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Thursday, September 13, 2018

From Mother Vicki

13 September 2018

The Gospel for Sunday, September 16, 2018
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Mark 8:27-30

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The question of identity is a tough one.  Throughout our lives people project onto us their idea of who they think we should be.  This starts with being named by our parents.  We may or may not accept that name or the nickname that might follow.  The question of who we are and who we want to be is something that becomes a life-long quest.

For Jesus, being called a prophet would have been relatively easy and comfortable.  His words were powerful and his actions—healings and the ability to feed five thousand people—miraculous.  Everyone was impressed! However, actually being the Messiah--the Christ, the Anointed One--was very different and not at all easy.  For this role he had to die a painful death on the cross.  The disciples did not understand all of this as it was unfolding, but I suspect that later they did.  That is why this “messianic secret” (“and he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him”) is part of Mark’s Gospel.  Looking back on all of the interactions they had with Jesus, after his death and resurrection, they began to truly understand his identity as the Christ, our Savior.  And with that, they began to understand their roles as evangelists, passing on the Good News.

Our 325th Anniversary celebration is next Sunday.  How glorious it will be!  Thank you for your wonderful support for this festive fundraiser to help repair and restore our Clerestory Windows.  We are touched by the ads, donations and responses from people near and far, as well as everyone here who has already donated abundantly of their time, resources and energy.  THANK YOU!  This will be such a joyous event.  Don’t miss out!  Car-pooling from the church will be available. Also, please note that our 325th Anniversary Committee will be meeting in the Church Office at noon this Sunday, September 16th. Please join us if you can help out.

Please don’t forget our terrific Farmers’ and Flea Market on Thursdays through November 15.  Buy terrific produce and gently used clothing and goods every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  And it is not too late to make donations to our Thrift Store!

It is easy to like what Jesus said and the miracles he did.  It is harder to accept him as Messiah, as the one who broke through the bonds of death and has given us the gift of eternal life.  This is not the way people thought the Messiah should behave.  A king, a warrior or a popular idol is much preferable--not someone who died on a cross like a common criminal.  That is the mystery of our faith.  This role model of self-sacrifice is at the core of being a Christian.  It is not about showing off.  It is all about listening to that still small voice and loving others as God loves us.  We are to pass on that message of love and the miracle of Christ’s Resurrection.Anchor

See you Sunday!

In Christ and with love,
Vicki+

The Rev. Dr. Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge
Saint John's Getty Square

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I and coffee hour
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II and coffee hour

Wednesdays
12:05 Eucharist & Healing Service. Light lunch follows. Bible Study 1:30 PM


Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM

Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8pm
Thursday Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Spanish AA, 7-9 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Sunday September 16, 17 Pentecost (Proper 19)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Sunday, September 16, 325th Anniversary Meeting, Church Office at noon.
Wednesday, September 19, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, September 19, 325th Anniversary Festival Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, September 20, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday September 23, 18 Pentecost (Proper 20)
325th Anniversary Celebration
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Festival Eucharist with music

The Right Reverend Mary D Glasspool, Celebrant & Preacher
Wednesday, September 26, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, September 27, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM


Sunday September 30, 19 Pentecost (Proper 21)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Monday, October 1, Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 PM , Church Office
Wednesday, October 3, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, October 4, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, October 6, Blessing of the Animals, noon, outside the church

Sunday October 7, 20 Pentecost (Proper 22)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Homecoming Blessing and Commissioning of Lay Ministries
Wednesday, October 10, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows,
1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, October 10, Vestry, 7 PM in the Guild Room
Thursday, October 11, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 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.

September Birthdays: Carrie Parkey, 16-Sep; Jen Longley, 16-Sep; Tyrell T.J. Hamilton, Jr., 17-Sep; Egypt Allen,  20-Sep; Anthony Johnson, 21-Sep

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. Please bless our vision with compassion and love, so that this Congregation may be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.  Amen

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 pray for Angelique Piwinski who will be received into the Episcopal Church and Leila Cole and Denise Hackl who will reaffirm their baptismal vows next week with Bishop Glasspool.

We hold in our prayers: Stephen Kubasek, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Donna and Tom Duffy, Mary Kowalski, The Rev. Canon Blake Rider, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ival Debride, Anthony Muranelli, Harriette Forster, Eve Shepard, Cecile Davis, Beverly Anthonyson, Corey Belinski, Bernice Walder, Marion Eich, Carmen Hanchard, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Hope Mackey, Mamazane Xulu, Carol O’Brien, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Ralph Tremonte, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for immigrant families who have been separated as they cross over into the US, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, for those impacted by volcanoes, hurricanes, wild fires and flooding throughout the world, and for our President, our country, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants especially the children, and our military.


We pray for those who have died: Betty Lee Kreutzberg (daughter of Donald Kreutzberg, who passed away suddenly on September 7), The Rev. Canon Percy Alphonso Brathwaite, Evelyn Parker, Sen. John McCain, Roger Ressmeyer, Aretha Franklin, all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters including hurricanes, flooding and wildfires, and we lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Service Ministers

Sunday September 16, 17 Pentecost (Proper 19)
8a Reader         Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson      Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson      Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min          Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min         Deborah DeBride
Sunday School          Jen Longley
Greeters             M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society          A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour      V Debride,  A Carino


Sunday September 23, 18 Pentecost (Proper 20)
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson           Deborah DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                         Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                          Anthony Johnson
Thurifer                                    Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                                     E Williams, Jen Longley
Altar Society                           H Hutchinson, Linda Brown

Sunday September 30, 19 Pentecost (Proper 21)
 8a Reader                               Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson            Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson         Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                          Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                           Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                          Debbie DeBride        
Greeters                                    C O'Brien, S Henderson 
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                             A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey  

