SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
''Alexander Crummell—Priest, Missionary, and Educator, 1898"
by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith
To transform society is a daunting task. How does one change hearts and minds, alter long-standing practices and notions? The most effective transformation is the result of personal experience, equally personal witness, and steadfast commitment to policy and organizational change. It is one thing to say that we should end racism in principle; it is another thing entirely to advocate and even fight to bring forth transformation in word and deed.
We pray for peace and remember those who lost their lives nineteen years ago at a special online service today, Friday, September 11 at 11 am. The service will premiere on our website, YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, and will be available later on demand. Download the service leaflet to follow along with us.
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

After an initial overview of COVID-19 in June, Dr. Jamie Ferrara and Dr. Jim Marion return to discuss progress being made towards a vaccine. Dr. Ferrara and Dr. Marion suggest reviewing this article in Foreign Policy for background on the topic. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

While our weekly virtual worship has sustained during these challenging times, most of us look forward to the day when we are able to regather in our beautiful sanctuary. And although we have been on hiatus, our buildings have not been. Our talented and hard working facilities team has used the past several months to address building needs that they are not able to when the facilities are fully operational. St. Bart’s is a magnificent landmark, and that magnificence brings with it extraordinary expenses for its maintenance. We ask for your continued generous support. Thank you!

MEET US AFTER CHURCH

for a list of groups meeting after church each week.
Newcomers welcome to all groups!

PARISH LIFE
During this time of continued upheaval, caring for one another has become more important than ever before. St. Bart’s continues to invite you to send in prayer requests for those you care for and love, for yourselves, and for those God has placed upon your heart. Prayer requests may be submitted to prayers@stbarts.org.
Do you have a talent for arranging flowers?
Our flower guild is seeking volunteers able come to to the church and make altar flower arrangements for our Sunday morning livestream service. Contact Manny Rodríguez if you can help.
UPCOMING
Saturdays, September 12-October 17, 10 am-11 am
What really matters when everything seems to be falling apart? During one of the more difficult times in his life, Roman Catholic priest and theologian Henri Nouwen contemplated this question in a series of lectures recently published for the first time in the book Following Jesus: Finding our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety. Join the Reverend Peter Thompson and an intimate group of other Jesus followers for a discussion about how Nouwen’s words speak to the difficult times we are living through now. Please read the Foreword, the Introduction and Chapter 1 before the first session.
 
Sunday, September 13 at 1:30 pm
“Come let us reason together,” says the Lord. In this spirit, the Peace Book Club will meet to examine Chapter 5, “The Good/Bad Binary,” from White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. This is not a journey into guilt or anger, but into deeper understandings. As we realize, race is not real, but racism is.

Wednesdays, September 16 - October 28, 6:30-8 pm
We often talk about what Christians believe, but what about what they don’t? This seven week class, led by the Reverend Peter Thompson, will focus on a series of beliefs rejected by the Church in the first few centuries after Jesus’ death. Sessions will be based on the book Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it matters what Christians believe (edited by Ben Quash and Michael Ward), though no advance reading is required. 

Sunday, September 20
Episcopal Charities is a long time, vital donor to Crossroads Community Services here at St. Bart’s. Crossroads continues to receive among the largest grants awarded annually by Episcopal Charities. We are blessed by and deeply grateful for the extraordinary and gracious support of Episcopal Charities in our mission to unite the community in the fight to end hunger and homelessness. A gift to Episcopal Charities is, in essence, a gift to Crossroads and similar organizations committed to responding to the needs of the most vulnerable among us. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Fridays at 9 am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez.

Tuesdays, September 8-29, 6:30-7:30 pm
Are you interested in bridging the gap between the image of God you hear about in Church and your everyday life? Dana Catharine, a St. Bart’s parishioner and experienced workshop facilitator, aims to help you do just that in this four-week exploration of Celtic spirituality. Known especially for its enthusiastic embrace of the natural world, Celtic spirituality is a form of Christianity rooted in the ancient traditions of Scotland and Ireland.

Thursdays, September 10-October 15 at 7 pm
This fall, all 200 parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York are invited to form local groups to read, discuss, and learn from one of the most timely and important books of our day: How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. St. Bart's and St. Mark's in the Bowery will read and discuss this book online for six weeks. Our journey will culminate in an exclusive Diocesan online event on October 22, when the author will answer questions and reflect on the nationwide antiracist movement. Before the next meeting, please read Chapters 4-6.

JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Please join us for the next Interfaith ROV phone banking sessions. Phonebanking is second only to canvassing for Getting Out the Vote (GOTV). It might not seem you’re making much headway with all the unanswered, out-of-service calls, but at scale – when we’ve made thousands of dials, the effect is substantial. We need you!

New and revised resources to carry out your faith and live into your responsibilities living in community with others.

DAILY PRAYER
Do you need a few moments of peace to embark upon your daily rounds? Watch the Reverend Deborah Lee's one- to three-minute scripture-inspired video meditations, released at 7 am weekdays on YouTube and Facebook.

Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30 pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

LAST SUNDAY
Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with the Reverend John Wirenius, Deacon of St. Bart's and the Chair of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, as he discusses the importance of securing labor rights as part of our effort to build a just society.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend John Wirenius, "Love is the Fulfilling of the Law."

Watch St. Bartholomew's Choir perform Mudd's "Let thy merciful ears"

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