committee and to the work they do, helping all of us at Good Shepherd to be Christ's hands and feet in our world. 

Stewardship Season is upon us. Good Shepherd 20/20: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." We are nearing completion, though we still need to hear from everyone. So far we have received $332,850 in pledges with a campaign goal of $350,000. Please make your pledge for the new year and commit to praying for our parish in the coming decade. 

See you Sunday!

peace, Jay+


At the Annual Meeting of the parish, we hear from all of the committees of our parish, elect new Vestry Members and a new Sr. Warden, and present the finances of the parish. Please join us this year in the Common Room at 11:30 to take part in the Annual Meeting. 
On Sunday, January 26th, we welcome the Rt. Reverend Carol Gallagher to Good Shepherd as preacher and celebrant. Our Annual Meeting will follow the 10:00 Eucharist in the Common Room.

Bishop Gallagher was the first Native American woman elected as Bishop in the Episcopal Church, and she currently serves in our Diocese as the Regional Canon to the Bishop. It is an honor to welcome Bp. Gallagher to Good Shepherd!

Thanks to your generosity, we delivered $900 in various gift cards to Boston Healthcare for the Homeless just in time for distribution at Christmas.

Click here to learn more about the mission and work of BHCHP.
We have received $332,850 in pledges for 2020, on our way to a goal of $350,000. If you have not yet made your pledge, please do so now. We rely on the generosity and commitments of everyone.
Lats Sunday, January 5th, we welcomed Tom Dawkins as our Interim Director of Music Ministry. Tom is a talented organist and an experienced church musician. Please help him to feel welcome at the Parish of the Good Shepherd.
We know that Christ is raised
and dies no more
Embraced by death
he broke its fearful hold.
Our despair he turned to blazing joy,

We share by water in his saving death.
Reborn we share with him
an Easter life
As living members of a living Christ

-- the Hymnal 1982,
#296, Engelberg
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