Love is a Risk

This last May our family dog, Napoleon, died. We had only had him for six months, but his death at a year-and-a-half old was traumatic and painful. At the time, it was hard to even imagine getting another dog. Yet, over this past summer and into the fall that started to change. A few weeks […]

Star Newsletter for October and November 2021

Annual Meeting is Nov. 14, Pictures of summer baptisms and Epiphany’s fall Kick-Off, Women’s Fall Retreat details, Epiphany is traveling to the Holy Land, Visit from Jerusalem.

From the Rector: Faith Inc.

Have you ever thought about what the word “incorporated” means?  We mostly hear it when referring to a certain class of businesses. This is not the only way we use the word “Incorporated,” though.  We also use it when something is joined to a body larger than itself.  This can be mundane.  Like saying “I incorporated this sentence into […]

“May All the People Be Forgiven”

Yesterday at sundown, Jews began their celebration of Yom Kippur – the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is a biblical observance, commanded in Leviticus chapter 16. It is also the most important holy day on the Jewish calendar. Today in the country of Israel everything is closed. Almost no cars are on the roads. Because […]

Helping Our New Afghan Neighbors

Note From Fr. Peter:  Less than a mile from Epiphany, hundreds of Afghan refugees are sheltered in the Dulles Expo Center after their traumatic evacuation from Kabul.  Many of us have wondered how we can help.  I am grateful to Bea Long for stepping up to coordinate an initial project that gives us something concrete […]

Mercy Endures

This morning at Morning Prayer we read Psalm 136. It begins: “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious, for his mercy endures forever.” And that refrain, “for his mercy endures forever,” repeats in every one of the next 25 verses as the psalmist tells the story of creation, of the Exodus from […]

What Would I Say?

Dear Friends, Lately, I have been on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster. I won’t go in to all of my stressors (you didn’t sign-up for that, right?). But I will share something that is helping. I have returned to a prayer I learned years ago while wandering around Greece as a college student. It’s […]

Under the Wings

You may have seen news that Fairfax County is now “recommending” a return to facemasks for all of us when inside public spaces, even if we have been vaccinated. At this time, we have not moved to change our policy at Epiphany – facemasks are optional during worship for those who have been vaccinated.  Our livestream […]

Epiphany Star Newsletter for August and September

Fr. Peter outlines fall events at Epiphany; Kick-off planned for September 12, Mtr. Pamela writes about believing children and the steps we take to protect our youngest members at Epiphany, Bibles take a trip to Aliquippa, new Gospel book for Epiphany, Library is now equipped for “hybrid” online and in-person meetings, Epiphany is going to […]

God’s Strange Wrath

“You ungrateful wretch! I have done so much for you, and still, all you do is complain. You make me so mad I’m going to take you out to dinner!” This is something that no-one has ever said to me. It is (paraphrased a wee bit) what God says to Israel in Psalm 78. Psalm […]

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