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Sunday, January 14 / Domingo, 14 de enero
Adult Bible Study / Estudio bíblico 10:00 am

Sunday Morning Prayer Group /
Grupo de oración dominical 10.50 am
Sunday Worship Celebration with /
Culto de adoración dominical con

The Rev. Kaji Douša
11:00 am

 
"What Comes Down When Heaven is Torn Apart?"



Beloved Church,
 
Oh, my beloved friends, what a gift last Sunday was. To see so many of you gathered in our sanctuary and online to honor Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Alvin Jackson and to hear such an inspiring word from Rev. Terri Hord Owens, my heart overflows. I hope you will join us this week as we gather again to worship a God who draws us to this church and to each other. This Sunday we will also give thanks to Saya Callner for her love and dedication to this community. We hope to see you there!
 
Well, it’s the new year. And with a new year comes resolutions. I have heard them all this year; lose weight, save money, drink more water, travel, learn a new language, etc. This list goes on and on. Do you have any that you are working on? One thing that I have noticed in talking with people about their resolutions is that they primarily focus on things that we feel need to be “fixed.”
 
Being fixed is a conversation that I like to stay away from. Largely because I don’t believe most things need to be fixed. “Fixing” is trying to go back on something that God has made anew. As we see in this week’s scripture, God is not a fixer, God is a giver of grace and renewal. Let’s read this week’s scripture from Mark 1:4-11.

 

John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’ In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

 
God is at work in the love and grace of renewal. Those that John baptized were not fixed of sin, but forgiven and made anew. Jesus baptized was not a fixed person, but made anew in the baptism of community and grace. When the heavens tore open, God did not fix or repair them, God came through the heavens toward earth.
 
Church, what are we trying to hold together or fix that isn’t letting God through? What is God doing in our lives in the torn and broken areas that we keep trying to “fix,” where God had already started something new? Jesus did not need to be baptized but Jesus made a commitment in this act that connects each one of us to each other. And in that commitment from Jesus, and when we show up and commit to each other, God breaks opens that which seems closed, and breaks through into the world that often seems forgotten.
 
In this new year, I hope you know that when you are broken and torn apart, God is with you. Loving, Renewing, and committing to you. I hope you will make that same commitment to yourself.


Shalom Y’all.
Rev. Stephanie
 


To All Metro Association Churches and Members

 All are encouraged to join the Metro Association's Social Justice Committee on Monday, January 15th, when we will hold our annual Martin Luther King, Jr. worship service in the sanctuary of Judson Memorial Church. There will be great music, beautiful dance, and a potent message from civil rights activist legend Ruby Sales.

 Judson's front doors at 55 Washington Square South will open for a light breakfast at 9am.
 The Service will begin at 10am, followed by a talkback with Ruby Sales.
Childcare will be provided.

 You can read more and RSVP on the Facebook event page.
Please write to Rev. Micah Bucey at micah@judson.org with any questions.

The entire Social Justice Committee would love to see you there!

 

 
Saturday, January 20 at 11 AM - 3 PM
Central Park West & 72nd

Join the world! On January 20th NYC will raise its voice again to demand equality for all humans at the 2018 Women’s March on NYC.

Over the past year, basic rights for women, immigrants, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, the religious and nonreligious, people of color and even Mother Earth have struggled to survive under the weight of the current administration. America’s First Amendment has been challenged and healthcare for millions has been threatened. We must stand together to demand and defend our rights. Let your voice echo from the streets of New York City to the capital city. Show the world that red, white and blue are colors of tolerance.

 
Prayer Ministry at The Park

PrayerRequest@ParkAvenueChristian.com

1.  PRAYER MINISTRY AFTER SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE. One of our Pastors, other Clergy or Elders are always happy to visit with persons who would like individual prayer after worship. Someone will be stationed in the Chancel area each Sunday.
 
2.  INTERCESSORY PRAYER (1st Tuesday of each month at the church. 6:00 pm Contacts: Rev. Luis-Alfredo Cartagena. Contact:  lacartagena@parkavenuechristian.com; Hillary Buckland - candhbuckland@optonline.net
 
3.  ORDER OF ST. LUKE THE PHYSICIAN
Healing prayer group, NYC Chapter meets monthly for worship, study & healing prayer.  Contact Pam Wood:  bandpwood@aol.com, 917-882-7667

Upcoming Events at The Park
 
EVERY SUNDAY - Choir Rehearsals, 9:00 am, Sanctuary

EVERY SUNDAY - Adult Bible Study, 10:00 am, Room A

EVERY SUNDAY -
Children's Sunday School, 10:30 am


EVERY TUESDAY - Recorder Consort Rehearsal, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, The Park

SATURDAYS - Saturday Community Lunch Program
For over 20 years, The Park and its partnering congregations serve lunch to approximately 200 guests.  Contact Rev.  Luis-Alfredo to volunteer.
 
Thursday, January 11, TUJ Board Meeting, 7:00 pm, Room A

Saturday, January 13, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street

Tuesday, January 16, SoulFood Fellowship Latinx, 6:30 pm, in the home of Rev. Ismael
Sánchez and Dr. Rev. Daisy L. Machado

Friday, January 19, TUJ 3rd Shabbat, 5:00 pm

Saturday, January 20, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Saturday, January 27, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Friday, February 2, TUJ 1st Shabbat, 5:00 pm

Saturday, February 3, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

Tuesday, February 6, Intercessory Prayer, 6:00 pm, Room A

Thursday, February 8, TUJ Board Meeting, 7:00 pm, Room A

Saturday, February 10, Community Lunch Program, 1:00 pm, Manhattan Church of Christ 48 East 80th Street

 
Did you know that there are scores of events -- bible study, concerts, committee, common interest, and self-help meetings -- happening every month at 1010 Park Avenue and around the city?
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