FAITH in GOD : HOPE to GROW : LOVE for PEOPLE
Come let us worship together
We offer four different styles of service at different times so
that we all have an opportunity to come together to pray and worship God
We celebrate the Eucharist at all our Sunday Services.
Cnr of Oxley and Sherwood Road's, Sherwood
7.00 am Traditional Service
9.00 am All Age Contemporary Service
9.00 am - Every 3rd Sunday MICSA Service
California Road, Oxley
8.00 am Traditional Sung Communion
Tiny Tots Tuesday
21 Feb - Pancakes and Ashes
21 Mar - On the way to the Cross
18 Apr - Jesus is alive!
St. Matthew's in the brick hall
for toddlers & carers
Learning the bible stories through interactive story telling,
song and dance.
Epiphany and the Baptism of our Lord “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him.” -Matthew 3:26 Two Feast Days The feast of the Epiphany is January 6th. On the following Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of our Lord. The first Sunday after Epiphany always commemorates Christ’s baptism. Baptism and Epiphany go hand-in-hand There is a good reason for the first Sunday after Epiphany to focus on Baptism. In fact, many churches will baptize children and adults on this Sunday, as it is on of the most appropriate days for baptisms. The key here is that Baptism is all about beginning. Jesus began his ministry with his own baptism, and today Christians see Baptism as beginning a committed journey with Jesus. The season after Epiphany, as a whole, has much to do with beginnings: the beginning of Jesus’ life, the start of his ministry, the calling of the disciples, and his first miracle. All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us. What about the magi? The Revised Common Lectionary is clear that the gospel reading for Sunday January 8th is the story of Jesus being baptized in the river Jordan. So what do we say or do about the magi, who had their gospel reading on the day of Epiphany itself? Well, both stories carry forward the theme of Jesus’ identity taking shape. The magi identify Jesus as a king… and because the magi are from foreign lands, they identify Jesus as a king for all people. In the baptism story, Jesus is also identified, but in this case his identity is the beloved son of God. As a teaching point, we may link the magi story with the baptism story by saying: “These Epiphany stories work together to show us who Jesus is… revealing the fullness of his identity. The magi show us one part of Jesus’ identity, the baptism shows us another part.” The Trinity One of my favorite teaching points for the Baptism of Christ involves the Trinity. The moment when Jesus is baptized is one of the only times in the Bible that the entire Trinity appears together. Consider the passage: the Son stands in the river, the Spirit descends like a dove, and the Father speaks from heaven. This Epiphany moment reveals yet another aspect of Jesus’ identity: his place as the second person of the Trinity. Conclusion As you observe these two feast days, we hope you rejoice in this important season of Epiphany. Jesus Christ has arrived, and there are many beginnings to celebrate. (https://buildfaith.org/epiphany-baptism-of-our-lord)
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Cheques can be sent to or dropped off at the office.
Parish Direct via direct debit to ANFIN. Forms are available in the Parish Office
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Anglican Parish of Sherwood
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