Thursday, October 17, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; 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,

“Persevere with steadfast faith.”  That’s the message that the veteran Apostle Paul who is in jail wants to pass on to Timothy and to the young church struggling to make sense of what is important.  He writes in 2 Timothy, “As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.”  This is really a message for us all.  We have been given the good news that God is a loving God, and that the incarnation, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead means that death no longer has the same kind of power over us. The Holy Spirit has breathed new life into us.  Our mission is to carry this message of love into the world.

I am very grateful to The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson who was the Celebrant and Preacher at both services last Sunday.  This allowed me to participate as a celesta player for “Constellations,” composed by my husband for our family--two violas (our children Jonah and Nadia), piano (Bob) and celesta, and performed as part of his Sirota@70 concert at Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan last Sunday.  It was a wonderful event, complete with birthday cake and a terrific audience.  Thank you to all who attended!

Our next opportunity for Baptisms is on Sunday, November 3 at the 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist.  If you know of someone who might be interested in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism either for themselves or a child or friend, please let me know (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969). I will be meeting with candidates for baptism on Tuesdays, October 22 and 29 at 4 p.m. in the Church Office.  We are also sending out a letter this week that invites donations for All Saints in honor of someone close to you who has died.  Donation envelopes may be dropped in the offering plate on Sundays, Oct. 20 and 27.  If you wish the names to be included in our leaflet on Nov. 3, all names must be submitted by Wednesday, October 30.

Our wonderful Saint John’s Festival Choir begins rehearsals again.  Due to the rain, this Wednesday’s first rehearsal was cancelled.  If you can stay after coffee hour on Sunday, there will be a half an hour rehearsal from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.  The next rehearsals are Wednesdays October 23 and 30 at 5:30 p.m.  The Choir will be singing on All Saint’s Sunday, November 3 at the 10:15 a.m. Service which includes Baptisms.  All are welcome!  Please contact Jason Slayden (jason.slayden@gmail.com) or Bob Sirota (bobsirota@me.com) if you would like to join!

It’s not too late to join the Order of Urban Missioners, a spiritual support group for people who wish to take their ministry of any kind more seriously with prayer partners and regular monthly meetings.  Our next meeting is this Saturday, October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Saint John’s Getty Square in the Guild Room, followed by Holy Eucharist at 12:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel.  Let me know if you are interested and would like more information (mothervsirota@gmail.com).

Prayers that we may persevere with steadfast faith!
Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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