The Church of the Holy Apostles

Holy Apostles NYC

296 9th Ave‎ (At 28th Street)
New York, NY 10001
(212) 807-6799

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  • Change & Shared Ministry

    There have been many significant changes in the life of the Church since my ordination. We do live in interesting times!Among them has been a shift of focus in the fundamental understanding of ministry. It is well described in the expression. ‘the congregation is less about a community gathered around a minister, and more about being a ministering community’.

    That change is reflected in how we worship and how we understand our lives as people of God. Our baptismal liturgy makes it clear that we are all called to a shared ministry. The role of clergy has shifted as well; understanding ordained leadership as also one of discerning gifts and empowering people for ministry….

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  • The Importance of the Symbols of Easter

    {…} Imperial Faberge eggs remain symbols of ultimate luxury and beauty.
    The fact that a symbol of Easter can hold such great worth goes beyond market value. It also speaks to the supreme importance of the Resurrection to our faith. As St. Paul wrote in his first letter to the church in Corinth: “And if Christ is not risen, then is our preaching is in vain, and your faith is also in vain…”…

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  • Let Us Begin the Lenten Season with the Poetry of T. S. Eliot

    As we usher in another Lenten season, the poetry of T.S. Eliot remains a guide. His classic work, “Ash Wednesday”, never fails to remind me of the need for sacred silence, the need to be vulnerable and open to God. It is the foundation of prayer.

    I hope this Lenten season draws us deeper into that realization. Here is an excerpt from Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday”:

    Where shall the word be found, where will the word
    Resound? Not here, there is not enough silence
    Not on the sea or on the islands, not….

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  • The Liturgical Season Parallels The Natural Season

    9:39.26. 9:41.07. 9:42.50. I pay attention to these numbers. I’m not sure how many do. They are the hours, minutes, and seconds of sunlight during each day over the next week. Yes, they are ever so slowly increasing!…

    …In this part of God’s creation, the liturgical season parallels the natural season. Epiphany is the season of light, ushered in by that great star in the Eastern sky. It is marked by the ministry and person of Jesus slowly unfolding as we journey on to Lent and Easter. It is a journey towards fuller illumination.

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  • Let the Words of St. John Chrysostom Help You Stay Focused on Advent

    It’s become standard sermon fodder to remark on how difficult it is to stay focused on the themes of Advent. True enough. We may indeed watch and wait and anticipate — but what we have in mind are gifts to be bought, cards to send, and parties to attend. The right attitude — but not the right focus! With the result often anxiety, rather than serenity….

    It is used in the Russian Orthodox liturgy and was written by St. John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul):

    O Lord my God, I know that I am not worthy that You should come under the roof of the house of my soul, for all is desolate and fallen, and You have not with me a place fit to lay Your head….

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  • A Service of Thanksgiving

    One of my favorite services at Holy Apostles is our Thanksgiving Day service.

    It is a time when the diverse people who make up our rather eclectic community can gather in common worship. Because we all share one great thing together – the spirit of gratitude.

    I hear thanks from men and women who have so very little. From those who spent the night before hovering over a warm subway grate. From volunteers coming from far and near. From those who come from very different faith traditions than our own and from those who adhere to none at all….

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  • When Praying Why Not Start Off With Gratitude?

    One of the best things about living in New York are the chalkboard sign boards outside bars and restaurants. Every day you are greeted with a new quip or quote enticing you to enter a door and check a place out. I recently ran across one that read: ‘Complaining burns up a lot of calories, refill here.’….

    We can carry this over into our prayer lives. Quick to name our concerns and worries. Fast in identifying those trouble spots in our lives, among our families and friends, and in the world.

    Our worship constantly reminds us that we are, above all, a thankful people. It is the name we give to our principal service, the Eucharist. It is reflected in our words and in our hymns. The challenge is to incorporate thankfulness into our lives. I try in my own prayer life to give thanks first. Perhaps we should include them first in our community petitions, rather than where they usually are placed — last….

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  • Prayer & Action Lead To An Encounter with God

    At our recent Vestry retreat, we were each asked to share an experience where we encountered the presence of God at Holy Apostles. A memory quickly sprang to mind.

    As your relatively new Rector and Executive Director, I remember visiting Chris Bonet at her home, and then during the time she was at Beth Israel before she died. I cannot recall a single time entering her hospital room where I did find myself joining parishioners in offering Chris their love and their prayers. Up until the very end, Chris was surrounded by fellow church members. They were there. I didn’t have to organize any visits, or make calls to see if anyone would be willing to reach out to her. …

    Our weekly prayer list is an extension of that experience. We are a community which holds one another in prayer. And, as people of God, we are called to extend that love and concern beyond ourselves to those who are hurting and struggling and seeking and celebrating.

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  • Worship & Prayer — The Rhythm of Rest

    As wonderful as this summer time can be for many of us, the challenge is to live life in such a way that we are constantly nourished. Discovering ways to keep the rhythm of rest and engagement in season and out of season.

    As people of God, we are constantly reminded of this by being called to a life of regular worship and prayer.

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  • Summer — A Time for Nature to Beckon the Soul

    The Catskill 3500 Club is open to all who intend to climb each of the 35 peaks in the Catskills over 3500 feet in elevation. As if that were not enough, you have to hike four of the tallest peaks again in the winter.

    On top of the tallest mountain in that range — just a two hour drive north of the City — is Slide Mountain. It was made famous by John Burroughs, a pioneer of the conservation movement. Once you reach the top of Slide, you are rewarded by a majestic view and a plaque attached to a rock…

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