Pulpit Posts2017-06-13T16:32:54+00:00

Be Still and Know | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

As you read this, I am away in a place where nature is close at hand and accessible. I know it can be difficult to connect with the natural world in the city, but it is not impossible! In that spirit, I am turning this meditation over to guest poet Nickole Brown. I hope you enjoy her poem Prayer to be Still and Know, as well as her commentary following....

By |August 14th, 2020|

The Tranfiguration | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

I spent a few days of my vacation on a virtual retreat through Holy Cross Monastery. The theme was “Praying with the Spanish Mystics” and we spent a day each with Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross. (My niece, upon hearing the names of the mystics, wondered if someday she could be known as “Audrey of Manhattan”?!)....

By |August 7th, 2020|

Discussion & Hope | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Last Sunday, a good number of parishioners stayed on Zoom for a discussion of our SummerReads book How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Professor Kendi has been a high profile—and compelling—presence in the media lately, discussing this most recent work as well as his other books Stamped from the Beginning and Antiracist Baby. His commitment to unveiling what he calls the “Stage 4 cancer of racism” in our nation is thoroughly researched and deeply felt. How to be an Antiracist is a work that challenges and inspires. Reading and discussing it together was a gift....

By |July 31st, 2020|

How Much Faith Do You Have? | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Allowing stuff to grow up around your life and if not tended too, stuff will choke out the things God is trying to do in your life. Sunday’s Gospel the parable of the “Mustard Seed” pertains to our faith in Christ. This short and to the point parable by Jesus to the crowd that had been following Him, He says, “the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.” So what is Jesus telling us about faith? First, Jesus meant that faith as it concerns Him was based on the reality of His deity, based upon the truth of His promises, and His record of being faithful to His people....

By |July 24th, 2020|

I Heart New York | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

I rode a city bus this week for the first time since the beginning of quarantine/shutdown in March. I had an appointment across town and was running late, when I saw the M34 pull right up to where I found myself on the sidewalk. In I jumped, through the back doors, and was greeted by lots of open seats and see through plastic curtains with chains separating the driver from the passengers on board. I was also greeted by a greeting! As the doors closed and the bus pulled away from the curb, the bus driver got on the microphone. “Welcome, all essential workers!” he said....

By |July 17th, 2020|

A Prayer for Unknowing | The Rev Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

These are uncertain times. There is so much that we don’t know about the virus that has caused the pandemic. We don’t know the full health impact on individuals, communities, and our health system, and we don’t know the full financial and economic impact either. We have hopes that the recent and continuing protests will finally mean that some action will be taken to address police brutality and to enact antiracist policies and structures in our country -- but we don’t know yet what that may look like. And the election season is beginning to heat up. We can work to get our favorite candidates elected, but we have no idea yet what changes to our political landscape November will bring. With every day that passes, it seems more clear that we don’t know much about what lies ahead! For those of us who like to be in control, or at least like to think that we are in control (!), these are very trying, frustrating, and even scary times. But perhaps there is a spiritual lesson we can learn now, one that is harder to learn when things are going well for us. And that is that even when things are good, we are not really in control of much in our lives! Especially in our complicated world, we are dependent on each other and especially on God....

By |July 10th, 2020|

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