July 17, 2011

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

Peace of Pizza: Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 pm. We have a special evening planned — an Appreciative Inquiry facilitated by Anne Ditzler, to help us answer the question, “How can we best knit together the intern program and St. Mary’s?” Next Wednesday is also our Peace of Pizza opportunity to say goodbye to our current amazing interns: Christopher, Ciara, Dawn, Naja and Nick. Peace of Pizza is a monthly gathering of St. Mary’s parishioners, friends, community members, and interns from New York Intern Program, to share pizza and other delicious food and great conversation…

Finance and Property Committees will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, July 21st at 6:00 pm. All are invited. The Vestry will meet on Sunday, July 24th following the 10:00 am service. And yes, we’d love to have you join us!

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. See Lysander Puccio for more information.

The Episcopal Church Women: The ECW will meet next week, July 17th. The Ecw Prayer Committee meets on the second Sunday following the 10:00 am service Please see Celia Braxton for further information.

St. Mary’s Summer Camp is in the house! until 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. 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!! July 22: “Up” (young explorer & old homebody take a surprising grand journey; PG); July 29: “Food, Inc.” (find out where your food REALLY comes from; PG). Also: Teen Jam, August 5th: “Sparkle” (singing Harlem Sisters make it big and find trouble; PG), Teen Jam after the movie until 9:30 pm.

St. Mary’s Summertime Parish Picnic July 31. We will celebrate at 10:00 am in Marcus Garvey Park, have a picnic and finish the day at 2:00 pm with the Ecclesia Service. Come join us. There will be a regular service at 8:00 am.

Cook off and flea market: August 6th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, rain or shine: come to taste the food by our great cooks and to sell (or find) some incredible bargains!

Preaching schedule: July 24 – The Rev. Chloe A. Breyer; July 31: Parish Picnic

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

First Reading: Genesis 28: 10 – 19a
Jacob is on his way to harem in Mesopotamia, his mother’s hometown, to find a bride. Being caught by nightfall in the open, he uses a stone for a pillow and falls asleep and dreams. In the dream God speaks to him and repeats to him the promises he had maid to his grandfather, Abraham. Jacob is certainly impressed, but he does not show the absolute faith of Abraham, as the lines immediately following our reading show. He vows, “If god will be with me, and will keep men in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the lord shell be my God.” If I recall, there is a commandment, “Thou shall not test the Lord,” but Cruden’s concordance let me down: I can’t locate it.

Second Reading: Romans 8: 12 – 25
Here again, as in our previous reading, Paul contrasts a submission to the flesh that leads to death, with submission to he spirit that leads to life. Those in the spirit cry “Abba,” the Aramaic familiar word for “father,” something like “Daddy.” Jesus addressed his Father as Abba at last once (Mark 14:36). It seems to have become part of the ritual of the early church. For Paul, the very possibility of making this cry proves that the person is adopted by God. Adam’s fall entailed the fall of the natural world into “it’s bondage to decay.” All, those of spirit and the natural world wait in hope. Paul gets carried away with his notion of hope.” Who hopes for what is seen?” he asks. Well, I do; every time I see a Porsche. But he is right about hope for what is unseen.

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