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

 The Mardi Gras Masked Ball this Saturday, February 18th!! Come on out for a great celebration, great food, great music and the best company! Let’s make our second annual Mardi Gras a night to remember. 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. Tickets are now available: $20.00 for dinner, entertainment and tons of fun!

 St. Mary’s Annual “Poetry Sunday” February 26th!! Calling all poets to bring your favorite work to read at our services. Please see Bonnie Phelps or Emma Collins if you wish to participate.

 The Harlem Chamber Players present “Black History Month Celebration” Sunday, February 26th at 3:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Join Music at St. Mary’s for an incredible concert hosted by Mr. Terrance McKnight of WQXR. $15 General Admission; $10 Students/Seniors. Please call (212) 866-1492 for more information.

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

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:  Feb. 17: the untold story of Emmett Louis till, 2005 documentary, pg-13, story of a black man brutally killed in 1955 for whistling at a white woman; includes new testimony; Feb. 24: Lackawanna blues, 2005, musical drama, pg-13; 60’s boardinghouse comes alive through stories + R&B. w/ mos def.

LENT Begins: Ash Wednesday February  22,Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion at 7:30 am, 12 noon and 6:30 pm.

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

February 29: Intercession, 155th Street and Broadway

  • March 7: St. Mary’s, You know where we are!!
  • 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.)

Preaching Schedule: Feb. 19th: Rev. Earl Kooperkamp; Feb. 26th, St, Mary’s Annual “Poetry Sunday” in Black History Month.

St. Mary’s Annual Meeting will take place on March 4th, the Second Sunday of Lent.


Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons: by Arthur Cash

 First Reading: Second Kings 5: 1 – 14

       II Kings completes the “Deuteronomic History.” The story of the Jews in the land of Canaan, probably one book originally.  Parts of it appear in Deuteronomy, Joshua, and Judges, and it supplies the main text for I-II Kings. Three prophets play a major part, Samuel, Elijah, and Elisha. Samuel was a “Kingmaker” and Elijah the scourge of apostate Kings. Elisha’s story is less political. He is most famous for his long secession of miracle, one of which you will hear narrated to day

Second Reading: First Corinthians 9: 24 – 27

    Our lesson is a continuation of that of last Sunday, Paul’s instructions to a Christian colony surviving in a pagan environment. Paul’s image of the Christian as a runner or boxer competing for an immaterial prize delights the sports fan. But it is an odd image for Paul. The prize goes only to one, and the others get nothing? Does God save only the winner? Moreover, the image contradicts Paul’s fundamental doctrine as it appears in his faith. It may be too much to ask Paul to be consistent: in letters written over a long span of time and a variety of circumstances, inconsistencies are to be expected.

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