June 24, 2012

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

 NEXT SUNDAY- Outdoor Eucharist and Parish Picnic: July 1, at 10: am. Join us for Sunday worship in Marcus Garvey Park.  Bring a blanket and something for lunch as we worship and enjoy the beautiful day. Rain location is the Church. The 8: am service will meet at its usual time.

Ecclesia July 1st 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.

The Spirit and Strife Peer Trauma Support group will be meeting on Wednesday, June 27, and Wednesday, July 11th, from 3:30-5PM in the Sanctuary.  New attendees welcome.  For further information, please see Lysander Puccio.

Ginormous Flea Market, Saturday, July 12  from 10 am – 5 pm. It’s that time of year again for our day food, crafts, books and vintage goods, health screenings, music, Kindle raffle and much much more! Please see Lisa Slocum for more information.

Men’s Shelter in the Rectory starting June 30. We are looking for volunteers who can commit to staying one night a month at our new temporary shelter. Contact Lysander Puccio.

 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.

 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 29: hugo (2011, adventure mystery, pg), martin scorcese’s oscar-winning fantasy about an orphan & an automaton.

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

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:

First Reading: First Samuel 17: 1a, 4 – 11, 19 – 23, 32 – 49

    Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, stood ten feet high, wore armor weighing a hundred pounds, and carried a spear weighing twenty pounds. Today we have the story (highly cut) of his being knocked out by a naked boy with a sling shot. The point of the story is that he was able to do this because he was God’s chosen.

David’s weapon was not made of a Y stick and a rubber bandIt was a weapon of war, a six foot rope with a pocket for a stone in the middle. The slinger held both ends, swinging the stone above his head again and again to maximize the momentum, and then releasing one end of the rope too send the stone flying at high speed. The full story is bloody: David murders the unconscious Goliath with his own sword, cut off his head, and carries the head around with him for the rest of day.

 

Second Reading: Second Corinthians 6: 1 – 13

   Christ has offered grace. Now is the time to accept it, before the perusia, the coming of the Lord in judgment.

There follows Paul’s passionate description of himself and other itinerate teachers which; is reminiscent of the beatitudes—“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness” sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” etc. (Matt. 5: 10). If there is a barrier between members of the congregation and God, it is the members who have raised it, not their teachers.

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