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Holy Apostles NYC

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Pulpit Posts

  • Who Was Saint Mathias the Apostle?

    Today, February 24, is the feast day of St. Matthias the Apostle. Does he sound familiar? If you don’t remember his name from the lists of the twelve apostles in the gospels, you are correct — he isn’t there! That’s because he was chosen to be an apostle later, as we read in the opening chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. After Jesus ascended into heaven, Peter stood up among the believers — a crowd of about one hundred twenty persons — and made a suggestion. He told of the horrible death of Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed Jesus (see Acts 1:18 if you are interested in the gory details)….

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  • Foundations of Faith & the Future

    We are very familiar with building in this city. Just in the church’s neighborhood there is the massive Hudson Yards project unfolding with some 11 buildings with allied infrastructure providing for the thousands who will work and live there. But this building activity is being replicated all over the city. I have to admit to an almost boyish fascination with building, especially big buildings!…
    …So we sing from time to time the great Charles Wesley hymn, “The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.” But then Paul stretches the metaphor even further and says: “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” It is important to note that in the Greek text all the “you’s” are plural for Paul is talking about the church. His words are a great reminder to us that we, the people, at Holy Apostles are the Church of God in this place. Not only is our foundation Jesus Christ (into whom we are baptized or incorporated or “built”) but also that God’s Holy Spirit inhabits us. This transforms the way we see ourselves and reminds us that we are much more than a club or society or association of people (while we share much in common with all three) but that we have a divine calling and spiritual purpose. Paul sees this spiritual building not as a completed project but rather as an ongoing one that will have its completion in the “Day of Jesus Christ”. This highlights for us the dynamic aspect of our life together as church: that we are a spiritual work in progress, ever building, ever being renewed. This insight may be helpful to us as we reflect on the life of the parish in this “self-study” part of our Search Process. Rather than see the parish as a completed project which simply needs routine maintenance to continue it may be helpful to see it as a dynamic organism growing and developing at each stage of its existence. But most important of all is not to forget that our firm foundation is built on Jesus Christ and that God’s abiding and loving Spirit is present in our community of faith.

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  • A Few Thoughts On Anger & Forgiveness

    Matthew’s Gospel for this Sunday in part talks about “Anger.” If we read a little beyond the appointed gospel for this Sunday, verses 43-45, it says, “you have heard that it was said, love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father on heaven.”

    If you are angry with someone, give it to the Lord. Talk to Him about it instead of retaliating or holding a grudge.

    In the summer of 2015 the Diocese asked me along with three other clergy to attend a Mediation Seminar for a week in Chicago, then come back prepared to mediate differences in various parishes. In one of the sessions it was brought out that when we get angry we tend not to hear the other person’s side. One of the most important elements in mediation is to “listen.” If necessary, write down the differences and see where there can be some common ground and at the same time pray about it……

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  • About the Presentation|Candelmas…

    Yesterday, February 2, was a major feast day of the church, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, often called Candlemas. Falling as it often does on a weekday it is sadly not observed in many parishes. The Presentation is described in Luke2: 22-40 and occurred 40 days after the birth of Jesus. There we are told: “And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.” The passage ends with the reiteration of the obedience of the parents: “And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.” Luke makes it abundantly clear that Jesus and his parents were thoroughly obedient and faithful Jews. They did everything to fulfill the law….

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  • An Article Published On Huffington Post by Mother Susan

    I published my first piece on Huffington Post this morning! I was inspired by Bishop Andrew’s sermon on Sunday, and prodded to write something by Tom Cunningham – and voila! You can find it on the Huffington Post website…

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  • Acts of NYC Kindness

    As I marched with the Women’s March on NYC this past weekend (well, really, it wasn’t so much a march as a very slow shuffle!), I was overwhelmed by how joyful the huge crowd was, and especially how kind everyone was. Maybe it was the effect of having a large concentration of mothers and grandmothers gathered together with all kinds of other folks, but it was the most helpful group of people I’ve ever witnessed in midtown Manhattan. And I don’t say that lightly — I often defend New Yorkers as much more kind and generous than our reputation would suggest! But the kindness reached a new peak, I think, this Saturday, as complete strangers helped separated group members reconnect, made way for hapless folks who were just trying to get to the drugstore, and became fast friends along the march route. Couldn’t we all do with a bit more kindness in our day-to-day lives? …

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  • But Conflict Is Never Resolved by Avoidance!

    Today a new President of the United States will be inaugurated. After the long, divisive, and at times acrimonious campaign and the drawn out transitional period, it is almost a relief to have the new President in office. From now on the President will be judged on what he says and achieves….

    None of us particularly like conflict and often do what we can to avoid it. But conflict is never resolved by avoidance! What I find really encouraging in the New Testament is how up front the scriptures are concerning the presence of conflict in the early church. …

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  • Remebering The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    …We live in a world that reams with inequality based on religion, race, gender and social status. The result is social injustice, racism, discrimination, wars and genocide. This is not God’s kingdom. In God’s Kingdom there is social justice and equality for all. It’s the dream that Martin Luther King Jr. saw and spoke so articulately. It’s the dream that like followers of Christ share.

    Followers of Christ are not only praying for God’s Kingdom to come, but they are also living now for social justice and equality.

    Every person in the world has an opportunity. It’s an opportunity that we must live and proclaim. It’s the opportunity of the cross that allows an individual to be born into God’s family regardless of who their parents are, where they are born, or their gender. This opportunity is not just for the rich or the poor; the educated or the uneducated. This opportunity is for all….

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  • A Baptism Meditation for the New Year

    This Friday, January 6, is the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we remember and celebrate the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. It is an important feast in the liturgical year, and so we will transfer our celebration of Epiphany from Friday to Sunday, January 8.

    Unfortunately, that means that we will give short shrift to another traditional feast of the liturgical year, the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ – at least on Sunday. However, we will be using the Baptism of Christ gospel lesson as the basis for our Insight worship service at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, January 10 – please consider joining us! And you might also use the story of Jesus’ baptism as a catalyst for your own personal meditation time. To that end, I offer you my version of a guided meditation that our former Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori led for a group of priests of our diocese several years ago….

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  • Celebrate The 12 Days of Christmas

    Shall I ever forget singing the Twelve Days of Christmas with actions led by Lucy Sexton and others at the Christmas Spectacular! Talk about testing your motor ability! This popular Christmas seasonal song has been heard a good deal in recent weeks. There is of course an Australian version of the same which goes from “A kookaburra in a gum tree” to “12 possums playing!” But as we all know the Twelve Days of Christmas commence on Christmas Day and conclude on January 5 in time to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6 (although we are keeping that feast on Sunday January 8). So it is perfectly correct to wish each other “Merry Christmas” on any of the 12 days even though some people might look at you strangely!

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