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

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

It has always surprised me that the assigned Gospel reading for July 4 is Matthew 5:43-48, which includes Jesus saying this: You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. This commission doesn’t seem to fit with fireworks and triumphant march music. On a day when we commemorate victorious nationalism, it seems odd that the church wants us to focus on love and prayer.

By |July 3rd, 2020|

Offering Hospitality | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

...What Jesus is telling us to do in Sunday’s gospel from Matthew is similar to the famous Golden Rule – “Do unto others.” A cup of cold water is a gift that everyone can give because it is the smallest of gifts. Even this, the smallest of gifts, is precious to the person receiving it, because it sometimes is the gift of life....

By |June 26th, 2020|

I Bind Unto Myself Today | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

At the risk of treading on our Director of Music Tim Pyper’s territory, I thought I’d extend the feeling of Trinity Sunday (which we celebrated this past Sunday), by inviting us all to spend a little time with the wonderful hymn “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” (or “I Bind Unto Myself Today”). It is based on a poem said to have been written by St. Patrick, and it describes sources of strength we can prayerfully draw on for support, including two sources I preached about on Sunday: the power of the Trinity as the three-in-one God united in love and the presence of Christ who is always with us.

By |June 12th, 2020|

Worth A Thousand Words | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

As I write this, protests continue throughout our city and our nation. Last night was mostly peaceful, and we are starting to hear about civic leaders who are coming together to address the issues that have sparked such justified anger and resistance. As I write this, Covid-19 continues to be a threat all over the world. We know New York has done mighty battle with this foe and has seen some success. We are poised to begin opening on Monday—these next days will tell whether we are still on track for that to happen. And in the midst of all this, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen continues its work to meet the desperate need all around....

By |June 5th, 2020|

Christ In Our Struggles | The Rev. Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

As believers, we are aware that Jesus will never leave us, nor will He ever forsake us. Those who have been saved by His grace exist within the Holy Spirit. He is our constant companion and guide. While we may not always be aware of the Lord’s presence, He is always near to us. In scripture we read that the Lord will be near to those who are struggling in life or dealing with pain associated with the circumstances of life. There are multiple passages in Scripture where it is undeniable that the Lord was in the midst of His people, providing for their particular needs. We are never alone in the journey, and we need not fear facing life apart from His divine guidance....

By |May 29th, 2020|

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