all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.
Refrain, Hymn 405
This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Easter as well as Rogation Sunday, when we proclaim the sheer beauty of God’s Creation. Our winter temperatures, as you know, have gone straight to summer, which means that early spring flowers are still blooming at the same time as new green leaves on the trees and the incredible blossoms on our cherry tree. Nature is finally putting on a glorious show, thanks be to God!
Our Sacred Sites Open House is this Saturday and our organist Jurhee Hong is blessing our historic sanctuary with beautiful music. Thanks to Angie Piwinski who is leading the tours, to Jurhee Hong for the great gift of her musicianship, and to all who join us and share in finding out more about our history. And, yes, we will be ringing our historic bell!
Please consider joining our lay led Bible Study on Sundays between the services (9:20 – 10:05 a.m.) in the Library. This is a wonderful group that engages the Gospel for that Sunday in a way that invites personal reflection and response. Feel free to drop in any Sunday! For more information, please contact Jen Longley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tara Seeley (email@example.com).
This Monday, May 7th at 7 p.m. in the Library I am beginning to lead a new course entitled “Via Media”, or “The Middle Way.” If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to find out more and ask questions. Each session includes a video, handouts, small group discussion and a short presentation. The eight classes will be offered on Monday nights beginning this Monday night, May 7th (see below for specific dates). Please let me know if you are coming (firstname.lastname@example.org; 914 969 2969).
Our next big Festival Eucharist is Pentecost Sunday, May 20th. Both choirs will be singing, along with our wonderful tenor soloist Jason Slayden. I am happy to meet with parents who want their child to be baptized on that Sunday. Both the Saint John’s Children’s Choir (from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) and the Saint John’s Festival Choir (5:45 – 6:30 p.m.) are rehearsing Wednesdays through May 16th in preparation for Pentecost Sunday. Contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
As we reclaim our voice in Getty Square, we ask your continued prayers for this Congregation, for the Sharing Community, for the City of Yonkers, for Westchester County and New York State social services, and for the homeless, tourists, and residents of Yonkers. May God bless us all with new resolve, new energy, and new ideas for this wondrous city.
Easter blessings and love,
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota