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Florence Li Tim Oi: Much-Beloved Daughter and Priest | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

On Friday, January 24, we celebrate the ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first woman priest in the Anglican Communion who was ordained in 1944!  Her name is a combination of the name she was given by her father when she was born in Hong Kong (Li Tim-Oi, meaning “much beloved daughter”) and the name she chose when she was baptized as a student (Florence, in honor of Florence Nightingale)....

Florence Li Tim Oi: Much-Beloved Daughter and Priest | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2020-01-22T17:35:48+00:00

The Light in the Darkness | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Today, December 27, is the feast day of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist. A couple of days ago, on Christmas Day, we read the gorgeous prologue to John’s gospel. It begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it… The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.”

The Light in the Darkness | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-12-27T00:30:21+00:00

Andrew the Networker | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 30, is the Feast of St. Andrew. Andrew is traditionally the first saint remembered in the new church year, and the season of Advent always begins on the Sunday closest to his feast day. The stories about Andrew in the Gospel of John emphasize his gift for making connections between others and Jesus - he was a great networker! He was the first of the disciples to follow Jesus, having learned of him through John the Baptist. (As a result, the Orthodox Church have named Andrew Protokletos, or “First-called.”)...

Andrew the Networker | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-12-10T16:41:06+00:00

All Saints’ Day: Who are the saints? | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, and we will have a particularly festive marking of it at our Evensong commemorating the 175th anniversary of Church of the Holy Apostles tonight (Friday) at 7 pm. We will also remember All Saints’ Day, and its related day, All Souls’ (or the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed) this Sunday, November 3....

All Saints’ Day: Who are the saints? | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-10-31T19:32:06+00:00

St. Francis and the Present Moment | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

When she was eight years old, my niece Audrey asked me the very important theological question, “Does God have pets?” Now, she had an ulterior motive for this question, as she was angling to be allowed to get a dog (this was before Penny, and then Hugo, came into her life!) – but nevertheless, it is an intriguing question. I responded, “Yes, I think WE are all God’s pets.”....

St. Francis and the Present Moment | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-10-03T23:47:40+00:00

What Work Will You Get to Do Today? | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Today I came across this “Thought for the Day” on a poetry website (https://www.poetry-chaikhana.com): Don’t resent the work. It gives you strength to stand whole and silent before the Mystery. - Ivan M. Granger Granger may be talking about a more significant kind of work, but I immediately thought of all the little things that I resent doing each day. This is the stuff I “have to” do, the “shoulds” -- much of it just the tedious things in work and life that we all have to attend to. Things like those emails I have to return, the doctor’s appointment I should make, and the research I need to do in order to fix my misbehaving computer....

What Work Will You Get to Do Today? | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-09-03T22:41:21+00:00

Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

The comedian John Oliver addressed the recent mass shootings before his regular show aired Sunday night. He began like this: “When it comes to gun control, I know it can feel like everything’s been said before. In fact, even pointing out “everything’s been said before” has been said before. In fact, even pointing out the fact that “ ‘everything’s been said before’ has been said before” has been said before. But while the depressingly familiar numbness that you may be currently feeling can help you handle the pain in the short term, in the long term it can actually be a real problem because unless something hurts as much as it’s supposed to, nothing gets done about it.”....

Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-08-07T18:11:35+00:00

Blessings of Ordinary Time | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Starting this past Monday, the Church entered its longest season of the liturgical year -- often called Ordinary time. Technically speaking, it isn’t actually a season, but rather the time between the major seasons of the church calendar. The longest stretch of Ordinary time reaches from the Monday after the Feast of Pentecost (June 10 this year) all the way until the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent....

Blessings of Ordinary Time | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-06-14T16:10:43+00:00

Reclaiming Sacred Words | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

As I write today I am at the annual Priests’ Conference of the Diocese. Most of the priests of the Diocese of New York have gathered together with our bishops for three days of fellowship, education, and relaxation. This year we are in the Poconos and it is beautiful, if a bit on the rainy side!We have had a guest speaker named Jonathan Merritt. You might remember an opinion piece he wrote last year for the Sunday Week in Review section of the New York Times titled “It’s Getting Harder to Talk About God,”  and his most recent book is called “Learning to Speak God from Scratch.”...

Reclaiming Sacred Words | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2019-05-16T19:37:48+00:00