Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Sunday School, January 23, 2022 3 Epiphany C

 Sunday School, January 23, 2022      3 Epiphany C

Theme: Explore the meaning of Gospel

What does Gospel mean?

Gospel is the name for the type of writing in the first four books of the New Testament:  The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John?

Gospel is an English word which is a translation of a Greek word found in the New Testament.  The Greek word means, “Good News.”

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are called Gospels, because they are “good news” about the life of Jesus Christ.

The word Gospel was also used in the Prophet Isaiah.  The book of Isaiah is found in the Old Testament, the first part of the Christian Bible.  The Old Testament is the Bible for the Jewish people and for them it is the Hebrew Scriptures.

The prophet Isaiah used the Hebrew word, “basar” which means in English “Good News.”

Jesus used to go to the gathering place of the Jews called a synagogue.  And he read from the Law and the Prophets and the other Hebrew Scriptures.  One day he read in the synagogue this from the Prophet Isaiah:   "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me ,because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." 

When Jesus read this, he preached a sermon and he told all of his listeners that what he had read from Isaiah was what his work was in this life.  Jesus had the Spirit of God on him in a special way.  He told poor people good news and gave them hope.  He taught people how to get out of the prison of their sins.  He healed the seeing of people by helping them to see good things in their lives.  He came to free people who were mistreated.  He came to tell people that God wanted to do something special for them.

Can you and I be like Jesus?  Can we discover that the purpose of our lives is to learn how to bring good news to people?

Remember the Gospels are not just books in the Bible.  Gospel means good news.  Jesus came to show us how to discover good news for our lives and then we learn how to tell other people good news for their lives.

A Children’s Sermon on Good News.

Are you a person who likes to tell good news?  How would like to be the person who gets to say to someone, “You’ve won a prize!  You’ve won a million dollars!  It is fun to tell the good news.
  How would you like to be a doctor who tells patience:  You’re all better now.   You’re healed!
  How would you like to be the person who goes to a corral of wild horses and opens the gates and lets them go free to run into mountains where they like to run and play?
  How would you like to tell people:  Today is a good time in your life, because God is close to you and wants to bless you?
  One day Jesus went to the synagogue in his hometown.  Can you say synagogue?  That is the place where people gathered to worship and learn about God.  Jesus read from the Bible.  He read about a person who told good news; he read about a person who healed other people; he read about a person who let people who were locked up, go free.  He read about a person who told people that God was close to them in their lives.
  And when he read those word in the Bible, he knew that is what he was doing this in his own life.
  What does Gospel mean?  It means Good News.
  There are lots of bad things that can happen to us.  There are lots of sad things that can happen to us.  And it is easy for us to just look at bad things and sad things.  And when we do that we can get fearful and we can worry a lot.
  But even when bad things happen and when sad things happen, we need to practice and look at all of the good things in our life.  It is sad to be sick; but it is very good that we have parents and friends and doctors to help us when we get sick.
  So we have to practice looking at the good things in our life.  And what happens when we practice looking at the good things of our lives?  We begin to be able to give people good news.  We help other people look at the good news of their life too.
  Jesus came to tell us Good News about God and God’s love for us.  And Jesus wanted everyone to discover good news in their lives so that they too could tell good news to other people.
  We come here to praise God and thank God, because we are practicing the ability to find and see the good news in our lives.
  And if we can find the good news in our lives, then we will help other people find good news in their lives too.
  Jesus came to bring us good news.  And he wants us to find good news and then share good news with other people.  And you know what?  It really feels good to share the good news with others.  It is like sharing a wonderful secret.  Can you share some good news this week with your family and friends?  Let’s try.  Amen.

Intergenerational Family Service with Holy Eucharist
January 23, 2022: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Gathering Songs: Glory be to God on High, Awesome God, I Come with Joy, May the Lord Bless

Liturgist: Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
People: And blessed be God’s kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

Liturgist:  Oh God, Our hearts are open to you.
And you know us and we can hide nothing from you.
Prepare our hearts and our minds to love you and worship you.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Song: Glory Be to God On High (The Christians’ Children Songbook, # 70)
1          Glory be to God on high, alleluia. Glory be to God on high, alleluia.
2          Praise the Father, Spirit, Son, alleluia.  Praise the God Head, Three in One, alleluia.
3          Sing we praises unto Thee, alleluia, for the truth that sets us free, alleluia.

