August 30, 2015 Sermon

by The Rev. Edwin Chinery

Proper 17 Year B   “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” James 1:19, 20 In 2004 I was working as Coordinator of the HIV Services Department in UMDNJ’s Federally Qualified Health Center in New Brunswick …  [ More → ]


This Week at Ascension

Barbecue dinner on Wednesday, Tai Chi Thursdays & college student welcoming on Saturday. Join us for our monthly Parish BBQ on August 26 around 7pm in the front garden, weather permitting. This Saturday, August 29th, from 9am to 2pm we will welcome NYU and neighboring students moving in for the new school year. We will …  [ More → ]

Volunteer for the Summer Choir!

There has been some interest expressed in forming a volunteer choir for the 11am service during these summer months when our regular choir is off (June, July, August, Labor Day weekend.) If you (or someone you know) would like to sing, just send an email to and provide the following information: your name, email …  [ More → ]

You can help the people of Nepal

We are very glad to learn from our Assistant Sexton, Dawa Sherpa, that his family in Nepal are all OK after the devastating earthquake that has left more than 5,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Please remember the injured, the lost and frightened, the dead and all offering aid in your prayers. If you …  [ More → ]


Thursday Bible Study & 20s/30s Brunch

We continue to review Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by New Testment scholar Amy-Jill Levine on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Drop-ins are welcome! It’s impossible not to catch up and be drawn deeply into some very stimulating discussion. And who doesn’t love brunch? Especially if …  [ More → ]

LGBT Pride March Sunday

On Sunday we celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender pride and are delighted to welcome The Reverend Deacon Stephen Hagerty as our guest preacher. Stephen was sponsored by Ascension and ordained to the diaconate this past spring at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. After the service, around noon, we will set up our …  [ More → ]

Bishops United Against Gun Violence

The tower bells of The Church of the Ascension at Fifth Avenue and 10th Street will be rung for ten minutes at noon on Friday, June 19, 2015. In the wake of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of more than …  [ More → ]


August 9, 2015 Sermon
by The Rev. Edwin Chinery

Proper 14 Year B In The Proverbs, a central feature of Judeo-Christian Wisdom Literature, we read, among many wisdoms, the following depiction of wisdom itself: …when purpose first unfolded before the oldest of works from everlasting, I was firmly set, from the beginning, before earth came into being. The deep water was not, when I …  [ More → ]

August 2, 2015 Sermon on Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
by The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

Proper 13 Year B This sermon was delivered by The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell. You can read the scripture for August 2, 2015 here.  

July 19, 2015 Sermon Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
by The Rev. Edwin Chinery

Proper 11 Year B Today’s gospel reading seems, at first, to missing something – to be missing, at the very least, the excitement that is to be found in the nineteen verses that are absent. It’s tempting to try and construct some reason to focus on Mark’s feeding of the masses, but in the coming …  [ More → ]