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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lenten Program

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Lenten Program: The Way of Love
Thursdays March 21, April 4 & 11, 6:30-8 PM in the church office.
The Way of Love is a way of life. It is a return to the ancient pathways and Rules of Life that followers of Jesus have observed for centuries. They knew the power of commitment to a core set of practices – Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest – and the power of gathering in a small group where you find love and support for living into these commitments. If we hope to not only worship Jesus but to grow more like him and bear his redeeming love in the world, we can adopt a rule of life like the Way of Love and find a community with which to practice it. Please let Mother Vicki know if you would like to attend.

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It’s Lent!  The time for working on having a deeper relationship with Christ and mending our perhaps non-existent prayer life.  How do we do that?

Nancy Roth has written a beautiful book entitled The Breath of God: An Approach to Prayer.  Roth defines prayer as, “the means whereby we let the Spirit of God breathe in and through us.” She points out that our prayer will match our physical state--whether we’re gasping for breath, groaning with pain, sighing with longing, singing for joy, or sitting in the deeper silence of contemplative prayer with its slow breathing.  There’s no wrong way to pray.

And don’t forget that “Help, Lord!” always works.

Our first session on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love” is on Thursday night, March 21.  Feel free to join us for this or for the next sessions, on Thursday evenings April 4 and 11 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office.  This course will provide gentle help with your Lenten routine and practice.  Please do let me know if you are coming so that we can have enough materials on hand (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Next week from Tuesday March 26 through Friday March 29 I will be on retreat at Saint Margaret’s Convent in Duxbury MA.  These Episcopal sisters have been a wonderful source of spiritual help for me since 1990.  Thanks to The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson who will be the celebrant and preacher for our Wednesday Mass and Bible Study next week on March 27.

Breathing in and breathing out.  May your Lenten prayer life be blessed in wondrous ways!

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

Church Announcements, Calendar and Services

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, Thursdays, Saturdays, 7-9 pm, Spanish AA,


Sunday March 24, Lent 3.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Wednesday March 27, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Saturday, March 30, 9 AM to 1 PM Diocesan Program “I want my church to grow”, Saint Luke’s in the Bronx

Sunday March 31, Lent 4.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Wednesday April 3, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday April 3, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, April 4, Lenten program, second of three. The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
6:30-8:00 PM in the Church Office

Sunday March 31, Lent 4.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Monday, April 1, Finance Commission in the Church Office. 6:30 PM
Tuesday, April 2, Property Commission in the Church Office. 6:30 PM
Wednesday April 3, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday April 3, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, April 4, Lenten program, second of three. The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
6:30-8:00 PM in the Church Office

Sunday April 7, Lent 5.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Sunday, April 7, Penny Social in the Guild Room, 12:30 PM
Monday April 8, Executive Committee in the Church Office, 6:30 PM
Wednesday April 10, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday April 10, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM in the church
Thursday, April 11, Lenten program, last session. The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life
6:30-8:00 PM in the Church Office.
Saturday April 13, Order of Urban Missioners, 9:30 AM Guild Room, Holy Eucharist 12:30 in the Lady Chapel

Sunday April 14, Palm Sunday with Blessing and distribution of the Palms
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant
Wednesday April 17, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday April 17, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM in the church
Maundy Thursday, April 18
6 PM Agape Supper
7 PM Maundy Thursday Liturgy with foot washing and stripping of the Altar
8:15 PM Vigil with the Blessed Sacrament
Good Friday, April 19
12 Noon, Good Friday Liturgy with Veneration of the Cross
1:40-3 PM, Meditations


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Intercessions

March Birthdays and Anniversaries: Barbara Perez Nevins, 1-Mar; Carol Edna Shoemaker, 1-Mar; Francis Owens, 3-Mar; Angie Piwinski, 4-Mar; Zoe Mackey, 8-Mar; Samora Henderson, 11-Mar; Devon Mackey, 17-Mar; Tom Lollar, 19-Mar; Tom Lake, 19-Mar; Jah'nasia Smith, 29-Mar.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, 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.

