March 9, 2012

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

 Many thanks to all who helped prepare and serve at the MNIPC service and dinner last Wednesday evening. Special thanks to Gloria smith, Celia Braxton, Judy Johnson, Harriet Wyatt, Kym Roberts, Elizabeth Kooperkamp and all others for a great evening. St. Mary’s looked great and God was praised that evening. You all are the best!!

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

  • 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.)

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!!

The Finance Committee will meet on March 15th at 6;00 pm. Please see our Warden and chair of the Finance Committee, Dorothy Ross for more information,

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.

*March 16, we will be showing Super 8, 2011 sci-fi mystery,  pg-13. Friends witness a train crash & investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

*March 23, The Help, 2011 comedy/drama, pg-13. 60’s writer tells stories from the maids’  point of view.

*March 30, silly sequels DOUBLE FEATURE; Kung fu Panda 2, 2011, pg, & Big Momma’s House 3,  2011, pg-13. J. Black & A. Jolie voice the panda-monium; Martin Lawrence plays dress up – for a cause.  Just good old- fashioned fun.

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

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We will need volunteers today to help with the preparation of the “Second Meal.”  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. Thanks to all who have helped out in this effort.

 

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons: by Arthur Cash

First Reading:  Exodus 20: 1 – 17

Our reading consists of the first version of the Ten Commandments—repeated with minor changes in Deuteronomy 5: 6 – 12. The first four commandments are religious, number 5 a family rule, and numbers 6 – 10 social rules.

There hasn’t been much need of the first commandment in the west in the last five or six hundred years.

The second has given a lot of trouble. On the authority of this commandment, Puritan types in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries pulled down and destroyed masses of religious paintings and sculpture, wiping out half of the art in Western Europe.

The third gives me trouble. Since my days in the army (WWII), I have a deeply ingrained habit swearing.

The fourth has been voted down in most, if not all states in the US, in their doing away with blue laws prohibiting businesses on Sunday.

As an old man, I am all in favor of number 5: honor Mom and Dad.

Number 7, on adultery, is not so vital to society today as it once was in Europe and North America. With the disappearance of primogeniture and the advent of widespread birth-control, Dr. Samuel Johnson could not say today what he said in 1768: “Consider, sir, of what importance in the chastity of women: upon that all the property of the world depends.”

No one raises objections to 6, 8-9 because one can hardly imagine a stable society without them.

Number 10 offers problems because it prohibits desires, not actions. Today, we are not very sure we can command desires.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 18 – 25

As Paul was well aware, to be nailed to the cross was a punishment reserved for the lowest criminals. It involved not only a slow death in great pain, but the most revolting physical responses. It was regarded as utterly shameful. Some historians believe that the followers of Jesus were slow to organize themselves after his death because they were so embarrassed that their Lord should have died so. Paul and other early leaders may have saved the Church by explaining how Jesus’ dying on the cross was the ultimate expression of those upside-down truths he had been teaching—the lowest are the highest, the poorest the most rich, the most foolish the most wise, the most despicable death the most glorious gift.

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