This Week at St Nicholas – Calendar

As a reminder, the full master calendar is always available online at this link.  Here is the schedule for the next week:
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
AA Meeting

12:00 PM

Food Pantry

4:00 PM

Evening Prayer

6:00 PM

Choir Rehearsal

6:30 PM

Al-Anon Meeting

7:30 PM

 Thursday, April 17, 2014
AA Meeting

12:00 PM

Choir Call

6:00 PM

GA Meeting

7:00 PM

Maundy Thursday Service

7:00 PM

 Friday, April 18, 2014
AA Meeting

12:00 PM

Good Friday Service

7:00 PM

 Saturday, April 19, 2014
AA Meeting

1:00 PM

NO 4:30 Worship Service tonight (entire community will celebrate at the Easter Vigil or Easter Sunday)

4:30 PM

AA Meeting

7:00 PM

Choir Call

7:00 PM

GSR – AA Meeting

7:30 PM

The Great Vigil of Easter

8:00 PM

 Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter Worship Service

10:00 AM

Adult Bible Study

11:30 AM

Children’s / Youth Formation

11:30 AM

AA Meeting

7:30 PM

 Monday, April 21, 2014
AA Meeting

12:00 PM

AA Meeting

7:00 PM

 Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Vicar’s Day Off
AA Meeting

12:00 PM

AA Meeting

7:00 PM

 Wednesday, April 23, 2014
AA Meeting

12:00 PM

Evening Prayer

6:00 PM

Al-Anon Meeting

7:30 PM

Criminalizing Christ: The Love Wins Incident

This thought-provoking post from The God Article blog touches on issues we at St Nicholas address through our food pantry. As many of us may remember from when our Holy Innocents Hall was constructed, we were stopped from accepting the donation of commercial-grade appliances for the kitchen by the village. It was thought that the reason for this was to prevent us from offering our space as a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. So this issue also applies to our humble efforts to serve Christ in others.

Read more about the Love Wins story here. Read the Rev. Hugh Hollowell’s personal blog here.

As a Christian, I know Jesus teaches us that we are to offer food to the hungry, to welcome the stranger, to give water to the thirsty — the least of these on the margins of society. But he goes much farther than that. He identifies with the least of these so much so that he says any time there is a hungry, thirsty or ostracized person, that person is Christ himself. 

And if we don’t share our food, our water, or our welcome, then we are rejecting the Incarnation of God in this world. 

That’s why the incident with Love Wins isn’t only about sharing food with the hungry and homeless. It isn’t just about the larger war on the hungry and the poor being waged in city councils, state houses, and in the federal government. 

It isn’t even about the criminalization of homeless people, their advocates, and friends. 

It is about the criminalization of Christ.

via Criminalizing Christ: The Love Wins Incident and the Nationwide Targeting of Homeless – The God Article.

Ash Wednesday Video: Isaiah 58 1-12 Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice

This reading from Isaiah by Cindy DeBock contrasts fasting and repentance with hunger and the struggle against oppression, and incidentally reminds us all why offering a food pantry to the working poor in our area is so important.

Isaiah 58:1-12

Thus says the high and lofty one
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
Shout out, do not hold back!
Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people their rebellion,
to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet day after day they seek me
and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practiced righteousness
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgments,
they delight to draw near to God.
“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day,
and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight
and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
will not make your voice heard on high.
Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the LORD?
Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you,
the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.
The LORD will guide you continually,
and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters never fail.
Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to live in.