August 5, 2012

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

 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 has begun. Applications still 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.

 Time to collect your recipes for the St. Mary’s Cookbook!  Please fill out a recipe card and turn it in to Lisa Slocum ASAP…

 Ecclesia:  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. 

 Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for fellowship, popcorn and FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help! July 20: puss in boots (2011; animated adventure, pg) the hilarious sword-fighting cat needs to steal magic beans from infamous criminals jack & Jill to clear his name.  (w/ antonio banderas, selma hayek); July 27: twilight, breaking dawn, part 1 (2011, drama/romance, pg-13) The vampire-human romantic saga continues with an expected baby.

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

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:

First Reading: Second Samuel 6: 1 – 5, 12b – 19

  Our bishops have cut an Interesting piece from the middle of the story of how David brought the Arc from the house of Abinadab to the city of David. Uzzah, one of the men carrying the Arc on poles, put his hand on the Arc to steady it, a well-intentioned move which angered God, who struck him dead on the spot. That made David afraid to bring the Arc to the city; so he had it taken to the house of Obededom, when nothing but good things happened to obedebom, David decided it was safe to continue the procession bringing the Arc to the city of David. I love the image of David leaping and dancing before the Arc as it is carried along. But his wife Michal hated the sight, which led to a huge family quarrel not included in our reading. Why do our bishops keep cleaning up our stories?

Second Reading: Ephesians 1: 3 – 14

   Paul probably did not write this letter addressed to the Christians at Ephesus (a Greek city in Asia Minor). Of the several theories about the authorship, I hold the one that the letter was written posthumously by a disciple of Paul who was able to consult and use parts of several letters actually written by him.

The Paul of this letter be he historical of a reconstruction, writes from a prison, probably from a prison in Rome shortly before his martyrdom. He has unshakable faith that he and all who trust themselves to God will enter into glory. This Paul seems to know he is soon to die, but he is reconciled to worldly death and is at peace.

The first and person pronouns in our reading are confusing. The ”we” who are redeemed through Christ’s blood are all the people of the earth. The “we” who were the first to set our hopes in Christ are the Jewish Christians; in contrast to “you” the gentile converts to Christianity.

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