Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!
Bagpipes and Drums!! Many thanks to Tommy Chang, Ray Lewis and the St. Mary’s Choir and Acolytes for leading our Palm Sunday Procession this morning. Once again we are blessed to start our Holy Week observance by going forth into our neighborhood to witness where God is working among the poor and oppressed. Thank you!!
Holy Week Schedule:
* Tenebrae: April 4th: 6:30 pm A service of Psalms and Scripture for Holy Week.
* Maundy Thursday, April 5th: 6:30 pm Footwashing, Holy Communion and Agape meal in the Rectory, followed by all night vigil at the Altar of Repose.
* Good Friday: April 6th: 12 noon – 3:00 pm A service of prayer and meditation.
Special music provided by the Harlem Chamber Players.
* Holy Saturday: April 7th: 12 noon A short service of prayer in the garden.
* Easter Sunday: April 8th: 6:00 am Sunrise service and Vigil.
8:00 am Holy Communion and hymns.
10:00 am Festal Eucharist and Holy Baptism
April Armstrong, soprano; Nabate Iles, trumpet 2:00 pm Ecclesia Easter in Marcus Garvey Park. Join us for the 4th annual Easter celebration in the park.
Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. Today we will need volunteers 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!!
St. Mary’s “Urban Farm” is growing and greening! Last week the “Urban Farm” project made a huge leap forward with new mulch and soil for the beds. Our “Urban Farmers” Stanley Dennis, Billy Adams, Freddie Brown Carter, Stephen Thake, Kym Roberts and others have started planting seeds. Give God thanks for such incredible and inspirational people to work on this project to make fresh, nutritious food available to our community.
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. April 6th: the passion of joan of arc (1928);
jesus shaves (2010, david sedaris short); the ten commandment
April 13th: tower heist (2011, adventure comedy, pg-13) eddie murphy & ben stiller
April 20th: war horse (2011, drama, pg-13) steven spielberg
Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:
First Reading: Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a
Our reading is one of several passages in Second Isaiah (Chapters 40-50) about the “Suffering Servant.” Because he attempts to teach God’s word, the Servant is turned upon, cast out, beaten, spit upon (especially Chapter 53). When one looks at the context of these passages, he can have no doubt that the Servant is a metaphor for the body of Jews who remained faithful during their slavery at Babylon and preserved the religion. However, most Christians over the centuries, taking the entire OT as prophetic of Christ, have seen the Servant as representing Jesus. There is justification for such an interpretation: (53: 12): “… he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Second Reading: Philippians 2: 5 – 11
This is Paul’s great song of praise and exhalation. In it there is nothing historical except the cross. All is the mystery of our faith.