I love the image of God’s grace preceding us and following us, preparing the way and healing in our wake what we have gotten wrong. This process of being a Christian is hard work. We hurt each other without knowing it, and then, of course, neglect to ask for forgiveness. We often do not live up to the high standard of being children of The Holy One. That’s why I love God’s grace so much. God fills in where we have erred, and helps us face the future with greater kindness and love.
Our Blessing of the Animals Service last Saturday was wonderful! We must have had over twenty dogs, 1 beautiful cat, one lizard, with two bees and butterflies showing up at the end. Everyone, including the humans, were very well behaved! Saint Francis would have loved it!
In case you wonder about the activity at Saint John’s this Friday night, we are lending our church, due to its greater size, to Holy Cross Episcopal Church (81 Locust Hill Ave. Yonkers 10701) for their funeral this Friday evening and wake on Saturday morning. Please hold Leroy Daniel in your prayers, the brother of Maryanne Daniel, Senior Warden at Holy Cross, who died suddenly at age 58.
The Order of Urban Missioners has our first meeting this year on Saturday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Guild Room. Our Service of Holy Eucharist at 12:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel is open to all.
We have been saddened at the death of longtime member and friend Dr. Joe Walsh. A Memorial Service for him will be held in the Great Choir at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on Monday, October 16 at 6 p.m. All are invited. Our prayers are with Don Lundquist, his partner and Saint John’s Getty Square’s former organist and choir director.
We have received the results of the Spiritual Life Inventory for our RenewalWorks Program that so many of you have taken. Once that information has been processed, our RenewalWorks Team will be holding deep discussions about where we are, with an eye towards where the Holy Spirit might be calling us. For more information, feel free to contact me, Tara Seeley and Carrie Parkey (RenewalWorks Facilitators), Jen Longley (RenewalWorks Communicator), or our RenewalWorks Team (Samuel Akhtar, Linda Brown, Carol Craft, Debbie DeBride, Aaron McKinney and George Morrison). This is an exciting venture and we thank you for your help and support.
On Sunday, October 22 we will have Jonelle Ward with us from the Alzheimer’s Association who will be able to answer questions after the two services about this particular kind of memory loss and what to look out for in each other and those we love.
We are pleased to be sponsoring a Yonkers Basics program led by our own Dr. Jen Longley and Anthony Johnson on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m.-noon. This is an excellent offering sponsored by the Yonkers My Brothers’ Keeper program that encourages all adults (parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends) who have contact with young children ages 0-3 to engage them in speech, song, counting, sorting, etc. This kind of early encouragement makes a huge difference in their development. Babysitting provided!
Looking ahead, we will be praying for all who have died in the last year on Sunday, November 5, All Saints Sunday. That is also a Sunday for baptisms. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please let me know so that I can meet with them and/or their parents. Our new Children’s Choir will be singing at the 10:15 a.m. Service on November 5th for the first time. You won’t want to miss this!
It is not too late to make a donation to Episcopal Relief and Development to help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria, the devastating earthquakes in Mexico, and the fires in California. The loss of life and property has been immense, especially in Puerto Rico. Your prayers and donations, no matter how small, are desperately needed.
May God bless us with grace as we move forward!
In Christ and with love,
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota