When I think of the word “legion”, I think big – a massive army, countless beings with one purpose, big unfathomable amounts, overwhelming numbers. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus encounters a man possessed by a demon. He asks “what is your name?” and the demon responds “Legion”.
The Bible features lots of characters possessed by “demons” and, of course, we realize that there was not exactly a knowledge of mental illness or other conditions which could, lacking the science we now have, imitate and be classified as demonic possession. We know now that mental illnesses, stress, depression, hormonal imbalances, to name a few, you get the gist – we know they are different than demons.
But sometimes it can feel like a demon is inhabiting our bodies and minds. Those things that block us from doing things we should do, feeling the compassion and love we are called to feel, being the person we want to be. We fight these demons all the time. And sometimes these demons do feel massive, countless, unfathomable, overwhelming, and well..... ”Legion”.
Sunday’s Gospel says “As Jesus stepped out on land a man of the city who had demons met him”. We too, need to be proactive, and at least make a move to encounter Jesus and be healed.
How about this? For an hour or so, at a minimum, each week, (hmmm...maybe at St. Peter’s 10am Sunday Eucharist!), focus completely on being in the healing presence of Christ, yes, in community. Imagine, during that time, you are whole and mentally well, and the person you long to be. Be present and engaged and assured that relationship with Jesus, in the community (which is where he’s hiding, by the way), is your lifeline. Just see how that feels and let me know.
We’re in transition and we need more presence, engagement, and spiritual good health as a parish and perhaps we all need that individual as well. Come and get it! See you on Sunday! -Deacon Denise
Parish News and Events Transition update: The wardens will be meeting with the Rev. Canon Nora Smith, Canon for Transition Ministry to discuss next steps as we move forward with the proposed revitalization plan for St. Peter's. ________________________________________ Calling all volunteers! We need extra help this summer with our 10am Sunday service. Please let us know if you would be willing to help with set up or as greeter, lector, or host. If you haven’t volunteered before we would be happy to teach you. If you are interested, you can speak with one of the vestry or email Melissa at email@example.com
Food Pantry News: The special pop up distribution on June 1st brought in 17 pallets of fresh fruits and vegetables. Alice estimates that there were about 1000 people that came to pick up a part of the harvest.
Interested in joining our incredible food pantry team? Please contact Alice Blount-Fenney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office (212 929 2390) for more information on how you can help. ________________________________________ Thursdays at St. Peter's: Evening Prayer @6:30pm As we continue our Thursday Evening Prayer in the Rectory, we still need one or two more people to lead this. You will be trained and would be called upon to do this one Thursday each month. Speak with Deacon Denise if you are interested.
________________________________________ Prayers of the People We invite you to communicate to us your individual prayer requests which we will read when we pray for those who have died. All these will remain included in the Prayers of the People for one month. (Yes, you can always add them again.) Please email your prayer requests to Susan at email@example.com OR write them in on the appropriate list as you enter Church on Sunday. Deacon Denise This week we ask for prayers for the following: Harvey and Georgia Rodgers, Bill Stivale, Seth, Melissa, Robert, Amelia, Zachary, Lon Hodge, Bill, Benjamin, Phil, Tony, survivors of school shootings For those who have died. ________________________________________ Opportunities for Service If anyone is interested in Lay Ministry in any of these areas, please speak with Deacon Denise. Lector, Greeter/ Usher/ Prayer Leader, Acolyte, Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM), Coffee Host, Sacristan. These are all wonderful ways to deepen your spirituality by participating in providing beautiful liturgy for our parish. ________________________________________ This Week's Readings Second Sunday of Pentecost Isaiah 65:1-9 Psalm 22:18-27 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39 ________________________________________ Events at St. Peter's St. Peter's is bustling with activity 7 days a week. From 12 step groups, to poetry and play readings, photographers, Senior Fit, orchestral, choral and ensemble groups....There are St. Peter's sponsored events as well as outside rentals. It seems like a week doesn't go by without a special performance in the church.
Music in Chelsea is back! Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 7:30 PM NEW AMSTERDAM SUMMER ORCHESTRA Conductor: Thomas Cunningham Soloist: Patrick Hopkins, cello Program: William Grant Still Mother and Child Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme (Mr. Hopkins) Mozart Cosi fan Tutte Overture Mozart Symphony No. 35, K. 385, D Major (Haffner) Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 7:30 PM NEW AMSTERDAM SUMMER ORCHESTRA Conductor: Kyle Ritenauer Soloist: Wendy Y. Chen, violin Program: Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218, D Major Mozart Symphony No. 41, K. 551, C Major (Jupiter) Mark your calendars for these Sundays @ 4 PM Fall 2019 October 6 Amazing Grace and her Amazing Friends October 27 Bachtopus November 10 Amazing Grace and her Amazing Friends November 24 Chelsea Musica returns! ________________________________________ Ongoing Weekly meetings Chelsea Mornings (AA), Mon-Sat, 8am-9am Chelsea Mornings at Night (AA) Mon 7-8pm Senior Fit, Tuesdays, 10am SLAA, Tuesdays, 6:30pm; Wednesdays 730pm Fridays 9:30am (SLAA meetings are men only) ________________________________________ Weekly Services Holy Eucharist Sundays at 10am Evening Prayers Thursdays at 6:30pm