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February 7, 2021

5th Sunday after Epiphany

To the faithful of the Diocese of Springfield,


Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *

whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way. Ps. 84:4 


We find ourselves on the pilgrims’ way in the midst of a season of change. Vaccines are being administered in response to the Covid pandemic. The season of revelation after the Epiphany will soon give way to Lenten devotions and Easter preparations. And life in the Diocese of Springfield enters a new phase as well.

Let us begin by noting that the search for the 12th Bishop of Springfield is making strides thanks to the diligent work of the Election Committee under the leadership of Mo. Sherry Black (chair) and Rod Matthews (co-chair). A full timeline of that process is available online.

While we certainly commend the whole timeline to you for your reference, we do want to highlight a few key dates that will be of particular importance:

+        October 15-16, 2021 – Diocesan and Nominating Synod, Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Springfield)

+        December 11, 2021 – Electing Synod, Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Springfield)

+        May 21, 2022 – Consecration of the 12th Bishop of Springfield, Location TBD

The last year brought much that was unexpected, and we are pleased to be at the point of having a timeline that allows for careful listening to the whole diocese, adequate intervals for the work required between each synod and the consecration, and the presence of our Presiding Bishop as chief consecrator. We hope that you will mark these dates on your calendar, cover them in prayer that God will lead our Diocese in choosing the right person for the next season of our life together, and join us along with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for the consecration of the 12th Bishop of Springfield.

Yet, even as we look ahead to these dates, there is much happening in the intervening months including some changes at the present time. Bishop Martins began his transitional sabbatical on February 1. Over the next five months, the Bishop continues to oversee the ordination process, clergy discipline, and, in consultation with the Standing Committee, clergy deployment. He also has a few select dates open on his calendar to preside and preach during this period. We pray for Bishop Daniel and for Brenda as we commend them to your prayers in this season of transition leading to retirement at the end of June. 

As of February 1st, and in conjunction with the Bishop’s sabbatical, the Standing Committee began its role as the Ecclesiastical Authority except in those areas under Bishop Martins’ continued supervision outlined above. Those Committee members who are serving as liaisons are:

+        Administration and daily operations – Mo. Beth Maynard

+        Communications – Kevin Babb

+        Department of Finance – Fr. Shawn Denney

+        Department of Mission – Gerry Smith

+        Trustees – Randy Winn

Additionally, we appreciate the good work being done by all those who minister in various capacities across the Diocese, and we offer particular thanks for the faithful ministries of Canon Mark Evans, Sue Spring, and Hannah Dallman.

Finally, we share with you that Bishop Paul Lambert, retired Suffragan of Dallas, will be available in the coming months for episcopal consultations and visitations as necessary. Bp. Lambert currently resides in Monteagle, TN with his wife Sally, and they have three children and six grandchildren. More details will be made available, but in the meantime, please address questions or requests to Mo. Beth Maynard.

In closing, we ask that you continue to pray for the Diocese that our strength may be found in the Lord and that we may set our hearts on the pilgrims’ way together, fixing our eyes ever on the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.


In Christ,
The Standing Committee of the Diocese of Springfield

February 7, 2021
10:30 AM
Fr Brant Hazlett

Altar Guild
Mary Nelle & Esther

Coffee Hour

Happy  Birthday
February 8  Pam Lewis

Upcoming Coffee Hours

February 14: Jim & Tracy Adams
February 21:
February 28:


                         PARISH NOTICES

February 16  Shrove Tuesday  5:30 pm

February 17  Ash Wednesday  5:30 pm


 2021 calendars are available for
pickup in the back of the church.

There is a sign-up sheet for Lay Readers in the back of the church

Please check the prayer list and see if any changes can be made at this time.

  Please sign up for  coffee hour. 



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Hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest

February 7, 2021 - Year B


The Collect
Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins and give us, we beseech thee, the liberty of that abundant life which thou hast manifested to us in thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ;  who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.    Amen
Lesson: Isaiah 40:21-31

21 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
    Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
    and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in;
23 who brings princes to nought,
    and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,
    scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth,
when he blows upon them, and they wither,
    and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

25 To whom then will you compare me,
    that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
    calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might,
    and because he is strong in power
    not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
    and speak, O Israel,
“My way is hid from the Lord,
    and my right is disregarded by my God”?
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
    his understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the faint,
    and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
    and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
    they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
    they shall walk and not faint.

Psalm 147: 1-12, 21c

1       Hallelujah!
How good it is to sing praises to our God! *
     how pleasant it is to honor him with praise!
2       The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem; *
     he gathers the exiles of Israel.
3       He heals the brokenhearted *
     and binds up their wounds.
4       He counts the number of the stars *
     and calls them all by their names.
5       Great is our Lord and mighty in power; *
     there is no limit to his wisdom.
6       The Lord lifts up the lowly, *
     but casts the wicked to the ground.
7       Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; *
     make music to our God upon the harp.
8       He covers the heavens with clouds *
     and prepares rain for the earth;
9       He makes grass to grow upon the mountains *
     and green plants to serve mankind.
10     He provides food for flocks and herds *
     and for the young ravens when they cry.
11     He is not impressed by the might of a horse; *
     he has no pleasure in the strength of a man;
12     But the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him, *
     in those who await his gracious favor.  Hallelujah!

Epistle: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in my preaching I may make the gospel free of charge, not making full use of my right in the gospel.

19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, that I might win the more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews; to those under the law I became as one under the law—though not being myself under the law—that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law—not being without law toward God but under the law of Christ—that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

Gospel:  Mark 1:29-39

29 And immediately he[a] left the synagogue, and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever, and immediately they told him of her. 31 And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her; and she served them.

32 That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together about the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.

35 And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. 36 And Simon and those who were with him pursued him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Every one is searching for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also; for that is why I came out.” 39 And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons.


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