Brent Ness

Digital Worship for November 22, 2020

Gratitude Thanksgiving Sunday Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 8:7-18 Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gained me this wealth.’ Deuteronomy 8:17 On this Thanksgiving Sunday, we want to consider one of the most important of all Christian virtues, gratitude. And we are doing that with the help of…

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Digital Worship for November 15, 2020

No Time for the Timid Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Reading: Matthew 25:14-30 “The landowner said, ‘Well done, you good and trustworthy worker; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; come, share my joy!’”  Matthew 25:21 The Parable of the Talents, the lectionary text for…

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Our Work Continues!

We cannot do this alone. We are called to live in community because through this holy connection, the impossible can happen! Our resources multiply and miracles manifest. If you can help in 2021, please pledge by using the form below:

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Digital Worship for November 8, 2020

Holy Worry Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Reading: Matthew 6: 25-33 “Therefore, do not worry…”  Matthew 6:25 During this stressful time, I continue to spend time with the Sermon on the Mount, the looong collection of Jesus’ sayings that covers three chapters of Matthew’s Gospel. And there, right in the middle, is the passage where Jesus tells…

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2020 Election

Dear Community, So much is unsettled and uncertain right now. We are all exhausted. There is no better time to come together and pray. At 5pm today (Wednesday, November 4), we will do just that with our siblings and neighbors from houses of worship on the Upper West Side. By connecting with our community and…

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Digital Worship for November 1, 2020

For All Our Saints All-Saints Sunday / Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Reading: Isaiah 61: 1-4, 7-11 “Blessed are the poor in spirit… blessed are those who mourn.” Matthew 5:3-4 This week I have gotten in touch with the huge sense of loss that comes from thinking about the staggering loss of life of the…

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Digital Worship for October 25, 2020

In It For the Long Haul Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 “God said to Moses, ‘This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants’; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross…

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Digital Worship for October 18, 2020

Monumental Errors Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Reading: Exodus 32: 7-14; Matthew 6: 19-21, 33 “So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.  He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool.”  – Exodus 32 Jesus said, “Where…

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Blessing of the Animals

This year, we’ll mark the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, October 4th from 2-4pm. We’ll have a 15 minute “service” on the steps of our church on West End Ave. Following that, we’ll have blessing stations along the sidewalk for our neighbors and parishioners to bring their animal companions to receive…

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Draw the Circle Wide

Dear Community, Reopening? Our answer has always been, “We never closed!” Our physical space and relation to it has changed, yes, but our work and connections have continued. In fact, our church has been thriving! Consider our virtual gathering successes.  Our congregation attendance and viewership has grown! Our weekly worship and “Message for all Ages”…

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