Thursday, August 29, 2019

From Mother Vicki

A Collect for Labor Day
Almighty God, you have so linked our lives one with another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives: So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good; and, as we seek a proper return for our own labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.                                       

The Book of Common Prayer, p. 261

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is so good to be back.  Thank you all for your good wishes and prayers.  I am grateful for excellent medical care and the gift of time off.  And I am grateful to all of you who have kept things running so smoothly here at Saint John’s Church, especially Canon Claudia Wilson, who has shared with us her wonderful pastoral gifts.  Thanks be to God!

As we celebrate the life of Hyacinth Anthonyson on Friday, 30 August at 10 a.m. (a reception after in the Guild Room), we thank God for dear Hyacinth, a faithful and loving soul who understood the power of prayer and the great gift of a loving family as well as her “church family.”  As we get older, faithfulness means more and more: caring, praying, lifting each other up, helping out, and being present to each other throughout life’s surprising twists and turns.  Hyacinth may have moved slowly, but she had a quick mind.  She was very present!  She will be sorely missed.  May Hyacinth rest in God’s peace.

The Farmers’ Market and Thrift Store are humming along, thanks to all of our terrific and faithful volunteers.  We still miss Helen Hutchinson, who used to work in the Thrift Store, and this week especially, we miss dear Hyacinth Anthonyson, who was always helping out at our Food Tent.  Thanks to those who have stepped up to take her place.  We are very grateful!

We move back into the Church this Sunday as we celebrate Labor Day Weekend and all of those who work.  Labor Day is a reminder that our lives are very much linked with one another.  We pray for those who are employed and for those who are working more than one job to make ends meet.  We pray also for those who are out of work and seeking employment, as well as those who are retired and living on a fixed income.  May God bless us with good health, energy and love for each other as we enjoy the gift of a Monday holiday.

Prayers also for all of our children who are returning to school.  May they be blessed with open minds and good hearts, and may all of the teachers and administrators be blessed with energy, courage, wisdom and kindness!Anchor

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

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