Church Pulpit Posts

Main Character Energy | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Main Character Energy | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Last week I had the honor of attending the end-of-year musical conceived and performed by students at P.S. 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Parishioner Zach Pearson was one of the teaching artists who facilitated the production, helping the students take their ideas and turn them into a live action story. Because Zach knows I am all about performance of any kind (and also because I am his mom!), I got the invite—and accepted with enthusiasm….

Main Character Energy | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The Gift of Wonder in All God’s Works | The Rev. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

This past week, New Yorkers had an opportunity to be amazed. As you may have seen or heard in the news, it was the yearly arrival of “Manhattanhenge”—that time in the early summer when the setting of the sun lines up perfectly with the street grid in Manhattan. Since moving back to the city in 2018 I have experienced this phenomenon only once. Quite by accident, at the end of a day I stumbled upon a large-ish group of people staring west, phones lifted to record the event….

Main Character Energy | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Trinity Three In One | The Rev. Canon Robert A. Jacobs, Deacon

Have you ever experienced a surprise that completely changed your perspective or direction in life? The Lord has a way of surprising us in unexpected and powerful ways.

He often leads us on paths that we never would have chosen for ourselves. Just as the disciples were surprised when Jesus called them to leave everything and follow Him, we too may be surprised by the directions in which the Lord leads us. His ways are always higher than ours, and His plans are always for our ultimate good….

Main Character Energy | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

The Forgotten Apostle | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

This Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, transferred forward a few days from its official date this year on Thursday, May 9. It is wonderful to commemorate this pivotal part of Jesus’ story — the moment, after his resurrection, when he ascended into heaven. There is a small downside to transferring the feast day, though, which is that we miss out on scripture passages appointed for the seventh Sunday of Easter. This year that means that we don’t hear about Matthias in Acts 1:15-17, 21-26….

Main Character Energy | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

When Darkness Came and the Earth Shook | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector

Well, we’ve had a remarkable last couple of weeks. After a deep Holy Week (including a quick visit from the fire department on Palm Sunday!) and a joyous Easter, we experienced both a 4.7 magnitude earthquake and a solar eclipse! Sure, some of us might not have actually felt the earthquake, and depending on where you were the eclipse was partial and sometimes covered by clouds ─ but both natural events still happened. And they affected us, whether we realized it or not….

Main Character Energy | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

But Wait, There’s More! | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector

Some years ago, there was a story making the rounds about a man named Robert Liebowitz. A 60 -year-old single father of five, he had been struggling with kidney disease since he was 10 years old. Eventually he was told that he would need dialysis three times a week to survive, and a transplant to live. Because of his blood type (“O”), and the fact that some of his children were also contending with kidney disease, none of them could donate one of their kidneys to their father….

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