Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Reverend Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
This Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, is Rogation Sunday. We celebrate the sheer beauty of God’s creation, the gift of trees and flowers and the ways in which our earth blesses us with God’s love and awesome majesty. I do know, however, that for many this particular spring, with everything blossoming at once, has been a difficult season for allergies. So even as we enjoy the beauty around us, we continue to pray for those struggling with intense allergic responses!
This is also Memorial Day Weekend. We remember with deep gratitude those who have given their lives in service to this Country in order to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear. We pray also for those currently in the military, grateful for their service and dedication.
Our NY Landmarks Sacred Sites Open House last Saturday was wonderful! We had beautiful weather and a good turn-out for Angie Piwinski’s fascinating history of Saint John’s Church Getty Square, complete with a look at the original 1752 door and our water fountain donated by Eva Smith Cochran. Thank you, Angie, and all who joined us!
Thanks also to Jason Slayden, our magnificent musician, who gave a superb vocal recital with pianist Gloria Kim. Jason sang stunning works by Britten, Duparc and Liszt, with Gloria adding lovely virtuosic piano waltzes by Granados. We had an even bigger crowd for this afternoon recital followed by refreshments. It is a joy to share gifted musicians, as well as our historic building with its great acoustics, with Yonkers residents and friends.
Congratulations to our resident artists Deborah Holcombe and Philip Feller for their exhibits this past weekend in Yonkers. We are very proud of their beautiful artistry.
If you are getting away this weekend, we pray for your safe travels and for the gift of time off. The Saint John’s Festival Choir had a great rehearsal this past Wednesday and is gearing up for Pentecost Sunday, June 9th. It’s not too late to join them! The next rehearsal is on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Church. Please contact conductor Bob Sirota (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”
Hymn 405, words by Cecil Frances Alexander
Thanks be to God!
Easter blessings and joy,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota