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Dear Friend,

We hope and pray that the first week of your new year is off to a wonderful start!

We look forward to seeing you at service this Sunday at 10:00 am.

The scripture reading for this Sunday, January 8, the Epiphany of the Lord is Matthew 2:1-12. Here is a synopsis of the reading: The Magi seek out Jesus and do him homage. Please come to Sunday worship prepared to hear the Word of God proclaimed; we invite you to read the scripture passage before service. The music for this Sunday can be found on the top-right hand corner of our website.

Open to all married couples, Marriage Enrichment will meet this Friday, January 6 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the church. This will be an excellent opportunity to grow in your relationship with your spouse through the person of Jesus through a presentation and small group discussion questions! Dinner will be served.

Recovery Café is holding an Open House on Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 am at 2992 North Alma School Road, located at the southwest corner of Alma School and Elliot. If you know someone that is struggling with addiction or trauma or has a family member or friend that is, please invite them. For more information, please contact Deacon Dennis Paschke at 253-455-0408 or via email at [email protected].

PWC Kids is this Sunday, January 8 beginning at 9:30 am in Building 4:12. This interactive bible study will focus on the Gospel reading that is proclaimed to the adults at worship. This is an incredible opportunity for children ages four through fifth grade to learn about Jesus. Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles: mark your calendar for this Sunday. The kids finish up at the worship service, coming back during the Lord’s Prayer. You are welcome to bring friends! Contact our children’s minister, Rachel Freeman for more information, Rachel can be reached at [email protected] or at the church office: 480-649-0300.

God and Coffee will be Wednesday, January 11 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Mark your calendar for this interactive evening with Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark. Bring your questions for discussion. Refreshments will be served!

Join us for Contemplative Prayer on Wednesdays, January 11 and 18 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Contemplative Prayer and Leccio Divina are two of the great treasures of the Christian tradition of prayer.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 21, 2023, this date will be the next meeting of the Brother’s Ministry and Women’s Bible Study from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

It is 40% off Christmas items in the Cross Shop! We have lots of wonderful items in our gift shop! Check it out: wind chimes, Nativity scenes, ornaments, coffee mugs, inspirational books, bibles, and a whole lot more! The Cross Shop is open during the week during office hours and on Sunday mornings!

We have a lot of wonderful activities going on at PWC in January 2023, please check out our: Online Calendar.

It is vital for you to know your giving allows PWC to meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of our community and our surrounding community as well! From pastoral counseling to grief support, to Bible Study, to Adult Education, to providing food through Matthew’s Crossing for families who are economically unstable to PWC Kids and Marriage Enrichment; your consistent giving makes a difference, a big difference!
Here are the different ways you can tithe to PWC:
Mail in your gift to: Praise and Worship Center, 2551 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, AZ 85225.
Donate on our web page: Donation Form.
Sign up for monthly giving with a credit card or voided check. Just call the office at 480-649-0300 or stop by the office.

The church office will be closed Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

From James Martin, SJ on
Prayer for the New Year
Why not do an annual “examen?” St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, encouraged us to do a daily “examen,” or “examination of conscience,” where we look back over the day to see where God has been active. It’s a way to help us notice, be grateful and experience the desire for change.

You can do it for a whole year too, and this is the perfect time. Here’s how. Give yourself some time, maybe 30 minutes or so. Or longer if it’s been an eventful year.

1.) Remember that you’re in God’s presence. That’s essential for any prayer. It’s not just you are running through a list or talking to yourself. You’re doing it with God. Ignatius used to recommend looking at the physical place where you’ll be praying (a chair, on the floor, in a pew) and imagine God looking at you. It helps you to remember God is with you. Or you could simply invite God to be with you. God is always with us, but it’s good to remind ourselves of that, especially when we pray.

2.) Call to mind what you’re grateful for. Think of all the wonderful things that happened to you this year. Take your time to do this. Savor them, like you would savor a good meal. And give thanks to God for them. Even if you’ve had a bad year, call to mind what you’re grateful for. You may be surprised by how many wonderful events you’ve forgotten about. Know that these are God’s gifts to you.

3.) Review the year. Of course, you can’t do this day by day, but perhaps go month by month. Or just do it by topic—family, friends, work and so on. Cast your mind back over the year. Notice where God was present, where you said yes to God’s invitation to greater love. Where God loved you. Notice.

4.) Express your sorrow. Surely in the space of 365 days you’ve done some things you regret. Tell God you’re sorry. If you have really harmed someone, the last day of the year is a good time to seek forgiveness. Think about going to confession if you’re Catholic and conscious of grave sin. But don’t wallow in your sins: remember you’re human and we all make mistakes.

5.) Ask God for the grace to live 2023 as a good person. All of us have things that we’ll need God’s grace to face health problems, financial problems, family problems, work problems. So, ask God for help. Be specific about what you need. St. Ignatius often encouraged people to pray for what they want and need. Finally, ask for the grace to see God’s presence in the new year.


We look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 10:00 am for worship. Happy New Year!

Love,
Fr. Dale and Pastor Mark

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