SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
''Guide Us In the Work We Do"
by the Reverend Deborah A. Lee
In 1882, the nation’s first Labor Day was celebrated with a grand parade in New York City. Although Labor Day now takes place on the first Monday of September—this coming Monday, September 7—the inaugural celebration occurred on a Tuesday. Labor Day is a holiday to honor the labor movement and the contributions workers have made. Other countries celebrate it on the first of May where it is called International Workers’ Day.
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
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.

On Labor Day weekend, the Reverend John Wirenius, Deacon of St. Bart's and the Chair of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, discusses the importance of securing labor rights as part of our effort to build a just society. Click here to read a 2011 article by John in The Journal of Catholic Legal Studies. 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!

NEW THIS WEEK
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 first meeting, please read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3.

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.
 
WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
Centering Prayer
Not meeting on Labor Day, September 7.
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.

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, to inquire whether he was a Reformer or a political partisan, and to rethink our beliefs about this seminal time in Christian History.

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. 

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!

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.

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 Lee Ann Banaszak, Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, reflects on the past, present, and future of the women’s rights movement.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Peter Thompson, “Frenemies.”

Watch St. Bartholomew's Choir perform Grieg's Ave Maris Stella

Over 350 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. 

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