Thursday, January 31, 2019

From Mother Vicki

The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota

From the Epistle for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.                                                                1 Corinthians 13:1-8a

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This passage from 1 Corinthians is one of the most powerful in the New Testament.  Not only does the Apostle Paul make a case for the importance of love as the underlying virtue under any noble undertaking, he also describes what that profound kind of love is like.  Real Love is the opposite of trying to have our own way or control everything.  It is not abusive.  Love is about listening and caring, bearing, believing, hoping and enduring.  This kind of divine love never ends.

We hope you are able to join us for 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 by check to Saint John’s, 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, February 3rd at noon in the Church Office.

As we begin to compile our 2018 Annual Report, please know that we will include a list of all of those people who have made a pledge for 2019.  If you have not yet made a pledge for 2019, it is not too late!  You may pick up a pledge form at the rear of the church and hand it to me, put it in the Offering Plate or in the Priest’s Box in the narthex.  We are very grateful to everyone who has the courage to step out in faith and let us know how much they think they will be able to give in 2019.  This helps us tremendously as we continue to look at our budget.  You can always change your pledge amount throughout the year as necessary.

This Sunday we are blessed to have the Boy Scout Troop 4, their Scout Leaders and family members with us at the 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist. These young men are learning about how to help others and to be a contributing member of society.  We applaud them!  And don’t forget our joyful Penny Social this Sunday at 12:30 p.m., an easy way and fun way to support the Church!

Stay warm!  And may the Love of God enfold you!
In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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