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

The Vestry will meet today following the 10:00 am service. All are invited. Also, there will be Coffeehour following the 8:00 am this morning.

“Teen Jam” returns! Club St. Mary’s presents the 2011 End of School Teen Movie Night and Teen Jam, Friday July 1st. Admission FREE! 6:00 pm movie: “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming” After the movie, Teen Jam ’til 9:30 pm. Bring your iPod or MP3 and plug into our sound system. Free food. Free drinks.

Spirit and Strife Peer Trauma Support Group. If you are a trauma survivor, please join St. Mary’s in a new ministry to co-create a safe, loving, faith-inspired space in which to develop strategies for resilience and recovery. Meeting: Saturdays , 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. A mutually supportive faith community can be a precious resource for those of us who are living with PTSD, or trauma’s after-effects, which can persist for many years after the event(s). See Lysander Puccio for more information.

The Episcopal Church Women: The ECW Prayer committee meets on second Sunday of the month. The next Prayer committee meeting will be held on July 10th following the 10:00 am service and be lead by Janet Dorman. The regular ECW meeting is on July 17th. All women are invited. Please see Celia Braxton for further information.

St. Mary’s Summer Camp: July 11 to Aug. 4, 2011: Now open for REGISTRATION: call the Church Office at (212) 864-4013 to register. Registration forms are available on the back table. Keep praying for the Summer Camp Program and the director, Ms. Deborah Snyder.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first Sunday each month. We need volunteers next Sunday to help us make the lunches for the meal following the service. 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.

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. Thanks!! July 1: “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming” (college student tries to win the national step title; PG-13); July 8: “Ratatouille” (Pixar’s oscar-winning ambitious chef rodent; G); July 15: “Whale Rider” (Maori teen girl seeks to prove worthy of title “chief”; PG-13); July 22: “Up” (young explorer & old homebody take a surprising grand journey; PG).

Summertime Blues: please don’t let it happen to St. Mary’s Church! If you are going to be away this summer, please make your pledge payments in advance, if you can, so that we can stay financially healthy as we seek to carry out God’s mission throughout all the year. Thank you so much (in advance!)

Preaching schedule: July 3 – The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp.

Reflections on today’s scripture readings: Prepared by Arthur Cash

First Reading: Genesis 22: 1 – 14

God asked Abraham to sacrifice to everything he valued, not only his child, but his immorality. Abraham had never heard of Heaven; immortality was attained through story or through progeny. If he did this cruel act, his story, his reputation, would be devastated. He could leave no progeny because Sarah was too old to conceive Obeying God would bring a total, heartbreaking loss. But he made what Soren Kierkegaard called “the absurd leap to God,” and acted against all reason because God asked it. Only that kind of acting, said Kierkegaard, exemplifies true faith. By way of contrast, a god of the ancient Greeks would have let the sacrifice proceed, and we would have a tragedy. But Abraham’s God rewards faith with kindness; he takes away the knife.
However, Abraham’s faith may have destroyed his family. Mother Jennifer Phillips pointed out to me that Abraham and Sarah never lived together after this day. He lived in Beersheba, she in Hebron.

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