St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of June 11-17, 2018  

On Sunday St. Paul's parishioners will forego the 8am service and hold its 10am service at the Germania campground off Old DeGarmo Road as part of our annual parish picnic. The grill gets started and the food comes out directly following the Rite II Eucharistic service. There will be no services in the church Sunday June 17. The event is always informal: shorts and flip-flips are encouraged.
The annual picnic gives all parishioners an opportunity to worship together in a relaxed setting and to enjoy a fun meal and picnic atmosphere afterwards. Contact Bobbie Gordon if you need directions or if you are able to volunteer to bring a dish to share with others at the picnic.
A well-equipped playground is adjacent to the picnic area, so the youngsters will have an opportunity to play outside and enjoy the summer weather. Anyone needing a ride should call the parish office and leave a message so they can participate fully. This is also a good time to call anyone you haven't seen in church for a while and remind them of the picnic and service at Germania. Offer to pick them up and take them or ask to meet them there!

'Rise and anoint him,' said the Lord

 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13,  Psalm 20 
2  Corinthians 5:6-17, Mark 4:26-34
This week's readings
Samuel has had quite a time of it. The people clamored for a king in last Sunday's reading. When they got Saul as king, God rejected him. It was pretty obvious that God let the people have Saul as their king to show them they should instead have a leader who sought God's guidance.
This week Samuel is sent to Jesse the Bethlehemite to anoint one of his eight sons. One by one God tells Samuel, "Not this one," until finally Samuel asks Jesse if there are any more. Whereupon the seemingly least likely of Jesse's sons, the boy tending sheep, is brought before Samuel. God communicates to Samuel, "Rise and anoint him."
David is little more than a boy. His older, impressive brothers have been passed by. But God told Samuel not to look at the appearance or height of Jesse's sons; "...(T)he Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."

P A R I S H  N E W S

Be sure to get yours ASAP in order to get in all of the drawings. 
Here's a reminder of how it works:
Tickets are $25.00 each. Drawings will be held every Sunday from July 1 - December 9.   Prizes for those drawings are $10 and $20.  

The final drawing will be December 15 at a party that will include dinner and perhaps musical entertainment. Prizes awarded that day will be $10, $20 plus the big prizes of $500, $250, $150, $100 & $50. 

You can win multiple times since your ticket is always returned to the pile so that it's there for the final drawing.  All parishioners are asked to buy or sell at least 2 tickets.

Tickets to sell are available from Bobbie Gordon. Tickets for purchase are available from Vestry members and Debbie Pitcher, Deb Williams, Rose Marie Proctor, Charlie Benjamin, Cynthia Benjamin, Janet Quade and Bobbie Gordon.

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE NEWS: Possible fund raisers - Restaurant dinner in July; Casino Bus trip in August.   Do either of these sound interesting to you?  Let someone on the Stewardship Committee hear from you.  It isn't a Fund Raising event if people don't participate!
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Daphne Barrett, Charlie & Cynthia Benjamin, Aleen Clarke, Adrian Goldson, Bobbie Gordon, Debbie Pitcher, Rose Marie Proctor, Janet Quade, Deb Williams, Norma Williams
August 12th, 2018 
 Caribbean Brunch
Following the 10:00 church service -
$6 per person or $12 per family
Please feel free to invite family & friends. 
2     Donna Taylor                                                          17    Jordan William Rosborough
7     Molly Jones                                                                     Benjamin Charles Rosborough
       Mary Ann Bagatta                                                           Damien Cole
8     Joy Jones                                                               21    Shirley Mary Richardson
       Serena Mazzuto                                                             William Hyson IV
10   Hyacinth Curtis                                                       22    Michael Babb II
11   Philip Mahlke                                                          23    Sophia Mincey
12   Garrett Martin Bell                                                  25    Donna Hosier
       Ira Wethington                                                        30    Amanda Rose Bell
13   Kimberli William                                                             Shelly Anderson Walker
15   Bobbie Gordon                                                               Luke Goodwin
The Sunday Sermon          
SERMON: 3 Pentecost B 6 10 18
I was going to say a million years ago, but actually only sixty three years ago, a mere blink of the eye, relatively, the Museum of Modern Art in New York produced probably the most popular photographic exhibition the world has ever seen. The world famous photographer Edward Steichen, the museum's director of photography, used hundreds of images from photographers around the globe to create an exhibition, which was later rendered in a book, that showed, in the words of the old pop song, we are family. The title of the exhibit and of the book was "The Family of Man."

