Current Bulletin

The Second Sunday of Easter

April 23, 2017

   8:00 AM                    Rite II                  BCP 355

  10:00 AM                    Rite II                  BCP 355

HOLY EUCHARIST

 Prelude: Concerto in b minor  (first movement) Allegro...      Walther

 Hymn   203   O sons and daughters

 The Easter Acclamation

Celebrant:     Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:        The Lord is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

 Collect for Purity

 Gloria in Excelsis                                                                                                     Barrie Cabena

The Collect of Easter Day

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.            

The First Lesson  Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. For David says concerning him,

 ‘I saw the Lord always before me,

            for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;

 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;

            moreover my flesh will live in hope.

For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,

            or let your Holy One experience corruption.

You have made known to me the ways of life;

             you will make me full of gladness with your presence.

“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

 ‘He was not abandoned to Hades,

          nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.”

Reader:  The word of the Lord.  

All:         Thanks be to God.

 The Psalm   16

1   Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; * I have said to the Lord, “You are my Lord, my good

     above all other.”

2   All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *upon those who are noble among the people.

3   But those who run after other gods *shall have their troubles multiplied.

4   Their libations of blood I will not offer, *nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.

5   O Lord, you are my portion and my cup; *it is you who uphold my lot.

6   My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *indeed, I have a goodly heritage.

7   I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel; *my heart teaches me, night after night.

8   I have set the Lord always before me; *because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.

9   My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *my body also shall rest in hope.

10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *nor let your holy one see the Pit.

11 You will show me the path of life; *in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand   

     are pleasures for evermore.

 The Epistle:   1 Peter 1:3-9

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power  of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Reader:  The word of the Lord.  

All:          Thanks be to God.

 Hymn   209   We walk by faith     

The Holy Gospel   John 20:19-31

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to John

All:  Glory to You Lord Christ.

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”  When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

 A week later his disciples were again in the house and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Deacon:  The Gospel of the Lord.

All:           Praise to You Lord Christ.

The Sermon                         The Reverend Richard A. Kunz 

The Nicene Creed                                             BCP 358

The Prayers of the People, Form III                 BCP 387

 The Peace  

Voluntary: Air: I know That My Redeemer Liveth       George Frederic Handel

I know that my Redeemer liveth,

and that he shall stand at the latter day

upon the earth.

And though worms destroy his body,

yet in my flesh shall I see God

For now is Christ risen from the dead,

the first fruits of them that sleep.

 Hymn   174   At the Lamb’s High Feast

 THE HOLY COMMUNION

 Eucharistic Prayer D                                 BCP 372

 The Great Thanksgiving

 Sanctus and Benedictus                                 Barrie Cabena

At the Breaking of the Bread

Celebrant:  Alleluia, Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.

People:      Therefore let us keep the feast, Alleluia.

 

Voluntary   The Call                                 Ralph Vaughn Williams  

Come my way, my truth, my life

Such a Way, as gives us breath:

Such a truth, as ends all strife:

Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, my light, my feast, my strength:

Such a light as shows a feast:

Such a feast as mends in length

Such strength as makes his guest.

Come, my joy, my love, my heart:

Such a joy as none can move:

Such a love as none can part

Such a heart, as joys in love.

Hymn   192   This joyful Eastertide

 The Postcommunion Prayer                     BCP  365

 The Easter Blessing

 Hymn   193   That Easter day with joy was bright

 Postlude   Concerto in b minor (last movement) Allegro...  Walther

Our featured soloist today is Noreen Bueti.

The flowers around the Paschal Ring are given by Eileen McClean.

