Thursday, March 8, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand 
to be our way of life.”       
Ephesians 2:9-10

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Don’t forget to turn forward all of your clocks on Saturday night--especially your alarm clock!  We lose an hour of sleep, but the gift is that we gain more sunlight in the afternoon.  The birds seem to know that spring is coming, even if the snow doesn’t!

Our Epistle reading this Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent, is from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  Understanding grace, a tremendous gift of God, is one of the hardest things for us human beings.  British author Jacqueline Winspear writes, “Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before meals.  It’s a way of life.”

We hurl ourselves into good works, thinking that we can buy God’s love.  But that love is already there.  And receiving it, allowing it to change and transform us, helps us to see, hear, understand and discern what God is calling us to do in the world.  We are pretty clueless.  Prayer is a way of humble access that opens up the gift of God’s love and grace to us.  Living with the gift of Grace is our challenge.

This Sunday following the 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist is our Faith Friends Luncheon open to everyone in the congregation.  Please join us for this wonderful shared meal generously donated by our Faith Friends at Saint John’s.  Thank you, dear Faith Friends!

If you missed the Annual Meeting but would still like a copy of our Annual Report for 2017, please let us know and we will get you a copy (parish@yonkerschurch.org; mothervsirota@gmail.com).

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday in Lent.  We are halfway through Lent and begin to turn towards Calvary and the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ in earnest.  May your prayer life and preparations for Holy Week be blessed!
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, 
and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen
Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Lent
In Christ and with love,

The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota

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