February 19, 2012

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

 Many, many thanks to all for The Mardi Gras Masked Ball last night. It was a great, fun-filled evening. Thank you St. Mary’s for all your fun loving dedication!!

 St. Mary’s Annual “Poetry Sunday” February 26th!! Calling all poets to bring your favorite work to read at our services. Please see Bonnie Phelps if you wish to participate.

 The Harlem Chamber Players present “Black History Month Celebration” Sunday, February 26th at 3:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Join Music at St. Mary’s for an incredible concert hosted by Mr. Terrance McKnight of WQXR. $15 General Admission; $10 Students/Seniors. Please call (212) 866-1492 for more information.

LENT Begins: Ash Wednesday February  22, Imposition of Ashes and Holy Comm-union at 7:30 am, 12 noon and 6:30 pm. Start your Lenten prayers at St. Mary’s!!

Manhattan North IPC Lenten Services: Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 pm; Evening Prayer followed by a Fellowship meal.

February 29:    Intercession, 155th Street and Broadway

  • March 7:                        St. Mary’s, You know where we are!!
  • March 14:          Holy Rood, 179th Street and Ft. Washington Ave.
  • March 21:           All Souls, 88 St. Nicholas Ave. (between 114th and 115th Streets)
  • March 28:          St. Ambrose, 9 West 130th Street (just off fifth Ave.)

Men’s Prayer Group: Saturday, February 25th at 8:00 am. All men are encouraged!!

Lenten Book Study: “Becoming a Blessed Church” Mondays at 7:00 pm (soup included!); Please see Rev. Kooperkamp for a copy of the book. Suggested by Dorothy Ross, Thanks!!

St. Mary’s Annual Meeting will take place on March 4th, the Second Sunday of Lent.

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. Feb. 24: lackawanna blues, 2005, musical drama, pg-13; 60’s boardinghouse comes alive through stories + R&B. w/ mos def.

The Episcopal Church Women: Prayer Group meets on the second Sunday of the month, the ECW meets on the third Sunday of the month.

Preaching Schedule:  Feb. 26th, St, Mary’s Annual “Poetry Sunday” in Black History Month; March 4th, 1st Sunday of Lent, Rev. Earl Kooperkamp.

 

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons: by Arthur Cash

 First Reading: Second Kings 2: 1 – 12

       2 Kings 2: 1 – 15. This is the famous, vivid story of how Elijah, taken up to Heaven in a chariot of fire, passes his mantle to his follower, Elisha. In the following chapter (not in our reading) Elisha rolls up the mantle and parts the waters of the Jordon as did his master, symbolizing his continuation of Elijah’s mission. In the entire Old Testament, only two people bypass death and are taken directly to Heaven—Enoch (Genesis 5: 24) and Elijah. Enoch is a mysterious figure about whom we know nothing else. About Elijah, a kingmaker prophet, we know a great deal including some of his faults. He seems never to have shown remorse for the incident on the road to Bethel: “Some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, Get along with you, bald head, and get along.  He turned round and looked at them and he cursed them in the name of the Lord;  and two she-bears came out of a wood and mauled forty-two of them (2 Kings 2:23-25). But God seems sometimes to have had special plans for faulty people—Abraham, Jacob, and Peter—valuing in them something other than their moral character.

Second Reading: Second Corinthians 4: 3 – 6

      This is a difficult passage, but here is what I make of it. To unbelievers who do not make the effort to understand it, the gospel is “veiled.” Failing to grasp the gospel, they are “perishing,” that is, slipping away from the chance of salvation. They miss their chance to see “the light of the gospel (news) of the glory of Christ who is the image of God.” Those who bring the gospel to the people are nothing, mere slaves. But the gospel itself, the news, awakens a light in the hearts of those who hear it. (Or something like that.)

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