The Last Sunday after the Epiphany
February 26, 2017
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite II, BCP 355
10:00 AM - Holy Eucharist Rite II, BCP 355
Prelude The Star-Spangled Banner – Sung by Esnti
Hymn 427 When morning glids the skies
The Opening Acclamation
Celebrant: Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
People: And Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.
The Collect for Purity
Gloria in Excelsis David Hurd
O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The First Reading: Exodus 24:12-18
The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. To the elders he had said, “Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.” Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
1 The Lord is King; let the people tremble; *
he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.
2 The Lord is great in Zion; *
he is high above all peoples.
3 Let them confess his Name, which is great and awesome; *
he is the Holy One.
4 “O mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established equity; *
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.”
5 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and fall down before his footstool; *
he is the Holy One.
6 Moses and Aaron among his priests,
and Samuel among those who call upon his Name, *
they called upon the Lord, and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; *
they kept his testimonies and the decree that he gave them.
8 “O Lord our God, you answered them indeed; *
you were a God who forgave them,
yet punished them for their evil deeds.”
9 Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
and worship him upon his holy hill; *
for the Lord our God is the Holy One.
The Epistle: 2 Peter 1:16-21
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, my Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
Reader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God
Anthem Woke up this morning – Sung by Esnti
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Matthew
All: Glory to You Lord Christ.
The Holy Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
Six days after Peter had acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.
Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until
after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Deacon: The Gospel of The Lord.
All: Praise to You, Lord Christ.
The Sermon The Honorable Delores Brathwaite, Guest Speaker
The Prayers of the People, Form VI BCP 392
Hymn 137 O wondrous type!
Hymn LEV 187 Farther Along
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP 367
The Lord’s Prayer
At the Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;
All: Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.
Hymn LEV 188 It is well with my Soul
Post Communion Prayer BCP 365
Hymn 135 Song of thankfulness
Deacon: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God
Postlude Cantilene by Harry Rowe Shelley
Featured today are the uplifting voices of the Cappella singing group, Esnti, featuring Grace Church’s own Nathaniel Graves.
Acolytes 8:00 AM: Brinda Bradley
10:00 AM: Allison Munsch, Ray Williams, Lauren Reid, Eve Bradford,
Henry Roach, Priya Kumar, Rohan Kumar,
Lectors 8:00 AM: Ben Florer, Ella Fitzgerald
10:00AM: Karen Southwick, Carlos Muñoz
Intercessor: Dr. Barbra McCune
Ushers: 8:00 AM: Stuart Madden
10:00 AM: Marissa Boylan, Gloria Chang, Ashley Elliot, Michael Heffner,
Christopher McNeil, Andrea Spencer
Coffee Hour Hosts: The Welcoming Committee - In Celebration of Black History Month
Thank you to all our volunteers!
The efforts of the 18 volunteers who prepared, served, cleaned and distributed (food and shoes) made for a pleasant morning shared with our 97 guests. We’re deeply appreciative of their time, enthusiasm and generosity. Michael Heffner and Walter Simon
Volunteers: Paola Barrera, Lou Buerese, Maya Daughtry, Shane Daughtry, Karen Finkbeiner, Michael Heffner, Linda Heusser, Carole Lashley, Maria Lewis, Arthur Levine, Maria Lewis, Cecilia Peagler, Angie Poulos, Carolyn Rogers, Al Sargent, Walter Simon, Jean Wilson, Camille Worrell, Octavia Vasquez
The Highbridge Voices Concert
Come back in the evening on February 26th at 5PM to experience the popular and extraordinary The Highbridge Voices, a Downtown Music at Grace Church performance. Concert proceeds will benefit The Highbridge Voices and Downtown Music. Premium Seating $50, General Admission: $30, Seniors and Students: $20, Children 5-12 with parents: $15
Will meet on Wednesday, March 1st at 1:30PM in the library. All seniors are welcomed!
March 1st is Ash Wednesday.
Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes will be held at 7:00AM, 12:00PM and 7:30PM. The service in the evening will be bilingual.