Liturgist:         The Lord be with you.
People:            And also with you.

Liturgist:  Let us pray
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Litany of Praise: Chant: Alleluia
O God, you are Great!  Alleluia
O God, you have made us! Alleluia
O God, you have made yourself known to us!  Alleluia
O God, you have provided us with us a Savior!  Alleluia
O God, you have given us a Christian family!  Alleluia
O God, you have forgiven our sins!  Alleluia
O God, you brought your Son Jesus back from the dead!  Alleluia

A reading from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians
Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--Jews or Greeks, slaves or free--and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

Liturgist: The Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God

Let us read together from Psalm 19

1  The heavens declare the glory of God, *  and the firmament shows his handiwork.
2  One day tells its tale to another, * and one night imparts knowledge to another.
3  Although they have no words or language, * and their voices are not heard,.

Litany Phrase: Thanks be to God! (chanted)

For the good earth, for our food and clothing. Thanks be to God!
For our families and friends. Thanks be to God!
For the talents and gifts that you have given to us. Thanks be to God!
For this day of worship. Thanks be to God!
For health and for a good night’s sleep. Thanks be to God!
For work and for play. Thanks be to God!
For teaching and for learning. Thanks be to God!
For the happy events of our lives. Thanks be to God!
For the celebration of the birthdays and anniversaries of our friends and parish family.
   Thanks be to God!

Liturgist:         The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke  
People:            Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.  When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."  And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

Liturgist:         The Gospel of the Lord.
People:            Praise to you, Lord Christ.

Sermon – Father Phil

Children’s Creed

We did not make ourselves, so we believe that God the Father is the maker of the world.
Since God is so great and we are so small,
We believe God came into our world and was born as Jesus, son of the Virgin Mary.
We need God’s help and we believe that God saved us by the life, death and
     resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We believe that God is present with us now as the Holy Spirit.
We believe that we are baptized into God’s family the Church where everyone is
We believe that Christ is kind and fair.
We believe that we have a future in knowing Jesus Christ.
And since we all must die, we believe that God will preserve us forever.  Amen.

Litany Phrase: Christ, have mercy.

For fighting and war to cease in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For peace on earth and good will towards all. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety of all who travel. Christ, have mercy.
For jobs for all who need them. Christ, have mercy.
For care of those who are growing old. Christ, have mercy.
For the safety, health and nutrition of all the children in our world. Christ, have mercy.
For the well-being of our families and friends. Christ, have mercy.
For the good health of those we know to be ill. Christ, have mercy.
For the remembrance of those who have died. Christ, have mercy.
For the forgiveness of all of our sins. Christ, have mercy.

Youth Liturgist:          The Peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                        And also with you.

Song during the preparation of the Altar and the receiving of an offering

Offertory Hymn: Our God is An Awesome God, (Renew # 245)
Our God is an awesome God,
He reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power and love,
Our God is an awesome God.
(Sing three times)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Prologue to the Eucharist
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, for to them belong the kingdom of heaven.”
All become members of a family by birth or adoption.
Baptism is a celebration of birth into the family of God.
A family meal gathers and sustains each human family.
The Holy Eucharist is the special meal that Jesus gave to his friends to keep us together as the family of Christ.

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is very good and right to give thanks, because God made us, Jesus redeemed us and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts.  Therefore with Angels and Archangels and all of the world that we see and don’t see, we forever sing this hymn of praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy (Intoned)
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Power and Might.  Heav’n and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. Hosanna in the Highest.

All may gather around the altar

Our grateful praise we offer to you God, our Creator;
You have made us in your image
And you gave us many men and women of faith to help us to live by faith:
Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachael.
And then you gave us your Son, Jesus, born of Mary, nurtured by Joseph
And he called us to be sons and daughters of God.
Your Son called us to live better lives and he gave us this Holy Meal so that when we eat
  the bread and drink the wine, we can  know that the Presence of Christ is as near to us as  
  this food and drink  that becomes a part of us.

The Prayer continues with these words

And so, Father, we bring you these gifts of bread and wine. Bless and sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Bless and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit that we may love God and our neighbor.

On the night when Jesus was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, gave thanks, and said, "Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me."

Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. When we eat this holy Meal of Bread and Wine, we are telling the entire world about the life, death and resurrection of Christ and that his presence will be with us in our future.

