St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


MESSENGER
"Making friends while serving God"

The week of May 21-27, 2018  
Steadfast in faith
Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 29
Romans 8:12-17, John 3:1-17
 

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This week's lessons 
Steadfast in faith

If you glimpsed the sign on the corner this week you noticed it reads,

"BE LIKE ELDAD AND MEDAD
FIND OUT HOW
SUNDAY AT 8 AND 10 AM.

When the sign was being put up Monday morning the driver of one of the cars that passed by audibly chuckled at the idea. It's a bit of a teaser. But it speaks to the notion of the Holy Spirit moving in our midst and how we can be responsive to it, like Eldad and Medad were in the time of Moses. This is from last Sunday and the Pentecost readings.
 
This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday when the Trinity is completely unified according to Christian theology. God is in heaven, Jesus is in heaven with God, and the Holy Spirit is with us, comforting us, advising us and reminding us of the ways Jesus taught us to live better lives.
 
In our collect on May 27 we will acknowledge the faith we have received and commit to worship the Unity of the Trinity. This connection between the three persons of the Trinity informs our lives and our faith; we look about us and see signs of each of the three at different times, often in response to our sense of or longing for their presence.
 
Our Hebrew Bible reading from Isaiah relates his coming to recognize his calling. God asked "Whom shall I send?" and Isaiah responds, "Here am I; send me." Our other readings address our adoption as children of God and our willingness to take on the notions and responsibilities of faith. This summary of our calling, the calling of every Christian, prepares us for service and fidelity in faith.
'In Service to God & You'
This week's helpers
  

SUNDAY 8AM

Server:            Maria Bell

 

Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor

                        Tom Walker

 

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

 

SUNDAY 10AM

Organist:         Maris Kristapsons

 

Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee

   Jordan Rosborough

   Ben Rosborough

 

Lectors:           Carola Madrid

                        Jack Mazzuto

 

Litanist:           Mark Debald

 

Usher:             Dewy Clarke

                        Mark Debald

 

Altar Guild:      Hyacinth & Daphne

                         

Greeters:         Rose Marie Proctor

                        Alexis Plain                  


P A R I S H  N E W S



St. Paul's collection for Episcopal Charities:  $447
 
The Mothers Day and Pentecost Sunday collections for Episcopal Charities generated a total of $447 given by members of St. Paul's. The annual collection for the social service agency of the Episcopal Diocese of New York regularly is scheduled for Mothers Day.
 
Episcopal Charities supports scores of human service programs throughout the diocese. Episcopal Charities is a major donor supporting the food pantry at St. Paul's. Parishioners responded generously because of the worthiness of the overall mission of the organization as well as the specific grants made to St. Paul's.




FROM THE STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE: Many thanks to all who helped to make the Italian Dinner a success - the shoppers, the dining room set up crew, the cooks, the platers, the servers, and the clean up crew and of course thank you to all who attended.   Everyone enjoyed the delicious meal. We served 51 people Saturday night and about 10 more bought dinners on Sunday.   Fundraising profit from this dinner was $613.
 
 At our May 14 meeting we decided to sponsor another 25 Week Club.   Drawings will begin on July 1, 2018.   Tickets are $25.   Drawings will be held weekly with a $10 & $20 winner each week. The final drawing will be held at a party on December 15.   At that time there will be 5 winners $500, $250, $150, $100 and $50. We need to sell at least 200 tickets and are counting on each parishioner to sell at least 2 tickets - either for themselves or to friends and family.   Tickets should be available beginning June 2.   Plan now to get your lucky ticket.   They make great gifts too.
 
We also started planning for two Caribbean food events.   The first will be a Caribbean Brunch Buffet August 12 following the 10:00 service.   Cost will be $6 per person or $12 for a family.   The second event will be a Caribbean Dinner September 15.  More information to follow next month.   Put these dates on your calendar now!!  



  Organ Dedication- A day filled with Music

The next event is the Dedication of the organ, Concert and Reception on Saturday, June 2 at 4:00.   This will be an exciting day for St. Paul's.  Maris has arranged for five other organists, a handbell choir and our own drummer, Charlie to provide the music.   We hope to have a large turnout for this occasion - please encourage your family and friends to join us. 
 
We are asking for donations of finger foods for the reception - sandwiches, veggies & dip, crackers & cheese, fruit, cookies, brownies.  

Please volunteer by using the sign up sheet in the narthex on Sunday.

