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Take My Hand | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

There is an amazing scene in the movie Selma where Martin Luther King Jr. phones gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the middle of the night. It’s 1964; the 16th St. Baptist Church has been bombed by the Ku Klux Klan and four little girls killed in the explosion. The Civil Rights Movement is facing obstruction from elected leaders on key issues. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover is trying to discredit Dr. King by disrupting his marriage. Shaken and unable to sleep due to mounting pressures and stress, Dr. King calls Mahalia Jackson and asks her to sing; to “share the Lord’s voice” with him....

Take My Hand | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2021-01-19T19:08:19+00:00

What’s In A Name? | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Happy 2021! And Merry Christmas! And a Blessed Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus! We often think of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as purely secular affairs. If we haven’t already put away our decorations, we are starting to make plans to do so. All the “best of” lists have been published (something of a challenge for 2020 in all categories) and the holiday music has been shelved for another year. Maybe we are starting to commit to resolutions and look ahead to post-holiday business. The party, whatever it looked like for us this year, is over....

What’s In A Name? | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2021-01-05T22:36:36+00:00

Be Ready… | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents and to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. When he returned he called his servants to give an accounting. To the one he gave five talents he doubled the amount given him. The same is true for the one he gave two talents in that he doubled what he was given. The third servant being afraid did not double what he had been given and the master was not pleased. This is a very interesting passage. Jesus is speaking here and he is teaching the disciples some very hard lessons in order to prepare them for their ministries after he is gone....

Be Ready… | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon2020-11-16T17:47:21+00:00

St. Michael and All Angels | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

This past week, on Wednesday the 29th, was the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. It was the patron feast of my former parish, St. Michael’s on the Upper West Side, but it may not be a feast day you’ve ever thought much about. Focusing on angels may not seem useful in these current times when there are so many pressing issues in our world that need our attention....

St. Michael and All Angels | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector2020-09-29T17:08:49+00:00

Beyond Words | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

A few years ago, I attended a teaching day where one of the presenters was a seminary professor who talked about engaging the readings we share during Holy Week. One experience she described was a Good Friday liturgy where, after the Passion Gospel was read aloud, the response in place of a spoken sermon was a piece offered in mime. She spoke of how deeply effective this was, mostly because it pointed to the truth that the reality of the story is, both literally and figuratively, beyond words....

Beyond Words | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector2020-04-08T17:44:36+00:00
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