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Theology Events

Friday, May 3, 2019

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, May 5, 2019

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

The Gospel for The Third Sunday of Easter (Year C) is from Luke 24, wherein the risen Christ reveals himself to the disciples and actually eats before them a broiled fish and a honeycomb. Is he a ghost? Clearly not. Does he have a body? Yes, but one that is so much more than what we have.

What to make of this? These sermons by the Rector might help:

For John Updike (2009)
The Name and Power of Jesus (2006)
Physical Faith (2003)

Collect:

O God, whose blessed Son did manifest himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open, we pray thee, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
At this theology class we will be welcoming our guest, Judith Douglas, MS, Executive Director of New York Service and Justice Collaborative (NYSJC).

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:15 pm, 5th Floor, Parish House
A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church. Tonight's topic is Hope: Death, eternal life, Mary and the Communion of Saints.

Friday, May 10, 2019

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, May 12, 2019

THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Collect:

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of thy people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calleth us each by name, and follow where he doth lead; who, with thee and the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
Today we welcome the Rev. Meg Saunders, Senior Advisor to FRRME (Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East) America, a charitable organization that provides humanitarian assistance to those who have fled persecution and genocide, including Christians, Yazidis, Shabak, and others throughout the Middle East. Her ministry also supports the operations and outreach efforts of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq.

Friday, May 17, 2019

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, May 19, 2019

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

At the morning services on this Fifth Sunday of Easter, we have John's Gospel in which Christ describes himself as the true vine: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."

Consider reading these past sermons for some help in understanding this lesson:

Christ the Vine (2008) by Fr Mead
The True Grapevine (2005) by Fr Mead
A Sermon for Confirmation (2002) by Bishop Sisk

Collect:

O Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leadeth to eternal life; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
On Sunday May 19th, at 10 am, our Theology Classes will continue. The next two classes are entitled "The Land and Its Loss" and in them we will tour this great theme that runs through the Bible to culminate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, 5th Floor, Parish House
An evening theology class taught be Father Adam Spencer.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Jackson Kemper

First Missionary Bishop in the United States
d. 1870

In an article about the awarding of an honorary doctorate to John Scott, the Rector wrote about one of Jackson Kemper's lasting contributions to the Episcopal Church in his December 2007 Chronicle.

Collect:

Lord God, in whose providence Jackson Kemper was chosen first missionary bishop in this land, that by his arduous labor and travel congregations might be established in scattered settlements of the West: Grant that the Church may always be faithful to its mission, and have the vision, courage, and perseverance to make known to all people the Good News of Jesus Christ; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House

Sunday, May 26, 2019

THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

The Sixth Sunday of Easter is often called Rogation Sunday, as it precedes the three rogation days that always fall on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day. You'll notice hints of prepartion for the rogation days in the morning services today, when at times there is an emphasis on God our creator and provider. For example, pay attention to the words of the psalm and the hymns. See also the words of the collect, which, through petition and gratitude, approaches God as the provider of all things.

Among the sermons in the archive that can help you understand God as creator and provider, consider these:

The Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth (2011) by Fr Spurlock
On Providence (2010) by Fr Austin
Bread and Life, Freedom and Friendship (2009) by Fr Austin
All Ours as Gift (2008) by Fr Austin
Food in the Wilderness (2003) by Fr Mead

Collect:

O God, who hast prepared for those who love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding: Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee in all things and above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
The second of two classes that will tour this great theme that runs through the Bible to culminate in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Andrew Hall, Parish House
An evening theology class taught be Father Adam Spencer.

Friday, May 31, 2019

THE VISITATION

This Feast commemorates the visit of the Blessed Virgin to her cousin Elizabeth, recorded in the Gospel of Saint Luke (1:39-57). It gives us the words of the Magnificat, which we say or sing nearly every weekday as part of the Daily Office.

For more about Mary, Elizabeth and the significance of the Visitation, consider reading these sermons:

Hail Mary, Full of Grace (2010) by Fr Mead
A Sermon for the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin (2009) by Fr Stafford
Mary, Mother of Us All (2007) by Fr Mead
John the Forerunner (2007) by Fr Mead

Collect:

Father in heaven, by whose grace the virgin mother of thy incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping thy word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to thy will; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm, Living Room, Parish House