A Blessed Easter and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

Many thanks to Liz Mellen for her musical leadership this morning. And of course the beautiful music will continue with…

Spring Finale Concert: Today at 3:00 pm, the Harlem Chamber Players present a program of Foote, Saint-Saëns and Schubert here at St. Mary’s Church. Hosted by Eric K. Washington; $15 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors. Call (212) 864-1492 or visit  www.harlemchamberplayers.org  for more information. Tell your family, friends and neighbors about this fantastic day of music in our community.

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

Stop and Frisk: Tomorrow, Monday April 30th, Prof. Cornel West, Rev. Phelps of Riverside Church, Ms. Nellie Bailey of the Harlem Tenants Council and Rev. Kooperkamp and 30 others defendants will be on trial for an act of civil disobedience against the NYPD policy of Stop and Frisk. Keep them in your prayers and come show support if you are able. The trial will begin at 9:30 am, Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street The courtroom has been changed, so ask at the front desk. STOP “Stop and Frisk!”

May 1st: Occupy the Streets: Occupy Wall Street plans a large mobilization on May Day for economic justice for the 99%. 2:00 pm, March from Bryant Park to Union Square; 5:30 pm, Solidarity March from Union Square to Wall Street. A Day of total Economic non-compliance

Cropwalk: NEXT SUNDAY: May 6th: We are collecting donations for the Church World Service Cropwalk, a program to feed people all around the world beginning right here in West Harlem. Please help out with a generous contribution. Please see Bonnie Phelps or Lisa Slocum for more information.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. Today we need some volunteers to help prepare 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.  May 4th: pray the devil back to hell (2008, documentary, ur), Liberian women end a civil war. a must see!

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:

First Reading Acts: 4: 5 – 12

Peter and John have been arrested for their healing of the crippled beggar and forced to defend their behavior before a formidable panel of judges, Annas, Caiaphas, Jonathan (called John) were all at one time or another High Priests of the Temple. They were leaders of the Sadducees (the Temple and court party) and allies of the Roman governor.

This great council does not question the fact of the healing, but only asks by what “power” or “name” it was done. The two words seem to be synonyms. They want only to know if the power came from Satan or someone else. They get their answer: the man was healed “by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,” that is, by the power of Christ.

When you or I act in the name of Christ, we are either asking for the power of Christ or acknowledging its assistance. I now see why I cross myself when I say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”. My desire for the holy bread and wine is being blessed, that is, reinforced by the power of Christ.

 Second Reading: First John 3: 16 – 24

In today’s reading, we discover the major theme of the sermon: the true Christian life is a life of love. Jesus gave us the commandment to live one another and the supreme example of love in laying down his life for us. John is not talking about verbal expressions of love; he means love expressed in actions.  It is interesting that he thinks we can rely upon our conscience, in his words the assurances or condemnations of our hearts.



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