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

Honoring Battles Large and Small | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

This weekend includes Memorial Day, always the last Monday in May, when we commemorate those who have served and died in our nation’s military conflicts. It is also the commonly regarded “official” beginning of summer. After Memorial Day weekend we usually start to move into a more relaxed framework. Days are longer and warmer. Schedules become more relaxed. Schools get out, and vacation plans are made. But not this Memorial Day—or at least not fully. Much is being redefined as we move through this season, imprinted as it is with Covid-19....

By |May 22nd, 2020|

Julian | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Today is the day in our church calendar when we remember Julian of Norwich, a woman who could be the patron saint of our current circumstances. Julian was born in 1343, and lived in the English city of Norwich during a time of plague and the social unrest that followed. People were sick and dying. Religious dissent met with violent ends. Demands for justice went unheard, or were immediately and brutally suppressed. And while all suffered, those who were poor bore the worst of the economic fallout at that time.

By |May 18th, 2020|

Peace vs. Anxiety | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Normally I would write a message based on this Sunday’s gospel but because of the abnormal times we live in, I decided to write a message based on the abnormal times we are now living in.... The disciples were locked up inside their house. They’d barricaded the door. Earlier that morning, they’d heard some outrageous news from some of their women friends. The women had traveled to Jesus’ grave. But when they got there, his tomb was empty! Peter and John ran to the tomb to check things out. They found it just as the women had said, Empty!...

By |May 1st, 2020|

New Life | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

In my homily on Sunday I mentioned the anniversary during Holy Week of the devastating fire at Holy Apostles 30 years ago. Some parishioners were sharing photos of that time—before, after and after—and it was so moving to see the photographic record of new life rising (literally) from the ashes of what had once been....

By |April 27th, 2020|

Easter in the Midst of Pandemic | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Alleluia! Christ is risen! This year we came through an especially challenging Holy Week to the grateful celebration of Easter on Sunday, and as we are now settling into Eastertide -- the period between Easter Day and Pentecost - we may be feeling even more acutely a cacophonous mix of emotions. Holy Week occurred as the New York region was experiencing perhaps the worst week of the Covid-19 crisis, and we felt the sorrow of death especially in our church. And still, Easter Day arrived! We gathered together and celebrated the Feast of the Resurrection in our Zoom house church! And we remembered that even in the darkest times, God is with us, and helps us to find the places of promise, hope, joy, and new life.....

By |April 19th, 2020|

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