Good morning and welcome to St. Mary’s Church !

We will have a special welcoming service today Sunday September 16, for our new group of interns of the New York Intern Program. All are welcome.

This week’s movie for Sept. 14 honeydripper (2007, crime drama, pg-13).  john sayles directs the story of a 50’s alabama blues lounge owner struggling to pay the bills.  w/ danny glover & lisa gay hamilton.

 Directory Update: We are updating the church directory and need your latest information! Even if you think we have your correct info, please see Christine Lee after the service to confirm.

Coffee hour donations:Fellowship after service is such an important part of our Sunday worship. Would you consider chipping in to help provide baked goods for Sundays? Look for the donation jar by the coffee.

Time to collect your recipes for the St. Mary’s Cookbook!  Please fill out a recipe card and turn it in to Lisa Slocum ASAP…

Bulletin announcements: If you need an announcement listed in the bulletin for the next Sunday, please email Gwen at

by 5 pm Wednesday.


Commentary on the Readings by Arthur Cash

First Reading:

 Proverbs 1: 20 – 33

      In the passage we hear today, wisdom is represented as a woman, as she is also in the apocryphal Book of Sirach (also called, Ecclesiastics). Wisdom preaches at the city gates, where judicial courts are held and businesses are conducted. The meaning of the metaphor is that wisdom is available to any who seek it, a theme which is carried to the end of our reading.  We are hearing a poem, though I don’t think the printed version given to you will show that. In the New Revised Standard version, it appears in poetic form. In a manner common to most Old Testament verse, lines appear in couplets, the second line repeating the thought of the first in a different way: “I will pour out my thoughts to you; I will make my words known to you.”  “Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but will not find me”. Most of the Psalms consist in such couplets.

Second Reading:

James 3: 1 – 12

     Our reading opens with the speaker’s talking about the demands put upon teachers. The rest of the passage is on the power of words. A good man can use his tongue well, like a bit in a horse’s mouth or a rudder on a large boat.  But evil uses of the tongue! On this subject the passage excels.



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