Thursday, June 13, 2019

From Mother Vicki

The Reverend Canon Victoria R. Sirota

Collect for Trinity Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost.  In our liturgical year that began with the First Sunday of Advent, we have come to the end of the story of Jesus Christ with his birth, ministry, suffering, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.  Last Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, we followed the disciples to Jerusalem where the Holy Spirit descended on them and inspired them to preach the Gospel to all nations.  This Sunday we return to white as the liturgical color and lift up all three persons of the Triune God, one in three and three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The gift of the Trinity is remembering that God is much larger than we can imagine.  We cannot control the God who created the universe, and who has redeemed and sanctified us.  The beginning of Hymn 362 with words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826) states this well: “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty! All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea.”

Our organist Jason Slayden is on vacation for the next three Sundays.  This Sunday, we welcome guest organist Cryder Bankes, the former organist from Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  He was with us last Sunday and enjoyed the service tremendously.  Welcome, Cryder!

Thanks to everyone who helped out last Sunday.  It was a wondrous day!  At the 10:15 a.m. Service of Baptism and Holy Eucharist, we heard the reading in Acts in four different languages and experienced it in American Sign Language (thanks to Vera Johnson, Bob Sirota, Sam Akhtar and Jen Longley), were moved by the baptisms of 9 month old Phillip Larsen and 13 month old Nya Rivera and the presence of their families and friends, were blessed with the Saint John’s Festival Choir’s rendition of “Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire” with Jason Slayden as our wonderful tenor soloist, and then feasted on superb food at our Coffee Hour following the service.  So many people help out to make Saint John’s the wonderful place it is.  Thank you all!

We are delighted that Ben Larsen, cellist (and father of newly-baptized Phillip Larsen) and flutist Julie Nah Kyung Lee will be playing on our Candlelight Concert Series here on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. with music by three contemporary composers (including Robert Sirota!) as well as Bach and Villa Lobos.  Don’t forget to add this to your calendar!

The Farmers’ Market begins again on Thursday, July 11.  Thanks to all who help to organize and run this wonderful community offering.  It is not too late to volunteer to help out or to donate gently used clothing and kitchen goods for our thrift shop.  Volunteers will be meeting on Wednesday, June 19 at 11 a.m. in the Guild Room to plan for the event.  For more information, please contact George Morrison (georgemcneil170@gmail.com).

“Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!”

Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

Weekly Calendar and Service Schedule

Weekly Service Schedule
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I and coffee hour; 10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II and coffee hour
12:05 Eucharist & Healing Service. Light lunch follows. Bible Study 1:30 PM

Weekly Events
Mondays, 6:30-8 PM, Troop 4 Boy Scouts,
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7-9 pm, Spanish AA

Sunday June 16, Trinity Sunday & Father’s Day
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I with CoffeeHour following in the Guild Room
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with CoffeeHour following in the Guild Room
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Guest Organist, Cryder Bankes
Wednesday, June 19, 12:0 Volunteer’s Meeting for the Farmers’ & Flea Market, 11:00 AM, in the Guild Room.
Coffee and doughnuts will be served.
Wednesday, June 19, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. A light lunch follows and Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.
Thursday, June 20, 6:30 PM, Executive Committee meeting, Church office

Sunday June 23, 2 Pentecost, (Proper 7)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Guest Musician, Hampson Sisler
Monday, June 24, Property Commission, 6:30 PM in the Church Office
Wednesday, June 26, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. A light lunch follows and Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.

Friday, June 28, Candlelight Concert Series, 7 PM, Julie Nah Kyung Lee, flute and Benjamin Larsen, cello. $20 suggested donation for the artists. Music by Dietterich, Esmail, Sirota, Bach, and Villa Lobos.

Please plan to join your fellow Episcopalians at the 2019 WorldPride NYC | Stonewall 50 March
Sunday, June 30. Check-in for Episcopalians at 4 p.m.
Formation Block
32nd Street between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue
Tips for the day
Wear comfortable shoes. Stay hydrated. If you don't need to bring a bag/backpack, please don't. NYPD will be searching bags. Crossing Fifth Avenue in the formation area will not be possible, so come to the meeting place from the East.

Sunday June 30, 3 Pentecost (Proper 8)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Guest Musician, Mátti Kovler
July 3, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.
Thursday, July 4. The Church office is closed for Independence Day. Happy 4th of July.

Sunday July 7, 4 Pentecost (Proper 9)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Wednesday, July 10, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study is at 1:30 PM. Last until September 4
Wednesday, July 10, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 Guild Room
Thursday, July 11, Opening Day for the Farmer’s and Flea Market. 7 AM-4 PM

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life including, today’s baptisms of Phillip Jiho Larsen, and Nya Rivera, those celebrating birthdays this week, especially Vera Johnson and Jurhee Hong, and Ward Johnson in whose loving memory the altar flowers are offered.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 Police and Fire 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 hold in our prayers: Judith Shorrocks, Mary Jane Nolan, Catherine Corry, Amy Weinstein Longley, The DeBride Family, Eileen Quinn, Laura Quinn Murphy, Stephen Kubasek, Nancy Headley, Velma Crichton, Tara Bowers, Michael Hausler, Cecila Hairston, Carmen Hanchard, Lisa Osborne, Linda Brown, Barbara Famularo, Carla Jean DeBride, The Rev. Kathleen Berkowe, Aida Carino, Felix Benzan, John Alexander, Lara Pilla, Judy Quick, Tom O’Connor, John Gore, Luther Smith, Ellen Partipiano, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil ParkeyElyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Harriette Forster, Fatima Mishk, 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 India, for those impacted by natural disasters throughout the world, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries espcially Israel and Palestine, 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 Barbara Tickler, Helen Hutchinson, Cromwell Emmanuel, Mili Katz, Allison Bird, Claire Canty, thosse who were murdered in the Virginia Government Office attack, and those 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, June 16 Trinity Sunday
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Shelley Henderson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                  S Henderson, C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         L Brown
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson

Sunday, June 23 2 Pentecost
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Edith Williams
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     Shelley Henderson
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis, P LaMotey

Sunday, June 30 3 Pentecost
8a Reader                            Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Deborah  DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                   Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                   Tara Seeley         
Greeters                               E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                       L Brown
Coffee Hour                        V DeBride, A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday, July 07, 4 Pentecost
8a Reader                            George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Bob Sirota
10a Euch. Min                   Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                   Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                
Greeters                               M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society                       A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                        S Henderson, A Giovanna,  D Hackle

Candlelight Concert Series

Candlelight Concert Series
Friday, June 28, 7 PM

Julie Nah Kyung Lee, flute and Benjamin Larsen, cello. 
Music by Dietterich, Esmail, Sirota, Bach, and Villa Lobos.
$20 suggested donation for the artists. 
Flutist Julie Nah Kyung Lee actively shares her music throughout the United States and Asia. Born in South Korea and currently living in New York City, her recent performances include solo performances and chamber recitals, ranging from early to contemporary music. Lee received her Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music where she is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Flute performance

Known for the energy he brings to the stage, cellist Benjamin Larsen has forged a reputation as an avid chamber musician in the New York City area. His knack for adventurous programming comes through in his work as Artistic Director of the series, Concerts on the Slope, and in the projects that he spearheads, working with some of today's most notable composers. He actively performs in the Larsen-Choi Duo, which champions new music, original compositions and sonata literature and is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.

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