Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy
Eucharist Rite I;
10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with musicWednesday Holy Eucharist & Healing
Service at 12:05 PM.
Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30.
18 January 2017
A Prayer for Sound Government
O Lord our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth.
To the President and members of the Cabinet, to Governors of States, Mayors of Cities,
and to all in administrative authority, grant wisdom and grace in the exercise of their duties.
To the Judges and officers of our Courts give understanding and integrity, that human rights may be safeguarded and justice served.
And finally, teach our people to rely on your strength and to accept their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, that they may elect trustworthy leaders and make wise decisions for the well-being of our society; that we may serve you faithfully in our generation and honor your holy Name. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 821-22
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This a momentous week, and one which witnesses the change in power in our great democratic society. Some of us have been struggling under past policies and are encouraged with the rhetoric that the system will be changed; others are fearful that changes will undo much of the good work towards equality and justice for all people that has taken place in the last few years. Whatever your opinion, we pray that this country will continue to live into its ideals of freedom and justice. We will use this Prayer for Sound Government this Sunday as we continue to hold our outgoing President Obama and his family and our incoming President and his family in our prayers. May God break through our fears, doubts and anxiety and bless our country with the resolve to honor and strive for all that is good, and right, and true.
Our final Baptismal Covenant is to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” This is a reminder that we belong to the human race and that God created all people in God’s own image. As 1 John 4:7 reminds us, “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
For those who are interested and would like to march in support of equality for all people, I will be joining the Women’s March in New York City on Saturday, January 21st, with the Episcopal group from Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan. We will be walking a mile from the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, East 47th between 1st and 2nd Avenues to Fifth Avenue between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you wish to join me, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will keep you informed as to more specific details, including exactly where and when our group will begin to march.
I am pleased to announce that we have two new groups in spiritual formation for liturgical roles at Saint John’s. I am in the process of training three new Lay Eucharistic Ministers who will serve at the altar at our various services, as well as three new Lay Eucharistic Visitors, who will be licensed to bring communion to those who are homebound or in the hospital. In addition, I will be offering classes for those who are interested in officially joining the Episcopal Church at the Diocesan Confirmation Service to be held at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Saturday, June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. This will include a class for Youth Confirmation and a class for Adult Confirmation or Reception. Please let me know if you are interested!
As we prepare for our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 26th, we will be inviting you to make suggestions for nominating four people who will have a three-year term on the Vestry (the Class of 2020) and for a Junior Warden. Please think prayerfully and lovingly about this wonderful Congregation and who you would entrust to help guide and lead us in the next three years.
This week also begins the week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Beginning on January 18 with The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle that Jesus is “the Messiah, and Son of the Living God” and ending with The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle celebrated on January 25th, this ecumenical prayer for unity this year honors the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and is based on 2 Corinthians 5:14-20: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” (v. 18). May we pray for unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world and despite the pain of our deep divisions, celebrate God’s reconciling grace.
In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Dr. Victoria R. Sirota