April 15, 2012

                                A Blessed Easter and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

 With Faith in God’s goodness, yet a deep sense of our loss, we mourn the death of our beloved Sexton at St. Mary’s Church, Mr. Robert Daniel Jones. Robert died Wednesday morning attended by his family and surrounded in prayer. Please pray for his wife, Sharon, for his children, Nicole and Robert Jr., and for his sisters and brother and all his family and friends.

The Viewing will take place between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday, April 17th and the Funeral Service will follow at 6:00 pm.

X May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory X

 

The Flowers on the Altar are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the life of Mae Crane Puccio by her daughter Lysander Puccio.

St. Mary’s “Urban Farm” is growing and greening! On April 22nd, Earth Day, we will have a special service to dedicate our new farm to serve the people. Rev. chloe Breyer will preach and there will be a “Rogation Day” procession to bless the new plantings at the end of the service.  We will appreciate any vegetarian or vegan dishes to share for a meal following the planting. We still need volunteer “farmers” to help. Please see Stephen Thake to sign up!

Spring Finale Concert: Sunday, April 29th at 3:00 pm, the Harlem Chamber Players present a program of Foote, Saint-Saëns and Schubert here at St. Mary’s Church. Hosted by Eric K. Washington; $15 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors. Visit www.harlemchamberplayers.org or call (212) 864-1492 for more information. Tell your family, friends and neighbors about this fantastic day of music in our community.

 The Finance Committee will meet Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 pm.

 Stop and Frisk: On April 30th, Prof. Cornel West, Rev. Phelps of Riverside Church and Rev. Kooperkamp will be on trial for an act of civil disobedience against the NYPD policy of Stop and Frisk. Keep them in your prayers and come show support if you are able.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. Also: St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm Street Outreach. Please let us know if you can help and keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

 Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for the fellowship, the popcorn and the FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help.  April 20th: war horse (2011, drama, pg-13) steven spielberg

 

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:

First Reading: Acts 4: 32 – 35

The Book of Acts, you may remember, was written by Luke (probably) as a sequel to his gospel. Not a history in the modern sense, it is loaded with reliable historical facts. It is the major document from which we draw information about the early Church in Jerusalem before it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, Luke’s purpose was not to leave a record of the Church, but a record of the works of the Holy Spirit.

In our reading, we see that this early Church, inspirited by the Holy Spirit, had perfected com-munism.

 Second Reading: First John 1: 1 – 2: 2

   There is no general agreement among scholars whether or not the author of this sermon (not really a letter) is the John who wrote the gospel. I think he is not. In my view, he is an elder in some Johnnie community.

One of his purposes was to shut out Gnosticism. The Gnostics were an early branch of the church that denied the divinity of the man Jesus or the presence of the divine in the physical or biological world. For them, only things spiritual could be touched by divinity. So the John of our reading today stresses the non-spiritual—what has been seen and heard.

I would call your attention to two things this John says. The first: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceived ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” The second is his saying that Jesus’ atonement is not only for “us,” but “for the sins of the whole world.”

Additional Announcements:

 May 1st: Occupy the Streets: Occupy Wall Street plans a large mobilization on May Day for economic justice for the 99%. Please come and join us!

 

 

 

 

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