This is what the Museum of Modern Art says about it now:
"This ambitious exhibition, which brought together hundreds of images by photographers working around the world, was a forthright declaration of global solidarity in the decade following World War II. Organized by noted photographer and director of MoMA's Department of Photography Edward Steichen, the exhibition took the form of a photo essay celebrating the universal aspects of the human experience. Steichen had invited photographers to submit photographs for consideration, explaining that his aim was to capture "the gamut of life from birth to death"-a task for which, he argued, photography was uniquely suited. The exhibition toured the world for eight years, attracting more than 9 million visitors."
I was a youngster when I was given the book of the exhibit for my birthday or Christmas. Involved as I was at the time in things like bike riding and looking for frogs, it surprised me then and surprises me now how clearly I remember the images, the people from other places, the message of family. The family of all humanity.
This came to mind this week as I read the Gospel lesson. Jesus is drawing so many huge crowds he and his followers can't even find a place to eat. The scene sounds crazy. People are suggesting Jesus is possessed by Beelzebul, the devil, because he is casting out demons from afflicted men and women.
It seems like Jesus tried to reason with the critics and skeptics, but they only grow more hostile. Eventually the word reaches Jesus' family, and they go to the place where he's drawn such a huge and cranky crowd, to try and extricate him from the midst of the mob.
When the people are told his family came for him, it seems like they taunt him; as though he needed his family to get him out of the pickle he's in. That may well have been what his family thought.
Well, so much for trying to work with and reason with the mob. Jesus decided to lay it on the line. When he was told , "Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you," Jesus replied, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" The Gospel then says, "And looking at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

These are hard words to hear. It sounds like a rejection of Mary and her other children. But Jesus meant every word he said. What unfolded as Jesus made these rash statements is an appreciation that as important as we might think family is, there are more important bonds. We might not ourselves be able to imagine what would be more special than family connections. They can be delightful, enriching, meaningful, rewarding. But unlike olden times, family is not the exclusive means of survival, or social acceptance, or even love. Especially in the last couple of centuries as people have left the old country--or been taken from it--they still survived, did what they had to do, perhaps even thrived.
Let us remember, too, that after all, families sometimes are not kind and warm, they sometimes hurt one member and help another. All kinds of disorder and unhappiness can derive from family relations. That of course is not to denigrate family life altogether, only to acknowledge it is sometimes less than nourishing.
When Jesus spoke to the crowd as he did in today's reading he was speaking with his understanding of his place in the Trinity, as being part of God's family, and how there was a place in that family for all who sought to do the will of God. I think with our understanding of God and God's will for us, that we love God and love our neighbor, we can extend our understanding of God's family to all of humanity, not just those who seek to do God's will.
When Jesus was making these remarks the importance of family could not have been greater. Jesus was challenging the people who came to him to hear him or be healed by him or to heckle him. He challenged them to recognize the role God could play in their lives if they would consider themselves children of God. And if they were able to do this, they should also be able to view all others as children of God as well. Brothers and sisters in humanity.
The intervening centuries between these utterances of Jesus and the Family of Man exhibit and book demonstrate quite well how hard it has been for civilization to live into its name, to be civil. It was noted in the paragraph I read from the Museum of Modern Art that the Family of Man exhibit "was a forthright declaration of global solidarity in the decade following World War II."
Jesus saw the need for human solidarity and though he usually expected fidelity to God, he held in very high esteem the prospect of love guiding all human affairs as contrasted with self-interest or control.
Our other readings give us good insights into how it works when people choose not to follow God's will. Samuel is essentially encouraged to let the people have a king, even though God through Samuel has repeatedly advised against it. Rather than follow God the people want to follow a king, so let them suffer the consequences, God tells Samuel. In the epistle Paul encourages the Corinthians to not lose heart. Things may not go the way we want them to go, but we have hopes in eternity.
When first we heard Jesus' words redefining his family we found them harsh, even cruel. But as we consider his larger family, to which we all belong, we realize he was transmitting the message that echoes through all eternity to all faiths and all people: love God and love your neighbor.           Amen
A sermon preached at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie NY on June 10, 2018, by The Rev. Tyler Jones, Rector

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LEVAS-II                 64      I love to tell the story
LEVAS-II                 88      My faith looks up to thee

LEVAS-II                109     What a friend we have in Jesus
LEVAS-II                210     Down by the riverside
HYMN INFORMATION: The author of What a Friend We Have In Jesus is Irishman Joseph Medicott Scriven (1820-1886), and the text testifies to sustained faith despite repeated misfortune and lifelong ill health. His bride-to-be drowned the night before their wedding day, after which he emigrated to Canada. There, his second fiancee died after a brief illness. However, he tirelessly worked among the poor of Ontario while earning a living as a tutor. Scriven told a friend, who published these verses after the author's death, that he had written them years earlier to comfort his mother at a time of sorrow for her. There is some question whether the familiar melody we sing these words to was written specifically for the text, but we know the tune is by Charles Converse (1832-1918), an American composer largely forgotten today but known in his lifetime for both oratorios and gospel hymns.

June 11-17, 2018

MON 11                7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                             6pm EVENING PRAYER, Worship/ Altar Guild;           
                             6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";                                             
TUE 12                 10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;  
                              6pm EVENING PRAYER, Bible Study;                      
WED 13                7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                            10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
        12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;
         1pm Parish Aid;
THUR 14             10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;
                            6pm EVENING PRAYER, Pastoral Care;
FRI 15                  7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting;
SAT 16                 3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery"                             


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