Prior to the concert, there is an AGO workshop from 1:00 - 2:30. This is open to anyone who might want to know more about the refurbishing of our organ.  



COMMUNITY  NEWS
Note:
Please visit the DCIC website (www.dutchesscountyinterfaith.org) and our Facebook page for updates on these events and more.
 
 
 
 
Wed.
June 6th


Story Circle & Potluck Dinner


 

 

   6pm

The Dining Hall at Maripolis Luminosa
(200 Cardinaol Rd, Hyde Park, NY)

For more info call Antonio (845) 229-0230 x127
OR
 


 
                                            MAY

3       Aidan Curtis                                              17     Kataleya Mayorga                                   

         Robin Porter                                             18     Claudette Tucker

7       Carolyn Dewald                                        20     Richlina Angel Hodge

         Clifford Clarke                                                   Jorge Santos Jr.

         Christiana Hope Prater-Lee                      22    Shiann Mayorga Cash

         Frances Rogers                                        25    Theresa Butler

8       Bruce Wolven                                           27     Mark Goodwin

11     Mary Wethington                                               Bert Mazzuto

12     Kimberly Zeleznik                                              Velma Pusey

15     Joanna Frang                                                     Ananda Payne-Carter

 30     Debbie Pitcher

 

The Sunday Sermon

Delight in the Holy Spirit
SERMON: Pentecost B 5 20 18
Num11:24-30;Ps104:25-35,37;Acts2:1-21;Jn15:26-27;16:4b-15
 
Everybody in the world of religions believes they have the inside track on spirituality. Some Christians are so sure of their exclusive claim on the Holy Spirit that they assume no other faith has anything comparable. Nothing even close!

Today's reading from the Book of Numbers would seem to poke a hole in that claim, wouldn't it? Eldad and Medad were obviously filled with the spirit. We can tell, if only by the relief of Moses, who finally got some help.

But this Bible story reminds us of the human tendency to think and behave as if being called is sufficient, that one needn't necessarily do anything. We're so worthy, so holy, don't you know?
You might have heard about the fellow who made it to heaven. He was being given a tour of that mansion God saved for him (and a few others). The guide told him to walk quietly as he passed room 23.

"Who's in room 23?" he asked. The hushed response was, "The Anglicans are in there. They think they're the only ones in heaven."

People often ask me how I deal with other faiths. How do I reconcile their views which differ from ours? After all, there are a lot of competing notions about faith out there. I simply respond that what we have to offer is an Anglican approach to the Christian faith. We worship the Trinity and, this time of year, we celebrate Pentecost. We do this every year as it rolls around because of the importance of the Holy Spirit to us, personally. In our daily lives.

When we have to explain how we consider ourselves a monotheistic faith, yet have a Trinitarian God, we sometimes pause, or even stumble. Then we ask our inquirer to consider their different roles in life: child, parent, sibling, worker, neighbor, etc.

We don't pretend to compete or contend with those of other faiths. If they want what we have, if they're interested in learning about it, we are available.

We don't rest on our laurels like the 70 leaders in the Book of Numbers or presume we are the only ones blessed by faith, as in my joke. We do our best to live into our faith.

Oddly, it seems to me, we live into our faith and we are lifted up by our faith. These two propositions are quite Pentecostal in nature because we rely on the spirit to come to us, to move us, to engage our selves, our souls and bodies, as we say in one of the Eucharistic prayers.
Sometimes it's a good idea to pay attention to what aspects of our church services actually move us. Which give us goosebumps. There are a couple of prayers that we pray regularly which have that effect on me reliably. One of them is the General Thanksgiving on page 836 of our Book of Common Prayer in which we give thanks "for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on (God) alone."

Maybe it's because I've had my share of disappointments and failures, maybe it's because I am so delighted that they have been converted into assets. But that raises my spirits. With help from the Holy Spirit.

Another is the Song of Simeon in the Daily Office, known also as the nunc dimittis. When we pray, "Lord, you now have set your servant free, to go in peace as you have promised, for these eyes of mine have seen the savior, whom you have prepared for all the world to see..." I am overwhelmed with the awareness of the belief that has been built up in me, the confidence that what I see around me in church and in the world is the living Jesus, acting through you and me, for all the world to see.

I spoke once at my field placement church during seminary about being lifted up by our congregation back home in Miami. One of the members of the field placement church asked what I meant, and I said I knew they were praying for me and for Molly as we took this remarkable detour away from the life we had been living.

