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.

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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A Message from the Rector: Palm Sunday & Holy Week 2020

Dear People of Ascension, Although we are not able to worship in person, I invite you to join in celebrating this Holy Week in community both online and in spirit. More than ever, we need each other as we navigate this unprecedented time in our lives, our city, our church, our world. More than ever, …  [ More → ]

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Message from the Rector March 29, 2020

Dear People of Ascension, Often around this point in Lent I send out a letter reminding you of our Holy Week and Easter services at Ascension and urging you to participate as you are able. I often talk about how sharing liturgically in these central stories of our faith can deepen our personal experience of …  [ More → ]

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Updated Pastoral Letter from the Rector

March 19, 2020 Dear People of Ascension, Earlier this week, the clergy received a letter from Bishop Dietsche suspending all public worship for 8 weeks, until the middle of May. This follows the best wisdom of the CDC and is reflected in many other policies now in place in New York as we seek to …  [ More → ]

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Online Service March 15, 2020

Welcome to the Church of the Ascension Youtube channel! We are happy to share our first online Sunday morning service! It’s now posted on Youtube at https://youtu.be/FVplPtroJB8 and on the parish Facebook page. If you view on Facebook, please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments online. Reminder, this is a good time to …  [ More → ]

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Services in the church cancelled; See online service links above

Dear People of Ascension, Events around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold rapidly. I have made the difficult decision to cancel all our in person worship services this Sunday. All public worship and events will be cancelled until further notice. I apologize for any confusion caused by this change of plans, given my letter to …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – March 1, 2020

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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