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Advent Day 3: Let Hope Find You

I don’t like to be still for very long. New York is the perfect city for me – fast paced, lots of activity. New Yorkers are not known for being still for very long – we have a hard time waiting for the subway, and jaywalk when we can. I’m much better at “doing” than “being.” I tend to think that I…

Advent Day 2: Mr. Messiah

Today’s Advent Reflection is a poem written by yesterday’s preacher, Rev. Eugene Palmore, called “Mr. Messiah.” It happened so long ago it’s kind of difficult to remember this special night you ask about in a long ago December. I was just a small boy then I wasn’t any more than ten, and the only thing…

Advent Day 1: Daily Advent Reflections

Today is the first day of Advent. Advent is traditionally understood to be a season of waiting, of reflection and anticipation. In North America, it also falls during the darkest period of the year. We wander in darkness as we wait for the renewal and hope that Jesus’ birth embodies. Once again this year we’ll be…

Sex, Death and Money

The podcast entitled Sex, Death and Money inspired the sermon series we will begin on November 1st.  Why are we going to talk about these particular topics?  Because they are tough to talk about and often get overlooked or avoided, especially in church.  Couple that with the knowledge that God has something to say to…

The FDNY’s It Gets Better Video

This week, the FDNY released a really powerful video as a part of the It Gets Better Project. I’m so thankful to have been included in this project. There are so many wonderful, caring members of the FDNY, and it’s a privilege to get to serve as one of their chaplains. For me, this job is a dream come true. But I…

Generosity

One of our neighbors is a very committed 80-something year old Catholic woman. Over the years, she and I have become good friends. We talk a lot about Jesus and the church. She tells me stories of her life in Greenpoint in the 60s and 70s. I keep her updated on all the comings and…

Sunday Visitors Share about Housing Insecurity and Staying Homeful

In this morning’s service we welcomed Kercena Dozier, the Director of Community Relations for the city’s Department of Homeless Services, and Amy Nunez, an advocate from the city’s Homebase program. They shared with us strong and educational testimonies about keeping community members in their homes and ending veteran homelessness, emphasizing the role of local congregations like…