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June 18, 2018

Article by: Thomas Ramsay

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Good Morning All Saints’ Family,

Sunday was a beautiful warm and sunny morning-perfect for our Outdoor Service and Church School Picnic! There were 9 people at the 8:00 AM service and 94 in attendance at the 10:00 AM service. It was the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost. The Prelude was led by our worship team band, “The Crooks”, and everyone sang, “The Garden Song” and “Shut De Do.” The Processional Hymn was, “Earth And All Stars” and the Hymn of Praise was, “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee.” The Gradual Hymn was, “When The Saints Go Marching In”, led by St. Nicholas Choir. The Gospel Acclaimation was, “Carribean Hallelujah.” The Gospel Reading was from Mark 4:26-34

Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

We learn from this passage of the parable of the mustard seed. Jesus explains to the disciples that this is the smallest of all seeds, but when it grows, it becomes the biggest of all shrubs. This is how we compare the kingdom of God, and how we must spread the good word and continue the growth of Christianity. Susan Byrne thanked all the teachers-Olive Demetrius, Pam Dobuler, Claudia Hajian, Rose Lynch and Karrie Sheridan, and assistants/support-Melanie Dobuler, Dominique Earle, Emily Poyser and Chiara Osborne, for all the hard work they did during the Church School year. Father Byrne then congratulated all of our graduates-Christopher Batashoff, who will be attending Hofstra University, Seth Monfiston, who is going to Boston College, Daniel Batashoff, who will going to Archbishop Molloy High School, Dominique Earle, who will start at The Mary Louis Academy, and Justin Obiol, who will start at Malverne High School. The Offertory Anthem was, “Down By The Riverside” with a solo by Rhys Ritter. The Communion Hymns were, “Here I Am Lord” and “Sanctuary.” The Recessional Hymn was, “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus.” The Postlude was, “Seek Ye First.” A big thank you to “The Crooks” for leading the congregation in all the music – Dan Bosko-Bass; Teddy Byrne-Alto Sax; Tom Espenshade-Guitar; Diana Gilday-Guitar and Violin; Andy Hornback-Baritone Sax; Arkady Leytush-Piano; Charles Olouch-Alto/Tenor Sax; and Greg Thompson-Drums and Mandolin. They helped make a joyous sound for our service! We also had our annual butterfly release done by the Church School staff and students.

The backyard was transformed after the service with tables and chairs arranged for all to sit down. Tom Ramsay, Joe Gonzalez, Drew Elder and Paul and John Walton, “The Cooks”, went to work getting the grill ready for cooking. The salads and side dishes were put out in the Common Room and soon hamburgers and hot dogs followed. Joe, Drew, Paul, John and Tom worked as a team grilling, getting the buns and cheese ready and then plattered and into the Common Room. They continued their routine until everyone was fed and satisfied. A big thank you to, “The Cooks” for another job well done! Dessert was brought out and there was cake, cookies, fruit and ice cream for all to enjoy. The clean-up began shortly after. The grill was cleaned, food and beverages stored away and tables and chairs put away. Thank you to Carole King, Mary Ang, Jack Oshier, Olive Demetrius, Joe Gonzalez and Tom Ramsay for the clean-up of all the food and the kitchen and to Father Byrne, Teddy Byrne, Diana Gilday, Dan Bosko, Charle Olouch and Jack Oshier for clearing the tables and chairs. It was a fantastic Sunday at All Saints’!!

The altar flowers were given by Sally Bergmeyer to the glory of God and in loving memory of Joseph Peter Bergmeyer, Kirt Johnson and Josef Bergmeyer. The Sanctuary Lamp and the bread and wine of the Eucharist were given by Tom and Jeanine Carroll to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the blessings of strength and healing for Anna Palmieri and her family.

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Have a great week and hope to see many of you on Friday for the premier of our Coffee House and next Sunday!

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