June 19, 2011

Happy Trinity Sunday and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

Spirit and Strife Peer Trauma Support Group. If you are a trauma survivor, please join St. Mary’s in a new ministry to co-create a safe, loving, faith-inspired space in which to develop strategies for resilience and recovery. Meeting: Saturdays , 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. A mutually supportive faith community can be a precious resource for those of us who are living with PTSD, or trauma’s after-effects, which can persist for many years after the event(s). “Trauma means experiencing, witnessing, or being threatened with an event or events that involve actual serious injury, a threat to the physical integrity of ones self or others, or possible death. The responses to these events include intense fear, helplessness, or horror.” -National Trauma Consortium . See Lysander Puccio for more information.

The Episcopal Church Women: The ECW today, the third Sunday of the month following the 10:00 am service. The ECW Prayer committee meets on second Sunday of the month. The next Prayer committee meeting will be held on July 10th following the 10:00 am service and be lead by Janet Dorman. All women are invited. Please see Celia Braxton for further information.

St. Mary’s Summer Camp: July 11 to Aug. 4, 2011: Now open for REGISTRATION: call the Church Office at (212) 864-4013 to register. Registration forms are available on the back table. Keep praying for the Summer Camp Program and the director, Ms. Deborah Snyder.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first Sunday each month. We need volunteers this morning to help us make the lunches for the meal following the service. 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. Thanks!! June 24: “Just Wright” (2010 sports-romance with Queen Latifah, Common and tons of NBA stars; PG)

Summertime Blues: please don’t let it happen to St. Mary’s Church! If you are going to be away this summer, please make your pledge payments in advance, if you can, so that we can stay financially healthy as we seek to carry out God’s mission throughout all the year. Thank you so much (in advance!)

Harlem Pride: Saturday, June 25th 12 noon – 6:00 pm, a celebration of LGBTQ sisters and brothers in Marcus Garvey Park. Come celebrate Pride in our neighborhood.

The Vestry will meet on Sunday, June 26th following the 10:00 am service. All are invited. Also, there will be Coffeehour following the 8:00 am on this Sunday.

Preaching schedule: June 26 – The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp; July 3 – The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp.

Reflections on today’s scripture readings: Prepared by Arthur Cash

First Reading: Genesis 1:1 – 2: 4a
As I think you know, there are two creation stories in Genesis. Today’s reading is the first of these. We will hear the entire passage. It is immediately followed by the creation story written by the great story teller called “J” We heard the opening of J’s story of Adam and Eve on the first Sunday of Lent, and at that time I told you about J. Our reading today is of the “first” creation story, that is, placed first in order, though actually written later than the other. The author is unknown. It has been traced to a collection of religious material put together by Jews during their captivity in Babylon today called the “Priestly Code.” J’s creation story is mythical and dramatic; P’s is mystical and magnificent; it reads like a beautiful nineteenth-century romantic poem. But it has practical virtues: woman and men are treated as equals.
According to ancient cosmology, the sky is a rigid dome resting on mountains; above it is water; openings in the sky let the water come through — rain.

Second Reading: Second Corinthians 13: 11 – 13
We hear today the lovely conclusion of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians.
Jesus died, most scholars agree, in the year 30. Although there is no universal agreement among scholars about the dates of the parts of the Bible, most think Paul’s epistles (and possibly James’s) are the earliest written parts of the New Testament-written between 50 and 60 CE. Mark’s gospel was probably written in the period 65-70; Matthew’s Luke’s, and John’s in 80-110; and the non-Pauline epistles later, some as late as 150. We do not have a single first-hand account of Jesus. We have traditions known to later Christians.

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