Knowing people were praying for us moves us. I first felt it, I think, when Molly and I attended Cursillo in Miami. We were told that a group of people who had already made their Cursillo were praying for us by name. These were people we hadn't met, didn't know, had no idea whatsoever about. Yet they prayed for us as we participated in the spiritual exercises of Cursillo.
When we met them at the end of the weekend-long Cursillo event it would be hard to say who was more excited: us or them. They wanted to meet the people they'd been praying for. We wanted to meet the people who had taken time out of their busy lives to pray for strangers.
I guess we were made to respond to ideas like this. We must be wired this way. I can't imagine that there's a better name for it than the Holy Spirit, but then I know that's not such an agreeable idea for some.

I know Christians who resist spiritual considerations and explanations of their lives outside church. I know lots of folks who balk at Christian concepts, yet they experience many of the same thrills and delights that Christians do when they are experiencing the Holy Spirit. In Latin, Greek and Hebrew the spirit has moved people since time immemorial. Blessed are we who recognize it. And I think those who are armed with an understanding and a liturgy to celebrate the spirit are especially blessed. Indeed we are.

I guess I was accustomed to the Holy Spirit moving in my life and kind of took it for granted until it occurred to me that the spirit was making appearances in my life outside church. I found myself in a gathering like a Rotary Club or a Chamber of Commerce meeting and I realized that people were really listening to one another and trying to solve some significant puzzle of service and that by working together they were able to get over the ordinary obstacles that interfere with our relations. It was stunning.

So now I can recognize the Holy Spirit at work in the world and I can also recognize when the spirit is not present, when people are pretty determined to not understand one another. It brings to mind that phrase in the St. Francis Prayer in which we ask "not so much to be...understood as to understand."

When the Holy Spirit visited the followers of Jesus in today's reading from the Acts of the Apostles it was shocking. Not only because they could understand people of different cultures and languages, but also because there were flames over the heads of the believers, flames indicative of the light of Christ.

Think what a stunning picture this was. On the cover of our 10 am bulletin we have a picture of the flames over the heads of the disciples. But wouldn't you think that even more surprising would have been realizing the power that was being bestowed, being able to understand one another despite their differences?

Isn't that what happens even today as we learn, as we get to know people whose lives are different from ours? We find we are alike in most ways, just not alike in a couple of ways. There are those who discover that about their spouses or partners only after decades. There are those who learn it about neighbors, even friends.

When Jesus declared that his desire is that we all should be one he wasn't suggesting something impossible. He was suggesting something that was already a fact: we are all one. We resist it and deny it and pretend otherwise in myriad ways. But we are one.

The Holy Spirit made that plain. Let us welcome the Holy Spirit and hold that image of enlightened minds and spirit, with a figurative blazing flame over our heads. Let us symbolize our delight at our Trinitarian faith with a joyful sound of drums and bells, tambourines and what have you.                                                                                                                     Amen
 
A sermon preached on Pentecost 2018 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie NY by The Rev. Tyler Jones, Rector

 
 
 
 
 
 


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THIS WEEK'S HYMNS

1982                 362     Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty
 
1982                 421     All glory be to God on high
 
LEVAS-II           64       I love to tell the story
 
1982                 401     The God of Abraham praise
 
 
 
HYMN INFORMATION: Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty is a popular hymn selection for many occasions, but it was originally written to be sung specifically on Trinity Sunday. English cleric Reginald Heber is the author, basing his hymn on Revelation 4:8-11, the Epistle for Trinity Sunday, which contains the line "Holy, holy, Lord Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." First published shortly after Heber's death in 1826, it was originally sung to another tune, but since 1861 has been almost invariably associated with a tune by English cleric and composer John Bacchus Dykes. Aptly, Dykes named the tune Nicaea, in reference to the first Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., where the doctrine of the Trinity was first clearly defined. 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
May 21-27, 2018

MON 21               7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;                       
                             6pm Evening Prayer, Formation;
                             6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";                                             
                                                                                                                                                
TUE 22                10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
                             6pm Evening Prayer, Bible Study;
                                                                                                                                               
WED 23                7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                            10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
        12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist
                                                                                                                                  
THUR 24             10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;
                               
FRI 25                 7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting;
                       
SAT 26                2pm- Private SH Party                    
                                                                                                                                            
SUN 27               8am Rite I
                            8:45am Lessons' Discussion;
                            9:30am Choir practice;  
              10am Rite II
              10am Sunday School;
              11:15am Coffee Hour;  
              11:30am Youth- Lunch Box & Connect             

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