Thursday, June 20, 2019
From Mother Vicki
The Reverend Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Collect for the Second Sunday after Pentecost
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness; 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,
We have entered “Ordinary time” in the Church Calendar. Now we read various portions of Holy Scripture that give us different insights into the love of God and how that is revealed to us. Our Collect speaks of being “set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness.” What a beautiful image that is. We cannot truly love others if we do not accept the fact that we are lovable and that our Creator loves us profoundly. Leaning into that loving presence gives us the energy and capacity to pass it on. Looking beyond ourselves to others is what love is all about. And these loving relationships with others allow us to experience the great gift of our diversity. God delights in our differences and we delight in the sheer beauty of God’s creation.
In this PRIDE month, we thank God for all of those great souls over the ages who have stood up for truth-telling and honesty, despite the personal cost. The LGBTQ community has done a great service for all humanity by showing the world what courage and authenticity look like. We are very proud of our own Angie Piwinski who helped begin the first Yonkers Pride Event last year, and who, this year, has been named by Governor Cuomo as one of the Winners of the WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors Competition. In her application, she named Yonkers with its historic Philipse Manor, Saint John’s Church and City Hall as being affirming institutions. Congratulations, dear Angie!
We thank guest organist Cryder Bankes for his beautiful playing on Trinity Sunday. We look forward to having Hampson Sisler, a cousin of George Morrison’s, as our organist this Sunday. Welcome, Hampson!
Don’t forget about our Candlelight Concert on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. with music by three contemporary composers (including Robert Sirota!) as well as Bach and Villa Lobos. We are delighted that Ben Larsen, cellist (and father of newly-baptized Phillip Larsen) and flutist Julie Nah Kyung Lee will be performing. A light reception follows.
The Farmers’ Market begins again on Thursday, July 11. Thanks to all who help to organize and run this wonderful community offering. It is not too late to volunteer to help out or to donate gently used clothing and kitchen goods for our thrift shop. For more information, please contact George Morrison (firstname.lastname@example.org).
May the love of God enfold you!
Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota