January 4-10


The Gospel Text or this Sunday is Matthew 2:1-12.

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

`And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.


8:30 am Holy Eucharist
Homily: The Rector

10:00 am Adult Forum
Please join us in the Parish House for lively theological discussion. Coffee and tea will be served

11:00 am Holy Eucharist

Sermon: The Rector “Song of the Angels”

Godly Play (Sunday School) for children ages 3-10 will take place during the service.
Nursery Care for children aged 3 and under is available during and after the service.

12:00 p.m. Tour of Incarnation’s art and architecture by one of our tour guides.

5:00 pm Candlelight Communion
Mediation: The Seminarian Assistant


John Wesley (an Anglican priest and founder of the Methodist Church) wrote this prayer for the New Year:

I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
So be it. Amen.

Readings for next Sunday, January 11 can be found here.


Tuesday, January 6
8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in the Chapel of the Nativity. Please enter at 25 E
35th St. Coffee and pastries will be served afterwards.

Wednesday, January 7
9:30 a.m. Blessing of Incarnation’s completed Spire by Bishop Alan Shin.
12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist.

Friday, January 9
12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist with prayers for healing.

Sunday, January 11
12:30 p.m. Annual Meeting of the Parish. Parish leaders should submit one-paragraph annual reports to the Rector
before the meeting.


Monday, January 12
7:00-8:30 p.m. Men’s Group meets in the Parish House for drinks and discussion. The Rector will lead a discussion on “New Ways of Worship in the Episcopal Church.” Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, January 13
7:00 p.m. Women’s Group Dinner and Discussion. Our topic for the evening will be “Are we missing something? The Lost
Gospels and how the contents of the New Testament were chosen.”

Sunday, January 18
1:00-3:00 p.m. Senior Resource Day at Incarnation. Incarnation volunteers will offer free technology help, so bring your questions about the internet, email, cameras, smart phones, ipads, and so on.
Please RSVP to (347) 886-6532. Volunteers are needed – and there is much to do that doesn’t require tech savvy.

Tues, January 20
7:00 p.m. 20s and 30s Progressive Dinner party. Start with drinks at one apartment and see where we end up next.
Please email info@churchoftheincarnation.org to learn the starting point and join our email list.

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