Sermon and Readings for Sunday, February 14

This year the 6th Sunday of Epiphany is also the Last Sunday of Epiphany, Quinquagesima, which is celebrated as Transfiguration Sunday. (As the last Sunday before Lent, Quinquagesima is also called Shrove Sunday.)  It is the last Sunday in the church calendar’s transition from the solar calendar focused on Christmas to the lunar calendar focused on Easter, with one set of readings from each of those calendars.  Its readings are:

from the solar Christmas calendar, from the lunar Easter calendar,
for the 6th Sunday of Epiphany: for the Last Sunday of Epiphany (Quinquagesima), Transfiguration Sunday:
2 Kings 5:1-15 1 Kings 19:9-18
Psalm 42:1-7(8-15) Psalm 27
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 2 Peter 1:13-21
Mark 1:40-45 Mark 9:2-9

For this Sunday, the bulletin cover, title and readings all came from the Last Sunday of Epiphany, with the sermon focused on the Transfiguration.

Adult Education Winter through Spring Offerings

Saint Alban’s continues our regular Adult Education Bible study sessions on Sundays between services in the sanctuary.  Please read the following information to see the schedule for Sundays as well as the updated information for both the SAM’s and SAY Bible Studies.  We meet in person and are Zoom Friendly!

 

The Saint Alban’s Adult Education schedule for February-June 2021:

 

February 14, 21, 28

Old Testament Survey

This block of classes will cover God’s relationship with His people in the Old Testament pointing to the coming Messiah Jesus Christ. Lots of material! Bring your questions and confusions! Lenten Sundays #1, 2.

Led by our own rector Rev. Dr. David H. Grissom.

 

March 7, 14, 21  

In the Steps of Saint Paul, Part 4

In the Steps of Saint Paul  Parts 12-14. (Caesarea, Malta, Rome) Maps, photos, and description augment the serious scripture study that accompanies this series. Led by Craig Huntington. Lenten Sundays #3-5.

 

Lenten Program

Saint Alban’s Women Special Series: The Case for Easter

4 Evenings Zoom Fellowship

This 4-part study features Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Easter.” The proofs of the resurrection with study materials. Contact SAW Leader Kathy Pierce for study materials and schedule.

 

March 28 (Palm Sunday)

The Last Sayings of Jesus

from the Cross

Fred Carlson leads this popular 360 degree look at the four Gospel accounts of the Crucifixion and points out the increasing layers of Truth shown in the texts: they are not contradictory, but beautifully unveiling in sequence their greater detail and meaning.

 

April 4 (Easter) No Adult Education*

 

April 11, 18, 25  May 2, 9, 16, 23

Discipleship: Anglican Catechism

Pt 2 & 3

Two blocks of classes will focus on the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. Led by the Adult Ed team.

 

 

Interim Bishop’s Visitation/Reception

May 9, 2021 or TBA

Adults desiring reception into the Anglican Communion can be received at this service, please discuss with Rector Grissom asap regarding your desire. The Bishop will be working with our confirmands during education hour. This date is subject to the continuing COVID schedule and the Interim Bishop’s schedule.

 

May 23  TBA

Recognition Sunday is May 23–the final day of Adult Education.

 

More on our Bible Studies and Confirmation Classes and Ministry

 

Saint Alban’s Women’s Ministry (SAW)

St. Alban’s Women (SAW) is a multi-generational group of Christian women who meet for Fellowship and Bible Study. This is the perfect time to try a Virtual Bible Study while still trying to meet quarterly for Fellowship – a hybrid model for SAW! After our first meeting we will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

We are sponsoring a women’s study for Lent: a four-part study of Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Easter.” Schedule and study materials available from SAW Leader Kathy Pierce or on the narthex table.

Questions? Ready to join the Virtual St. Alban’s Women Bible Study? Contact Kathy Pierce.

 

Saint Alban’s Men’s Group (SAMs)

St. Alban’s Men’s Group (SAMs) meets every Friday morning from 8am to 9:30am for Bible study, breakfast, prayer, and fellowship at the church or via Zoom conferencing. (We will hopefully be back to Dick’s Diner, Rt 22 Murrysville after COVID vaccinations–we have been meeting at Dick’s for 14 1/2 years). We use Bible studies with an Anglican perspective by noted authors N.T. Wright, John Stott, Tim Keller, J.I. Packer, and others. SAMs just completed The Practice of the Presence of God featuring letters and conversations of the famed monastic Brother Lawrence, 1610-1691, including parallel scripture studies. We are now reading the Daily Lectionary scriptures every Friday together that are emailed to the men every Monday. Questions? Call Fred Carlson (412) 856-0982.

 

Confirmation Class and Reception

Saint Alban’s Lay Catechist team is leading a confirmation class during 2020-2021-to be confirmed by Interim Bishop Minns in the Christian faith on May 9, 2021–if our schedule holds up. Your youth is welcome to join our other catechumens if they are so called to affirm a mature declaration of their faith in Jesus-we use the Anglican catechism “To Be A Christian” and other Bible-based resources.

If you, as an adult, wish to be received into the Anglican Communion you can ask for this at the Bishop’s visit May 9, 2021, after a brief set of Newcomers’ Classes that can be arranged at mutually convenient times. If you have youth in your household between the ages of 12 and 18 who wish to declare their faith publicly at confirmation please let Father David know so we can schedule them into the 2020-2021 youth sessions.

Sermon and Readings from Sunday, February 7

Father David’s Sermon.

The 5th Sunday of Epiphany this year is Sexagesima, the Second to Last Sunday of Epiphany, which we celebrate as World Mission Sunday.  As such, it is the first of two Sundays where the church calendar transitions from the solar calendar focused on Christmas to the lunar calendar focused on Easter, with one set of readings from each of those calendars.  Its readings are:

from the solar Christmas calendar, from the lunar Easter calendar,
for the 5th Sunday of Epiphany: for Sexagesima (Second to Last Sunday of Epiphany), World Mission Sunday:
2 Kings 4:8-37 Genesis 12:1-3
Psalm 142 Psalm 86:8-13
1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Revelation 7:9-17
Mark 1:29-39 Matthew 28:16-20

For this Sunday, the bulletin cover and title came from the 5th Sunday of Epiphany, while the services used the readings for Sexagesima, World Mission Sunday; thus the Gospel from Matthew is heard in the sermon recording.