We hold in our prayers: Tara Bowers, Michael Hausler, Coy Lewis Monk, Cecila Hairston, Maget Kodoy, Bala Kody, Velma Crichton, Carmen Hanchard, Lisa Osborne, Linda Brown, Barbara Famularo, Carla Jean DeBride, Val DeBride, The Rev. Kathleen Berkowe, Aida Carino, John Alexander, Lara Pilla, Judy Quick, Tom O’Connor, Nancy Headley, John Gore, Verna Dore, Luther Smith, Marie Baptiste, Ellen Partipiano, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Harriette Forster, Hope Mackey, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Monica Harmon, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for the Scavenging Workers’ Children in the Special Coaching Program in Madurai, India, for those impacted by natural disasters throughout the world, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, and for our President, Congress and our country, for our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.

We pray for those who have died including Helene Wright, John Afionian, David Emerson, Michelle Tuthill, Mary Kalasky, John Leslie Brindle, Sr., Rosa Viana, Tavon Roberts, J Monroe Stebbins, Charlotte Avallone, and those who have died the world over from war, terrorism--especially the 50 who were massacred in the two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand--and natural disasters--including the tornadoes in Alabama, the flooding in Nebraska and Iowa, the cyclones of East Africa, and the Ethiopian Airline crash. 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 countr
y.

Service Ministers

Sunday March 24, Lent 3
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                Shelley Henderson, C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Sunday March 31, Lent 4
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah  DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Shelley Henderson
Greeters                                  M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino, M Harmon


Sunday April 7, Lent 5
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Shelley Henderson
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Omar Lammie
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino, M Harmon


Sunday April 14, Palm Sunday
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Jen Longley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Vera Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
The Passion                           Members of the Congregation
Thurifer                                 Deborah Debride
Greeters                                 S Henderson, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         S. Henderson, M. Owens, V Johnson

Sunday's Gospel



So he said to the gardener, 'See here!
For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree,
and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?'
 Luke 13:7


Sunday's Gospel Reading

Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."

Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

Thursday, March 14, 2019

From Mother Vicki














The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge


Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and
hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On this Second Sunday of Lent, we continue our Lenten journey towards deeper faith and trust in God.  In our Collect, we pray for those who have “gone astray,” who have gotten lost and are not able to feel God’s wondrous love in their lives.

I suspect that this description fits all of us at one time or another.  We struggle with being in control, but there is so much that happens in our lives over which we have no control even though we might think we do.  Those are the moments when it is easy to get angry, blame ourselves or others, or even blame God that things are not going our way.  And yet, our vision is so small.  God’s vision is huge.  Prayer is all about trusting the bigger picture, trusting the Holy One with our lives.  How do we get there?  “With penitent hearts and steadfast faith.” That kind of humility and faith puts us in the proper posture—on our knees—for having a heavenly conversation.

During Lent, we are offering a course on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love.”  It will be held on three Thursday evenings (March 21, April 4 and 11) from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office.  This course will provide gentle help with your Lenten routine and practice.  Please feel free to come for the entire course or just an individual session as your schedule allows, but do let me know if you will be joining us (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Last summer we partnered with Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madura, India to propose a grant from the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) to begin a Saturday program of education for the marginalized children of the Scavenger Workers who would otherwise be denied an education because of their caste.  The grant was awarded on October 13, 2018 at the Diocesan Global Mission Fair.  Deborah DeBride, Linda Brown and I were happily there to receive it.  It is a great honor to be able to help such a noble cause.

Below are the first pictures back from this Special Coaching Program.  Thanks to Father Gideon Jebamani who has been a terrific advocate for our participation and this program.  What a wonder it is to rejoice in the children’s rapt attention.  May God bless them and their studies!

And may Christ help us as we struggle with our own individual temptations.  May our Lenten Pilgrimage be blessed in wondrous ways!

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