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Sunday, February 9th

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany


      Isaiah 58: 1-9
       Psalm 112
       I Corinthians 2: 1-16
       Matthew 5: 13-20

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, After our celebration of Candlemas on Sunday last, we pick back up in the season of Epiphany, reading from the early parts of Matthew's gospel. This Sunday, we are reading from the heart of the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus offers us some of the heart of his gospel: "You are the salt of the earth." "You are the light of the world." In our reading from Isaiah, themes of Lent and its call to repentance begin to emerge. In our reading from I Corinthians, Paul reminds us that our faith rests in Christ and him crucified, and that now through his death and new life we share in "the mind of Christ." These are challenging and deep readings, and they guide our worship on Sunday.

February is Black History Month, and at least one piece of music each Sunday celebrates and honors the contributions and legacy of African-Americans in our church. This Sunday, our sequence hymn (or gospel hymn) will be the spiritual Give me Jesus, taken from the Episcopal Church's African-American hymnal, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," extending an opportunity for all of Good Shepherd to take part in this tradition.

Adult Forum continues with topics to honor the profound influence and leadership of African-Americans in the Episcopal Church. This week, we study the contribution of historically Black churches in the Dioceses of Massachusetts. Kevin Vetiac continues to offer his perspectives on this subject to help our common understanding. Join us at 11:45 in the Loring Room.    

Family Forum for children and youth is Sunday, Feb. 9th. The Christian Ed Committee invites all families of our parish to discuss the future hopes and dreams of Christian Education at Good Shepherd. 3:00 pm to 4:30 at the church.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and the holy season of Lent lie just before us: 
The Last Sunday in Epiphany, Sunday, February 23rd, at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Shrove Tuesday, February 25th, at 6:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday, February 26th at noon and 7:00 pm
Palm & Passion Sunday, April 5th at 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
Easter Vigil, April 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 12th at 10:00 a.m.

See you Sunday!

peace, Jay+
Adult Forum in February

In honor of Black History Month, Adult Forum will highlight and celebrate February in a different way each week.
Sunday, February 2nd— The unlikely story of Pauli Murray
The Reverend Dr. Pauli Murry was the first African-American woman ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church. She taught at Brandeis University during her time as a lawyer and civil rights activist. She was the first woman of color ordained as a priest in our church (Diocese of Washington, 1977), after which time she returned to her native North Carolina on a self-described “mission of reconciliation.” She died in 1985, and in 2012 the Episcopal Church added her to the Kalendar of annual commemoration.

Sunday, February 9th— The legacies of historical black churches
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts is home to many historically black churches, and we will explore stories of their struggles, triumphs, and contributions to the Episcopal Church and community in Boston. We will approach this from two perspectives: St. Bartholomew's, Cambridge, and their experience of working through issues of race and gender at a historically black church, especially their experience of being more conservative than the wider Church; and, Trinity Church Copley, which in 2014 began to face issues of racism in its own history. 

Sunday, February 16th— Spiritual stories from Boston Medical Center
The Rev'd John Sugden serves as chaplain at Boston Medical Center and will talk about his work with an unpredictable and ever-changing group of patients in crisis. BMC is a safety-net hospital serving the very poor and a Level I trauma center. 

Sunday, February 23rd— Spirituals and Hymns from the Black Church
In a combination of teaching and group singing, we will explore a collection of spirituals and hymns. As we have done in recent months, this Adult Forum will combine learning with the music: it will include history about the texts, authors, and places that the songs were written, and it will also offer us the opportunity to hear and sing those same works.  
Good Shepherd's celebration of Candlemas on Sunday was a rare and wonderful occasion. As Jesus was first presented at the Temple forty days after his birth and was recognized by Simeon as God's light, we joined in the opportunity to recognize the Light of Christ in our midst forty days after Christmas. A recording of the entire Candlemas Liturgy is available on Good Shepherd's YouTube page.
Shrove Tuesday
Tue. Feb 25th at 6:30 p.m.
at Good Shepherd

Festive dinner

Games and Frivolity

Burning of Palms

Burial of the Alleluias


Holy Eucharist
with Imposition of Ashes

February 26th
Noon and 7:00 p.m.
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In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus,
You may have all this world,
Give me Jesus.

-- Lift Every Voice and Sing,
#91 Traditional Spiritual
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