The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Saviour of the world. the great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee.In the magi, representatives of the neighbouring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation.The magi's coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations.Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Saviour of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament.
Many thanks to Fr Basil for attending to our spiritual welfare for the past two plus weeks we wish him a safe journey back to Rome and hope he will visit us again.
Burns Night Supper
Thursday 24th January
6.30pm for 7.00pm
£10 per ticket
There will be a raffle. Bring your own drinks.
Whisky for the toast will be provided.
Would anyone be willing to undertake the washing of altar linen at Deeping. It is a specialist job. Training will be given
Why was Jesus baptised?
We can place the baptism of Christ into the total context of His humble identification with us, beginning with the eternal Second Person of the Trinity assuming our flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary and continuing with Jesus’ ministry to the sick and sinful, His table fellowship with tax collectors, His loving conversations with people of ill repute, the vulnerability of the Eucharist — as Jesus places himself completely at our disposal in the wondrous sacrament of His body and blood — and His doing the work of a slave during the Last Supper foot-washing. In Christian baptism, we be-come adopted children of the Father, members of the Church, the Body of Christ, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism washes away our original sin and claims us for the kingdom of God. Through this saving sacrament, God fills us with sanctifying grace, with the full-ness of the Trinitarian life. To understand the meaning and implications of our baptism is to Fundamentally grasp our identity, vocation and mission as disciples of the Lord Jesus and members of the household of God. In Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, we see Him anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Christ, we hear the Father proclaim His fundamental identity as the beloved Son, and we perceive Jesus’ mission as one of humility, a self-emptying love and sacrificial identification with everything in us that was lost, broken and dead.
We spend time and energy seeking a lost object to the extent that we value it. How infinitely valuable we must be to the Lord God that He sent His own Son to seek and save us in the valley of death! The whole Christ event finds a clarity of mission when Jesus is submerged in the waters of the Jordan at the hands of John the Baptist.
2018 Christmas Fayre