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Sermon May 1, 2016

Easter 2: This sermon was delivered by Shana Kaplanov, GTS Seminarian, on May 1, 2016. You can read the scripture for the sixth Sunday of Easter 2016 here.

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Sermon Second Sunday of Easter 2016

Easter 2: This sermon was delivered by Shana Kaplanov, GTS Seminarian, on April 3, 2016. You can read the scripture for the second Sunday of Easter 2016 here.

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Sermon Easter Sunday 2016

Easter Sunday: This sermon was delivered by The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell on March 27, 2016. You can read the scripture for March 27, 2016 here.

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Sermon Easter Vigil 2016

Easter Vigil: The body of Jesus was buried in the late afternoon on Friday. The women came to the tomb early Sunday morning. The Gospels say nothing about the events that took place in between. It’s in this silence that the ancient celebration of Easter Vigil fits. We wait with his followers. In the present …  [ More → ]

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Sermon Good Friday 2016

Good Friday: The scope of today’s gospel text is so rich with information. It paints a picture for us. And yet the picture is almost sensory overload. What are we meant to learn here? How are we meant to become closer to God – to know God’s presence in our lives and in the world, …  [ More → ]

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Sermon Maundy Thursday 2016

Maundy Thursday: This sermon was delivered by The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell on March 24, 2016. You can read the scripture for March 24, 2016 here.

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Resistance Cinema & Ascension Outreach Free Film Series presents …

Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the US. (2012, 68 minutes). Here is a link to the trailer for the film. This documentary film is a powerful indictment of the prison industrial complex and will be shown in our free film series on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, …  [ More → ]

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Holy, Liminal Saturday

When I have had the privilege of spending time with someone who is dying, it has brought me to what the Celts call “a thin place.” It’s an intense time of heightened everything. It’s painful, but also puts me in touch with what is most important, and also with the sense that the veil between …  [ More → ]

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The Leaves of Life

“All under the leaves and the leaves of life / I met with virgins seven / And one of them was Mary mild / Our Lord’s Mother of Heaven.” This is the first verse of a beautiful carol introduced to me by a devout musician friend in Holy Week. It seemed appropriate to include this with today’s readings not only because of its contrast with Isaiah’s stark prophesy and Psalm 22 but also… [ More → ]

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Do This in Remembrance of Me

As Jesus prepares for his death, his death which he knows is coming, his death which he knows is the fulfilling of scripture, his death which he knows will seal the covenant of God’s unending bond with us as his beloved, Jesus spends his last evening with those he loves. Over the course of the …  [ More → ]

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