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Thursday, December 12, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent
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.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

For this Third Sunday of Advent, Rose Sunday, we remember our mortality and how much we need God’s help.  “Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us….” The Incarnation—the presence of the Divine in human form—is the greatest gift to humankind.  Thomas Merton writes, “Advent is the “sacrament” of the PRESENCE of God in His world, in the Mystery of Christ at work in History….”

Our sin, therefore, is whatever hinders us from feeling God’s presence, whether it’s pride, stubbornness, lack of faith, anger, shame or fear.  Living in the knowledge of the presence of God changes everything—our outlook on the world, how we see others and how we see ourselves.  We are God’s own, beloved of God and worthy, through Jesus Christ, of this wondrous gift.

On Sunday we will hear the Christmas Story told anew through the voices and presence of our terrific young people.  Please join us for our 10:15 a.m. Service and share the wonder!  And, if you can, bring something delicious for our Parish Potluck Christmas Dinner at 11:45 a.m.   Thanks to those who have been rehearsing so diligently, and to those who are sharing their special dishes and desserts with all of us this Sunday.  What joy!

Don’t forget to join us (bring your friends too!) on Christmas Eve, December 24, for our 9 p.m. Festival Service of Holy Eucharist with string quartet and choir.  Immediately after, Bob and I will be hosting our Open House for everyone in the Rectory!  Please join us across the parking lot for good food and joyous conversation!  The Christmas Day Service of Holy Eucharist is at 10 a.m.

May your Advent days be filled with hope and expectation, love and peace!
Advent blessings and love,

Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota,
Rector

Advent 3







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.

Christmas Pageant and Christmas Potluck Dinner


Scenes from 2018 Pageant

Sunday is Saint John's Christmas 2018 Pageant. Come see the 2019 version this Sunday at the 10:15 Eucharist 
followed the Parish Potluck Christmas Dinner!

Christmas at Saint John's Church


Christmas at Saint John’s
Christmas Eve

Tuesday, December 24
9 PM Christmas Eve Service of Holy Eucharist
with the Saint John’s Festival Choir and String Quartet.
Prelude begins, 8:45 PM



Christmas Open House in the Rectory following the service. 
All are welcome!
Wednesday, December 25
10 AM Christmas Day Holy Eucharist with Music.

Calendar

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

Sunday December 15 Third Sunday in Advent and Christmas Pageant
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I followed by Coffee Hour in the Guild Room
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II & Christmas Pageant followed by Parish Potluck Christmas Dinner in the Guild Room
Wednesday, December 18, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM. Wednesday, Wednesday December 18, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM

Sunday December 22 Fourth Sunday in Advent
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
11:45 Greening of the Church
Tuesday, December 24, Christmas Eve Service of Holy Eucharist, 9 PM followed by Open House in the Rectory
Wednesday, December 25, Christmas Day Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:00 AM.
The Church Office will be closed December 24-26 for Christmas

Sunday December 29 Fourth Sunday in Advent
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
The Church Office will be closed Tuesday, December 31 through Wednesday, January 1 for New Years
No Healing Eucharist on Wednesday, January 1.
Wednesday, January 1, Interfaith Inaugural Prayer Service, Saint John’s Church, 10:30 AM with Mayor Spano. All are welcome

Sunday January 5 Christmas 2
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
Monday, January 6, Saint John’s Committee, Library
Wednesday, January 8, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM. Wednesday,
 

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation including AnchorAnchorAnchorClaudette Buffalo, Manuel Ferraro, Carol Craft, John Gore, Christa Klein, Deborah Holcombe, Naomi Henderson, Kimberly DeShon, Lynette Lewis, Vera Johnson, Agnes DeFeo, Barbara Karsten, Lisa Ferguson, Wayne Kempton, Shelly Henderson, Anthony Giannone, Sr., Jon Apolinario, Shelly Rabinowitz, Ruth Reveria, Chris Michel-Karsten, Dottie Tarallo, Shaadira and Roland Smith, Bobby D’Amato, Tina D’Amato, Wendy Maxwell, Corey Maxwell, Wayne Maxwell, Cathi Venturini, Barbara Famularo, John Tracy, Aida Carino, Judith Shorrocks, Mary Jane Nolan, Catherine Corry, Eileen Quinn, Nancy Headley, Tara Bowers, Carmen Hanchard, Carla Jean DeBride, Felix Benzan, Tom  O’Connor, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, Carol Shoemaker, Neil Parkey, Tom Cacavio, Monica Harmon, 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 fires and the aftermath of hurricane, typhoon and tornado damage, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, for our President, Congress and our country, for 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, Those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week especially Anetta Giovanna, 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 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, AnchorAnchorAnchorespecially Jane Patricia Weltmer in whose memory the altar flowers are offered, The Rev. Leonard Klein (Mother Vicki’s brother-in-law), Arnold Eshoo, Sandra McKessy, and 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.

Service Ministers

Sunday, December 15, Advent 3
8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society                        A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis, P LaMotey


Sunday, December 22, Advent 4
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                S Henderson,  A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V DeBride, A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday, December 29, Christmas 1
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Chris Michel Karsten
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Vera Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                S Henderson, A Tracey
Altar Society                         L Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, A Giovanna, D Hackl