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

 Outdoor Eucharist and Parish Picnic: July 1, at 10: am. Join us for Sunday worship in Marcus Garvey Park.  Bring a blanket and something for lunch as we worship and enjoy the beautiful day. Rain location is the Church. The 8: am service will meet at its usual time.

 Let’s end the “Stop & Frisk” policy with a silent march against racial profiling,Father’s Day Sunday, June 17th 2012 1: pm, we will meet on 110th street east of 5th Avenue. Let’s stand together to show that New Yorkers refuse to let our children be victimized, or go to

 Cars needed for Saturday Outreach: We are in need of people willing to lend their cars for 2 hours to help transport food and volunteers to our neighbors in need around the city. If you are not available to drive, we have an experienced and trusted driver available! Please contact Christine at the church office or if you can help.

 Worship Meeting June 20, at 7:00 pm,  as summer begins we want to take this time to get your feedback and ideas about worship at St. Mary’s.  Join us for this time of discussion, brainstorming and of course, worship! Please see Janet Dorman or Christine Lee for more information.

Summer Camp at St. Mary’s Church begins July 9th 2012 applications can be picked up at the Church office see Ms. Gwen, or call (212) 864-4013 for more information

Summer coffee hour sign up: Fellowship after service is such an important part of our Sunday worship. Would you consider signing up to provide baked goods, fruit or some other treat to share on one Sunday this summer? Sign-ups are in the back of the church.

Pledge statements are now available on the back table. Please make sure to pick yours up!

Time to collect your recipes for the St. Mary’s Cookbook! Fill out a recipe card and turn it in to Lisa Slocum by June 20.

 Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for fellowship, popcorn and FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help! June 22: soul surfer (2011, drama, pg), teen surfer faces life after a shark attack, based on a true story. June 29: hugo (2011, adventure mystery, pg), martin scorcese’s oscar-winning fantasy about an orphan & an automaton.

Ecclesia July 1st at 2 pm in Marcus Garvey Park:  St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We always need some volunteers to help prepare the “Second Meal” following the service.

St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm Street Outreach. Please let Lisa Slocum knows if you can help and keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:

First Reading: First Samuel 15: 34 – 16: 13

   This is the story of God’s sending the great prophet, Samuel, to find the next king, and Samuel’s surprising discovery that God has chosen a mere shepherd boy of no reputation—though of great beauty. God has a record of choosing as leaders people who do not measure up to common moral standards. Abram was not above selling his wife to Pharaoh, and Jacob was a scamp. David was to live into old age and die of natural causes, but his parting words were his instructions to his son about whom he must murder. God seems to have been looking for something beside moral uprightness in the leaders he chose.

Second Reading: Second Corinthians 5: 6 – 10

All of our readings are based upon the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. The second part of today’s reading, about Christ’s judgment seat, is less than clear. For this passage, I prefer the more recent version, the New English Bible:”We must all have our lives laid open before the tribunal of Christ, were each must receive what is due to him for his conduct in the body, good or bad.”

When we look at Paul’s letters as a whole, we wonder what the words “what is due to him” can mean. It is hard to reconcile that idea with what Paul says in Romans: “God hardens the heart of whomever he chooses” (9:18); or in Ephesians: “he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ according to the good pleasure of his will” (1: 4 – 5). By these words, said John Calvin, Paul did away with all possibility that humans might earn salvation. So which is it?  Does Christ save people as a reward for their good deeds? Or is salvation entirely at God’s discretion irrespective of our good or bad deeds? Calvin thought God never changes his mind. So how could we win his approval?

We and I must add, most Calvinist churches today, are not so sure that God never changes his mind. He is our father. A major part of the life of a child is to win the approval of the parent.

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