January 8, 2012

                                    A Blessed Epiphany to you from St. Mary’s Church!

The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee meets next today following the 10:00 am service; The Rev. Chloe Breyer will lead the program. This afternoon, the Episcopal Church Women will hold a “Three Kings” Celebration for the families in the Old Broadway Family Residence.  The Episcopal Church Women meet on the third Sunday of the month.

 Do you LOVE to sing and praise God? Why not join St. Mary’s Choir!! Please pray on this and see Janet Dorman, our wonderful Choir Director.

 Peace of Pizza: this Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 pm 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.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We will need volunteers to help with the preparation of the “Second Meal” on January 29th, the Fifth Sunday this 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. Also: Socks are NEEDED; keep on “socking it to us!” and if you are able, bring new socks we can give to people during Outreach.

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. The new schedule will be published soon!

 “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!!

The Property Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 5:30 pm. All are invited.

The Vestry will meet on Sunday, January 22nd following the 10:00 am service. All are invited.

Preaching Schedule: January 15th: The Rev. Earl Kooperakmp.

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons: by Arthur Cash

 First Reading: Genesis 1: 1 – 5 

  These are opening words of the magnificent story of the creation of the physical world and the creatures on it, especially the creation of woman and man, treated equally, we don’t know who the author was. The story has been traced to a collection of religious writings gathered in the final years of the Babylonian exile and shortly after which today is called “The Priestly Code.”It is followed by another creation story by the great writer known today only as “J” (2: 4 – 3: 24).  J has little creation for the creation of the physical world; his concern is the creation of humankind and the activities of Adam and Eve that shaped the humanity that sprang from them. The tones of the two differ. J. though living in a highly developed society wrote a story that reads like a primitive myth. The writer of the first account (from the Priestly Code) could pass for a romantic poet of the early nineteenth century. He attained what the romantics called “the sublime,” and the dignified god he envisioned is moved largely by a sense of beauty.

 Second Reading: Acts 19: 1 – 7

  Acts is generally thought to be by Luke, a sequel to his gospel. Though it is often called a history of early Church, it is better thought of as a history of the Holy Spirit, as Luke understood the Holy Spirit. A major theme is the overcoming of parochialism among the Jewish Christians of Jerusalem and the decision of Peter and Paul to take the gospel to gentiles. Here we have an account of Paul’s working with gentiles in Ephesus in the Roman Provence of Asia (today western Turkey). There is a puzzle in the rending. Who would have baptized these men in John’s baptism? Some scholar’s postulate that followers of John the Baptist for a time competed with the followers of Jesus.

 

 

 

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