Let this holy meal keep us together as friends who share a special relationship because of your Son Jesus Christ.  May we forever live with praise to God to whom we belong as sons and daughters.

By Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory
 is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

And now as our Savior Christ has taught us, we now sing,

Our Father: (Renew # 180, West Indian Lord’s Prayer)
Our Father who art in heaven:  Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done: Hallowed be thy name.

Done on earth as it is in heaven: Hallowed be thy name.
Give us this day our daily bread: Hallowed be thy name.

And forgive us all our debts: Hallowed be thy name.
As we forgive our debtors: Hallowed be thy name.

Lead us not into temptation: Hallowed be thy name.
But deliver us from evil: Hallowed be thy name.

Thine is the kingdom, power, and glory: Hallowed be thy name.
Forever and ever: Hallowed be thy name.

Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.
Amen, amen, amen: Hallowed be thy name.

Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant:       Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.
People:            Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia!

Words of Administration

Communion Hymn: I Come With Joy   (Renew! # 195)
1.         I come with joy a child of God, forgiven, loved, and free, the life of Jesus to recall, in love laid down for me.
2.         I come with Christians, far and near to find, as all are fed, the new community of love in Christ’s communion bread.
3.         As Christ breaks bread, and bids us share, each proud division ends.  The love that made us makes us one, and strangers now are friends.

Post-Communion Prayer

Everlasting God, we have gathered for the meal that Jesus asked us to keep;
We have remembered his words of blessing on the bread and the wine.
And His Presence has been known to us.
We have remembered that we are sons and daughters of God and brothers
    and sisters in Christ.
Send us forth now into our everyday lives remembering that the blessing in the
     bread and wine spreads into each time, place and person in our lives,
As we are ever blessed by you, O Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Closing Song: May the Lord (Sung to the tune of Eidelweiss)
May the Lord, Mighty God, Bless and keep you forever, Grant you peace, perfect peace, Courage in every endeavor.  Lift up your eyes and seek His face, Trust His grace forever.  May the Lord, Mighty God Bless and keep you for ever.

Liturgist: Let us go forth in the Name of Christ. 
People: Thanks be to God! 


Prayers for Epiphany 2022

Wednesday in 2 Epiphany, January 19, 2022

O Spirit of God, you have inspired and created such diversity and poured the blessing of freedom into us a willful human beings which even allows us to exalt diversity over unity and get ourselves in petty disputes at best, and wars at worst.  We ask for the power to use our wills to freely return to the power of you as a Spirit of unity and thus have grace to become those who orchestrate the beauties of harmonies.  Amen.

Tuesday, in 2 Epiphany, Confession of St. Peter, January 18, 2022

Gracious God, forgive us when we confess Jesus to be Christ, Son of the Living God, Savior, Prince of Peace, and much more, but then fail woefully to understand and live up to these high confessions.  Give us the faith of Peter to persevere in coming to know and live in honest ways what we confess about Jesus the Christ.  Amen.

Monday in 2 Epiphany, January 17, 2022

O Eternal Word of God, when you were made flesh in Jesus, you said that the good news was to be for the poor.  Help us to have the same priority as Jesus did in bringing good news to the poor.  Amen.

Sunday, 2 Epiphany, January 16, 2022

Transforming God, you have given us the spiritual alchemist, Jesus Christ who united all things so that the ordinary can bear the extraordinary and allow us the intoxication of the divine presence in the outer appearance of drinking ordinary water.  Let us know the intoxicating divine presence in the water of our ordinary lives.  Amen.

Saturday in 1 Epiphany, January 15, 2022

O God our Maker and Creator, you have made us people who can create, as people who have gifts, and you have attached to our creativity the awesome burden of freedom.  Help us to wed freedom and creativity with strategies and actions for the common good as is expressed in loving our neighbor as ourself.  Amen.

Friday in 1 Epiphany, January 14, 2021

O God, we ask for signs in our lives of you, even as we use the derivative features of God as Eternal Word to do so; help us to know that the Sign of your presence is always already within the worded existence.  Amen.

Thursday in 1 Epiphany, January 13, 2022

Let us O God, know that the ordinary water of life experience can also be tasted as the vintage wine of the inner fountain of the Holy Spirit, accompanying everything that we do.  Amen.

