January 17, 2021
Passage: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
Greetings Friends:
During this season of Epiphany we think about some of the unlikely characters who experience an "epiphany" (the appearance or
manifestation of God to humans).  Since Christmas we have met some very unlikely humans: shepherds, Persian astrologers, an apprentice
carpenter.  Today we meet another kind of apprentice: Samuel, apprenticed to the priest Eli in the Jerusalem Temple. One of the rare children we meet in scripture, Samuel is indeed at the receiving end of an epiphany. How are we receiving our epiphany in this season of 2021?
Join us for worship and let's think about it.  As usual if you are planning to watch our online service, perhaps you might wish to reserve
this script to use as a bulletin and guide.
Pray for those among us who have lost loved ones this week. May they experience God's comforting, compassionate presence.  Irene Preston lost her sister, Dorothy Seeds of Scarborough, in her 92nd year, on Monday January 11th. Meryl Cox lost his brother Greer Cox yesterday afternoon (14th). Greer passed away at the age of 76 after a two year battle with Cancer. Due to COVID, Meryl was unable to visit the hospital in North Bay but spoke to his brother on a daily basis - including yesterday.  Our sympathies go out to them and their families. I shall not fail you or forsake you, says the Lord. 
The sign outside our church reads "Online Worship Only to January 31st". Due to current conditions we will be continuing to worship God together in our separate homes. Session will continue to monitor the public health situation and you will be informed of any changes.
Peace be with you, Duncan
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