– Join Episcopalians and Lutherans in an ecumenical Blessing of the Waters at the Hudson River (Pier 46).
Sunday 13 January: the Baptist of Our Lord. Assemble on Pier 46 at 1.45pm.
The clergy and people of St John’s in the Village (Episcopal) and St John’s on Christopher Street (Lutheran) join on the pier after their 11am Eucharist and bless the waters together. This involved the throwing of the crucifix into the river, suitable prayers, and sprinkling. Following the Blessing the group dines together at a nearby café.
The best way to enjoy this is to attend the 11 am Eucharist at St John’s in the Village (corner of W 11th and Waverly Place) where the tradition will be explained or the 11 am Eucharist at St John’s Lutheran Church on Christopher St.
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– Help Refugees
On Friday 25 January (the Eve of Australia Day) St John’s in the Village continues its support of those refugees being settled here from Australian detention camps. These new Americans joined St John’s family for Thanksgiving in November. 25 January sees a fund-raising concert for the charity Ads-Up (ads-up.org) with which St John’s works to help refuges both financially and in other ways. Fine young classically-trained Australian musicians, mostly graduate of NYC’s music colleges, give of their time and talent for free, in a variety performance of all sorts of music for voices and instruments. All followed by drinks in the new Revelation Gallery.
All proceeds to Ads-Up. Come, donate, or volunteer to help promote this fund-raiser among people who are about refugees!
– Understanding Liturgy & Worship (and dining together)
At 6.15pm on Wednesday 30 January, St John’s in the Village keeps a 6.15pm Eucharist of Charles I, King and Martyr. Martyred for his Episcopalianism by a largely Puritan parliament, Charles was placed on the calendar of the new prayer book in 1662. This Eucharist is of educational interest in that it uses the rite of the Book of Common Prayer of 1636, which King Charles had commissioned Bishop Laud to oversee for us in Scotland. Both the Carolinas are named in honor of the martyred King Charles. The Eucharist is followed by a candlelit dinner. See stjvny.org for more details.
– EAST: Episcopal Asian Supper Table Next Event
On February 16, Dr. Roja Singh will share the inspiring story of Dallit (untouchable) women in India who have used education to break caste and gender boundaries in a traditional society and undoing so have improved not only their own lives but are making a difference in their respective communities. Dr. Singh is an Assistant Professor at St. John Fisher College and President of the Dalit Solidarity Forum in the U.S. Her on-going research focuses on the intersections of caste, class and gender in rural communities of South India and other indigenous communities.
The event is expected to start late in the afternoon at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. More specifics to follow soon!
– Merrick K. Williams Named Episcopal Young Adult of the Year
The Church Club of New York’s Young Adult of the Year Service Recognition Award is a tri-state, regional program that recognizes the exceptional volunteer service of either an individual or a group of young adults in their 20s and 30s. The Award is accompanied by a $1,000 honorarium, of which $500 is designated to the highlighted church or community ministry. Merrick K Williams, of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City, is this year’s winner.
Merrick’s volunteer work has included fund-raising and coordinating build days with Habitat for Humanity, committee work with Neighborhoods Against Opioid Epidemic, and many hours of service at The Mary Brennan Interfaith Nutrition Network (Mary Brennan INN).
Read more about Merrick and the other seven nominees on our blog.