Wednesday in 1 Epiphany, January 12, 2022

Holy Spirit, giver of gifts, let us not take and develop our gifts from you unless we also receive from you the greater gift of love which we need to regulate all gifts for the common good of the community.  O Spirit, let us seek the greater gift of Love.  Amen.

Tuesday in 1 Epiphany, January 11, 2022

Immanent God, your presence is in the profound and the trivial, when we experience great gain and the uncanny, but also when we experience the losses due to the free conditions of constant change.  Help us to have faith in your presence as the great equalizer in all things that are going through constant change.  Amen.

Monday in 1 Epiphany, January 10, 2022

O God of spiritual alchemy, to know the Risen Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit is to know intoxication with joy while drinking but the seeming ordinary water of life.  Give us this intoxication so that a domino effect of delight can come to the people we serve.  Amen.

Sunday, 1 Epiphany, the Baptism of Our Lord, January 9, 2022

Gracious Jesus, your baptism was one more occasion of the divine Word being made flesh and expressed as God's solidarity with us as people, in all our messiness and imperfection.  You went into the waters of the Jordan at your baptism and raised the boats of human moral and spiritual expectation because we are now asked to be more Christ-like each day of our lives.  Amen.

Saturday after the Epiphany, January 8, 2022

Gracious God, we were made to be initiated into the image of God upon our lives but we have lost and often lose our direction; we thank you that Jesus represents God as immersed or baptized into full human life even to a human death, so that we might ride the elevator of the resurrection of Christ to restoration in the image of God on our lives.  Amen.

Friday after the Epiphany, January 7, 2022

Omni-present God, your immanence is found everywhere and so epiphanies can occur when we allow our gates of perception to be open to the always-already Christ nature which can arise within us.  Let the manifestations happen today for many and let it result in love and justice.  Amen.

The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2022

God whose very concept would imply univerality, and whom we believe to mark the existence of language users with signs of sublime presence; we thank you for the manifestation of the Christ-nature, as in former days known as the image of the divine upon each life, and in the days of Jesus Christ and his post-resurrection reality, as the spiritual baptism manifest arising of the Risen Christ to be the epiphany in the lives of those who desire it.  Amen.

Aphorism of the Day, January 2022

Aphorism of the Day, January 19, 2022

St. Paul under the Holy Spirit as ironic, since the Spirit gave different gifts to people and those people would turn around and say, "My gift is better than yours and I have no need of you."  Herein one can see how one's gift can go from being "spiritual" to merely "natural" depending upon whether one has checked one's ego to be able to live and affirm the unity in diversity intended by the Spirit.  Checking the ego is a modern way of saying, "dying to one's sinful self."

Aphorism of the Day, January 18, 2022

The confession of Peter and its aftermath was a teaching parable about how disciples in training often could confess very important things and not yet integrate the correct understanding of the confession into their lives.  Yes, Jesus was the Messiah, but what kind of Messiah was he going to be?  Peter as an example of a disciple in training, did not yet know.

Aphorism of the Day, January 17, 2022

The literal Gospel has to do with Jesus reading about the "good news" written about in Isaiah, and it is about bringing good news to the poor.  Is that the mission of most churches?

Aphorism of the Day, January 16, 2022

The Gospel of John presents the signs of Christ as the mystical unity of everything in life that has to be experienced in the wholeness of completeness of everything being altogether all at once.  This is the mystical completeness of the presence of the Risen Christ which the mystics and hence mystagogues of the Gospel community were trying to teach those who were leaving the duality of living divided lives and learning to accept the mystical unity of relatedness of everything, always, already all together.

Aphorism of the Day, January 15, 2022

The problem in our world is not a matter of enough gifts, talent, and creativity, it is rather the morality of how we use creativity, and whether we limit creativity to common good projects.  Too much creativity is used for harm and the greed projects of the few.

Aphorism of the Day, January 14, 2021

A "sign" in the Gospel of John is rhetorical indicator to the "knowing" reader to "switch" from interpreting words as one to one corresponding outer and physical reality and see the story words as carrying the experience of the Risen Christ complementing and supplementing every experience in our lives.

Aphorism of the Day, January 13, 2022

The Gospel are parables about Jesus relating in narrative form how the Risen Christ is present to the people who lived after Jesus left the earth.  Rather than dig for a literal historical Jesus, it is better to find now in one's history the presence of the Risen Christ, who becomes flesh in our body language deeds, and our words as we honor the legacy of love and justice of Jesus.

