St. John's Episcopal & Redeemer Lutheran--Joint Worshiping Congregations, gather in the historic church building located on the corner of Broadway & Pine, Centralia, Illinois.

Priest-in-Charge, The Rev. Canon David M. Baumann
Assisting Deacon: The Rev. Sylvia L. Howard
Musicians: Barbara Crain, Douglas Tucker
Cantrix: Elizabeth Baumann
Lector & Assisting Minister: Ann Langenfeld
Acolyte: Patricia Patterson
Greeter: Linda Davis
Usher: Tom Walsh
Coffee Hour Hostess: Kay White

Father David writes:
"The First Sunday After the Epiphany always commemorates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, an action which marked the revelation of Jesus to the Jewish nation and the beginning of his public ministry. The first lesson is from the book of the Prophet Isaiah, and expresses God’s promise to the Jewish exiles in the sixth century before Christ to bring them back to their own land. Following up on that theme, the Response will be Psalm 29, which describes in powerful poetry how the natural order rejoices in the strength of God’s presence. The second lesson is from the book of the Acts of the Apostles, and recounts how the apostles Peter and John went to Samaria to lay hands on converts in Samaria so that they might receive the Holy Spirit. Finally, the Gospel lesson is from the Gospel of Luke, and describes how Jesus is the fulfillment of the Messianic expectation, shown when he is baptized in the Jordan River."

Mass at 5:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ on Wednesday, January 16 will celebrate St. Agnes, a young martyr who died in A.D. 304 in the last great persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.

Ladies' Prayer Group meets at St. John's on Wednesday at 1:00 P.M.

Bible Study at 3:00 P.M. precedes the midweek Mass at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s on Thursday, January 21, which will commemorate St. Antony, one of the earliest Christian hermits and monks who lived in the desert of Egypt in the fourth century. Choir practice follows at 7:00 P.M.

Rev 1/7/2019 - dlb