A Happy New Year from St. Mary’s Church!

 Happy New Year to all, from the Wardens, Vestry Rector and Staff of St. Mary’s Church. May this new year be one of peace and the continued struggle for justice for all God’s creation, and especially for you and those you love!!

Many thanks to Ms. Christine Campbell for leading our Annual Parish Kwanzaa celebration this year. Also, special thanks to St. Mary’s Sunday School, teachers, children and parents for the Christmas Pageant and for your help with Kwanzaa.

 The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee will meet next Sunday, Jan. 8th following the 10:00 am service. The Episcopal Church Women meet 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. Today we 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.

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 Jan 6, to kill a mockingbird (1962 drama UR, racism and murder in a small southern town, w/ gregory peck).

 “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 Finance Committee will meet on Thursday Jan. 5 at 6:00 pm. All are invited.

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

Preaching Schedule: January 8th: The Rev. Chloe A. Breyer; January 15th: The Rev. Earl Kooperakmp.


Reflections on today’s scripture readings 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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