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Welcome!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Book of Common Prayer, p. 212
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, 
be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday is the Third Sunday in Advent, also called Rose Sunday.  If you have an Advent Wreath with three purple candles and one pink, this Sunday we light two purple candles and the pink one.  Our Epistle is Philippians 4:4-7, "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice."  In this Advent time of swirling cosmic forces--of prophets throughout the generations calling us to repentance and conversion--we are grateful to a powerful God who by his grace has delivered us from our sins.  Our collect begins with, "Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us."

Our Christmas Pageant is part of our 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist this Sunday (with a rehearsal this Saturday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.!).  Thanks to all who are participating--the cast, director, those helping with costumes, etc.  And thanks to everyone who will be contributing to our Potluck Congregation Christmas Dinner this Sunday.  Your generosity is wondrous!

Prayers for the family and friends of Irma Crew, longtime member, Sunday School teacher, first woman on the Vestry, Choir Member, etc. who died on Sunday at age 103.  Her Burial Service was on Wednesday morning.  We remain very grateful for Irma and for all who have given so freely of their time, talent and treasure over the centuries.  Our Saint John's Communion of Saints surround us with love.

Don’t forget the Saint John’s Festival Choir Rehearsals on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5:45 p.m. in the Church and on Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. We will be singing on Christmas Eve at the 9 p.m. Mass.

Invite your family, friends and neighbors to our Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m. and Christmas Day Service at 10 a.m.  Ads will be appearing in The Journal News and Yonkers Rising, thanks to Canon Claudia Wilson.

And please join us for our Christmas Pageant this Sunday at 10:15 a.m.!

AnchorAdvent blessings and love,
Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Saint John's Festival Choir






Saint John’s Festival Choir


Rehearsals for Christmas Eve Service
Monday night, 24 December 2018 at 9 p.m.
Thursday, December 20 at 5:45 p.m.
Monday night, December 24 at 8 p.m. Final Rehearsal
Christmas Eve Service is at 9 p.m.
Please contact Robert Sirota if you have any questions. Thanks

Advent and Christmas Services







Advent and Christmas Services

Sunday December 16, Advent 3, Eucharist and Christmas Pageant
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music & Christmas Pageant
Sunday December 23 Advent 4
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Christmas Services of Holy Eucharist
Christmas Eve, December 24, 9 PM
with Saint John’s Festival Choir & String Quartet
Christmas Day, December 25, 10 AM with music

Announcements, Calendar and Intercessions

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


Sunday December 16 Third Sunday in Advent
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music and Christmas Pageant
Parish Potluck Christmas Dinner following the 10:15 Eucharist
Wednesday, December 19, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, December 20 at 5:45 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir rehearsal in the Church
Saturday, December 22, 10 AM, Greening of the Church, Acolyte Rehearsal

Sunday December 23 Fourth Sunday in Advent
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
The church office will be closed Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1.
Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve Eucharist with the Saint John’s Festival Choir and String Quartet
Saint John’s Choir Rehearsal in the Church, 8 PM
Prelude begins, 8:45 PM
Holy Eucharist, 9 PM followed by Christmas Open House in the Rectory. All are welcome!
Tuesday, December 25, 10 AM, Christmas Day Holy Eucharist with music

Sunday December 30 1 Christmas
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Celebrant & Preacher

Sunday January 6, Feast of the Epiphany

8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
Wednesday, January 9, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study



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December Birthdays: Aydan Akhtar, 8-Dec; Deborah DeBride, 8-Dec; Carol Craft ,12-Dec; Hope Mackey, 14-Dec; Anetta Giovanna, 16-Dec; Christopher McKinney, 23-Dec; Lynette Lewis, 27-Dec; Bernice Walder, 27-Dec; Barbara Ziegler, 28-Dec.
 

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, our 325th Anniversary as a parish, 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: John Gore, Verna Dore, Luther Smith, Wayne Kempton, Marie Baptiste, Ellen Partipiano, Philip Feller, Helene Wright, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey, Sr. Carolyn Darr, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, Stephen Kubasek, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Laurie and Kyle Stewart, Mary Kowalski, Ival Debride, Anthony Muranelli, Harriette Forster, Eve Shepard, Cecile Davis, Beverly Anthonyson, Corey Belinski, Bernice Walder, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Hope Mackey, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Ralph Tremonte, 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 those impacted by the California wildfires and the Alaska earthquakes, for those impacted by volcanoes, hurricanes, and flooding throughout the world, for tighter gun control, those in war-torn countries, 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: The Rev. Deacon Lois Anne Pagliaro, Jane Weltmer, Elizabeth Hrizzo, Irma Crew, Joan Borghoff, former President of the United States George H.W. Bush, Dr. Edwin Selzer, Richard Hellstern, James Borghoff, Marie Beirne, and those who have died in  wildfires and shootings, those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters, 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

Service Ministers
Sunday December 16, Advent 3
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                 M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson, C Hanchard

Sunday December 23, Advent 4
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Robert Sirota
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Debbie DeBride
Greeters                                 Edith Williams
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Sunday December 30, 1 Christmas
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Jen Longley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                 C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday January 6, Epiphany
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Deborah Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Shelley Henderson
Greeters                                  M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl


Advent Prayer








In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in unity,
that our praise and worship
might echo in these walls
and also through our lives.

In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in mission,
that the hope within
might be the song we sing,
and the melody of our lives.

In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in service,
that the path we follow
might lead us from a stable
to a glimpse of eternity.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Parishioner Deborah Holcombe has a a new art exhibit





Parishioner Deborah Holcombe has a new art exhibit, Looking Glass

December 6th - 29th, 2018
The Community Gallery of Philipse Manor Hall

29 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701, 914-969-4027

Opening: December 6th, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Gallery hours:


Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 4 pm