Brent Ness

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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A time to cry out, “Injustice!”

View photos from our “Spread the Flame” vigil on May 31. Instagram Facebook Dear Community, This is not a time to be silent.  For those of us who have come to be known as white, we must move out of our privileged and removed bystander status and speak out about the reality of racialized violence and…

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Digital Worship for Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020)

CHRIST IS RISEN! ALLELUIA! Join us for a virtual service this Easter Sunday, “When the Promise is Enough.” Follow along with this morning’s bulletin.  Please help us continue to create meaningful virtual worship and support essential ministries by giving online or emailing donate@stpaulandstandrew.org to make a gift by electronic check. We continue to hold each other…

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Digital Worship for Palm Sunday (April 5, 2020)

Join us for a virtual service this Palm Sunday as we discover “The Power of We” Follow along with this morning’s bulletin.  Please help us continue to create meaningful virtual worship and support essential ministries by giving online or emailing donate@stpaulandstandrew.org to make a gift by electronic check. We continue to hold each other in prayer…

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In the News: Coronavirus pandemic compounds dire situation for poor Americans (ABCNews.com)

‘Lot of fear’: Coronavirus pandemic compounds dire situation for poor Americans By 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the line outside St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church in New York City stretched around the block. But this wasn’t any ordinary morning. Read the full article from ABCNews.com

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