Thursday, November 14, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This particular Collect dates from 1549 and was included in the very First Prayer Book of Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII.  Originally the Collect for the second Sunday of Advent (and included as such in the 1928 Prayer Book), this prayer encourages us to study the holy Scriptures and to “hear”, “read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them.”

In the Ordination Services for all three Orders (Bishop, Priest and Deacon), a vow is taken that not only states that the Bishop-elect or the Ordinand engages “to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church,” but also that this person believes “the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation.” The reiteration of this strong statement about the importance of scripture and of its intense study is a reminder of how vital that continuing study is to our faith and hope in our Savior Jesus Christ.  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who spoke at the Episcopal Charities Dinner on Tuesday night, reminded us that Jesus touched his little band of disciples in an extraordinary way, transforming them into the “Beloved Community.”  Through Jesus’s words, presence, life, death and resurrection which we read about in holy Scripture we too are invited to join one of the most revolutionary movements in human history.  We too can be part of this Beloved Community.

Our last Farmers’ Market is next Thursday, November 21.  Don’t forget to join us, and especially to check out the used clothing and kitchen goods in our Thrift Store.

Presiding Bishop Curry said as part of the Opening Remarks at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church on July 4, 2018:
“This Jesus Movement goes way back.  Biblical scholars have long described the earliest days of Christianity.  Its earliest origins as a Jesus Movement.  As people who gathered around Jesus of Nazareth, who listened to his teachings…. looked at his life, who imbibed his spirit, and his spirit began to become their spirit – that’s what we call Pentecost. 

His spirit became their spirit.  They found themselves loving the way Jesus loves, giving the way Jesus gives, forgiving the way Jesus forgives, doing justice, loving mercy, walking humbly with God just like Jesus! And folk watched them and saw them and said, “Y’all look like little Christs.” And they nicknamed them Christians.

My brothers and sisters, we are not just the Episcopal Church. We are the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.  That’s who we are.  And that’s what the world is pleading and hungering for us to be.” 

May we have the courage to be part of the Jesus Movement, part of the Beloved Community.
In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota


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

Sunday November 17, 23 Pentecost
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I, coffee hour follows in the Guild room.
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II, coffee hour follows in the Guild room.
Monday, November 18, Vestry, 6:30 PM, Library
Wednesday, November 20, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.
Thursday, November 21, Last Farmer’s and Flea Market for the Season, 7 AM-4 PM
Thursday, November 21, Finance Committee meeting, 6:30 PM, Church Office

Sunday November 24, Last Sunday after Pentecost: Christ the King
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
NO Wednesday, November 20, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist & Bible Study
Thursday, November 28, Happy Thanksgiving. Church Office closed

Sunday December 1, First Sunday in Advent, Stewardship Sunday
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II
Monday, December 2, Executive Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM in the Church office
Wednesday, December 4, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.
Wednesday, December 4, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM
Saturday, December 7, Order of Urban Missioners, 9:30 AM in the Guild Room, 12:30 PM Mass in the Lady Chapel

Sunday December 8 Second Sunday in Advent
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II
Wednesday, December 11, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study is at 1:30 PM. Wednesday, December 11, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM
Wednesday, December 11, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:30 PM
Thursday, December 12, Vestry, 6 PM, Church Office

Thanksgivings and Intercessions

For the special needs and concerns of this congregation including AnchorAnchorAnchorLynette Lewis, Vera Johnson, Agnes DeFeo, Barbara Karsten, Lisa Ferguson, Wayne Kempton, Shelly Henderson, Anthony Giannone, Sr., Jon Apolinario, Shelly Rabinowitz, Ruth Reveria, The Rev. Leonard Klein, 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 in California 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, 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, AnchorAnchorDora Cioffi, The Rev. David Edward Eylers, 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, November 17, 23 Pentecost
8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Tara Seeley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Shelly Henderson
Greeters                                A Tracey
Altar Society                         Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         V DeBride, A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday, November 24, Christ the King
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Deborah DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty, J Longley
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, A Giovanna, D Hackl

Sunday, December 1, Advent 1
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Deborah Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Jen Longley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
Thurifer                                 Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                Denise Hackl
Altar Society                         Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         Naomi Henderson

Sunday, December 8, Advent 2
8a Reader                             Tina D’Amato
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                Arlene Tracey
Altar Society                         Elaine Williams
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson

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Sunday's Gospel

Sunday's Gospel 

Luke 21:5-19
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, Jesus said, "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down."

They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, `I am he!' and, `The time is near!' Do not go after them.

"When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

"But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls."

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