October 23, 2011

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

 

Welcome to all those taking part in the initiation of the White House Interfaith Challenge, bringing together the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood, Union Theological Seminary and St. Mary’s Church. We also warmly welcome Imam Talib Abdur Rashid, Chancellor Arnold Eisen of JTS and President Serene Jones of UTS as they bring us their wisdom about the importance of God’s creation from the Islamic, Jewish and Christian perspective. After worship today, all are invited to the Undercroft for a potluck luncheon and to hear a presentation about the White House Interfaith Challenge and our work on the “Edible Churchyard” project. Following the presentation, be ready to roll up your sleeves and pitch in to do some of the preparation work on the garden. Thanks and welcome!!

 New Furnace for St. Mary’s: The new furnace arrived this week and can be seen in the Undercroft. Please pardon the mess! but it is for a very good cause. The new furnace will be more energy efficient and do a better job at heating the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. We will be able to save money on fuel cost (one of our larger expenses) and lessen the “carbon footprint” of the parish. Your support remains critical and deeply appreciated for this new venture.

The Vestry will meet on Sunday, Oct. 23rd following the 10:00 am service. All are invited.

Mentor an Intern! On Tuesday, Oct. 25th at 7:00 pm we will host a “Mentor-Intern Mixer” with the New York Intern Program. If you have a skill you would like to share with our interns, sign up and come along. Also, the next Peace of Pizza will take place on Nov. 9th at 7:00 pm. Come for fellowship and discussion with our interns.

 Mariam, Mark and Marx, a monthly Bible Study and current events discussion will take place Thursday, Oct. 27th at 7:00 pm. All are invited; see Jim White for more information.

 The Episcopal Church Women: The ECW is planning a neighborhood Halloween Party on Oct. 30th and would love your help! Please see Celia Braxton for further info.

Stewardship Campaign, 2012: next Sunday, Oct. 30th, we distribute Pledge Cards for the 2012 Stewardship campaign. Our Church members will speak on the theme, “What St. Mary’s Means to Me.”

“Harlem Secrets: Recipes from St. Mary’s” The Fundraising committee is putting together a cookbook, with its own special St. Mary’s flavor: there will be stories, wit and some great cooking tips. Sign up on the back table to help! Thanks!!

 Preaching schedule: Oct. 30th, Earl Kooperkamp; Nov. 6th, The Rev. Chloe A. Breyer.

Commentaries by Arthur Cash

First Reading, Deuteronomy 34: 1 – 12

   We are at the conclusion of the Pentateuch, the first five books, which Jews call the Torah (roughly translated as Law) I told you about the Torah last February (Ephiphany Seven).

The massive body of Jews has moved slowly across the desert in a forty-year journey.

Paradoxically, they are a younger group than when they set out. Only two adults who began the journey are still alive Moses and Joshua. The rest were children at the start, or they were born along the way. They have come a long U-shaped trek that has brought them around the south side of the great

Salt Sea and up into Moab. They are camped on the east side of the Jordan. From the mountains they can see on the other side the walled city of Jericho, that they must conquer, and stretching out beyond it, the Promised Land.

Second Reading, First Thessalonians 2: 1 – 8

  Last Sunday I explained how, my interpretation of first Thessalonians, Paul regarded himself as an

Instrument of the so the Holy Spirit that inspired people with faith in Christ. Here he reminds them how, in this belief, he had originally approached them. Unlike other those who advocated other religious notions, he spoke no flattery and made no false promise of worldly success.  He and his fellow Christian missionaries came among the Thessalonians gently, giving, not only the gospel (the news from Christ), but also themselves, laboring with them, as we shall see.

 

 

 

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