Aphorism of the Day, January 12, 2022

Changing water into wine may seem like quite an alchemical wonder, but a more important wonder is the weaving together of the multiple gifts of people in community for the common good.  St. Paul wrote that Spirit who gives the gifts also directs them for the common good, and so it is not enough to be gifted, it is equally important to be directed in the deployment and use of one's gifts within community.

Aphorism of the Day, January 11, 2022

Running out of wine at a party would seem to be a rather trivial things to invoke a God-miracle for, like wanting your team to miraculously win a game or a beauty pageant contestant wanting God's intervention to win.  The big meaning of the story is the co-existing palpable presence of the Risen Christ in all experiences of life, great and small, profound and seeming trivial.  It is a greater miracle to have stable faith in losses and hardship and be like God in adjusting to the outcomes of the free conditions of the world.

Aphorism of the Day, January 10, 2022

The changing of water to wine parable about Jesus is a metaphor for the alchemy of spiritual experience.  The ordinary water of human experience can be tastes as vintage wine if one has tapped the charisma provided by the parallel inner spiritual realm.

Aphorism of the Day, January 9, 2022

Baptismal vows express an intentionality in context, and when the contexts change, the expressions of intentionality have to as well.  Like, the baptismal vow to love one's neighbor as oneself has changed in our "post-slavery" era and the era of affirming the full dignity of everyone human being.

Aphorism of the Day, January 8, 2022

The baptism of Jesus by John provides a contrast in the sign values of baptism.  Jesus was baptized by John as a sign of the divine solidarity with humanity.  Followers of Christ are baptized as a sign of their solidarity with God and the rising within oneself of the Christ nature to become manifest in how one lives one's life.

Aphorism of the Day, January 7, 2022

The parable of the Magi is an after the fact presentation of the universal appeal of the Christ-event which had happened in the Christ-communities.  It is a teaching about the obvious, which is God and Christ Nature belongs to everyone who wants have them manifested in their lives.

Aphorism of the Day, January 6, 2020

The Epiphany is about a claim of universal relevance of Christ to the nations, that is to everyone.  How can this be, unless within the Christian symbolic system which includes the Hebrew Scripture, the name of the image of God upon each person is the "Christ nature," the anointed or spiritual nature?  The Epiphany happens when one realizes one's highest nature.

Aphorism of the Day, January 5, 2022

The "epiphany" is about the manifestation of the message about God through Jesus to the "nations."  There was a party within Judaism that believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of the prophets in making the message regarding God available to all people in accessible ways to their own cultural backgrounds.  Compromising on important ritual behaviors to appeal to all people, resulted in Judaism and the Jesus Movement having different and separate missions.

Aphorism of the Day, January 4, 2022

One of the meanings of the baptism of Jesus is the choice of intentional, particular community.  Who could be more self-sufficient and individualistic than Jesus?  The message is that strong people choose community initiation to lead and minister within the community.  Modern self reliance of the rich, powerful and the greedy commit to community only to exploit for political and economic gain, not to help raise the equality among people of the community.

Aphorism of the Day, January 3, 2022

Some of the contradictory postures in the New Testament pertain to the presentation of Jesus as a counter-Caesar, as Savior, Prince of Peace, God, and Son of God.  At the same time Jesus supports paying taxes and Paul encourages prayer for and compliance with Roman authorities.  And John the Divine in Revelation presents Rome as incarnate evil.  This might be an indication of the varied conditions faced by members of the Christ-communities in the 6-7 decades after the years of the life of Jesus.

Aphorism of the Day, January 2, 2022

The Gospels as literature represent the Christ-communities coming to grips with the destruction of Jerusalem and the realistic adjustment of a Christ-centered Judaism being a liminal community to incorporate Gentile persons to a new community that for survival was reconciled to living under Roman Caesar rule.

Aphorism of the Day,  January 1, 2022

A calendar is a way of organizing something which does not come with built in measurement, Time.  The language users who observe before and after, organize before and after events in sequence as a way of living as though our "age" among the 4.543 billion years is really significant.  Which it is in the sense that it is the only one we have.  What are we as humans that the Plenitude One would be mindful of us?  Hard to know but we do write our own press clipping.

