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Thursday, May 24, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki



Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect for The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
 
This Sunday, the First Sunday after Pentecost, we lift up the Trinity.  In our Liturgical Year, which began on the First Sunday of Advent, we heralded the Second Coming of Jesus and then remembered his first coming—his birth, his life and ministry of healing, his death and resurrection, his ascension and his promise that he would send the Holy Spirit to his beloved disciples.  Throughout his ministry, Jesus revealed his close connection with his Father.  He called him, “Abba” which is the equivalent of our “Daddy.”  Last Sunday, we remembered the great gift of the Holy Spirit on his disciples, their ability to speak in the mother-tongues of people from all nations, and the clarity of their being sent out to preach Christ’s Gospel of love and hope.  As we now lift up the Trinity, we are reminded that our God is one God, with three persons., Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Along with this theological concept of three in one and one in three, comes mystery. We cannot reduce The Lord God Almighty--Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier--to an entity that we control.  God is huge.

This is also Memorial Day Weekend when we remember all those brave men and women who have died for our country over the centuries.  In our church, we stand on ground that was a hospital during the Revolutionary War.  Giving one’s life for one’s country is a courageous and noble thing to do.  We are grateful to God for the freedoms that we hold in America and thank God for all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms and we thank God profoundly for all who continue to serve this country.  May they be blessed and protected.

And in our Episcopal Diocese of New York, we also Lament this weekend for the ways in which our Episcopal churches over the years were complicit in slavery and the benefits of subjugating a group of people for economic gain and comfort.  When we look back at the ways in which this original sin continues to pervade our culture through racism, exploitation of peoples, unequal treatment and opportunities, and unequal inheritance and economic growth, we are mortified.  May God forgive us for these grave sins.  May we move forward with repentant hearts and with our eyes open, that we may truly work towards real justice and liberty for all.

Thanks to our readers (especially for our first reading of Acts in Hindi, French, German and English as well as in American Sign Language!), to our children and adult choir members, conductor Bob Sirota, tenor soloist Jason Slayden, musician Jurhee Hong, Eucharistic ministers and everyone who helped with our glorious Pentecost Service and who brought food and helped others during our potluck last Sunday.  What a great morning and a terrific feast! The Holy Spirit was powerfully present!

Our third class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, June 4th.  This is a great group!  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to find out more and ask questions.  Each session includes a video, handouts and group discussion.  Six more classes will be offered on Monday nights with the next one in the Library on Monday night, June 4th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. (see below for specific dates).  This is also preparation for adults who might be interested in Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation with Bishop Mary Glasspool in September.  Please let me know if you are coming (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

We ask your continued prayers as we as a Parish continue to consider questions that directly connect with our understanding of God’s call to us in this place and at this time.  And as we continue to pray for this Congregation, for the Sharing Community, for the City of Yonkers, for Westchester County and New York State social services, and for the homeless, tourists, and residents of Yonkers, may we remember that God has always been here, and will continue to lead us, guide us, and inspire us with new resolve, new energy, and new ideas for this wondrous city!

Prayers for the gift of time off as we remember those who have died for our country’s freedoms, and prayers for safe travel for those who will be away.  And as we lament our sins of the past, may we work hard to truly make this a country that provides liberty and justice for all.

In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Trinity Sunday


Prayer for Memorial Day




Prayer for Memorial Day 

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Book of Common Prayer, p. 839

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8pm
Tuesdays, Spanish AA, 7-9pm
Thursday, Spanish AA, 7-9pm
Saturdays, Spanish AA, 7-9pm

 
Parish Sunday Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 9:20 AM: Bible Study in the Library; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music


If you would like to receive our weekly email blast please email your name and address to parish@yonkerschurch.org.

Sunday May 27, Trinity Sunday. Memorial Day Weekend
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, May 28, Office closed for Memorial Day
No Wednesday Healing Service or Bible Study

Sunday, June 3, 2 Pentecost, (Proper 4)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Sunday, June 3, Penny Social
Monday, June 6, Session 3 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, June 6, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Saturday, June 9, Final Order of Urban Missioners meeting until the fall. 9:30 AM Guild Room, Mass at 12:30 PM in the Lady Chapel

Sunday June 10, 3 Pentecost (Proper 5)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 11, Session 4 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, June 13, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM Discernment Committee in the Church Office

Sunday June 17, 4 Pentecost (Proper 6) Happy Father’s Day
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 18, Executive Committee, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, June 20, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 PM Discernment Committee

Sunday June 24, 5 Pentecost (Proper 7) The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Wednesday, June 27, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM

If you would like to receive our weekly email blast please email your name and address to parish@yonkerschurch.org.

Would you like to host Coffee Hour? This involves choosing a date and bringing refreshments. Please sign up at the sign up table outside the Guild Room. We have a team each week that can assist you with the details.

May and June Birthdays and Anniversaries: Chris Michel-Karsten, 16 May; Elijah Henderson, 24 May; Janice Soto, May 26; Anne Campbell, 27May; Donna Davis, 1 June; Monica Harmon, 1 June; Saul Mbye, 2 June; Vera Johnson, 7 June. The births of Genesis Hall and Aurora DeBride. The 20th anniversary of Jen Longley and Amy Weinstein Longley

Prayer for Getty Square We pray for and give thanks to God for this neighborhood of Getty Square, for all who live and work here, for all who come here for goods and services, for those who are homeless and hungry, for the Sharing Community, Salvation Army, YWCA and the YMCA, the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments, and all who work to help others. We pray for healing for those who struggle with addictions, and physical and mental disabilities. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

May and June Birthdays and Anniversaries: Chris Michel-Karsten, 16 May, Elijah Henderson, 24 May, Janice Soto, 26 May; Anne Campbell, 27 May; Donna Davis, 1 June; Monica Harmon, 1 June; Solomon Mbye, 2 June; Vera Johnson, 7 June. The births of Genesis Hall and Aurora DeBride. The 20th anniversary of Jen Longley and Amy Weinstein Longley.

