Author Archives: The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

About The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell

The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell began 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, and their dog Finn live in Ascension’s rectory, next door to the church.

A Message from the Rector About Reopening

Dear People of Ascension, Some of you have been asking about our plans for reopening the church. All of us miss being together in person in our beloved sacred space. You will recall that last month I reported that Bishop Dietsche had told us that no churches in the Diocese of New York are to …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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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Discussion, June 4:
Strive for Justice & Peace

Dear People of Ascension, This Thursday, June 4, at 6:30 pm EDT we will have a Zoom conversation about what next steps we at Ascension are called to take to confront, unlearn and dismantle racism and white supremacy in our own lives, our church and our larger society. Grounded in our baptismal covenant, we will …  [ More → ]

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Strive for Justice & Peace

Sermon – Pentecost 2020

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Meditation for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

The following Meditation is for May 24, 2929, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, from The Rev. Elizabeth G. Maxwell, Rector, Church of the Ascension.

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What’s Been Uniquely Challenging?

Dear People of Ascension, I commend to you the meditation for the 6th week of Easter from our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, which you can listen to here. It’s really a meditation about the Ascension and the ten days between Jesus’ ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, so it …  [ More → ]

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Good Shepherd Sunday

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Message from the Rector for the Second Sunday of Easter

Dear people of Ascension, Alleluia! Christ is risen! Although we were not physically together, our worship this Holy Week and Easter was deeply meaningful and full of love and spirit. I am grateful to everyone whose creativity, hard work and skill made our services happen, and happen beautifully. Thank you to my dear clergy colleagues …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – Easter Sunday

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; 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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Maundy Thursday Service Online 7pm

A Message from the Rector, Thursday, April 9, 2020. This year we celebrate Maundy Thursday at 7pm with readings and reflection, and a simple meal shared online. This is a new experience at Ascension, though it is an old tradition for Maundy Thursday. Please prepare some simple food in your own home, and set it …  [ More → ]

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