Thursday, June 21, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

    Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone
when the morning stars sang together
    and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy?”

Job 38:4-7 NRSV
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Job has been through some very tough times. When he finally confronts God, the Lord actually speaks to him face to face!  This one phrase, “where were you when the morning stars sang together” is, to me, one of the most musical phrases in the Bible.  I can hear them singing for the first time, and I can imagine Job being totally flabbergasted that the Lord God Almighty is talking directly to him!  His impertinence is quickly revealed when confronted by the Creator of ALL that is.  We human beings easily fall into the trap of thinking that we can understand the mind, the plan, the enormity of the One who has Created, Redeemed and Sanctified us.   In Psalm 8, David says, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (v. 3-4) That is the miracle, that God pays any attention to us at all, let alone loves us.

Thanks to all who joined us for our meeting last Sunday about preparing for our 325th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 23.  What a terrific meeting we had!  We are working on figuring out the venue, putting in a deposit, and beginning to send out Save the Date notices.  We still need help.  We will meet again on Sunday, July 1 at noon in the Library.   This is open to anyone who is interested in helping out.  We need volunteers in all areas, so please come and join us as we joyfully lift up our incredible heritage of belonging to the very first Anglican parish in this area!

Our fifth class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on this coming Monday evening, June 25th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library (enter through the door closest to the Guild Room).  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to explore and ask questions.  The other classes in this course are on July 9 and 23 and September 10.  This is also preparation for adults who are 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).

Vestry members, please don’t forget our important Vestry Retreat led by Canon Claudia Wilson on Saturday, June 30th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Canon Claudia has told me that she always starts exactly on time!  So, do come early (8:30 – 8:45 a.m.) to grab a cup of coffee before we begin.  This is our opportunity to look carefully at our mission and how to connect it with our future life in Getty Square.  Jen Longley has a sign-up sheet for our brunch and lunch together.  Please bring one item to share for 3-4 people.  Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

Our Farmers’ and Flea Market begins again on Thursday, July 5th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those who are helping out, a planning meeting for all will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. in the Guild Room (with coffee and donuts!).  If you would like to volunteer, it’s not too late!  Please contact George Morrison (914 450 5424).

I will be at the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida this weekend, attending the world premiere of a composition that my husband Bob wrote entitled “Luminous Bodies” for yMusic and Jeffrey Kahane, piano.  Bob and I are thrilled to be attending.  It is an added bonus that this is our daughter Nadia’s chamber ensemble.  The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson will be the Celebrant and Preacher for both services this Sunday, June 24th.  I am so grateful for her presence and great pastoral and preaching gifts!  We’ll be back on Sunday night.

Let us never forget the gift of life and the gift of a God who loved us into being and loves us still.  Please read Bishop Andy Dietsche’s powerful letter below about the policy of separating immigrant families.  In his postscript, after having received the word that the president is now taking action to reunite the families, he writes, “Again, the world has never more needed the church to be the church, and the life of active faith and witness must be more than reflexive reaction to each new crisis.” May we have the courage to be the church, to love each other and to carry that love into this weary world.

Blessings and love,
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota

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