AUGUST 14, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
A Note from St. Bart's Clergy
''The Canaanite Woman or St. Mary the Virgin?"
by the Reverend Canon Andrew J. W. Mullins
Saturday, August 15th is the Feast of St. Mary the Virgin: Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, she is recognized by many as the ultimate example of obedience to God. The day is a public holiday in many parts of Europe and the world. Mary’s Song found in Luke 1:46-55 begins, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.”
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
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.

Robert P. Jones (CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute) reflects on his new book, which outlines the long and unfortunate connection between white supremacy and Christianity in America. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

Sunday, August 16 at 2 pm
We are going to have another distanced meetup at Cedar Hill in Central Park. RSVP here. Since rainouts are always a risk, we will reach out before the 11 am service that day to confirm whether it is happening or not.

We are grateful for the continued support of the many offerings at St. Bart’s during this prolonged absence from our beautiful sanctuary. Our 11 am service is routinely viewed by over 1500 individuals and weekly Forums average over 800 views with some weeks in excess of a thousand. While the building is closed, the challenges of operating such a complex and beautiful set of facilities remain. Your continued support will ensure that the full range of virtual programming continues. Thank you!

Over 330 people have completed our St. Bart's Census, our summer initiative to update as many records as possible in our database. This is an important way to make sure we have the accurate information we need to be in touch with you. If you haven't yet completed this short online form, please take a moment to do so—even if you think we already have your information. 

We are gathering information from the parish to determine the desires of our community in terms of public worship. We invite you to fill out this survey so we can better understand your thoughts. Our priority has been, and will continue to be, to maintain the safety of parishioners and staff in every decision we make. Please complete the survey by Monday, August 17.
MEET US AFTER CHURCH

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

UPCOMING
Wednesdays, August 19-September 9 from 6:30-8 pm
In a four week class, Deacon John Wirenius will explore the life and legends that have gathered around the life of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister. The recent publication of Hilary Mantel’s third novel about Cromwell invites us to explore what can be known about Cromwell, and to inquire whether he was a Reformer or a political partisan, and to rethink our beliefs about this seminal time in Christian History.

Please join us for the next Interfaith ROV phone banking sessions, hosted by B'nai Jeshrun and Rabbi Brian Fink of the JCC. 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!

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.

Thursdays, June 4-September 3 from 6:30-8 pm
When it comes to gender, the Bible’s legacy is a mixed one. The collection of sacred texts we hold so dear is undoubtedly a product of the patriarchal cultures in which it was written, yet the Bible also features some women in positive and empowering ways. Explore the full complexity of the Bible’s approach to women in this twelve-week series facilitated by the Reverend Peter Thompson. Sex and Desire will be the focus of the next session on August 20.

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 Malik Saafir, GreenFaith’s Arkansas Organizer and a long-time racial justice activist.

Watch, read or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Deborah A. Lee, "Life’s Wild and Restless Sea."

Watch St. Bartholomew's Choir perform Parry's "Dear Lord and Father of mankind."
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