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 – Easter Day 2019

O God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; 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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Sermon – Good Friday 2019

Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – Palm Sunday 2019

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; 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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Letter from the Rector for Holy Week

Lent, 2019 Dear People of Ascension, As we prepare for Holy Week and Easter, this most central and sacred time of our church year, I have been musing on Mary Oliver’s poem, Gethsemane. It goes like this: The grass never sleeps. Or the roses. Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until …  [ More → ]

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Sermon – April 7, 2019

Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; 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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Saturday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“You do not understand that it is better for you to have one man die for the people than to have the whole nation destroyed.” Caiaphas, the high priest, speaks. The religious leaders are profoundly threatened by Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead. They are frightened that his popularity will attract greater repression from the Roman occupiers. They are also afraid that… [ More → ]

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Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent

“Whoever keeps my word will never see death.” Jesus offends the religious leaders who hear this. To tell the truth, he offends me. I have known a lot of faithful people who died. As far as I know, we all will, eventually. What does he really mean? [ More → ]

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Sermon – March 17, 2019

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. [ More → ]

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Sermon – March 3, 2019

O God, who before the passion of your only ­begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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 – February 17, 2019

O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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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