Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for
our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn,
and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever
hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have
given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Collect for this past Sunday and this week, Proper 28 (BCP 236)
Dear Cathedral friends and Congregation of Saint Saviour,
In a few hours a group of students from Jewish Theological Seminary will join with some congregation members as well as people who have just seen the announcement in the bulletin to study Scripture together. It starts by folks breaking off into groups of 1-2 people to read the Scripture, and then everyone comes back together. They work off the Jewish lectionary taking just a small portion selected for the week from Genesis. They will also consume a fair amount of cookies and tea.
I've been several times. At times, its heartfelt. Other times, comedic. When I'm there and talk to much, a bit pedantic. On occasion, rattling and challenging. However, to be honest, most of the time to me it seems like something that is both common and holy at once, which I suppose is how this is supposed to work - at least most of the time. Everyone picks up Scriptures that their traditions proclaim to be necessary and whose traditions have struggled with since the first generation picked them up.
I'm also a little biased. I took classes at JTS and enjoyed the immensely - and even more - I prefer the Hebrew Scriptures. The Hebrew Scriptures tell the story of the generations of the people of God who are both handed the magnificent things of God and the utter chaos of the world, who in turn are forced to figure out how those two things can fit together. Some generations were more successful than others, but still, in every generation, the story of God working in the world carried through each of them.
As Christians interpret Hebrew Scripture and pick it up with Christ and through Christ as a light so bright even the Gentiles can see it (as said by one of my favorite early Church writers), we can find both the common and the holy in that journey. Even more, we can find both an all surpassing peace in the ever abounding grace, blessing and love of God for the people of God. We also find a challenge to join in the generations who came before. A challenge to pick up the promises and commands and figure out what they mean and how they fit with the chaos of the world.
I would encourage you to look at the opportunities from the Cathedral and Congregation below. Look for ways and opportunities to pick up the Scriptures. Look for ways to infuse those Scriptures with the choices and life of the world. Look for ways to support those you know, those you don't, those in the world, and those who grace the doors of this place of prayer for all people.
If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
In the meanwhile, you have my prayers.
A few weeks ago, pledge cards were mailed out and this past Sunday, we celebrated the Congregation's Stewardship Sunday. If you have not received a pledge card and would like to receive one or learn more about faithful stewardship to the Congregation, please contact the Vicar. If you have not returned your card, please do so soon either by mail or in the basket at the welcome table.
Opportunities for Scripture Study
Sundays at 10:10 AM in the American Bay (or nearby)
Discussion group on the morning's lectionary readings
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in the Cathedral House
Hebrew Bible Study with students from Jewish Theological Seminary
Cathedral Opportunities to Learn & Serve
Sunday, November 20th between 9 and 11 AM
Cathedral Community Cares Thanksgiving Lunch
CCC is seeking pies and turkeys to feed those in need. For more information...
Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in St. James Chapel
Liturgical Class with Canon Malloy
All are welcome. For more information...
Monday, December 5 at 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM in Cathedral House Dining Room
Dialogue on Race and Religion: The Church and Immigration
with Ravi Ragbir, the Executive Director of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, for a discussion about how churches and individuals can help. For more information...
Saturday, December 10 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Cathedral House Dining Room
Theology and Health Pastoral Dialogue: Mental Health
Join leaders from the Cathedral and Mount Sinai's Center for Spirituality and Health in a conversation about how individuals and communities can best recognize, support, and advocate for individuals with mental illness.
Families with Young Children at the Cathedral
All families with Young Children are invited for Brunch following the 10:10 Little Pilgrims on December 4th. We will meet in Cathedral House for a dinner and a time of listening in how the Cathedral and those who worship here can be a place that welcomes and supports people of all ages. If you have any questions or ideas about this or ongoing ministries for children and their families, please contact the Reverend Mary Jett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.316.7456.
Every day at the Cathedral offers at least three different opportunities to worship. For more information and for changes, see the Cathedral website. To get involved or learn more contact Mother Mary, Interim Pastor and Vicar.