June 3, 2012

                       Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

 Worship Meeting June 20, at 7:00 pm,  as summer begins we want to take this time to get your feedback and ideas about worship at St. Mary’s.  Join us for this time of discussion, brainstorming and of course, worship! Please see Janet Dorman or Christine Lee for more information.

Summer Camp at St. Mary’s Church begins July 9th 2012 applications can be picked up at the Church office see Ms. Gwen, or call (212) 864-4013 for more information

Summer coffee hour sign up: Fellowship after service is such an important part of our Sunday worship. Would you consider signing up to provide baked goods, fruit or some other treat to share on one Sunday this summer? Sign-ups are in the back of the church.

Join the Episcopal Church Woman (ECW) on June 10th for our monthly prayer meeting and June 17th for the business meeting, both following the 10 am: service.

 Pledge statements are now available on the back table. Please make sure to pick yours up!

Time to collect your recipes for the St. Mary’s Cookbook! Fill out a recipe card and turn it in to Lisa Slocum by June 20.

 Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for fellowship, popcorn and FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help. June 1: Rio (2011, comedy, G), an animated bird steps way out of his comfort zone. hilarious for adults & kids alike. With Academy award nominated music, including voices of Jamie Foxx & will.i.am.

Cars needed for Saturday Outreach: We are in need of people willing to lend their cars for 2 hours to help transport food and volunteers to our neighbors in need around the city. If you are not available to drive, we have an experienced and trusted driver available! Please contact Christine at the church office or cleestmarys@gmail.com if you can help.

Manhattan North Interparish Council: Annual Dinner honoring Father Earl and Eucharist; June 8th at 6:30 pm at St. Philips’ Church, 204 West 134th Street. Tickets: $40. Please see Janet Dorman.

Ecclesia on June 3 at 2 pm in Marcus Garvey Park:  St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We always need some volunteers to help prepare the “Second Meal” following the service.

St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm Street Outreach. Please let Lisa Slocum know if you can help and keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

Additional Announcements:

 Family and Faith Re-entry Events: Join us in supporting individuals returning home from incarceration with events sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York.  June 7th: Reentry Court Graduation and Reception/Dinner, 6-8 pm at the Harlem Community Justice Center. June 23rd: Welcome Home Banquet, a free day of food and fun with games, prizes, jewelry making, free kids haircuts, face painting and more! For more info, contact Rev. Darren Ferguson at 212.870.3513 or Darren@interfaithcenter.org.

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:

First Reading: Isaiah 6: 1 – 8

Today we hear of the call to prophecy of First Isaiah, who was to become a brilliant court prophet and advisers to kings. The call came to him, he tells us, in a vision. He saw God on his throne, not in heaven, but in the Jerusalem Temple, in the sanctum sanctorum which, of course, Isaiah had never entered. No one was allowed to into this inner sanctum but the high priest. He would have known, however, that the sacred chest, the Arc, stood there, and on its top was a throne for God made of lapis lazuli and crystal. The strange looking six-winged angels are seraphim, derived from ancient Mesopotamian religions; they are warriors, guardians of God. They certainly were rough with Isaiah. They did not wash out his mouth with soap.

Second Reading: Romans 8: 12 – 17

For Paul conversion or faith allows the Holy Spirit to enter into us. The Spirit helps the faithful to pray, and it helps them to understand that they are the children of God and will have eternal life. It allows them to cry “Abba,” meaning something like “Daddy,” and to know that they are heirs to God’s goodness suffering; they join their God, who suffered, and will be “glorified with him.”

 

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