Thursday, June 27, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Third Sunday after Pentecost
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; 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,

During this wonderful season of graduations, often there is a moment when students or administrators applaud the parents and teachers who have supported these young people in whatever educational pursuit they have accomplished.  Whether it is kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school or college, it takes a village to help each of us fulfill our potential.

Often, we forget who has helped us on our path.  It is easy to attribute whatever we have accomplished to our own brilliance, forgetting to give credit for those who have taught and supported us with their knowledge and wisdom, their love and belief in us, their monetary help and applause from the sidelines.  We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.

On Pentecost Sunday we celebrated the birthday of the Church.  Now we remember all of those apostles and prophets including Jesus Christ, the chief cornerstone, upon whom this wondrous Church has been built.  By joining in this “unity of spirit” we carry on this tradition of love and pass it on to others.  Our closing hymn on Sunday will be “The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.”  Some of us may remember our parents or grandparents, friends or Sunday School teachers singing this hymn.  What a gift it is to have a vision of Christ’s Church on earth passed on to us in such a glorious way.

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.  The Episcopal Diocese of New York invites you to join them for the 2019 WorldPride NYC March on Sunday, June 30th commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. If you are interested, please see below for the specifics, including meeting up with our delegation on East 32nd Street between Madison and Park Avenues at 4 p.m..

We thank guest organist Hampson Sisler, a second cousin of George Morrison’s, for his beautiful playing last Sunday, and we welcome Matti Kovlar who will be our pianist for this Sunday.  Welcome, Matti!

If you are reading this as part of our e-blast, it is not too late to attend our Candlelight Concert on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. with music by three contemporary composers (our own Robert Sirota! and two wonderfully talented women composers) 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.  If you are reading this on Sunday, thanks to all who attended and made this a wonderful event!

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 (georgemcneil170@gmail.com).

As the Collect asks, may we be made a holy temple, acceptable to Almighty God.
Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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