Thursday, November 8, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki
A Prayer for Veterans Day
Gracious God, we give thanks for military men and women, both from the past and present, and for their courageous service and sacrifice to our country and its people to secure the blessings of life, liberty, and justice for all.  May our remembrance be a timely reminder that our freedom was purchased at high cost and should not be taken for granted.  Give us resolve to labor in faithful service to you until all share the benefits of freedom, justice, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday, the Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, marks the 100th Anniversary of the armistice between the Allies and Germany on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month that ended the fighting of the first World War, “the war to end all wars.” First called “Armistice Day,” Congress changed it to “Veterans Day” in 1954 after World War II and the Korean War in order that this day would honor American veterans of all wars.

We are grateful to all who have served and who currently serve our country in the military.  This week of political elections is a powerful reminder of the importance of our participation in the democracy and freedom that have been “purchased at high cost.” May we never take these benefits for granted.

Our Senior Warden, Deborah and DeBride and I will be your representatives at our Diocesan Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains this Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10.  This important meeting of clergy and lay delegates from across the Episcopal Diocese of New York includes workshops, reports, worship, the Bishop’s address, and voting on diocesan committees and resolutions.

Thanks to all who volunteered to help with the beautiful Memorial Service and Reception for Michael Block on Saturday, November 3, at 10 a.m. We had no idea how many people would attend.  The fact that there were over one hundred and fifty was a real testimony to Michael and his loving and kind heart.  We were gratified to be able to hear of his kindness to so many others and to share our grief over his passing.  Thanks to Anthony Johnson and Deborah DeBride, his neighbors and our members, who did so much to help make this service and reception beautiful.  May Michael rest in God’s peace.

Thanks also to everyone who sent in donations in honor of All Saints Sunday.  It is always poignant to read the list of those who have died in the last year, as well as those great souls who have gone before us in years past.  And I must add that it was an absolute joy to baptize one-year old Rylee Alberga in her beautiful white dress, whose mother and dear sisters and brother sponsored her beautifully on this great day.

Next Thursday, November 15th is our last Farmers’ and Flea Market for the season.  Don’t forget to join us!

With prayers for peace,

The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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