The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 12, 2023
Opening Hymn #440: Blessed Jesus, at thy word
Collect of the Day:
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 30, Verses 15 – 20
Moses said, “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
Psalm 119: 1 – 8
1 Happy are they whose way is blameless, *
who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Happy are they who observe his decrees *
and seek him with all their hearts!
3 Who never do any wrong, *
but always walk in his ways.
4 You laid down your commandments, *
that we should fully keep them.
5 Oh, that my ways were made so direct *
that I might keep your statutes!
6 Then I should not be put to shame, *
when I regard all your commandments.
7 I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, *
when I have learned your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep your statutes; *
do not utterly forsake me.
A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 3, Verses 1 – 9
Brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Sequence Hymn #635: If thou but trust in God to guide thee
A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew, Chapter 5, Verses 21 – 37
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.”
Parish Prayer List
Donna, Cheryl, Bill & Barbara, Mark & Kim, Cathy, Kathryn, Mike & Chuck, Karen & Keith, Brent, Susan, Linda, Karen & Daryl, King Family, Polly, Cathy & Gary, Faye, Addie, Betty, Mimi, Dean Family, Annette, Pat, Bruce & Janice, Robin, Debbie, & Maxine
Offertory Hymn #474: When I survey the wondrous cross
Closing Hymn #616: Hail to the Lord’s anointed
The Altar Flowers are given Laura & Pat Harbert, to the
Glory of God and in loving memory of Pat’s brother, Lloyd.
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Farnes
Lectors: Lindy Neufeld & Penny Sites
Eucharistic Minister: Penny Sites
Altar Guild: ElsieLee McKlveen
Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Farnes
Lectors: Scouts Troop 123
Eucharistic Minister: David Hutchins
Altar Guild: Linda Stark & Muriel Karr
Usher: Duncan Nims
Sunday School: Penny Sites
Music Director: Shauna Emara
Camera: Aiden Sites
Coffee Hour Hosts: Pat Webb & Rea Scovill
Social Justice: During the month of February, the Social Justice committee will be collecting medium weight or light weight socks in men’s and women’s sizes. We have been in contact with the foot clinic at Corpus Christi house and this is what they need. They have plenty of heavy weight socks, but almost none for the coming seasons. There will be a basket in the Narthex to receive them. At the end of February they will be donated to the foot clinic. If you have any questions, call or text Mary Ellen Gallagher.
Coffee Hour: Hosts needed! Requirements: A smile and a welcoming attitude plus goodies of your choice for about 30 people. Coffee and juice supplied by Parish Life. If you have never made coffee in our machine, a quick lesson will be given. Sign up in Narthex! Contact Anita Wallinger with any questions.
Acolytes: We have created a sign-up for acolytes. Check it out here and contact Penny Sites with any questions: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A4AAEAC2EA5FC1-acolytes.
Committee Meeting(s): Stewardship is meeting on February 13th and Buildings & Grounds will get together on February 14th.
Ladies Who Lunch: Join us on February 16th at 1:00 P.M. You’ll find us at Applebee’s, 2810 W Elder St, Boise chatting and enjoying some fine food.
Parish Life Committee: We will have a short meeting in parish hall on Feb 19 during coffee hour to make sure all ducks are in a row for our Shrove Tues/Mardi Gras function on Tues Feb 21. If interested in helping decorate, set-up, or cook there are two shifts so you won’t be in kitchen the whole time, and clean up please attend. Chat with Anita Wallinger if you have questions.
Office Closure: The office will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in observance of Presidents Day.
Shrove Tuesday: Pancakes! Pancakes! PANCAKES! Time for the English tradition of having pancakes the night before Ash Wednesday to get our hearts and bodies ready for the fast. We’ll start celebrating at 5 P.M. Men of the parish who want to help with serving should get in touch with Dean Hagerman.
Ash Wednesday: The Season of Lent begins on February 22nd. We will have imposition of ashes and Eucharist at noon and 6:00 P.M. in the chapel.
An Interfaith Gathering for Reflections on Love: Come share in an hour of songs, words, sacred texts, and simple rituals from throughout our interfaith community. Light refreshments following. February 23rd at 7:00 P.M. – 10464 Garverdale Ct, Boise, ID.
Creation Care: Our Creation Care committee is in need of your cardboard! Please bring your broken down boxes to church every Sunday for Dean, Bonnie, Mike, or Sarah.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry: The Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable items such as peanut butter, tuna, rice, and cereal.
Parish Lenten Book Read: Lent is coming up soon! For a shared spiritual practice, let’s read Joan Chittister’s The Monastic Heart: 50 Simple Practices for a Contemplative and Fulfilling Life. Each chapter is delightfully straightforward and short – five or so pages! – and will give us all something to chew upon for the season of Lent. We’ll discuss it on Wednesday evenings (starting on March 1st) at 6:00 P.M. for anyone who is interested. Please order your preference of an e-book or paperback.
On-line Giving: We have switched from Vanco to Tithely for our on-line giving. As of March 15th, Vanco payments will no longer go through. Here is the link to sign up on Tithely: https://get.tithe.ly/. Thank you very much for your generosity! If you need any help deleting your Vanco account and/or setting up your Tithely account, please come on in Tuesday-Friday, 9-12.Fr. Joseph’s Emergency Message Phone: If you are in need of pastoral care, please leave a message on Fr. Joseph’s emergency message phone at 208-917-2270. Include your name, a call-back number, and a detailed message and he will get to you as soon as he can. You may also text a message to this phone!