Thursday, February 7, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Reading from Isaiah for the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs.  The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” The I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Isaiah 6:6-8

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

All of the readings this Sunday are about being called, about hearing God’s voice in one form or another and understanding what it is saying about one’s life and vocation.  We will hear this passage from the prophet Isaiah, as well as the apostle Paul’s description of his call, and the Gospel of Luke’s description of the call of disciples Peter, James and John. In Bible Class this Wednesday, we went around the table and spoke about moments when each of us felt that we heard and understood what God was saying to us and asking us to do.  It was inspiring to hear these simple yet profound stories of the presence of the Divine in our daily lives.  Epiphany!  “God in man made manifest.”

We are so thrilled to be presenting the first in our Candlelight Concert Series this Sunday at 3 p.m.  You won’t want to miss this!  We are grateful to these four outstanding musicians (Jessica Park, Chiara Stauffer, Judith Insell and Ben Larsen) for blessing us with the gift of their music-making in order to help our efforts to raise money for the restoration of our historic clerestory windows.  The two Beethoven and Mendelssohn string quartets they have chosen are beautiful.  The flyer is attached.  It is not too late to invite others to join you.  Tickets, $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students, may be purchased at the door, by check to Saint John’s, or through PayPal on our website (yonkerschurch.org).  Light refreshments follow the concert.  Don’t miss this wonderful event!

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, 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.  It is also not too late to nominate people for the positions of Junior Warden and Vestry Class of 2022.  Please pray on this and fill out the form mailed to you or available at the rear of the church.  The leadership of our Congregation in the next year is critical as we continue to seek Christ’s guidance towards a new vision for Getty Square.

It was a joy to have the Boy Scout Troop 4 with us last Sunday.  Thanks to Bettye Malone and Scout Leader Doug Cummings for arranging this visit.  And thanks to all who helped with the Penny Social last Sunday.  We are grateful for your good work!

Mendelssohn wrote: “Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.”

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

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