St. John's Episcopal & Redeemer Lutheran--joint worshiping congregations--will gather at 11:30 on this Last Sunday after The Epiphany in the historic church building on the corner of Broadway & Pine in Centralia. Celebrant is The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann, Priest-in-charge, assisted at the altar by The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard, deacon. Musicians are Barbara Crain and Douglas Tucker, playing organ and piano. Leading the congregation in song as cantrix is Elizabeth Baumann.

Others serving are scheduled as follows:

Lector: Judy Holmes
Communion assistant: Lyle Gross
Greeter: Lee Gross
Usher: Tom Walsh
Acolyte: Patricia Patterson
Coffee hour hostess: Linda Davidson

Father David writes:
THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (March 3)
"The first lesson for this day is from the book of Exodus, and relates how Moses’ face shone with glory after his encounter with God. Following up on that theme, the Response will be Psalm 99, which describes the glory of God. The second lesson is from the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, and describes how Moses veiled his face to avoid revealing the shining of the glory of God, and how those who cannot see that glory our outside of its understanding. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from the Gospel of Luke, and describes the Transfiguration of Jesus. The Sunday before Lent begins is dedicated to the Transfiguration. When he was transfigured on Mount Tabor, Elijah and Moses appeared to him, and they discussed his coming sacrifice on the Cross, which they refer to as his 'exodus', or 'way out' or deliverance of the faithful from slavery. This is a fitting lesson for the time just before Lent."

March 6 is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which will be celebrated with Mass at noon at St. John’s, Centralia, and at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’, Salem.

Mass at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s on Thursday, March 7 will commemorate St. Perpetua and her Companions, who were martyred in 202. A Bible study precedes the service, and begins at 3:00 P.M.; choir practice is set for 7:00 P.M..

Rev 2/25/2019 - dlb