July 1, 2012

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

 TODAY, 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, 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 has opened. We are now 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!

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: Second Samuel 1: 1, 7 – 27

    First Samuel, which is about the rise of the Jewish kingdom, is appropriately named, for Samuel is the great kingmaker prophet. Second Samuel ought to be called “David,” for it is the story of the kingship of David. Although it is largely a family saga about who would succeed to the throne, the political kingdom established by David and ruled by his son Solomon, was the most successful, expansive, prosperous period in the history of the ancient Jews.  Today we hear how David received the news of the death of King Saul and his son Jonathan, who was David’s closest friend. The bearer of the news, an Amalekite, tells the story of how the mortally wounded king had asked the Amalekite to kill him. David grieves, then deals with the messenger, then picks up his lyre and sings the great dirge, “The Song of the Bow,” that concludes our reading.

Second Reading: Second Corinthians 8: 7 – 15

  The is one of several passages in Paul’s letters about a fund he is raising to send to the struggling Church in Jerusalem. The Corinthians, it seems, are comparatively well off, and Paul urges them to share what they have with those who are in need. The comment that Christ was rich but made  himself poor for our sake is usually taken to mean that Christ in his pre-existence in Heaven was rich, but in coming to earth as Jesus he made himself poor.

 

 

 

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