OLIVE OIL SOAP FROM THE HOLY LAND
Bishop Dietsche led the 2016 Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We visited Burqin Church built on the site of the miraculous healing of the 10 Lepers. 3rd oldest church in the world! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burqin_Church) Today olive oil soap is produced by the few remaining Palestinian Christians of Burqin Village. Experience healing and spiritual cleansing while supporting the less than 1% of the total population of the Holy Land that remains Christian today. Soap for sale in the parish hall March 5th following the 10 am service. 8 bars $20. Burqin Church thanks you, "It brings a huge smile on my face to see that my people are getting business outside Palestine!" For more information contact Arlene Roberts Grant: email@example.com or 914-699-6494.
SAVE THE DATE!
The Book Club will host a parish wide read on Sunday, March 12th following the 10 am service. We will discuss Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People edited by Charles Moore. Details to follow.
Sight & Sounds Trip - Jonah - Saturday, March 25th
Please sign up for this trip - the signup sheet is on the Bulletin Board in the Parish Hall. Bring a friend! We have room on the bus. Contact Hillary Fleming (914-584-2315) if you are interested.
The price for a ticket is $135 and will include transportation, the show and lunch at Plain & Fancy Amish-style restaurant. Cash/checks must be received by: Sunday, Feb 26th.
Volunteers are needed for all services including the Family service, every third Sunday of the month. If you are available for one or both of these services, please provide your contact information on the signup sheet located on the bulletin board near the parish hall. You can also contact Ray Williams or Michael Heffner.
Join Our Volunteer Choir
Please consider joining our volunteer choir. We have inspiring, soulful and uplifting music for you to enjoy in the warm company of our dedicated, long time members. This invitation also extends to the younger members of our church community. Anna and I would like to explore the possibility of expanding the children’s choir into a youth (under 21!) choir. I know we have quite a few younger members who have great musical gifts. If you are interested, please contact either Anna or myself. We are delighted to have our young people sing in the10am service every third Sunday of the month. We would like to expand this group to include all our young people, up to age 21. This youth choir will be practicing every Sunday right after service in the choir room. All are welcome! Dr. Anna Vinnitsky
Nursery Care is available during the 10:00 AM service. We want our congregation to be as welcoming as possible to parents of young children! Although we have two wonderful nursery workers, we are always looking for volunteers to help out. Please talk to Father Rich if you would be willing to be one of our helpers.
Flu Warning The Flu season this year is very intense and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) makes the following recommendations to minimize its effects and spread: get the flu vaccine; if you are sick with flu like illness, avoid crowds, limit contact with others; cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and wash your hands frequently. The Elderly and Young Children are more susceptible to the virus and should be very cautious. Please consult a Physician if your symptoms are severe.
Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adorn the Altar for our worship. The signup sheet is posted on bulletin board near parish hall.
HELD IN PRAYER
Ill, at Home, or in any need: Jo-Ann B. Boylan, Corine Bradley, Canon Percy Braithwaite, Joe Brown, Bernice Burton, The Cassidy Family, Gina Corselli, Inez Dale, Don Davet, Kaleigh Delaney, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, Lee Engel, Sandra Esannason, Joseph Goldman ,Marcelo Gioliante, Barbara Griffith, Stephen Gyetko, Clara Harmon, Marie Huckabry, Ivy John, Charlie Kosior, Margie Koop, John Letizia, Julie McGuinness, Richard McMahon, JoJo Moore, Collen Nelson, John Noone, George Paletta, Ethel Quinlan, The Quinones Family, Gladstone Reid, Gail Rosen, Erroll Sorrel, Norman Stanton, John Stemberga, Rita Stemberga, Barbara Vigliotti, Nastasha Vodyanitskiy, Marthe Watkins, Anthony Wright
Skilled Care Facility/Nursing Homes:
Croton on Hudson: Verna Brown
Cedar Manor, Ossining: Robert Auld, Lucille Breach
Schnurmacher, White Plains: Elizabeth W. Carson
R.I.P. Niranjena Hashmukbhai Patel Shah (Mother of Ronak Kumar)
Serving in the Armed Forces: Remembering especially Mark Culbert, Kenny Duffy, Denny J. Edmondson, Lt. Col. Rick Erickson, Melissa Lawrance, David Moran, David Packer, Sgt. Christopher Vigliotti, Gunnery Sgt. Les Yearwood
Please note: Unless we are informed otherwise, after one month an individual’s name will be removed from our ill at home or in any need. However, if you want them to continue please inform us the Tuesday before the Sunday bulletin. Thank you.
