Thursday, May 31, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki

For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.
2 Corinthians 4:5-7

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday after Pentecost.  Our liturgical color is now green.  We are in ordinary time as we ponder our lives as Christians and how the witness and example of Jesus impacts us.  This section of Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminds us of how precious this “light of the knowledge of the glory of God” is for us.  Paul refers to us as “clay jars”, a reminder that the very fragility of our mortality helps us to realize that the power of Christ working through us is not something we have created or that we have power over.  Learning to let go of our desire to control things and to let the light of Christ shine through us is what will ultimately make us happy.  But it can be hard to convince ourselves of that.  We get bogged down with earthly concerns and ego.

Our third class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, June 4th.  This is a great group!  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to find out more and ask questions.  Each session includes a video, handouts and group discussion.  Six more classes will be offered on Monday nights with the next one in the Library on Monday night, June 4th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The other classes in this course are on June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23 and September 10.  This is also preparation for adults who might be interested in Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation with Bishop Mary Glasspool in September.  Please let me know if you are coming (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Please put Sunday, September 23rd on your calendar.  This will be a great day in our congregation as we rejoice in our 325th anniversary as a parish!  We need much help with advertising and planning. Please let me know if you would like to help out.

Please note that there have been a rash of mail box thefts in Yonkers.  I thought that they had found the culprits, but it seems that more thefts of mail have occurred.  Please ONLY place your mail in mail slots within the post office, or hand them directly to your carrier.  It is sad that we have to worry about identity theft.

We ask your continued prayers as we as a Parish continue to consider questions that directly connect with our understanding of God’s call to us in this place and at this time.  And as we continue to pray 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 we remember that God has always been here, and will continue to lead us, guide us, and inspire us with new resolve, new energy, and new ideas for this wondrous city!

Blessings and love,

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota

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