July 16, 2018
Article by: Thomas Ramsay
Good Morning All Saints’ Family,
It was a busy weekend for All Saints’. Saturday afternoon we celebrated the renaming of 40th Avenue and Bell Blvd to “Frank Skala Way.” It was a wonderful ceremony with accolades from Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, NY State Senator Tony Avella, NY State Assemblyman Ed Braunstein and several others. Frank’s children, Bonnie Kiladitis and Ed Skala, coordinated the ceremony. It was an appropriate day for the unveiling of the sign, as it would have been Frank’s 81st birthday! It is a well deserved honor to Frank, who served Bayside all his life to uphold the prestige of our community. Click Here to see BaysideLiveTV.com's coverage of the event.
Sunday was overcast, rainy and warm. There were 12 people at the 8:00 AM service and 50 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Eighth Sunday After Pentecost. The Processional Hymn was, “Praise To The Living God” and the Sequence Hymn was, “Thy Kingdom Come On Bended Knee.” The Gospel Reading was from Mark 6:14-29.
King Herod heard of Jesus and his disciples, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”
For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.
In this passage we learn of the beheading of John the Baptist, by Herod, as a wish granted to his daughter Herodias. This can be seen as an the end of innocence for Jesus’s mission and a foreshadowing of Jesus’ own death. The Offertory Hymn was, “Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates.” The Communion Hymn was, “O Jesus I Have Promised” and the Recessional Hymn was,”God Of Grace And God Of Glory.”
The Coffee Hour was bursting with laughter and chatter, as always. The Coffee Hour was hosted by Melissa Madden and Ronnie Scanlon. There was bagels and cakes for all to enjoy with their coffee and tea. It was a fantastic Sunday at All Saints’!
The altar flowers were given by Anne Day to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for Mrs. Liaw Lay Day.
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Have a great week and hope to see you all next Sunday!