Thursday, June 13, 2019

From Mother Vicki

The Reverend Canon Victoria R. Sirota

Collect for Trinity Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost.  In our liturgical year that began with the First Sunday of Advent, we have come to the end of the story of Jesus Christ with his birth, ministry, suffering, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.  Last Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, we followed the disciples to Jerusalem where the Holy Spirit descended on them and inspired them to preach the Gospel to all nations.  This Sunday we return to white as the liturgical color and lift up all three persons of the Triune God, one in three and three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The gift of the Trinity is remembering that God is much larger than we can imagine.  We cannot control the God who created the universe, and who has redeemed and sanctified us.  The beginning of Hymn 362 with words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826) states this well: “Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty! All thy works shall praise thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea.”

Our organist Jason Slayden is on vacation for the next three Sundays.  This Sunday, we welcome guest organist Cryder Bankes, the former organist from Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  He was with us last Sunday and enjoyed the service tremendously.  Welcome, Cryder!

Thanks to everyone who helped out last Sunday.  It was a wondrous day!  At the 10:15 a.m. Service of Baptism and Holy Eucharist, we heard the reading in Acts in four different languages and experienced it in American Sign Language (thanks to Vera Johnson, Bob Sirota, Sam Akhtar and Jen Longley), were moved by the baptisms of 9 month old Phillip Larsen and 13 month old Nya Rivera and the presence of their families and friends, were blessed with the Saint John’s Festival Choir’s rendition of “Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire” with Jason Slayden as our wonderful tenor soloist, and then feasted on superb food at our Coffee Hour following the service.  So many people help out to make Saint John’s the wonderful place it is.  Thank you all!

We are delighted that Ben Larsen, cellist (and father of newly-baptized Phillip Larsen) and flutist Julie Nah Kyung Lee will be playing on our Candlelight Concert Series here on Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m. with music by three contemporary composers (including Robert Sirota!) as well as Bach and Villa Lobos.  Don’t forget to add this to your calendar!

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.  Volunteers will be meeting on Wednesday, June 19 at 11 a.m. in the Guild Room to plan for the event.  For more information, please contact George Morrison (georgemcneil170@gmail.com).

“Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!”

Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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