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

            You are warmly welcomed to the ordination of Deacon Christine Lee at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on September 29 at 10:30 am. There will be a gathering for a lunch reception at the rectory of All Angels’ Church (the home of Revs. Milind and Ajung Sojwal), at after the service, sometime between 1 and 1:30 pm. Their address is 201 W. 72nd St. 15E. Please RSVP by Sept. 24 to or call the church office so we’ll know how many to expect.  

Miriam, Mark, and Marx, Thursday Sept 27th 6:00PM“Why are our young people fighting each other, and “What can we do about it?!”

Save the Date,Sunday October 21st noon to 5: pm Celebration of our Justice & Peace Ministry and (Jim White’s 65th un-birthday) and a fund raiser for our Discretionary

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

This week’s movie for Sept. 28: nothing but a man (1964, drama, ur)  a railroad worker who settles down to marry a preacher’s daughter finds that the system is rigged against him. an understated classic.  w/ ivan dixon,  abbey lincoln.  must see.

Directory Update: We are updating the church directory and need your latest information! Even if you think we have your correct info, please see  Fr. Tom Pellaton 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 31: 10 -31

This acrostic poem appears at the end of Proverbs. I don’t know why our bishops would include it unless they wanted to give people like me a chance to object. Alas, I fear their motives were other. The reading brings to mind a late relative of mine, women who shall be nameless: “At our Church, we had a women’s group studying women in the Bible. We decided that the Bible says women should be subordinate to men, and we like it that way.” This is not my idea of wisdom.

Second Reading:

James 3: 1 – 12

Wisdom is here treated as a grace from God, perhaps an inspiration. James doesn’t mean wisdom in the common sense of the word today, the ability to observe closely and predict an outcome of what is observed. He means by “wisdom” a good heart, sympathy, generosity, selflessness, what Laurence Sterne called the softer passions. Sterne thought they were part of human nature, but had to be nurtured so as to prevail over the equally nature, passions of greed and selfishness. But James is not concerned with faculty psychology. For him goodness is God-given. Ask and you will receive both wisdom and its rewards.


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