Thursday, May 18, 2017

From Mother Vicki

18 May 2017

Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This is such a beautiful collect for this Sunday, reminding us that God’s blessings and vision for those who love God surpass all we can imagine.  This week at our Wednesday Mass we celebrated the life of Thurgood Marshall, one of the great voices for truth and justice in the twentieth century and the first African American on the Supreme Court (1967-1991).  He was an Episcopalian, and at one point a Senior Warden at Saint Philip’s in Harlem and a Deputy to the 1964 Episcopal General Convention.  His life’s story is fascinating, especially his persistence in the face of adversity.  He won 28 out of his 32 court cases argued before the Supreme Court, including the historic 1954 Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka case resulting in the momentous decision that separate education is not equal.  I particularly love a story from his high school experience in Baltimore.  He did something that got his teacher very angry with the resultant assignment to memorize the entire United States Constitution.  He did it!  What he could have viewed as a stumbling block ended up being a stepping stone to the rest of his life.

Thank you to all who gave so generously last Sunday to Episcopal Charities and the Bishops’ Appeal to help fund Hunger Programs throughout the Diocese.  Our contributions really do make a difference!  If you would still like to contribute, write “Episcopal Diocese of New York” on the check, with “Episcopal Charities” on the memo line.  You can either place your donation in the offering plate, or mail it directly to Episcopal Charities, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10025.

We are grateful to our Boy Scout Troop 4 who did a wonderful job cleaning, adding soil and raking the east side of our property facing South Broadway this past Monday evening.  They also raised our new flag!  Thank you to Troop 4 and to Bettye Malone and Scoutmaster Doug Cummings. 

Saint John’s Getty Square is open this Saturday, May 20th, from 2-4 p.m. as part of the National Landmarks Sacred Sites Open House!  Please come and greet our visitors, as well as learn more about the architecture and history of our building with Wayne Kempton and Angie Piwinski as our guides.  They are working up a wonderful program.  PLEASE JOIN US THIS SATURDAY FROM 2 – 4 P.M.

We are invited to the Celebration of The New Ministry of The Reverend Alejandra Trillos as Priest-in-Charge at Iglesia San Andres, 22 Post Street, Yonkers, on Sunday, May 21 at 5 p.m.  Mother AlĂ©, as she is called, is a wonderful priest and is already doing important work at San Andres following Mother Yamily Bass-Choate’s significant tenure there.  Please remember to hold Mother Alejandra and San Andres in your prayers!

The Order of Urban Missioners, a spiritual support group for those who work in urban settings, will be meeting this Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  We meet in the Guild Room for breakfast, sharing our concerns, silent meditation and prayer, followed by a Service of Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel at 12:30 p.m.  Please feel free to join us, especially if you might be interested in becoming a member next fall.  For more information, contact Mother Vicki (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

For those adults who are interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church and who would like to be confirmed or received by the Bishop at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m., it is not too late to join our Adult Spiritual Formation Class on the next two Tuesday evenings May 23 and 30 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office.  Please let me know if you are interested! (mothervsirota@gmail.com).

When Thurgood Marshall was memorizing the U.S. Constitution as a punishment in high school, I am sure he never thought that he would one day argue cases before the Supreme Court, let alone become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  God’s vision for us is always far greater than we can imagine, but it takes courage and resolve in the face of adversity.

May the joy of Christ’s Resurrection be in your minds and hearts!

In Christ and with love,
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota


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