Thursday, January 17, 2019

From Mother Vicki

"Where do we go from here?"
"So, I conclude by saying again today that we have a task and let us go out with a 'divine dissatisfaction.'
Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.
Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort and the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.
Let us be dissatisfied until those that live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.
Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family is living in a decent sanitary home.
Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality, integrated education.
Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity."

Martin Luther King Jr.
 at the 1967 Annual Meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Second Sunday after the Epiphany, as we celebrate Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine at a wedding in Cana, we also remember the life and witness of Martin Luther King Jr., who was born 90 years ago.  The Season of Epiphany is a season of light, wonder and revelation.  As Jesus says in Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is among you."

Martin Luther King Jr. came to understand his prophetic role in the Civil Rights movement through the lens of scripture.  As a Baptist preacher, he knew his Bible, and used powerful Biblical imagery to underscore the injustice that was all around him.  This passage about having "divine dissatisfaction" feels surprisingly appropriate today as we look at the struggles that continue between peoples based solely on skin color, as well as between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots.  How do we view our society today?  King reminds us that the first step is to feel "divine dissatisfaction"--to understand profoundly that what continues to happen in the world around us is not what God intended.  King sees integration as, "an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity."  Seeing the world through God's eyes allows us to work towards a vision that is far greater than our own, to imagine possibilities that clearly need God's help in order to happen.  Our weak prayer life is seriously challenged!

We are thrilled to announce our Sunday, February 10th Concert at 3 p.m. of Beethoven and Mendelssohn string quartets as part of our ongoing fundraising effort to restore the Clerestory Windows.  The flyer is attached.  Please feel free to forward this to your friends, family and colleagues.  These four young people are outstanding musicians and are blessing us with the gift of their music-making in order to help our efforts to raise money for this restoration.  We are very grateful!  Tickets, $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students, may be purchased on our website through PayPal (yonkerschurch.org) or at the door.  If you are interested in helping publicize this event, please join us for a meeting this Sunday, January 20th at noon in the Church Office.

Thanks to The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, who preached and celebrated last Sunday while Bob and I visited our children in Los Angeles. Our daughter Nadia's concert "Living Music LIVE" at the Ace Hotel was thrilling, and the time we spent with Jonah and Nadia precious.

We are in the process of sending out your 2018 statement of giving for IRS purposes.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 914 963 3033.

May our "divine dissatisfaction" with the inequities in our society result in aAnchor deepening prayer life, a greater love for all people, and a pointed clarity about what we choose to do to allow justice to "roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."  Let us be dissatisfied until everybody is talking about "God's power and human power."

In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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