Thursday, March 14, 2019

From Mother Vicki

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota

Collect for the Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and
hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On this Second Sunday of Lent, we continue our Lenten journey towards deeper faith and trust in God.  In our Collect, we pray for those who have “gone astray,” who have gotten lost and are not able to feel God’s wondrous love in their lives.

I suspect that this description fits all of us at one time or another.  We struggle with being in control, but there is so much that happens in our lives over which we have no control even though we might think we do.  Those are the moments when it is easy to get angry, blame ourselves or others, or even blame God that things are not going our way.  And yet, our vision is so small.  God’s vision is huge.  Prayer is all about trusting the bigger picture, trusting the Holy One with our lives.  How do we get there?  “With penitent hearts and steadfast faith.” That kind of humility and faith puts us in the proper posture—on our knees—for having a heavenly conversation.

During Lent, we are offering a course on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s “The Way of Love.”  It will be held on three Thursday evenings (March 21, April 4 and 11) from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office.  This course will provide gentle help with your Lenten routine and practice.  Please feel free to come for the entire course or just an individual session as your schedule allows, but do let me know if you will be joining us (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Last summer we partnered with Tamilnadu Theological Seminary in Madura, India to propose a grant from the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) to begin a Saturday program of education for the marginalized children of the Scavenger Workers who would otherwise be denied an education because of their caste.  The grant was awarded on October 13, 2018 at the Diocesan Global Mission Fair.  Deborah DeBride, Linda Brown and I were happily there to receive it.  It is a great honor to be able to help such a noble cause.

Below are the first pictures back from this Special Coaching Program.  Thanks to Father Gideon Jebamani who has been a terrific advocate for our participation and this program.  What a wonder it is to rejoice in the children’s rapt attention.  May God bless them and their studies!

And may Christ help us as we struggle with our own individual temptations.  May our Lenten Pilgrimage be blessed in wondrous ways!

Lenten blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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