Propers and Announcements for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ – Sunday, January 15th, 2023

Propers for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Book of Common Prayer 1928.

The Collect.

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; Mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The Epistle. Rom. xii. 6.

HAVING then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness, Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. 

The Gospel. St. Mark i. 1.

THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; as it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. And there went out unto him all the land of Judæa, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins. And John was clothed with camel’s hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey; and preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him: and there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.


Announcements for the week of January 15th, 2023.

If you are a visitor:

Welcome! Thank you for being here. We are very pleased to have you with us, and hope that your worship at Christ Church Anglican is a blessing to you. Please sign the guest book on the table in the narthex, and provide appropriate contact information. Include your email address to be placed on our parish email list: you won’t be bombarded, but it’s a good way to keep in touch. And may God bless you!

Annual Parish Meeting and Vestry Election

Our Annual Parish Meeting and Vestry Election will be held immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service today. This is both our annual “State of the Parish” report, and also the election of new Vestry members.

If you need to use the rest room or grab a cup of coffee, please do so, and then return to the pews so that we can have our meeting. The sooner we wrap it up, the sooner we can enjoy our delicious fellowship meal!

This year, John Fesq and Travis Case have both fulfilled their current terms. Since the Parish Bylaws permit (Section 3.2) members to serve two consecutive terms, and each has served for one term, both are eligible for reelection. John has agreed to stand for reelection; Travis has declined. Therefore, there is one “open” seat, and one “competitive” seat, to be filled.

In addition to John, McNeil Chestnut and Doug Champaigne have both agreed to stand for election. We are grateful to all of them, for their commitment to our parish!

At the Parish Meeting, every communicant member in good standing of Christ Church Anglican who is present will be entitled to vote for two candidates. The votes will be counted, and the two top vote-getters will become the Vestry class of 2023, and serve from 2023-2025. May God bless our election, those standing for it, and our parish in the year ahead!

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Fr. Tom Harbold

Contact Info

Phone: (910) 246-0955


750 Fairway Drive, Southern Pines
At the intersection of Aiken Road and Fairway Drive.


Christ Church Anglican
750 Fairway Dr,
Southern Pines, NC 28387