It’s been so enjoyable to read the reflections of parishioners in this newsletter these past few weeks while I’ve been away. I hope you all enjoyed them as well and that you all are having a good summer. You’ll hear no complaints from me, at least about that. It was nice to be back at St. Peter’s this past Sunday. The garden looks beautiful!
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus cures a woman “with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years” and, as he seems to love to rile up his opposition, he cures her on the Sabbath. The passage states the woman was “bent over and quite unable to stand up straight”. We typically hear about the exact physical issue of whoever Jesus heals which, of course, makes it very relatable. But let’s focus on the description of a “spirit” that crippled the woman for eighteen years. I’m sure we’ve all experienced getting physically ill because our spirit was suffering. The spirit and the body are connected.
Jesus was teaching in the synagogue and “just then there appeared a woman…”. Just then? From everything I’ve read about how things were in the time of Jesus, no crippled woman would have been able to get to the front of the crowd at a synagogue. Well, at least not easily. I imagine she had to somehow fight her way up so that she could be seen by Jesus… just then.
So, let’s cut to the chase as I’m almost out of space. What in your spirit are you allowing to cripple you? And, (as your Deacon I have to add this part) what steps are you (ok, we) taking to be cured. Are we pushing through our mess and getting ourselves up front and center to Jesus. Because he’s there and will always be there – he’s staying put, it’s us who need to get moving.
Jesus heals every day. But his most favorite day is on the Sabbath.
Back-to-School Backpack Drive Deacon Denise is organizing a Back-to-School Backpack Drive for the upcoming school year. If you would like to donate a new backpack for a student, please bring it to church or the office by August 28. If you don’t have time to shop, donations will work too. Our goal is to help provide school equipment to those who need it. Many thanks for your generosity!
Transition update: The wardens are working with the diocese on next steps as we move forward with the proposed revitalization plan for St. Peter's. Over the summer we will be working on an agreement. Stay tuned!
Volunteer Opportunities: We need extra help this summer with our 10 am 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 Food Pantry will be closed on August 24 and 31. It will reopen on September 7. 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: Join us in the rectory for Evening Prayer service at 6:30 pm. As we continue our Thursday Evening Prayer in the Rectory, we still need one or two more people to lead this. You will 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. 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: Jean Bell, Jerrold Owens, David Winkler, and his family, Bill, Benjamin, and Tony.
And for those who have died: Joan Walsh, Toni Morrison, the people killed in the Dayton and El Paso shootings.
Events at St. Peter's St. Peter's is bustling with activity seven 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.
Ongoing Weekly meetings: Chelsea Mornings (AA), Mon-Sat, 8am-9am Chelsea Mornings at Night (AA) Mon 7-8pm Senior Fit, Tuesdays, 10 am SLAA, Tuesdays, 6:30 pm; Wednesdays 730pm and Fridays 9:30 am (SLAA meetings are men only)
Weekly Services: Holy Eucharist; Sundays at 10 am Evening Prayer: Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Music in Chelsea is back! 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 at 4:00 pmFall 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!
Suggested Donation: $10 (half-price discounts for seniors/students) Proceeds from these concerts will benefit the St. Peter's Food Pantry Tel: 212-929-2390 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Nearest subway: C/E 23rd St @ 8th Ave or #1 18th St @ 7th Ave
Book Signing and Discussion Thursday, September 12 at 7pm Join us on September 12, to celebrate the release of Courting Anna the first novel by Cate Simon (aka St. Peter’s own Catherine Siemann). Catherine will be joined by Leanna Renee Hieber for an evening of discussion and book signing.