THIS WEEK AT GRACE
8:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
9:45 AM Nursery meets on 1st Floor
10:00 AM Family Service, No Sunday School, Mid- Winter Vacation
10:00 AM The Holy Eucharist – Church
11:30 AM Prep for Rite 13 Liturgy
11:45 AM Rite 13 & J2A Meet
12:00 PM Adult Choir Rehearsal (No 9AM)
12:30 PM La Gracia – La Santa Eucaristía
5:00 PM The Highbridge Voice Concert – Church
12:05 PM Mass – In the Chapel
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) Chapel
7:00 AM The Ash Wednesday Liturgy – Church
12:00 PM The Ash Wednesday Liturgy – Church
1:30PM SAGE Meeting - Library
7:30 PM The Ash Wednesday Liturgy – Bi lingual Service - Church
2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) Chapel
12:05 PM Mass – In the Chapel
7:00 PM La Gracia Bible Study (Spanish) - Library
2/28 Dr. Delores Thompson, Olivet Williams, Erika Lynn Santos
3/2 Joseph Brown, Susan Stanton, Cameron Owens, Mayna Sanchez
3/5 Justin Herrera
3/2 Elizabeth & Thomas Roach
HONORABLE DELORES SCOTT BRATHWAITE
Honorable Delores Scott Brathwaite is a Judge in the Town of Greenburgh, New York, one of the largest municipalities in the County of Westchester. Prior to being elevated to the Judiciary, Judge Brathwaite served for eleven (11) years as Commissioner of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission where she was responsible for the administration, implementation and enforcement of the Westchester County Human Rights Law, the Fair Housing Law and the Equal Employment Opportunity Laws. She created and developed Westchester County’s first Fair Housing Law which led to the formation of a partnership between the County and HUD. She is also a former Assistant District Attorney for Westchester County and former Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs for North America for Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd.
Judge Brathwaite has received numerous social justice awards, professional awards and Proclamations for her outstanding contributions to law, business and civil rights, some of which include the distinguished Sojourner Truth Award for Racial and Social Justice; the Harriet Tubman Award; the Laura and Jerome Holland Power of Humanity Award; honored as one of the Outstanding Women of Westchester; and recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award from Pace University School of Law. Most significantly, the “Delores Scott Brathwaite Social Justice Award” was established in her name at Pace University Law School. In 2014, she received the first Dr. Olivia J. Hooker Humanitarian Award and in March 2014, Judge Brathwaite was a speaker at the United Nations - Commission on the Status of Women. In February 2015, the N.Y. State Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, honored Judge Brathwaite with the Joseph Galiber Award for Outstanding Commitment to Criminal and Social justice. In June of 2015, Judge Brathwaite delivered the Keynote Address at the United Nations Gala focusing on the Progress of the UN Millenium Development Goals.
She is married to The Rev. Canon Percy Brathwaite and they have six (6) adult children and fourteen (14) grandchildren affectionately called “The Brathwaite Bunch
If you are visiting with us for the first time, we welcome you to Grace Church! Our liturgy is found in the blue Book of Common Prayer. Our communion is open to all baptized Christians. Please take the time to fill out one of our visitor cards which the ushers have available. After the service there is coffee in the parish hall, and you would be welcome to join us. Thanks for being here with us!
Grace Church is a diverse congregation committed to a common life sustained by Worship. We bear witness to God’s love in Christ through our life together and our service to the wider community.
All are welcome!”