 The altar flowers this morning are given by Joseph and Linda Gallo in celebration of their Wedding Anniversary.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Acolyte      8:00AM   Brinda Bradley

Acolytes 10:00 AM    Allison Munsch, Sandy McAllister, Rudye Breach, Spencer Carden,  

                                    Harrison Richards, Ivana Richards

Lectors      8:00 AM   Ben Florer, Ella Fitzgerald

Lectors    10:00 AM   Karen Southwick, Ginger Grant          Intercessor: Marissa Boylan

Ushers –   8:00 AM    Stuart Madden

10:00 AM   Marissa Boylan, Gloria Chang, Ashley Elliot, Christopher McNeil, Andrea Spencer

Coffee Hour Hosts:   Lipton & Yvonne Scarborough                Assistant: Barbra McCune

Wednesday Evening Bible Study will resume on May 3rd.

Father Kunz will be on retreat this coming Wednesday and Thursday.  Please keep him and Barbra in your prayers during this time of prayer and reflection.

Sunday, April 30th Bilingual Service at 10:00 AM

In response to the desire of many for more opportunities to meet together, on April 30th there will be an informal and informational congregational meeting.  On that day we will have just one service, a bilingual Eucharist at 10:00 AM.  The meeting will follow in the parish hall after the service.  There will be no 8 AM service or 12:30 PM La Gracia Service.

Grace Covenant Group

Looking for an opportunity to continue to grow in your faith?  Do you want to learn more about the Gospel's message enjoy fellowship and pray with others in a small group?  If so, join us in a Grace Covenant Group.  We will meet each week for 6 weeks from 7pm to 8:30 pm beginning on Tuesday May 2nd 2017.  The meetings will be held in various parishioners’ homes.  Please sign up with Judy Hutton or Carole Ashley.  Any questions, please speak with Father Adolfo Moronta or Dr Barbra McCune.

Mother’s Day Reminder  

Mark your calendars now for the traditional parish tribute to mothers, our Mother’s Day Breakfast, Sunday May 14th, 8:45-9:45 AM, in the parish hall. This annual event honors the mothers of our parish and is hosted by the Men of Grace, all men and J2A youth of Grace.   All are invited.

Men wanting to participate can contact Brian Owens E: . Thank you.

 

Annual Brunch at La Bocca

Please let us know if you will attend brunch at La Bocca on Sunday June 4th. The cost will be $35 or $40 for adults and $25 for children under 12.  Children under 6 are free. If we don't have 50 attendees, we will have to cancel. So please inform Sylvia Simon or Cecelia Paegler by April 30th.

Altar Flowers & Paschal Ring

Remember those you love by signing up for flowers to adorn the Altar for our worship. The signup sheets are posted on bulletin board for both Altar Flowers and Paschal Ring near the parish hall. 

Lectors Needed

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.

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.

HELD IN PRAYER

Ill, at Home, or in any need: The Barry Family, Shannon Blackwell, Jo-Ann B. Boylan, Corinne Bradley, Canon Percy Braithwaite, Lucille Breach, Joe Brown, Bernice Burton, The Cassidy Family, Gina Corelli, Inez Dale, Don Davit, Raleigh Delaney, Frank DiGileo, Bill Dunphy, Cathy Dunphy, The Rev. Martha Jane Dunphy, Lee Engel, Sandra Esannason, Joseph Goldman ,Marcelo Gioliante, Barbara Griffith, Clara Harmon, Marie Huckabry, Ivy John, Charlie Kosior, Margie Koop, John Letizia, Bill McAllister, Richard McMahon, JoJo Moore, Colleen Nelson, John Noone, George Paletta, Ethel Quinlan, The Quinones Family, The Reid Family, Gladstone Reid, Leroy Reid, Lorraine Reid, Renee Reid, Gail Rosen, Erroll Sorrel, Norman Stanton, Susan Stanton, John Stemberga, Rita Stemberga, Sean Varona, Barbara Vigliotti, Nastasha Vodyanitskiy, Marthe Watkins, Anthony Wright

 

Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center:   Verna Brown

Cedar Manor, Ossining:   Robert Auld,          

Schnurmacher, White Plains:   Elizabeth W. Carson

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

Sunday

  8:00 AM  The Holy Eucharist – Church

  9:00 AM  Adult Choir Rehearsal

10:00 AM  The Holy Eucharist

10:00 AM  Sunday School Classes Meet

11:30 AM  Rite 13 Class

12:30 PM  La Gracia Domingo de Pascua Misa (Spanish)

Tuesday

12:00 PM  Mass in Chapel

  2:00 PM Santo Rosario (Spanish) Chapel

  7:30 PM Vestry Meeting - Library

Wednesday

12:10 PM  Downtown Music – Church

  3:00 PM  Ada’s Rainbow Outreach – Parish hall

No Bible Study – Wednesday evening’s Bible Study will resume on May 3rd.

Thursday

12:00 PM  Mass in Chapel                                      

  2:00 PM  Santo Rosario  (Spanish) Chapel

Friday

7:00 PM La Gracia Bible Study

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Birthday   Sunday 4/23   Chinyere Benz                        

 

Anniversary   Saturday 4/29   Jean-Marie & Malik Bradford

 

 

The Role of Mary in the Church

Mary, the mother of Jesus, throughout history has played an important role in the devotional life of Christians.  Millions of people say the Rosary every day.  In our own church there are multiple images of Mary, each with its own particular depiction.

This attention to Mary goes back to the beginning of Christianity.  Luke features her prominently in his Gospel, from the conception of Jesus all the way to his Resurrection.  Both Elizabeth and the angel Gabriel announce her favor and blessedness before God.  She seems to have been an important influence on the early church, with both the disciple John and Luke spending considerable time with her.  She was part of the church at Ephesus.

In a way, Mary is the model of the Christian life to which we all aspire.  She is the first to receive Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit.  Through her day to day obedience and care, Christ grows within her and eventually comes to maturity.  She is the one who bears Christ, but he is the one who ministers to the needs of the world.  Eventually, she is redeemed through the sacrifice and love of the Messiah she has helped bring into the world.

We also begin our Christian journey when, through the work of the Holy Spirit, we receive Jesus into our lives.  Through prayer, study, worship, devotion and fellowship with other Christians, we help nurture Christ within us.  We seek to be vehicles for bringing Christ into the world to address its needs.  Always, we realize that we ourselves are redeemed by the very Christ we proclaim to others.

Because the life of Mary is such a representation of the life of all Christians, her image in many cases represents the life of the Church.  She stands as a representative of all believers, and especially of the communion of saints.  People from many different backgrounds and cultures, therefore, have felt free to depict her as being identified with their own lives.

I think Mary has also provided a corrective to a false depiction of God.  Too often the Church has pictured God as an angry male who demands obedience.  Many of the reported visions of Mary have come during times of oppression, which was often carried out by those who claimed to be Christian.  In contrast, Mary reveals the compassionate, loving, nurturing aspects of God.  She helps balance what is often an overly male oriented approach to God’s being.  The Virgin of Guadalupe and the Virgin of Copacabana are both examples of indigenous and oppressed peoples finding a new approach to God through an understanding of Mary.

It is interesting that one of the settings where that did not happen as much was among slaves in the South.  The South was predominately Protestant.  Whereas the Roman church emphasized the church hierarchy and sacraments, the protestant movement emphasized the Bible.  Slave owners made the Bible available to the slaves, probably hoping to instill a respect for authority.  They seem to have been blissfully unaware that the central story of the Old Testament was that of Yahweh bringing freedom to slaves, and that the Gospel writers often depict Jesus as the new Moses.  The Bible gave the slaves a different conception of Christ than was available to people, for example, in Latin America.

Clearly our worship is always directed to God.  Jesus is our Lord and Savior.  Mary, however, has her place in our church.  She is example, inspiration, intercessor, and a symbol of compassion, faithfulness, love, obedience, and vocation.  Like all of us, she experienced hope, the demands of daily life, pain, loss, and ultimately the joy of Resurrection.  As Elizabeth exclaimed, she is truly Blessed.

 

If you are visiting with us for the first time, we welcome you to Grace Church!  Our liturgy is found in the 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!”