3:44pm Monday 4th February 2013
The holy communion service held on February 3, Sunday nearest Candlemass (presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple) , was celebrated by the Rev Andrew Stevenson, who, in his sermon said that the season of Epiphany closes as it starts, with a revelation. As Jesus is presented in the temple, as Torah required, he is revealed not only as the Messiah, the anointed one, but also the Messenger of the Covenant about whom the Prophet Malachi wrote “and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight – indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts”
Jesus is at once the climax of the old covenant of Abraham and Moses and the author of the new covenant sealed not with the blood of a ram but the blood of a lamb, the Lamb of God, Jesus himself. That is the final and complete revelation of Epiphany, that the way of salvation goes directly through the Cross. Through it, we are redeemed and made whole, through baptism we are made a part of the story of God and so are caught up in the mystery of God.
The Old Testament lesson taken from Malachi chapter 3 v 1–5, was read by Jean Morris and the New Testament lesson, taken from Hebrews chapter 2 v 14–18, read by Tony Morris. The gospel reading, Luke chapter 2 v 2 2–40 and the intercessions were read by Andrew. Mary and James Stevenson led the singing during communion and the keyboard was played by Joan Treloar.
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