Author Archives: The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

About The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell begins her ministry as Rector of the Church of the Ascension on January 12, 2015. She has lived and worked in Manhattan for 25 years, first as Associate Rector of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea, which also made her Program Director of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest emergency feeding program in New York City), and then as Interim Pastor of St. Michael’s Church on the Upper West Side. She is delighted to join with the people of Ascension in discovering and witnessing to the gospel in the heart of Greenwich Village. Liz says, “the Church of the Ascension has a proud history; wonderful music and liturgy; and a healthy, inclusive community life. What is the Spirit is calling us to in this new chapter? Welcoming new and diverse folk, engagement with the tremendous challenges of justice and peace in our city and our world, deepening our love for God and each other all come to mind. I am eager to get to know the people of Ascension and to share our journey with, to and in God as we grow and serve together.” Liz grew up in a small college town in the piney woods of east Texas. She is a graduate of Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and was ordained in the Diocese of Newark in 1983, serving there before coming across the river to New York. She also completed training in depth psychology and spirituality at the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute and is licensed as a psychoanalyst in New York State, experience that serves her well in exploring with deeper currents in congregations. A native New Yorker now, she loves the city’s great energy, diversity, art, and food- and also loves to escape to the wide open spaces. She hikes, swims, travels as adventurously as she can, and reads voraciously. Liz, her daughter Mihret Lucy, and their dog Finn will live in Ascension’s rectory once the renovation is completed.

Sermon – October 15, 2017

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Bring your Animals for Blessings on Saint Francis Day, Sunday, October 1, 2017

We will celebrate St. Francis Day this Sunday, October 1, 2017, with the Blessing of the Animals after the 11 o’clock service in the front garden on Fifth Avenue at 10th Street (around 12:30 pm). This is a special celebration of all creatures great and small so please join us. You are also welcome to …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – September 24, 2017

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Welcome Back Sunday – September 24, 2017

Mark the Date – We’re getting ready for the fall at Ascension! On Sunday, September 24th, the Ascension Choir returns and we’ll enjoy a special coffee hour after the 11 am service. We’ll also have a chance to learn more about what’s planned for the fall. Whether you’ve been away this summer or not, it …  [ More → ]

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Sermon by the Rector, August 27, 2017

The sermon preached at the 11 o’clock Sunday service is posted on the right sidebar during the following week. Here is an audio file to listen to the sermon by our Rector, The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, delivered this past Sunday.   An archive is available to listen to sermons from February 2015 to date. Audio …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – August 27, 2017

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – July 16, 2017

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – July 9, 2017

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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2017 LGBT March: Lemon water for 25,000

Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped with the Ascension Water Table at the New York City LGBT Pride March on June 25, 2017 and a huge thank you to Steve Hubbard for organizing it all! This year was the 30th anniversary of this ministry and the biggest parade ever; we served for …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – July 2, 2017

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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