Thursday, September 22, 2016
From Mother Vicki
22 September 2016
Collect for Saint Matthew
We thank you, heavenly Father, for the witness of your apostle and evangelist Matthew to the Gospel of your Son our Savior; and we pray that, after his example, we may with ready wills and hearts obey the calling of our Lord to follow him; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Wednesday we celebrated the apostle and evangelist Matthew, a tax collector who was considered “unclean” by religious people. Jesus had no interest in such categories. He never treated anyone who was hungry for God as an outsider, as unworthy, or as “other.” Instead, he went to Matthew’s house, ate with Matthew and his friends, and called him to be a disciple. We, too, as disciples of Christ, are called to spread the Gospel of Love to all people, a radical message especially in these days of fear and paranoia. As Christians, we lead our lives based on faith, hope and love, not fear, anxiety and hatred. We have attached a powerful letter from our Diocesan Bishop Andrew Dietsche concerning the recent bombing attacks in NY and NJ. He reminds us that no matter what happens “on Christ the Solid Rock we stand.”
This Sunday there will be a special presentation about Voter Registration given by Community Voices Heard after the Sunday Service at 11:30 a.m. If you have not registered to vote or want further information about voting in the National Election on November 8, please be sure to come! The election process is one of the greatest gifts of our democracy.
Classes have begun in preparation for Bishop Shin’s visit with us on October 16th. Let me know if you are still interest in joining us for one of two courses being offered in preparation for Adult Baptism, Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation!
We will be celebrating Saint Francis with the Blessing of Animals (and their caretakers!) on Saturday, October 1 at noon in the Churchyard. Please spread the word and join us with your pets! All are welcome.
For those who are interested in becoming or who already are a lay Eucharistic Minister, we will be meeting on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the parish office for training, review and to be licensed by the Diocese.
Further classes will be scheduled as necessary. Please let me know if you wish to attend. Jesus said to Matthew, “Follow me!” Will you?
In Christ and with much love,
The Rev. Dr. Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge, St. John’s Getty Square