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Digital Worship for July 19, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / July 19, 2020

Zizania Mania, or, When Bad Things Happen in Good Soil Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Readings: Genesis 28:10-22 & Matthew 13:24-30 “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” Genesis 28:16 Things are a mess. The world’s in a mess. The country’s a mess. And truth to tell, I’m a bit […]

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Draw the Circle Wide

By Brent Ness / July 17, 2020

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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Digital Worship for July 12, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / July 12, 2020

Am I Teachable Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Readings: Romans 7:15-25;  Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The young woman narrator of Octavia Butler’s novel, Parable of the Sower, speaks to the importance of personal and collective learning, especially in times of crisis. She says, “I mean to learn everything I can while I can…none of us knows […]

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Digital Worship for July 5, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / July 5, 2020

On the Fifth of July Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Readings: 2 Timothy 2:8-15;  Matthew 11: 1-5, 16-19, 28-30 “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 We could all use a break, I think it’s safe to say. It’s been a long season […]

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Digital Worship for June 28, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / June 28, 2020

Breaking the Walls Pride Sunday Today’s Readings: Ephesians 2:13-22 ; Matthew 10:40-42 Jesus said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes, me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the One who sent me.” Matthew 10:40 We will still celebrate Pride! We will still celebrate our God, who welcomes all people. Join us this Sunday, online, as we testify to the […]

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Digital Worship for June 21, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / June 21, 2020

A Sacred Conspiracy Third Sunday after Pentecost Today’s Readings: Genesis 21: 8-21, Matthew 10: 26-39 “And the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, ‘What troubles you, Hagar?’” (Genesis 21:17) The story of Hagar, the slave of Sarah and the mother of Abraham’s first-born son, is devastating. Born in Africa, she […]

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Digital Worship for June 14, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / June 14, 2020

Go, Go, Go Sunday Service with the New York Annual Conference Today’s Reading: Matthew 28:16-20 Click here for the order of the service This service will also be streamed on the NYAC Facebook page on Sunday morning at 8:45 and available by telephone (phone number is: 929-436-2866) for those who prefer to listen in on Sunday. We continue to […]

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Digital Worship for June 7, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / June 7, 2020

Therefore Go Trinity Sunday Today’s Reading: Matthew 28:16-20 “Go to the world, go struggle, bless, and pray; the nights of tears give way to joyous day. As servant church, you follow Christ’s own way… Alleluia?” In the last words of Matthew’s Gospel, Christ sends us into a grieving, bleeding, aching world. We are given work […]

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Digital Worship for May 31, 2020

By Hannah Reasoner / May 31, 2020

Blown Away Pentecost Today’s Reading: Acts 2: 1-21 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to each other, “What does this mean?” But others said, “They are filled with new wine.” Acts 2:12-13 The different reactions that the people of Jerusalem have to the outpouring of the Spirit on the apostles at Pentecost remind me of […]

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A time to cry out, “Injustice!”

By Brent Ness / May 27, 2020

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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