Quiz of the Day, January 2022

Quiz of the Day, January 19, 2022

According to biblical genealogy, how was Israel and Canaan related?

a. through Abraham
b. through Jacob
c. through the sons of Noah
d. through Obed

Quiz of the Day, January 18, 2022

What was the results of the confession of Peter about Jesus as the Christ?

a. he did not understand his confession
b. his confession was not by human insights
c. he was rebuked by Jesus for his "Satanic" understanding
d. he was praised by Jesus for his confession
e. he was told the church would be build on him and his confession
f.  all of the above

Quiz of the Day, January 17, 2022

How did Noah know that the Flood waters were subsiding?

a. he saw the mountain tops
b. he noticed that the ark was going down
c. he sent a dove who brought back an olive leaf
d. God told him

Quiz of the Day, January 16, 2022

The number forty is not associated with

a. the duration of the rain for the great Flood
b. the number of years Israel wandered in the wilderness
c. the number of days that Jesus fasted
d. the number of days of writing of the Revelation of John the Divine
e. the number of days that Moses was on Mt. Sinai

Quiz of the Day, January 15, 2022

The term Semite derives from

a. the name of the third son of Adam
b. the name of a son of Noah
c. the name of a tribe of Israel
d. the name of a city in Israel

Quiz of the Day, January 14, 2022

What were giant hybrid humanoid beings called in the Hebrew Scriptures?

a. angels
b. Samsons
c. nazirites
d. Nephilim

Quiz of the Day, January 13, 2022

Who said, " Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?"

a. Philip
b. Samaritan woman at the well
c. Nathaniel
d. Nicodemus

Quiz of the Day, January 12, 2022

Who are biblical first three sons?

a. Cain, Abel, and Lamech
b. Cain, Abel, and Enos
c. Cain, Abel, and Shem
d. Cain, Able, and Seth

Quiz of the Day, January 11, 2022

What animal did God put in perpetual enmity with women?

a. pigs
b. Leviathans
c. snakes
d. rats

Quiz of the Day, January 10, 2022

Which of the following archbishops of Canterbury was not martyred?

a. William Laud
b. Thomas Cranmer
c. Alphege
d. Thomas Becket
e. Augustine of Canterbury

Quiz of the Day, January 9, 2022

Which of the following is not "preferred" day for baptism in the Episcopal Church?

a. First Sunday after the Epiphany
b. Pentecost
c. Christmas
d. Easter Vigil
e. All Saints'

Quiz of the Day, January 8, 2022

What does Christ the Pantokrator mean?

a. the almighty ruler
b. the all and in all
c. the icon of God
d. the Suffering Redeemer

Quiz of the Day, January 7, 2022

Why do Orthodox churches have different dates for Christmas?

a. use of a lunar calendar
b. use of the Julian calendar
c. use of the Gregorian calendar
d. because of the ancient division with the Western Church

Quiz of the Day, January 6, 2022

Which of the following is true about the wise men?

a. they visited the baby Jesus at the stable
b. the Gospel of Matthew calls them "kings"
c. they visited Jesus in Bethlehem
d. the Gospel of Matthew states that there were three of them

Quiz of the Day, January 5, 2022

To whom did Jesus say, "I am resurrection and life?"

a. Mary of Bethany
b. Lazarus
c. Mary Magdalene
d. Martha
e. the 12 disciples

Quiz of the Quiz of the Day, January 4, 2022

Of the following who was not a convert from Anglicanism to Catholicism?

a. G.K. Chesterton
b. Cardinal Newman
c. Elizabeth Seton
d. Thomas Merton
e. C. S. Lewis

Quiz of the Day, January 3, 2021

Which prophet had a theophany which included wind, earthquake, fire, and silence in sequence?

a. Moses
b. Ezekiel
c. Jeremiah
d. Elijah

Quiz of the Day, January 2, 2021

Another name for the Feast of the Holy Name is

a. Purification
b. Dedication of Jesus
c. Circumcision
d. Sacrifice

Quiz of the Day, January 1, 2022

Where is it written that "death will be no more?"

a. Genesis
b. Psalms
c. Isaiah
d. Revelations 

Sunday School, January 23, 2022 3 Epiphany C

 Sunday School, January 23, 2022        3 Epiphany C Theme: Explore the meaning of Gospel What does Gospel mean? Gospel is the name for the ...