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Thursday, January 16, 2020

From Mother Vicki

The Collect for The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.”                                                               
Matthew 4:18-19
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This is a difficult time in our nation’s history. We are in the midst of an impeachment trial for the President of the United States, listening to various candidates campaigning for primary elections across the country, and hearing environmental concerns surrounding major fires, earthquakes and storms around the world. To what voice do we choose to listen?

In the midst of chaos, we Christians are called to be messengers of hope in the Good News we have through Jesus Christ.  This life on earth will always be a struggle, but the light of Christ is our guiding force. We are all called, like the disciples, to be messengers of God’s peace and love.

This is the first year that Saint John’s bought a table for the Annual MLK, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 20th at Castle Royale supporting the social outreach programs of the Nepperhan Community Center, Dr. Jim Bostic, Executive Director. Those of us who were there enjoyed it immensely! The rousing singing by the NYC based group “The Alliance”, powerful speeches and terrific honorees, including County Executive George Latimer and Mount Vernon Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard, made the evening very memorable.  Thanks to Chris Canty who helped organize this.

It was also wonderful to attend Handel’s Solomon Oratorio on Sunday afternoon at Concordia College in Bronxville. Both Philip Feller and Chris Canty sang in this rousing rendition with the Hudson Valley Singers (a large choir!) as well as a wonderful orchestra and soloists, all conducted by Eu Sirotkine.  A great event!

Our adult class about the Episcopal Church and The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) which will involve videos, discussion and learning about all of the wonderful things that are included in the BCP will begin in March. Please let me know if you are interested. This is the course to take if you would like to be received into the Episcopal Church from the Roman Catholic Church or if you would like to be confirmed or reaffirmed during our Bishop Visitation next October 4, 2020. It is also appropriate for anyone who would like to brush up on their knowledge of Episcopal and Christian theology and history.

Jesus calls us to follow.  May we have the courage to do so!

Epiphany blessings and love,
Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Rector

Thursday, January 9, 2020




Philip Feller's Fault Lines
Gallery 18 at the Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Ave.
Bronx, NY

Gallery 18 is pleased to kick off the New Year with an eye-catching exhibit by artist Philip Feller called “Fault Lines.” It will be on display from January 2 to January 30, 2020.


Job Fragments


Saturday, February 8, 6 PM, The Ensemble Paradis World Premier, Job Fragments. Text by Victoria Sirota, music by Robert Sirota. Riverside Community Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street.



Church Calendar







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

Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM.
Mondays, 6:30-8 pm, Troop 4 Boy Scouts
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7-9 pm, Spanish AA

Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM.
Sunday January 26 Epiphany 3

The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
Wednesday, January 29, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM.
Saturday, February 1, 4:30 PM, Celebration of a New Ministry, The Rev. Lauren Kuratko, Grace Episcopal Church,
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Sunday February 2, Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
12:30 PM Penny Social in the Guild Room
Wednesday, February 5, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM.
Saturday, February 8, 2 PM, Bobby & Tina D’Amato present A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at the Pound Ridge Library
Saturday, February 8, 6 PM, The Ensemble Paradis World Premier, Job Fragments. Text by Victoria Sirota, music by Robert Sirota. Riverside Community Center, 647 Columbus Avenue at 91st Street

Sunday February 9, Epiphany 5
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
Wednesday, February 12, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM.
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 PM, Executive Committee, Church Office

Sunday February 16, Epiphany 6
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
Monday, February 17, Office closed for Presidents’ Day
Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 PM, Nominating Committee, Church Office
Wednesday, February 19, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM.
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM, Vestry Meeting in the Guild Room
Saturday, February 22, Order of Urban Missioners.  9:30 AM in the Guild Room, 12:30 PM Mass in the Lady Chapel
Office

Sunday's Gospel


Gospel for the
Third Sunday of Epiphany 
Matthew 4:12-23
                                         
                 

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Thanksgivings and Intercessions

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation. Bobby and Tina D’Amato, the Hanchard family, Lisa and Squire Osborne, James O’Keefe, Pamela Morton, The DeFeo and Spielmann families, The DeBride and Quick families, Sylvia Tierney, Lara Pilla, Lynette Lewis, Claudette Buffalo, Manuel Ferraro, John Gore, Naomi Henderson, Kimberly DeShon, Vera Johnson, Lisa Ferguson, Shelly Henderson, Anthony Giannone, Sr., Jon Apolinario, Shaadira and Roland Smith, Wendy Maxwell, Corey Maxwell, Cathi Venturini, Aida Carino, Eileen Quinn, Carmen Hanchard, Carla Jean DeBride, Felix Benzan, Tom O’Connor, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, Carol Shoemaker, Neil Parkey, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his journey as a Postulant for diaconal ordination, for the Scavenging Workers’ Children in India, for those struggling with the aftermath of Synagogue and church shootings, for those struggling with fires in Australia and the Amazon, with earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and storms and tornados in the South and Midwest, and for tighter gun control, those in war-torn countries, our President, Congress and our country, our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life including those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week, especially Marion Eich and Wendy Maxwell, 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 and Westhab, The 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 handicaps. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom includiAnchorAnchorng Elizabeth Hrizo in whose memory the altar flowers are offered, Terry Parkinson, Dorothy Curtin, Camille Hanchard, James Parks Morton, Herb Ballentine, , all who have died the world over from war, terrorism and natural disasters. 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, and especially in the recent expressions of anti-Semitism.

Service Ministers



Sunday, January 26, 3 Epiphany
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Deborah Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Jen Longley
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty, J Longley
Altar Society                         L Brown
Coffee Hour                         V DeBride, A Carino, M Harmon


Sunday, February 2, 4 Epiphany
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Deborah DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Shelly Henderson
Greeters                                D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, A Giovanna, D Hack
l

Sunday, February 9, 5 Epiphany
8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                A Tracey
Altar Society                         L Brown
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson