Mid-Week Bible Study Is Back! We are thrilled to announce that our traditional midweek bible study has resumed! Join us each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. for an hour of exploring God’s word and enjoying one another’s company. We will be gathering in the parsonage living room, 27 St. Mark’s Place. We look forward to seeing you there.
An Update on Our Online Bible Study / Fellowship Hour Those of us who have participated in our Wednesday evening Zoom gathering have experienced a great time of sharing, prayer, and growth. Looking forward to the schedule for the rest of the summer, we have decided to suspend this event for now. Be watching for news about when we will “re-Zoom.”
About the Status of the Traditional Sunday Morning Bible Study As we cautiously begin to return to a more “normal” pattern of parish life, our Sunday morning bible study will continue to be postponed. May the good Lord grant that we can soon return to our regular gatherings.
The Mission of the Month for June has been our “diocese,” the Atlantic District (LC-MS). Under the leadership of the Rev. Derek Lecakes, our District President (Bishop), we seek to “Engage the World with the Gospel of Hope.” The mission and history of the Atlantic District has been one of welcoming and embracing each wave of immigrants and newcomers from around the world. Covering metropolitan New York, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Capital Region, the Atlantic District is set in one of the most diversely populated areas on earth. With over 100 congregations and missions, the work of the Atlantic District is boundless, bringing God’s Word and Love to people from all walks of life. Whether it’s setting up new churches, or ministering to existing congregations, the Atlantic District also reaches out to the many ethnic and religious groups in New York so they may know Jesus Christ. Among the many Atlantic District missions are ministries to Hispanic, African immigrant, Asian and Deaf communities. For more information, check out their website at http://www.ad-lcms.org.
Are You Interested in Finding Out More about St. Mark’s? If you are thinking about joining this parish, or preparing for Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation, please speak with Pastor as soon as possible. We hope to start a new formation group called Didache, a word which means “Teaching.” We look forward to hearing from you soon.
With the Closing of Concordia, Our Lutheran College in Bronxville, many lives are being disrupted. Concordia is working with Iona College, the College of Mount St. Vincent, and Manhattanville College to transition our students to new institutions where they can complete their programs. The faculty and staff, however, are on their own to make their way toward whatever their “new normal” might be. This can entail a great deal of financial as well as emotional difficulty.
To address this need, the Atlantic District has created a Care and Comfort Fund. Tax deductible gifts can be made to this fund, which will be distributed among those who face financial hardship due to the loss of their employment. A committee of friends and alumni has been established in order to administer the fund equitably.
If you would like to make a donation to support this important work of mercy, please go to https://ad-lcms.org/ccny-care-and-comfort-fund. May the Lord bless you for your kindness and generosity to others.
Pastor Needs Your Help… to Help Others Many of our members, friends and neighbors have fallen on hard times. Gifts to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund allow Pastor Boehler to provide a helping hand. Unfortunately, the need has far outstripped the gifts, and the fund has dwindled significantly. Please consider a special gift designated for the Pastors Discretionary Fund, and be an answer to your neighbor’s prayer: “…give us this day our daily bread.”
Arts in Mission – NY Benefit Please support St. Mark’s Arts in Mission 2021 Piano Benefit Recital fundraiser to purchase AIM instrument kits for toddlers going into foster homes. Donations may be made online at www.artsinmissionny.org. Checks may be written to Arts in Mission-NY with the memo “2021 Piano Benefit Recital.” Feel free to contact Dr. Jean (Cantor) if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to Know Your Church… Around the World Being a part of St. Mark’s is about more than what happens at this particular corner in Yonkers. We are connected to a network of missions and ministries around our region and throughout the world. In the narthex (entryway) of the church are a couple of racks. These contain free publications from around our church body, including the Lutheran Witness (our synod’s monthly magazine) and Reporter (our newspaper). These are for you. Take and read; then pray for and support all the amazing ministries they portray.
A New “Season” Has Begun Green is the liturgical color of the “ordinary” season of the church year that we have just entered into. During this time we will focus primarily on the “alternative lifestyle” which is ours as disciples of Jesus Christ. We will be challenged to not just “talk the talk, but walk the walk.” Whatever the time of year, our life of faith is nourished by the Word of God and the sacraments which we gather to share. The Christian life is not that of grade school children; we do not get a “summer vacation” from the faith. Make the commitment now to become even more regular in your worship life.
The New Issue of Portals of Prayer Is Now Available The July to September issue of Portals of Prayer is here. This is a resource for daily devotions that is much beloved in our circles. If you haven’t used them yet, please give them a try. You can pick one up in the back of the church in either a pocket size or a large print edition. And don’t forget to take one to share with a friend.
About Today’s Setting of the Liturgy Singing increases the likelihood of viral spread, so for the time being, we will be using a spoken setting of the liturgy and limiting the scale of our hymn singing. The service we are using should be familiar: it is the order of worship we have used in the past when the parochial school children sing on Sundays. The texts themselves, while thoroughly Lutheran in their theology, also reflect a broad ecumenical consensus. Jesus said, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” He is present with all of his grace and mercy whenever we gather around Word and Sacrament, regardless of the format of the liturgy. May his presence today strengthen you in faith, hope, and love.
Video Recordings of a Service of the Word Will Continue Even though we have begun in-person worship at this point, there are many people who have good reason to refrain from that kind of public gathering. Know that the we will continue to make weekly videos of a Service of the Word, along with a bulletin of that service which can be used for devotions at home.
Daily Morning Prayer Historically, Sunday worship has been structured in two parts: 1) the Word, and 2) the Sacrament of the Altar. The church has an ancient tradition of daily worship known as the Liturgy of the Hours. These daily service are built around two parts as well: Word and Prayer. Psalm 95 serves as a Call to Worship, followed by a hymn. Three psalms give structure to a time of prayer. A biblical reading follows, reading excerpts in order through a single book of the bible. A devotional reading gives us some food for thought. A canticle follows, mirroring the Psalm that starts the service. It is the Song of Zechariah from Luke on weekdays, and a canticle called the Te Deum on Sunday’s and Feast Days. Morning Prayer for every day is available as an audio file on the home page of our website: www.smlcyonkers.org. A number of our members receive it in a daily email that includes some things to watch for as we pray that service together. If you would like to receive these email, just let Pastor Boehler know.
The Flower Chart is in the Narthex. Flowers on the Altar are $30.00 per Sunday.
Stewardship Is More Than Money… It’s Your Talents Have you ever stopped to think that putting your talents to good use is an act of stewardship? God has entrusted each of us with a unique set of abilities. In a culture that idolizes stars and celebrities, it is easy to let a misguided sense of humility make us question what we have to offer. Paul reminds us that, “to each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” Perhaps you’re good in the kitchen or are handy with a set of tools. Maybe you are a good listener or have a special place in your heart for people who are hurting. Some are musicians, others teachers, and still others, skilled leaders. The point is that all of the baptized have received the Holy Spirit, not only for their personal edification, but to equip them for lives of service on behalf of others… the “common good” that Paul spoke of. May the Spirit enable each of us to be a good steward of the talents we have receive. Like the old spiritual says, “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine.” (6)