Prayer for Memorial Day. O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p. 839)

Prayer of Lament O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family and especially in this Episcopal Diocese of New York as we lament our past complicity in slavery, racism, and the unfair treatment of all peoples; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We hold in our prayers: Harold Cronk, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Carmen Hanchard, Paul Rogan, Tom O’Connor, Charlotte Avallone, Len LaRosa, The Rt. Rev. Richard Grein, Nancy Headley, Margaret Embree, Aaron Cohen, Monica Harmon, Chester Evans, Felix Benzan, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Ralph Tremonte, June & Waine Kniffen, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries--especially Syria, Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine, and for our President, our country, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants, and our military.

We pray for those who have died including: including Dr. Young Kun Kim, The Rev. David Boyd Wayne, Kevin O’Connor, The Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain, those who died in the Cuban plane crash, the Texas school shooting and the New Jersey school bus accident, and for all those the world over who have died from war and especially, on this Memorial Day weekend, we remember our military who have died in service to their country, and today we also lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal  and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Via Media




VIA MEDIA

If you have ever been curious about the ins and outs of the Episcopal Church, here is your chance to finally learn more.  Saint John’s Getty Square is hosting an exciting program called Via Media (“The Middle Way”) that promises to shine light on everything you have felt you have been left in the dark about.

This course is an educational tool meant to keep members of the Episcopal Church informed about their faith and give seekers the opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church. With insightful videos featuring well-known theologians and open discussion, the Via Media approach is a unique way to get people passionate and excited about the Episcopal tradition.

We are meeting in the Library on Monday evenings, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. This is your last chance to enroll. The remaining classes are June 4, 11, and 25; July 9 and 23; and September 10. This class also provides preparation for adults to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed with Bishop Mary Glasspool on Sunday, September 23, 2018, or simply to find out more about your faith and the Episcopal Church. For more information please contact Mother Vicki+ (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Service Ministers

Sunday May 27, Trinity Sunday
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Denise Hackl
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah Holcombe
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                  C Hanchard, C O'Brien
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon 


Sunday June 3, 2 Pentecost (Proper 4)
 8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Angie Piwinski
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     S Henderson
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl


Sunday June 10, 3 Pentecost (Proper 5)

8a Reader                             
Carrie Parkey 
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah Holcombe
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Debbie DeBride
Greeters                               E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson, C Hanchard


Sunday June 17, 4 Pentecost (Proper 6)
 8a Reader                         George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Bob Sirota
10a 1st Euch. Min             Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min           Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                   L Smith
Greeters                               C O'Brien, S Henderson
Altar Society                       H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                        A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Thursday, May 17, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Pentecost
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday and marks the end of the Liturgical Season of Easter as well as the birthday of The Church.  Red is the color of the day!  After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples waited in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit.  Pentecost literally means “50 days,” and is our celebration of the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples fifty days after Jesus Christ’s Resurrection from the dead.  Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes the Holy Spirit as making a sound like the rushing of wind and appearing like tongues of fire on the disciples’ heads.  Everyone heard these fishermen from Galilee speaking in their native tongue, quite a feat for this little band of Jesus’ friends!  This is no longer a sect within Judaism.  This is the beginning of a new idea, of a religion that embraces Jesus Christ as Lord and does not care about one’s tribe, lineage or culture.  All are invited by the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus’s Gospel message of love.

We are trying something new this year at the 10:15 a.m. Festival Service of Holy Eucharist.  For our very first reading, we will have people read it in five different languages at the same time: English, French, German, Hindi and American Sign Language.  Yes, it will be pretty wild!  But we hope it will remind us all of the tremendous power of God to break through to people in surprising ways.  Pentecost changed everything! Everyone felt the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Both choirs will be singing at the 10:15 a.m. Service, along with our wonderful tenor soloist Jason Slayden.  The Saint John’s Children’s Choir will be singing “Spirit Song”, and the Saint John’s Festival Choir, assisted by Mr. Slayden, will be singing Calvin Hampton’s “A Repeating Alleluia,” as well as Harold Friedell’s lovely “Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether.” In addition, our soloist will also sing “If with all your hearts ye truly love me” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Our second class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, May 21st.  This is a great group!  It is not too late to join.  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to find out more and ask questions.  Each session includes a video, handouts and group discussion.  Seven more classes will be offered on Monday nights with the next one in the Library this Monday night, May 21st from 7 – 8:30 p.m. (see below for specific dates).  This is also preparation for adults who might be interested in Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation with Bishop Mary Glasspool in September.  Please let me know if you are coming (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Our Vestry meets next Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Please hold us in your prayers as we continue to consider questions that directly connect with our understanding of God’s call to us in this place and at this time.  And as we continue to pray for this Congregation, for the Sharing Community, for the City of Yonkers, for Westchester County and New York State social services, and for the homeless, tourists, and residents of Yonkers, may we remember that the Holy Spirit is more powerful than we can imagine, and that we can count on this Advocate to inspire us with new resolve, new energy, and new ideas for this wondrous city!

Pentecost blessings and joy,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge