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Academy of Mt. St. Ursula, E. 199th St. & Bainbridge Ave.  

 

SUNDAY, MAY 27

SPIRIT STORIES

There is no more powerful or authentic act than to simply give witness to what we have seen and experienced.  It is natural for us to want to share our life transforming and healing stories.  And that’s the essence of what Jesus is inviting us to do.

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses

Acts 1:8

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Past Sermons

 

 

May 20:   Filled with the holy spirit

acts 2:1-12

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability....All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"  Acts 2:4, 12

may 13:  The prayer that jesus taught   

We will explore the power of what we know as the Lord's Prayer.  If we take it seriously, it will transform the way we engage with the world.  It invites us to make a huge impact by connecting with what God is doing, and to transform our own lives through the practice of forgiveness.  This Sunday we focus on the last line of the prayer:  Do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.  

I invite you to pray this prayer this week as we prepare to explore it deeply this Sunday:

Our God in heaven, holy is your name.

May your reign come, your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors.

Do not bring us to the time of trial but rescue us from the evil one.  

Matthew 6:9-13

Spring Series:  

APRIL 22:  CELEBRATING EARTH DAY

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet God feeds them.   Matthew 6:26

 

Nora Cunningham, preaching

Nora is a member of the Community of the Word, a 2nd year student at Union Theological Seminary and an intern with the Climate Justice Program of the United Methodist Women.  

 

 

April 15:  BLESSED AND PERSECUTED

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Matthew 5:10-12

April 8:  GRIEVING AND COMFORT

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Matthew 5:4

Enter barefoot this darkened chapel, hollowed by loss, hallowed by sorrow it's stone grey walls and floor...  Make no sound, let the candles speak.      Patricia McKernon Runkle

APRIL 1, EASTER SUNDAY:   LOVE'S MAGNUM OPUS

Easter is the master stroke of love - nothing like the fairy tale we are accustomed to.   It is deeply rooted in failure.  We will explore our own experiences of success and failure; and how faith overturns what we thought we knew.  I invite you to join us on Easter Sunday to explore this magnum opus of gospel love and consider how this story might change your life.  

Do not be alarmed, you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised, he is not here.   

MARK 16:6

March 25: PASSION FOR WOMEN’S LIBERATION

Panel led by Shakira Hall Louimarre

In celebration of Women's History Month we will explore the power of women's narratives for social change.  Numbers 27 tells the story of four bold feminist women who challenged the patriarchal system of land inheritance and won.  

And God spoke to Moses, saying:  The daughters of Zelophehad are right in what they are saying; you shall indeed let them possess an inheritance ...  Numbers 27:6-7

 

March 18:  A PASSION FOR THE EARTH    

Michael Strom Preaching from Hosea 4:1-4

The land mourns all around us—hurricanes, wildfires, landslides. As we face the devastation what kind of faith are we called to build? How do rise to meet a mourning Earth, recover our love for and remember our place in Creation?

 

March 11:  Why Do We Praise God?

Praise God, all you nations!
   Extol them*, all you peoples! 
For great is their steadfast love towards us,
   and the faithfulness of God endures for ever.
Praise the great I AM! 
     Psalm 117

* Note:  We use the singular them and their pronoun to refer to God, (rather than he or him) as a form of greater honor, to acknowledge the ways God transcends our gender categories, and to refer to the mystery of the Trinity - God as Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit, the great three in one.  

FEBRUARY 25:  Prophetic Imagination

"The role of the prophet is to express the hopes and yearnings that have been denied so long and suppressed so deeply that we no longer know they are there."    Walter Brueggemann, The Prophetic Imagination  
 

It’s not easy to imagine the alternative future we long for.  But this imagining is life-saving.

This Sunday we will explore the vision of the prophet Micah and imagine our our own dreams and visions.

We will also celebrate Black History Month through a testimony by Claudia Copeland on the theme:  "Blackness without boundaries, can we imagine it?" 

We will also receive two new members into New Day Church!
 
I invite you to pray this week for a vision of our city and our faith community that energizes you. I invite you to pray for a vision of our city and our faith community in which you can bring all of who you are, and express all of who you are. What is your role in this vision? 

Join us this week; all of our voices and dreams are wanted and needed. 

Have a blessed week. 


This Week's Scripture


In days to come,  the mountain of God’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains …. 

and many nations shall come and say: 
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of God,’…..
 they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, 
nation shall not lift up sword against nation…. 
but they shall all sit under their own vines
and under their own fig trees,  
and no one shall make them afraid….    
Micah 4:1-4

February 11:  REIGNITING OUR PASSION FOR GOD

February 14:  Ash Wednesday

Special Sacred Gathering to Launch

40 DAYS OF PASSION

2431 Morris Avenue  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

February 4:  A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH

Lisa Pratt, preaching

She Was Adorned for Herself:  

Paradise, and All the Voices Required to See it
Pastor Lisa Asedillo Pratt, preaching

This Sunday, we conclude our series on the book of Revelation with a prophetic vision of a New Heaven and a New Earth. 

John describes the holy city as coming down out of heaven like "a beautiful bride prepared for her husband." What John doesn't know is that the holy city — paradise, which is God's promise to us — is actually not adorned for her husband.

Women's voices, often erased and obscured in the biblical canon, are needed for proper understanding of God's truth. 

This Sunday, Pastor Lisa will reflect on God's promise of paradise in the midst of persecution and violence. It is simultaneously a heavenly and earthly paradise, and after Christianity was co-opted by Emperor Contantine, we haven't heard much about it. 

But the promise of paradise is central to our faith. And we are called to create it and live more deeply into it, every time we gather. 

January 28:    THE FALL OF BABYLON

Alexis Francisco, preaching

Revelation 18

January 21

THE BEAST

Sometimes you've got to call it like it is, and that's what John does in this chapter.  What do we need to say?  We can't heal our times until we can name them.  Beast is what John calls the Empire.  But the Beast is not all there is. 

Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth....Then I looked and there was the Lamb, standing on Mt. Zion!   

Revelation 13:11, 14:1

January 14  

TIME FOR A CHANGE

The future of democracy, human decency and even life on this planet seems more and more precarious.  The book of Revelation was written in just such perilous times.  It names the destruction of the Empire but does not focus on it.  Rather Revelation calls us to be the church, to share the love of God, to be the light in the darkness, the hope of the nation.  We are called to build a faith community of resistance and the time is now.    

Are we ready to make a change?

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking, if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in…      Revelation 3:20

 

previous worship series:

 

December 17     

OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Mary is an extraordinary woman.  But the source of her power is fairly simple:

+  She feels her feelings 

But she was much perplexed by his words.  Luke 1:29

+  she asks her questions

How can this be, since I am a virgin?  Luke 1:34

+  SHE GIVES HERSELF TO GOD

Here am I, a servant of God; let it be with me according to your word.  Luke 1:38

 

DEEPER ROOTS YIELD SWEETER FRUIT

We will explore growing deeper roots of faith.  California farmers found that by using less water, the plants would grow deeper roots and produce sweeter fruit.  We will apply this image to deepening our connection with God, one another and the natural world. We’ll put Jesus’ teaching about faith in conversation with Adrienne Marie Brown’s new book, Emergent Strategies about what the natural processes of nature can teach us about living fruitfully and changing the world. 

 

November 26:    

CREATING POSSIBILITIES

Ask and it will be given to you.   Luke 11:9

We will explore the path of shaping the future toward abundance.