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March 26, 2021
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Cruciform Places

Gun violence, attacks on Asian-Americans, and coronavirus deaths speak to the suffering that is real in America today. Deeply personal and yet, at the same time, universal suffering. In this moment, we have every right to ask the question, "Where is God in all of this?" How could God "let this happen?"

In St. Mark's Gospel, Jesus cries, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Out of his sense of personal suffering, he asks where God is; and he answers his own question by declaring his own abandonment by God. For those of us who believe that Jesus of Nazareth was also the Son of God, we have to ask ourselves what it means for the Son of God to feel the absence of God the Father?

As I see it, Jesus did not escape the experience of being fully human under the most dire of circumstances. It is out of the conviction that God's reality was ruptured by the pain of being fully human; and continues to be ruptured by the devastating impact of human suffering and loss that I use the term, "Cruciform places" to describe the physical, spiritual and the psychical places where profound loss is felt the most. To the question, "Where is God in all of this?" I say, "God is with those who suffer and in every aching heart that longs for healing and peace."

Onward into Holy Week,


Worship Online
Sunday, 10:00AM

Please join us for a virtual service at 

Virtual Coffee Hour
Immediately following the service

Meeting ID: 336 690 2686  /  Password: 10533

In-person services continue to be suspended.

Lent:  Holy Eucharist at 10AM on Sundays
Palm Sunday:  Holy Eucharist on March 28 at 10AM
Maundy Thursday:  Holy Eucharist on April 1 at 7:30PM (no foot washing)
Good Friday:  Holy Eucharist on April 2 at 7:30PM
Easter Day:  Holy Eucharist on April 4 at 10AM


Earlier this week, the rector shared a survey to gather a better understanding of how our parishioners were feeling about returning to church in light of the instructions from the bishop and the COVID rates in our area. We appreciate the many thoughtful responses that we have received already.  The survey will close today (Friday) at 6:00PM. If you haven't yet responded and would like to do so, please go to the survey link below. Thank you.

If you would like to give flowers in memory of your loved ones at Easter, send an email to Sue Stanley with the names of those who you want to be included in the Easter service leaflet.
Please email Sue by this Sunday, March 28.
Checks may be sent to: 
Altar Guild/Church of St. Barnabas
15 North Broadway 
Irvington, NY 10533

St. Barnabas Youth Group
Our next meeting will be after Easter. Kelli is currently at home in Louisiana on family leave. Please keep her in your prayers.

For questions, please contact Gareth.

The Bible Project - Morning Bible Study
Gareth leads Bible Study sessions three mornings a week using The Bible Project materials. You're welcome to join the meeting anytime. Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 9:30AM - 10:00AM

Meeting ID: 336 690 2686  Passcode: 10533 

Episode 3 - "Blackbird" and "Here Comes the Sun"

This episode brings home just how timeless and continuously relevant Beatles lyrics remain decades after the height of their popularity. In this discussion, Gareth and communications intern, Hope Durot, link two songs to recent movements and challenges in our society and to similar messaging in the Gospels. Specifically, how "Blackbird" and "Here Comes the Sun" relate to the BLM movement and the COVID pandemic. We have all been the blackbird in the dead of night, learning to fly during this pandemic, as well as during the George Floyd and Breona Taylor tragedies. "Here Comes the Sun" is an anthem of hope that better times are coming. With Easter just around the corner, let's all join in saying, "here comes the sun."

How The Beatles relate to the Gospels | Episode 3|
How The Beatles relate to the Gospels - Episode 3 - "Blackbird" and "Here Comes the Sun"

St. Barnabas Book Group
The next meeting of the Saint Barnabas Book Group will take place at 7:30PM on Tuesday, April 27 on Zoom. We will be discussing
Annabel, a novel by Kathleen Winter. It's 464 pages, but apparently they go by fast.

All are welcome. If you have any questions, would like to be added to the Group list, or would just like the Zoom link for this meeting, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at
We hope you will keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate the ongoing challenges of the current environment. Please continue to make your pledges or contributions. Online payments may be made by clicking here, on our website under the "Give" section, or by mailing your check to St. Barnabas Church, 15 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533.

How to Fulfill Your Pledge with Securities or Wire Transfer
Please contact Cynthia Ferguson if you would like to pledge stock as your financial contribution. Cynthia is also able to guide you through the process of wiring funds. 

To schedule a meeting with the rector, call the Parish Office at (914) 591-8194.
Office hours are Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:30pm
The rector's Sabbath (day off) is Friday.

For pastoral emergencies, call Gareth directly, at (617) 930-3728

If you have announcements to include in this weekly newsletter, please email Hope Durot by Tuesday evening.

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