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

St. Mary’s will take on a new role, as a temporary shelter for men in the evenings. About a dozen men from the neighborhood will have cots in the Undercroft during the cold weather months. This is a new initiative from the NYC Department of Homeless Services and our Vestry agreed to help out with it. There may be some opportunities to volunteers as well. Please keep these men and St. Mary’s response in your prayers.

 The Vestry will meet today following the 10:00 am service. All are invited.

 Do you LOVE to sing and praise God? Why not join St. Mary’s Choir!! Please pray on this and see Janet Dorman, our wonderful Choir Director.

 Men’s  Prayer Group: OK guys, let’s start 2012 off right and get the Men’s monthly Prayer Group back on track! Last Saturday of the month (January 28th) at 8:00 am.

The Mardi Gras Masked Ball is coming soon, February 18th!! Mark your calendars, tell your friends and get involved. We need lots of willing hands to make this another unforgettable evening for St. Mary’s. Please see Lisa slocum to see how you can help out.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We will need volunteers to help with the preparation of the “Second Meal” next Sunday, January 29th, the Fifth Sunday this month. 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.

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. The New Movie Schedule is here:  Jan. 27: midnight in paris, 2011 romantic comedy, pg-13. woody allen is back in good form. Feb. 3: black history special: the black power mixtape, 1967-1975 & 2011 documentary, ur, recently discovered interviews of panthers and other black leaders by Swedish journalists.

 “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!!

Preaching Schedule: Jan. 29th: The Rev. Chloe  Breyer; Feb. 5th: The Rev. Max Surjadinata


Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons: by Arthur Cash

 First Reading: Jonah 3: 1 – 5, 10

Jonah is one of “The Twelve” or the “Minor Prophets,” that conclude the Old Testament. They are minor only because the records of their work arc short. Jonah is the most loveable prophet in the Bible, a grumpy man who does not want to do God’s work for him. God, however, will not let him off. He reluctantly goes to Nineveh to make his proclamation, but is angry with God that he changed his mind. You really must read this amusing story. If you do, bear in mind that the long verse prayed Jonah says when he is inside the great fish is a later addition that somewhat damages this divine comedy.

Second Reading: First Corinthians 7: 2

As we saw last Sunday, Paul is distressed by the licentiousness of his Corinthian congregation.  Here he evokes the doctrine that heaven and earth will pass away at the second coming and counsels all to prepare themselves by turning away from earthly things, power, possessiveness, and sex. I find it a little hard that Paul wants his people to turn away from mourning. Does he not know that lamentation is a form of prayer?


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