Friday, July 28, 2017

From Mother Vicki

July - August, 2017
8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM Holy Eucharist Rite II with music

Collect for Cities
Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
BCP, p. 825
From Mother Vicki

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, who has been attending the 8 a.m. Sunday Service at Saint John’s regularly since she retired last year, will be preaching and presiding while I am away from July 30 through August 27 in the air-conditioned Guild Room. I am thrilled that she is sharing her pastoral and preaching gifts with us. She is a daughter of this parish, having been sponsored for Ordination to the Priesthood from Saint John’s while she was working here as a Deacon under The Rev. S. Burtner Ulrich. Canon Claudia will also handle pastoral concerns as needed (917 848 6224). I pray that things will be calm and that all of you will have some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of summertime and the wonderful gift of re-creation.

This September, the Order of Urban Missioners begins its Ninth Year in the Diocese of New York with our Service of Covenanting at our church, Saint John’s Getty Square, Yonkers, on Thursday, 14 September at 6 p.m., The Right Rev. Allen Shin, preaching and presiding. This group is self-selecting, and always just a one year commitment to a deeper spiritual life and prayer connection with others. I helped to found this spiritual support group for lay and ordained people in Baltimore, MD in 2000, and in NY in 2009. The description of the Order and the dates for the fall of 2017 are listed below. If you are interested, please let me know by the end of August so that I can give you further information (mothervsirota@gmail.com).

Don’t forget to check out our wonderful Farmers’ Market on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Support Saint John’s by checking out our bread table (thank you Carol and Linda), food and coffee station (thanks to Hyacinthe, Marion, Velma and Annie) and Rummage Sale in the Parish Hall (thanks to Helen, Arlene, Carol and Carmen). The fruits and vegetables are as fresh as can be! Thanks to ALL who volunteer (I know there are others I haven’t even mentioned!), those who run the Rummage Sale as well as those who sell bread, coffee, donuts, hot dogs and corn-on-the cob, and especially to George Morrison who does an excellent job keeping everything running smoothly. If you wish to help out, please contact George (georgemcneil170@gmail.com).

Our Parish Administrator, Jan Valentine, will be out for much of August for a surgical procedure and rehab. Please keep her in your prayers. We are grateful to Carol Craft who will answer the phone and keep the office open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Prayers for all of you this summer that there may be moments of quiet when you experience the presence of the Holy One. May God bless you with a compassionate heart and with the gifts of joy and peace.

In Christ and with love,
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota

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