Sunday October 7, 20 Pentecost (Proper 22)
 8a Reader                              Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Bob Sirota
10a Euch. Min                         Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                           Debbie DeBride        
Sunday School                           L Smith      
Greeters                                    C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                           H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                            M. Owens, V Johnson, C Hanchard

Thursday, September 6, 2018

From Mother Vicki

6 September 2018


The Collect for Sunday, September 9, 2018
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

“Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts….”  It sounds easy, but that is probably the hardest thing to do.  When our lives get complicated, especially the particular way they do in September as school restarts and schedules heat up again, that’s exactly when we need to ask for help.  In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus heals the daughter of a Gentile woman despite what appears to be a real put-down of her and the fact that she is not Jewish.  The woman is insistent, however, because she knows that Jesus is the answer to her prayers.  It is her faith in his mercy that breaks through the cultural barriers, and Jesus responds to that faith by healing her daughter from afar.

Our 325th Anniversary celebration is in two weeks.  How glorious it will be!  If you have not signed up yet for the Gala Luncheon at 1 p.m. that day, please do so.  We have a number of slots that have already been funded by donors.  We simply need to know who would like to attend. Please give me a call (969 2969) or email me (mothervsirota@gmail.com) by September 10th if you wish to be put on that list.  We are touched by the ads, donations and responses from people near and far, as well as everyone here who has already donated abundantly of their time, resources and energy.  THANK YOU!  This will be such a joyous event.  Don’t miss out!  Car-pooling from the church will be available. Also, please note that our 325th Anniversary Committee will be meeting in the Church Office at noon this Sunday, September 9th. Please join us if you can help out.

This Sunday our Service will return to the Church and both Coffee Hours will be in the Library.  The Penny Social returns at 12:30 p.m. in the Guild Room.  Thanks to all who give so generously of their time and assets to make this great fundraiser happen!  And don’t forget our terrific Farmers’ and Flea Market on Thursdays.  It is truly awesome!

Our last Via Media Class is on Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. in the Library.  In this class, we will discuss the meaning of Holy Eucharist and will actually share Holy Communion together.  The class will likely go a little longer than usual.  I look forward to the blessing of this time and our conversation together.

It’s not too late to join the Saint John’s Festival Choir for our 325th Anniversary Service with Bishop Mary Glasspool.  We will be meeting on the next two Wednesdays, Sept. 12 and 19 from 5:30 – 6 :30 p.m. in the Church.  Please let Bob Sirota, our intrepid Choir Director and Court Composer, know if you can join us (bobsirota@me.com)!

May we, too, have the courage and faith to boast in God’s wondrous mercy.  See you Sunday!

In Christ and with love,
Vicki+
The Rev. Dr. Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge
Saint John's Getty Square

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I and coffee hour
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II and coffee hour

Wednesdays
12:05 Eucharist & Healing Service. Light lunch follows. Bible Study 1:30 PM


Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM

Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8pm
Thursday Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Spanish AA, 7-9pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Sunday September 9, 16 Pentecost (Proper 18)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Sunday, September 9, 325th Anniversary Meeting, Church Office at noon
Sunday, September 9, Penny Social, 12:30
Monday, September 10, 7 PM Last Via Media Session, Library
Wednesday, September 12, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, September 12, 325th Anniversary Festival Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, September 13, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday September 16, 17 Pentecost (Proper 19)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Sunday, September 16, 325th Anniversary Meeting, Church Office at noon.
Wednesday, September 19, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, September 19, 325th Anniversary Festival Choir Rehearsal, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, September 20, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday September 23, 18 Pentecost (Proper 20)
325th Anniversary Celebration
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Festival Eucharist with music
The Right Reverend Mary D Glasspool, Celebrant & Preacher
Wednesday, September 26, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, September 27, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 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.

September Birthdays: Carrie Parkey, 16-Sep; Jen Longley, 16-Sep; Tyrell T.J. Hamilton, Jr., 17-Sep; Egypt Allen,  20-Sep; Anthony Johnson, 21-Sep

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. Please bless our vision with compassion and love, so that this Congregation may be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.  Amen

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: The family of Sen. John McCain, the Sirota and Ressmeyer families mourning the passing of Roger Ressmeyer, those injured in the flooding in India, Donna and Tom Duffy, Mary Kowalski, The Rev. Canon Blake Rider, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Ival Debride, Anthony Muranelli, Harriette Forster, Eve Shepard, Cecile Davis, Beverly Anthonyson, Corey Belinski, Bernice Walder, Marion Eich, Carmen Hanchard, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Hope Mackey, Mamazane Xulu, Carol O’Brien, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Ralph Tremonte, June & Waine Kniffen, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for immigrant families who have been separated as they cross over into the US, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, for those impacted by volcanoes, wild fires, especially California and Greece, flooding throughout the world, and for our President, our country, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants especially the children, and our military.

Prayer for 9/11
O Almighty God, who brings good out of evil and turns even the wrath of your children towards your promised peace: Hear our prayers this day as we remember those of many nations and differing faiths whose lives were cut short by the fierce flames of anger and hatred. Hasten the time when the menace of war shall be removed. Cleanse both us and those perceived to be our enemies of all hatred and distrust. Pour out the spirit of peace on all the rulers of our world that we may be brought through strife to the lasting peace of the kingdom of your Son; Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

We pray for those who have died: The Rev. Canon Percy Alphonso Brathwaite, Evelyn Parker, Paul Taylor, Sen. John McCain, Roger Ressmeyer, Neil Simon, Aretha Franklin, Clyde Mahoney, Katherine Knickerbocker, all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters including flooding and wildfires, and we lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Sunday's Gospel



Sunday's Gospel Reading
Mark 8:27-38
                    
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.

Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
                             

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